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Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Gargolock - 08-04-2018 05:58 AM

July 27th, 2018 (I typed this up but I am only posting it now because I wanted somthing to show off in my post)
Hello, my name is Gargolock. I have been a fan of warhammer since I was 10. (which wasn’t that long ago) I have been a fan of chaos dwarfs since I was 11. I have been lurking around chaos dwarf online since I was 12. I have never owned an army of any race before, just a jabble (not a word) of cheap miniatures like reaper bones, dnd unpainted and my dad's collection of all the talisman third edition plastic 90’s GW miniatures (which had a single chaos dwarf). Long story short my friend loves undead and miniatures (I corrupted him) naturally my friend and I wanted to play a game with our intrests me being me suggested age of sigmar he said sure. So now I have to build an army of chaos dwarfs to crush the sylvanian forces (I despise AoS lore so we just play with the rules in the old world lore) of my hated nemesis... I have a lot on my plate as I have no income other than around 40 bucks every year for my birthday. Something you need to know about me is that I don’t fit in with my generation, they like fidget spinners and memes, I like Nagash and Archaon (and zhargon the great). I am a decent-ish painter and I have never done a conversion in my life before this project. I like big hat chaos dwarfs and I love it when models have capes. The rules I use for AoS is Tommy H's Rules for chaos dwarfs found in the fan made rulebook section here on CDO. I have a lot of plans for this army many of which will be on hold till Christmas (influx of models I get as gifts) but I still have stuff to do until then. Also my friend and I play with house rules, our points system is roughly wounds+attack multiplied by bravery with some exceptions (Tommy H got frisky with the rules for zhatan the black for example his wounds are only 5 which is average for a hero and his attack is six which is most one handed weapons so it comes off as only 100 or so points but zhatan has the attack of a one handed weapon but the rend and damage better than the average two handed weapon so he is 215 points instead) So I will share some plans with you right now. So what I am planning for my army to have done by May 2019 is this list:
Zhatan the black as my general
2 daemonsmiths
2 castellans
10 warriors with great weapons
10 blunderbusses
1 homemade dreadquake as I am not paying for the forgeworld one
1 homemade iron daemon
1 homemade hellcannon
1 homemade K'daai destroyer
Thats all I have planned so far if my local gaming store had some great model that could work I will most likely pick it up and paint it. I procrastinate a lot so this will be pushing myself to get all that done in time.

August 4rd, 2018 (4 am I should really be sleeping)
Finished some of the war machines (dread quake and iron daemon) they are my first conversions I have ever done. I think they are a bit shoddy but they look alright. I hope these photos work. The dread quake is a idea I stole from A guy named bob on here where he used a citadel pot as the mortar. I instead used am ancient humbrol enamel pot I found on the floor of my laundry room as the mortar then the base of a hotwheels RV as the carrying thing and the iron daemon is a hotwheel train with the roof of the Cabin thing cut off and strapped to the back the dread quake actually clips onto the iron daemon and they can roll around together. I am working on the hellcannon it just needs to be painted.




RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kids trying to make an army - Fuggit Khan - 08-04-2018 08:12 AM

This is an excellent start for your blog, I wish I had started by blog as well versed as you've done  Happy
I have to say that I love your conversion of the old Humbrol paint can. It's not important if the idea came from elsewhere (but very good of you to give credit), what matters is that you've got a cool little model there and I'm hoping to see more. A Humbrol paint can. Awesome. And it's metal!
Hashut loves metal Hashut!
Nice work dude, and welcome to CDO.
Takes Hat off


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kids trying to make an army - Uther the unhinged - 08-04-2018 12:02 PM

Fantastic start. I love scratchbuilt stuff. Remember ‘nescessity is the mother of invention’. Your warmachimes look great and they move which is more than forgeworlds! Don’t worry about using others ideas ‘good writers borrow, great writers steal’  and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery just give credit where it is due.

Welcome aboard.

Now burn those forests!


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kids trying to make an army - boyfights - 08-04-2018 04:23 PM

Very cool stuff! I'm just starting to look into some toys for conversions and terrain myself, it seems like a great way to get nice looking results on the cheap!


