I have more Essex figures than any other manufacturer, but at times I start to think the seem a bit old and tired. A good reminder of what a quality effort can make of a simple but well sculpted figure.
Australia has a large population of feral camels, the descendants of those released into the wild in the 1920s when they were replaced by motorised transport. If you Google australian wild camel you'll see plenty of pictures of camels of many hues.
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As Gregorious, I've only ever painted the one element too. However, I started with a white undercoat, a thinned down light brown over the top so the pigment tends to pool in the deeps and lightly covers the heights. Then a darker brown in all the nooks and crannies which should be easily visible from the previous wash. Then, with a lighter shade add highlights to all the raised areas.
Some additions to the Dwarves. I sold these to a foreign gent who requested some extras for a bit more flexibility. Continuing the theme from the original army, the figures are based to suggest they are underground liberating an ancient fallen Dwarf Hold.
At last the final coat of lacquer is dry, these Lads are now ready to venture forth into the deep places of the world and reclaim lost glories.
My thoughts around how I based them was that they are underground attempting to liberate the fallen Hold of their ancestors from Goblinoids and other foul creatures born of darkness and blood. So the base is a grey gravel like surface, sprinkled with lighter grey pavers and bone debris to break the darker grey up a bit. I hope it is suggestive of a long ruined Dwarf Hold.
Basically this is a blade army with enough extras to add more variety.
First up, what I think of as Guild Dwarves/ blade.
Next contingent, Imperial Dwarves/ blade.
General and Dwarf Hammerers/ blade.
All the blade is out of the way, now we get to the variety. Dwarf Arbalisters/ shooters.
Dwarf Tunnel fighters/ warband. These are some of the very nice Battle Valor Dwarves.
Still puttering about with bits and pieces to no great effect but, I suppose, a trickle is better than nothing.
The Dwarves are Battle Valor that still need basing to go with a Hott Dwarf army that also needs basing. Very impressed with the Battle Valor Dwarves, that fellow with the horned helmet even has a tankard strapped to his belt with a runic B embossed on it. That little novelty may be enough to turn out a small unit of Bugman's best soonish.
Goblin Wolfriders and Wolf packs.
Goblin general and fellows. A mixture of Blood Dawn, Ral Partha and the odd Copplestone wolf.
At some stage I'm going to have to add another general to even things up.
Wolf packs, all very nicely sculpted Copplestone Castings.