How to Paint Warhammer Dwarfs

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How to Paint Warhammer Dwarfs
You can paint Warhammer models fairly simply, but using a broader range of colours will result in a more unique and striking look. (paints image by CraterValley Photo from Fotolia.com)

Warhammer is a tabletop strategy war game in which players build and paint armies of miniature figurines then manoeuvre them to defeat an opponent. A mainstay of many armies is the dwarf character, but painting them can be challenge. You may be tempted to use only a few colours to get the job done quickly, but spending a little extra time on shadow and highlight detail can result in a more authentic look. Although the standard colours are blue, metal and gold , you can change the colours used as appropriate to your army.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Standard Warhammer brush set
  • Chaos black paint
  • Fenris grey paint
  • Shadow grey paint
  • Space wolves gaey paint
  • Boltgun metal paint
  • Badab black paint
  • Chainmail paint
  • Scorched brown paint
  • Shining gold paint
  • Mithril silver paint
  • Regal blue paint
  • Enchanted blue paint
  • Ice blue paint
  • Bleached bone paint
  • Dwarf flesh paint
  • Dark flesh paint
  • Bestial brown paint
  • Snakebite leather paint

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Assemble your dwarf as you would any other character, but do not attach the shield. This will make it easier for you to paint body detail, particularly the beard.

  2. 2

    Use a chaos black spray to coat the entire figure and allow it to dry. This provides an even undercoat.

  3. 3

    Paint the dwarf's cloth with Fenris grey then layer with shadow grey to give the impression of folds in the material. Work a little watered-down chaos black into the recesses for shadow and use space wolves grey to highlight where the light would be.

  4. 4

    Paint the metal chainmail and axe-head with boltgun metal then wash with badab black. This highlights certain areas so as to give the impression of glistening in the sunlight. Use boltgun metal for this. For extra highlights use chainmail paint.

  5. 5

    Paint the gold on the wristband, helmet and beard ring with a 50/50 mixture of scorched brown and shining bold. This may appear a little dark, but if you then layer it with shining gold you will achieve a more authentic worn look. Wash a 50/50 mixture of watered-down scorched brown and chaos black into the recesses for shadow and highlight with mithril silver.

  6. 6

    Paint the blue trim with a regal blue and wash badab black into the recesses. For that highlighting technique, use a 50/50 mixture of regal blue and space wolves grey, then use space wolves grey again on top.

  7. 7

    Paint the non-gold part of the helmet with regal blue and layer with enchanted blue, then wash watered down chaos black into the recesses. For the highlights, use ice blue.

  8. 8

    Paint the horns with scorched brown. Make them darker at the base and lighter at the top as a natural horn would be. To achieve this, feather the base of the horn with a 50/50 mixture of scorched brown and bleached bone. Use a 30/70 mixture further up the horn and finish with bleached bone by itself for the tip.

  9. 9

    Paint the hands and face with dwarf flesh paint then wash with watered-down dark flesh. Wash it again with watered down scorched brown to give the impression of a life spent in a mine, then layer with dwarf flesh once more to highlight. Finally, use a 50/50 mixture of dwarf flesh/bleached bone to add extra highlights.

  10. 10

    Paint the beard with scorched brown and wash badab black into the recesses. Highlight with bestial brown and snakebite leather.

  11. 11

    Paint the shield, beginning with the gold detailing. Use a 50/50 mixture of scorched brown and shining gold and layer with shining gold. This is exactly the same as the gold on the body. Add that shadow and highlight effect as before. Wash a watered-down mix of scorched brown and chaos black into the recesses of the gold and highlight with mithril silver.

  12. 12

    Paint the main body of the shield with regal blu and layer with enchanted blue. Wash watered-down chaos black into the recesses and highlight with ice blue.

  13. 13

    Attach the shield to the body.

Tips and warnings

  • The first time you try this colour scheme use only one dwarf to ensure that you are happy with the results.
  • As you become more confident, paint several dwarfs at once. Much time will be spent watching paint dry so start a production line.
  • Substitute other colours to your own taste, but remember to add shadows and highlights.

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