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - tjub - 08-05-2018 03:02 AM

Ambitious intro! The lore in AoS might grow on you, atleast it has on me. Happy

The conversion looks great as well, there should be loads of ideas from you in the older threads pre Chaos Dwarfs from Forge World. As for the K'daii Id recommend a hot glue gun on a wire frame. Seen some really cool demons and Tyranids done this way. Might take some practice, but I you have more time than money that might not be a problem? Tongue Wink

Have a look at this Instagram account for some inspiration on building with a hot glue gun. https://www.instagram.com/thewarsinger/


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Duncan - 08-05-2018 09:03 AM

Paint pots are very useful for a whole range of things as are many other bits that you just find lying about. Have you started a bits box? They are a great way to gather lots of parts that may be of use somewhere down the line and for putting all those extra parts left over from model kits. Even if you do not have an immediate use for something it maybe worth hanging onto it just in case, although somewhere down the line the box will need to be upgraded to a shed or attic or even spare room! Great start though.


Gargolock's Experience Being A Broke Kid trying to make an army - Gargolock - 08-05-2018 08:33 PM

August 5th, 2018 (I got a good nights sleep last night so hopefully I won’t make a stupid mistake like "August 4rd" )
Hello again, it’s me Gargolock. It’s summer break for me so I have almost nothing to do all day but work on this army. So Since I don’t have money to spend on actual miniatures right now this army isn’t going to look like... well an army until probably Christmas. It’s most likely going to be warmachines and some actual miniatures here and there. It’s not going to have any infantry for a while. But I am having lots of fun making these war-machines. Also I do actually have a bit box, three actually. One for sprues as they are useful to use as supports on big things, one for old toys I think I might be able to use eventually and the main one is for model bits left over right now it’s full of arms with swords, bows, crossbows and daggers and it has some dark elf heads and dragon scale capes all of this came from one kit for 10 mantic dark elves. And it had a lot of extra stuff I didn’t use. But without further ado let’s get into the progress for my jabble (still not a word) of constructs!
First off the hellcannon is finished. I made it out of a skylanders dragon that was sitting on a skull, so I chopped it up. Used its feet for the claws on the tip of the cannon, used its head for a little bump underneath the cannon, used it’s wing to hold the cannon and it’s headless and feetless body as the body of the cannon and for the actual cannon I used an old pirate cannon.

I tried to do a incandescent hot metal effect on the top I don’t know how it looks.

That all I have finished for now but I have started some other things. So I could show some WIPs.
I have looked through some old pre AoS forms and found some altars of hashut. I personally love the idea of a mobile war church to a god of fire, submission and sacrifice so even though it wasn’t in the original plan I have started contruction of a great altar to hashut. It’s made from one of those LEGO spiked wheels, then a playmobil fire andwith an old cheap 50 MM crusader knight guys metal base held up by GW sprue bits. Thats the platform for a priest/sorcerer. I also used a old fishers price knight's sign post it’s gonna be a place where I put some runes of hashut free hand. I don’t even know if I can use this in battle I will have to check tommy H's rulebook but I just love idea of a huge altar on the battlefield. I may make it bigger by putting a wider thing under the LEGO wheel. I mean it’s already huge. With the sign post included it taller than the kdaai is and for scale that makes the altar like 4 or 5 inches.
Speaking of the 50mm knights they came with horses to. I will give you one guess of what I did...

Thats either right or wrong, I don’t know what you guessed. Anyway I cut it’s head off then cut a guys legs off and strapped him to the horse to make a bull centaur! I don’t know if I like this. I have a couple more horses but I have no clue if I should make them into bulls centaurs.
Maybe the reason why I am not liking him is because he doesn’t have a base so he looks like he’s tripping and falling over. Actually I think it’s the fact he doesn’t have a beard or a weapon or maybe it because he still looks like a crusader. I already cut the cross off of him maybe he will look better painted in my black, red and silver colour scheme.
Either way thats all I have done mostly just a bunch of unpainted WIPs. I think I might order some infantry either from Russian alternative or Titan wargames with some of the money I have, cause I still have some just not much. Anyways thank you for reading through this blog post or just scrolling through the pictures. I am guilty of that sometimes. Goodbye for now.Takes Hat off


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Uther the unhinged - 08-05-2018 10:17 PM

Go Gargolock. Warmachines are how I started. Love the Altar (I still have not got one) I have used the same lego base for a counts as cauldron of blood for my daughter. Don't worry about the size as one wise blogger on here once wrote 'Big minis are cool minis and cool minis win battles'. Brave man for going for the centaur. To turn it into a bull just change the tail and model cloven hooves on. My kids have the same toy horse (I think). It is rearing and stands up on its tail. Would be a great pose for Shaar tor but you would have to reposition the knight torso. Great start though.

As for AoS lore I now what you mean, we hardly figure. But  if you think of the realm of fire the great parch continent where all the GW history is detailed is only one of hundreds on the realm. You can make your own fluff on any other. I created my own Aos Creation myth on CDO. Gargolock the great CD emperor could rule a continent or vie for control with the hated twig people or control a realm gate to the realm of life and raid through it. You have thousands of years of fluff to play with or just have a continent that looks suspiciously like the old world. You can also have realm themed armies; Steampunk from the realm of metal, Realm of death armies with warmachines made from great skeletal beats held together by wire or rivets (I love rivets, I can do rivets) Kdaii as daemon ridden spirits of those who died by fire, troopers  with skeleton masks  like some Tjublings, or a realm of beasts army with huge shaggy mammoths (with attachments) as iron daemons or skull crackers, sabretooths with short range flame throwers attached/grafted on as kdaii, dreadquakes as great troll like beasts with catapaults like in the Battle of five armies film, Winged creatures with rockets attached as deathshriekers, great toad like creatures spitting bile (like forgeworld squig cannon). With AoS GW probably unwittingly set us free to do what CDO members do best and be wildly creative. The realms are your mollusk!


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Admiral - 08-06-2018 04:35 AM

You've got good taste! Take comfort in being a generational misfit (I do, being something of one myself).

Great scratchbuilds and nice colour scheme. It's great to see such creativity spinning hard. The Minotaur construct made me think of Artigas' Minoton version. Uther's bull conversion tips are good, it's well worth to listen to him for he is wise (and Unhinged).

Gargolock Wrote:
...for my jabble (still not a word)...


Oh yes, now it is a word! And the meaning is clear enough at first sight. Anyone who has ever looked into dialects will know that what people come up with and use in speech, counts. Being in a dictionary or not is hardly pivotal. As with so much else nowadays, language has been subjected to the stricture of structure, when in fact what drives it all is instead the freewheeling spirit of human creativity.

Which is also what drives Chaos Dwarfs Online and its crazy scratchbuilds. Welcome aboard! Takes Hat off


Gargolock's Experience Being A Broke Kid trying to make an army - Gargolock - 08-26-2018 07:30 PM

August 26th, 2018
Hello,
So I haven’t done as much work as now school has started but long story short my friend is starting to influx some good units into his army, he just finished painting a terrorgheist. So I have done a portion of work but I will show you only small amount as I haven’t finished the others. All I am gonna say is the altar of hashut is now 3x larger then before and I made two bull centaurs and turned them into proper bull centaurs. I scratched my other k'daai destroyer as the miniotaur just wasn’t working at all. The pose was clunky and he didn’t look right next to miniatures, I ended up using an old reaper bones fire giant jailor I had, I just need to do some edits to his paint job and update it as I am a better painter now then when he was initially painted. I ended up with this.


The big rock underneath him isn’t part of him it’s just a chunk of terrain I converted.
He is painted to look good on the table so he’s not meant to be looked at closely.
I put a rune of hashut on his back which was quite hard as I kept messing it up and having to redo his entire back. I would either make an A not a V and I made the top line one part one time, it was a nightmare but it’s good now.
I am also working on some hobgoblins to whip my slaves into order and I might look into more war machines, maybe I will make a skullcracker.
Anyways farewell.


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Xander - 08-26-2018 11:05 PM

Cool stuff! Where in Canada are you located? School started in August?! What kind of craziness is this?!


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Gargolock - 08-26-2018 11:16 PM

Xander Wrote:
Cool stuff! Where in Canada are you located? School started in August?! What kind of craziness is this?!

Thanks and I live in alberta, but I go to a charter school were we have short summer breaks but we get every second friday off and longer fall, winter and spring breaks.


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Duncan - 08-29-2018 12:58 PM

Looks like some good ideas for conversions. A good bits box of odds and ends is essential and LEGO make some fantastic bits and bobs that can be obtained in bulk and cheaply from the likes of Bricklink.


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Uther the unhinged - 08-29-2018 07:58 PM

@Dunca: Yep lego is fantastic for steampunk.

Love the giant. The rune is cool.


Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army 10/27/18 - Gargolock - 10-27-2018 12:46 PM

October 27, 2018
Its been a while. A lot has happened since my last update. So I am just gonna get right into it.
So I will start with my heroes. These are admiralty miniatures hobgoblins I was given as a freebie 2 months ago (thanks again). They are used as hobgoblin Kahns right now but that might change of i get some slaves to put them in.


Next up is this reaper bones dwarf smith. I obviously use him as a Daemonsmith in my army. He is a nice model and was pretty cheap.


Some more reaper models. These are both dwarfs. They are castellans in my army. The one on the left is bones the one on the right is metal.


Next up is actually pretty interesting. So I have previously mention I live in Alberta. Well specifically I live in Calgary which is home to "the worlds biggest" gaming store. Even though I put it into quotation marks its pretty believable once you're in there. So all you need to know about The Sentry box is that it huge and has been around a while. So one day I was there and I wander to the back (where the books, reaper models and dnd stuff is) and I encounter three shelves with a jabble (apparently it now is a word?) of Ral Partha models. I look through them and find some awesome stuff but nothing stood out to me like the dwarfs from death in the dark. Their packages were broken and yellowed, they looked ancient. There prices were from when they were released most likely around 1995 as I googled it. So these nice full metal (including metal bases) models of German looking dwarfs were only like $1-$2 each. I now have artillery crews and a new shiny Daemonsmith as well as a bazooka. So here is the daemon smith.


Hellcannon crew.


Dread quake with a Trollblood for the slave ogre (Inside of my local gaming store they have a used mini section were I got the Warmachine Trollblood hard plastic Battlebox for only $20 back in June)


mortal ordnance in the rules Thommy H did. Its just a bazooka.


a reaper bones dwarf pirate as a crew for a magma cannon I am working on.


Now that I have finally done an update I just have to wait for my Russian alternative warriors and blunderbusses to ship and for me to finish my magma cannon and death rocket conversions.


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Uther the unhinged - 10-27-2018 07:13 PM

Love the ‘german WWI dwarfs’ and the trollblood fits right in. Can’t wait to see more.


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Abecedar - 10-27-2018 08:36 PM

Great work.  Keep going like this and you will have a unique army


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Zanko - 10-28-2018 06:52 AM

Ahh I like the old RAFM miniatures! Takes Hat off I own some of them too! Wink

You should pimp your bases, for example with some sand and/or gras on them!

Nonetheless great start! Cheers!


                      Hashut!


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Admiral - 10-30-2018 06:52 AM

Nice start! This will be a unique army for sure. Keep at it. Takes Hat off


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Gargolock - 12-17-2018 01:41 AM

Sunday, December 16th, 2018.


Been awhile hasn’t it? Anyways I am gonna gloss over the time and just get right into my shoestring budget army is coming along. It feels good to be back to the Verdana glory that is CDO.

On October 31st right before I went to a Halloween party I got s package from Russia. The Halloween party was magnificent. It was me and 6 friends having fun at night but it paled in comparison to how beautiful Russian Alternative’s miniatures were. I painted these guys in 15 days. Here’s the great weapon warriors. You will notice the one with a gun. He is the champion.



These are my blunderbuses. Since one of my gaming group comrades birthday was 19 day ago (has it really been that long?). He got the battleforce: blade of the blood queen set. His army is a lot larger now. He also has a disposable income and no rent or food to pay for. What I am getting at is that these might become fire glaives over winter so my army doesn’t fall behind in size.



Here is my magma cannon. I tried to use silicon to make magma beneath the cannon but I horribly failed at painting it. I will have to redo that.


And last but most likely least is this iron daemon. The wheels are still blue as I didn’t want to lose the ability to roll.



That is it this time. I still have a jabble (My language Arts teacher is convinced this isn’t a word.) of partially painted miniatures to show later. But farewell.


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Zanko - 12-17-2018 02:28 AM

Looks very nice at first glance. Takes Hat off

But since I don't feel like turning the monitor, it would be nice if you could turn the pictures 180 degrees! Wink


                     Hashut!


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Uther the unhinged - 12-17-2018 03:38 AM

Coming along nicely! The RA models are nice aren’t they. Love the Iron Daemon and Magma cannon. Just a tip for the cannon wheels, an old shield will cover the hub caps well or some green stuff/milliput with spikes (old blades from a bit box or even cut down cocktail sticks). You could make a chaos star out of old plastic  (I used a margarine lid) but the wheels look small and that could be fiddly. Depends if you like the curves on the cannon chassis if not cut old plastic to form rectangular plates and glue them on. Tiny blebs of gs can do the job of rivets. I love the army and just offer some tips from an old cheapskate!


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Admiral - 12-17-2018 08:10 AM

Very nice! Though I have to confess I'm not good at standing on my hands.

Go forth boldly, and tell your Language Arts teacher that Jabble is hereby formally and by full official weight of power and overbearing authority a Word, the Word, and an approved Word, by unholy and baleful decree from the Father of Darkness, He who is Hashut on high, and woe betide the heathen who would dare to contradict the fiery Bull God's divine and hellish will.

Hashut!


So spake the Sorcerer-Prophet. Only kidding. Or perhaps not. Tongue Wink

You may want to do something with the car wheels, to blunt the modern technology look on that part of the conversion. Best of all would be side-mounted wooden or steel wheels (as on cannon carriages, as opposed to wheels mounted inside and under the chassis as on cars), perhaps from Lego cannons?


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Bolg - 12-17-2018 11:06 AM

A lot can be done if you work on a budge (I know from experience) so i'll keep an eye out for this tread.
But for now my advise would be crop and turn your photos before uploading, any smartphone can do that for you if you dont have access to Photoshop and the likes.
keep up the good work


Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Gargolock - 03-15-2019 06:42 PM

It’s been a while.
Christmas is past, Hope you all had a merry one. New Years has past, Hope you had a happy one. Valentine’s Day has past, hope you all had a lovely one. We approaching Easter, hope you will all have a happy one. (I have had to keep editing this part as for some reason I just haven’t posted it since when I initially wrote it on December 27. I have just kept adding stuff to it.)



I apologize for the upside down photos in the last post. Don’t know what happened there. I swear they were right side up for me when I uploaded them.  But anyways its the present and I have a bit to show today. I got a great jabble (I will keep using this until it is added to the dictionary) of lovely miniature as gifts for Christmas that I have been working on. I will get right to the point. I did my first bit of practice sculpting work.
For you see my army was missing two things in its heroes and artillery crews. Those are big hats and proper beards (also fangs but let’s forget about that.) I so far have only done the beards on them but I swear that they will all be marvellously big hatted by the end.

So time to show what I have done.


If you are wondering how I did the beards I used a tutorial made by Bob’s Random Paint-O-Matical. He is the same man who inspired my dreadquake.

Starting out I will tell you that every model I have showed so far except the old ral partha ones (still working on them) have been given mighty chaos dwarven beards.
Here’s some of the highlights.

I also got some pyrophants. They are Nolzur’s DND unpainted models with some minor changes. They are the guys on the right and left in that photo.

Next is a mighty lord. A scary bugger as he is a beast on tabletop. The mighty Zhatan The Black. I am mostly happy with him. I used the base of that old sky lander I mutilated to make my hellcannon as his base. I used a Chaos warriors champion cape and sculpted more fur to create The Black Mantle. He was created from a DND unpainted dwarf paladin with heavy editing.




Here is my new Tjublings I got from the Artisans Contest as random draw. A very fun paint. I have always liked 15mm miniatures. For now he is sitting on my shelf as a memory of the artisans contest XXVI, I had fun drawing my entry. However I have the feeling these men and their backyard rocket will be a part of an army in the future.


You might have seen my rules for some chaos dwarf lords warscrolls I made. I intend to play test all of them. However play testing can’t happen till I have a model for them. I started with Rykarth, to put it simply I just grabbed a random warrior and put him on a large rock plateau. I gave him a dwarf warriors mask and a marauder cape.


Remember my bull centaurs? Nor did I but they are done and have been done for a while. I just added beards. I don’t know why there beards look like that in the photo, I think something went wrong.



I got an old ral partha mortar as an earthshaker. Thommy H made both dreadquake and earthshaker rules so I got it cause it was cheap and a nice model.





I also got the scotia Grendel goliath as a dreadquake, it can also be used as an iron daemon as it has a steam engine as well as front mounted cannons. It is still being painted so no photos yet. You might have seen me asking for advice on making Thorgrim into Ghorth The Cruel. It is going alright, I realized I was out of any sort of sculpting putty, I don’t know how I was unlucky enough to run out of green stuff and milliput at the same time. The worst part is my local hobby shop had none left as well. I ordered it from the cheapest location I could find but it meant it would come over on a slow boat.
So he is sitting and waiting for now. Here a WIP picture of him.


I have some more to show. My painting speed and skill is better now as I finally got rid of my limited, thick, hard to work with Testors enamels and replaced them with army painter paints and got a brand new brush from the mega set. Previously I have been using a P3 work hobby brush I have had since January last year. It has served me marvelously but it has outlasted it’s life span. I now have a regiment brush that I will incorrectly use for just as long knowing myself. I also have some exciting news for my army coming up involving mercenaries. If I ever get them all painted.


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Uther the unhinged - 03-16-2019 05:02 AM

Great beardage! Annoyingly your first attempt looks better than the last one I did yesterday. I’ll blame it on old eyes! Thorgrim/ Gorth is coming along brilliantly. I love the hat! I will of course steal the idea shamelessly as I have lots of those bits. You have a great army building up. Well done!


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Admiral - 03-16-2019 05:51 AM

Very nice progress with fuba beards, neat conversions and some interesting miniatures. Good work with the painting as well, and lovely to see the Tjublings already painted. Keep at it! Happy


Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Gargolock - 03-29-2019 12:37 AM

This is the first time in awhile that I am not starting this by saying how long it’s been. This time I might as well not say I will get right into it. Maybe I should say a sort of introduction. Or just abandon this paragraph.

Anyways here’s Ghorth The Cruel. I painted him after sculpting some edits, tried to keep the ability to put the book there but ended up deciding not to attach the book as it made the model look too much like Thorgrim. I painted him up in a red and black colour scheme and tried to make the throne look like a blended version of metallic, red and black. It ended up working as now the throne pops on table top and just looks like a bit of all of it. Up close you can start noticing the brush strokes and the purposefully odd highlights but this model is very eyecatching on the field. Which is what I was going for. I did this mostly by using a brighter red and not going over it with ink. I was used to working with very bright colours that required ink (blood red and tangerine was my last big paint project’s colour scheme). I still used ink on most part except the red.





Fun fact: This chaos dwarf army is my first time painting miniatures with such dark colours. Normally I use bright and eccentric colours but with chaos dwarfs I am using a bunch of black which previously was almost never used by me. It is a bit of an experiment but I would say I am getting much better. Ghorth is my first Chaos dwarf model to grab you by the eye when on tabletop.

Ghorth is my General now as even though Rykarth has a better command ability I kinda retired my castellans. I have retired a jabble of models (mostly the terrible ones which you might notice are also no longer even on my blog as well, they are not eye pleasing). I have retired some pretty nice ones I made as I either got a better one or they just weren’t holding up strategically. My castellans just didn’t make the cut.
The main thing I am getting at is that I have noticed my blog is just showing step by step and getting a picture of my army is near impossible due to me just forgetting to show some of it. I am currently on vacation so I don’t have access to my models but as soon as I get back I will take a picture.


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - tjub - 03-29-2019 01:16 AM

Looks good, every general should have a palanquin! Poor guys breaking their backs on such rocky ground. Tongue


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Gargolock - 03-29-2019 02:02 AM

tjub Wrote:
Looks good, every general should have a palanquin! Poor guys breaking their backs on such rocky ground. Tongue


Must say didn’t think about how terrible it would be to carry someone over those rocks.
Now that I have considered it I like it even more, it is great because it makes Ghorth’s life look secure. The loyalty of those acolytes is uncontested if they are willing to do that. It also prevents him from ever having guards that are tired, they will probably fall on the floor and need medical care before they get tired.
They are probably in incredible pain, but anything for Hashut!


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Uther the unhinged - 03-29-2019 02:56 AM

Great mini! The rocky ground works well as it raises Gorths hat even higher![/i]


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Admiral - 03-29-2019 03:48 AM

Solid work on Ghorth. Looking good, keep at it!


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Jasko - 04-26-2019 09:31 AM

Gargolock Wrote:
This is the first time in awhile that I am not starting this by saying how long it’s been. This time I might as well not say I will get right into it. Maybe I should say a sort of introduction. Or just abandon this paragraph.

Anyways here’s Ghorth The Cruel. I painted him after sculpting some edits, tried to keep the ability to put the book there but ended up deciding not to attach the book as it made the model look too much like Thorgrim. I painted him up in a red and black colour scheme and tried to make the throne look like a blended version of metallic, red and black. It ended up working as now the throne pops on table top and just looks like a bit of all of it. Up close you can start noticing the brush strokes and the purposefully odd highlights but this model is very eyecatching on the field. Which is what I was going for. I did this mostly by using a brighter red and not going over it with ink. I was used to working with very bright colours that required ink (blood red and tangerine was my last big paint project’s colour scheme). I still used ink on most part except the red.
Fun fact: This chaos dwarf army is my first time painting miniatures with such dark colours. Normally I use bright and eccentric colours but with chaos dwarfs I am using a bunch of black which previously was almost never used by me. It is a bit of an experiment but I would say I am getting much better. Ghorth is my first Chaos dwarf model to grab you by the eye when on tabletop.

Ghorth is my General now as even though Rykarth has a better command ability I kinda retired my castellans. I have retired a jabble of models (mostly the terrible ones which you might notice are also no longer even on my blog as well, they are not eye pleasing). I have retired some pretty nice ones I made as I either got a better one or they just weren’t holding up strategically. My castellans just didn’t make the cut.
The main thing I am getting at is that I have noticed my blog is just showing step by step and getting a picture of my army is near impossible due to me just forgetting to show some of it. I am currently on vacation so I don’t have access to my models but as soon as I get back I will take a picture.


Heya! I remember your Gorth plans from the advice thread, I somehow completely missed that you are already finished by now. Very well done! It's a great model and looks sufficiently Chaos-Dwarfy. I especially like your work on the throne itself. Keep at it! And you were mentioning something exciting about some mercenaries ... ? Tongue


Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Gargolock - 06-17-2019 12:28 AM

“Hello, I did my Golden Hat entry and am now back from vacation. Time to do some pictures.’ That is what I wrote a month ago when I intended to post this. Well at least I have a lot to show this time.” Is what I wrote about a month ago when I intended to post this. Just been sitting in my drafts slowly getting bigger for 2 month. I have taken a bit of a hiatus from painting and you may have noticed I haven’t been as active here. Most of it can be put to the fact that it’s June, I have finals and overall just can’t really focus on anything as schools almost over.

I will start with my golden hat entry from March, I got a shoveling job over winter and planned to buy a large order from Russian alternative by the end of winter. Then the golden hat was announced and instead I decided to pick up some cheap dwarf warriors from my hobby shop, they were in the used miniature section but were still on the sprue. So I just didn’t get a box and they were much cheaper. I had a lot of fun converting them.



Next I will do my BsB, he is one of my first cases of self written background for characters written for my chaos dwarf army. I am more proud of the lore than the paint job. Deifnetly not my best work. His name is Khoth Toothface.

Khoth was born near the Gates of Zharr, he was raised as a Darkwarden, he spent his early life protecting the roads in the darklands. He killed orc warbosses then donated their soldiers to The Tower of Gorgoth. He became a leader in the Darkwardens and eventually left the secluded order to venture to Zharr Naggrund to seek power and an army to lead.
In Zharr Naggrund he enlisted in the immortals and eventually he protected the Sorcerer lord Khardang Spiketail from a Savage Orc Boar Boy and became a Baneguard. As a baneguard he served in Zhatan The Blacks army and had his ambition of being a general scared out of him after he tried to charge a Chaos Lord, Khoth was struck and had his entire right arm crushed. Zhatan was grateful for a challenge. Khoth remembers the blurry site of the brawl, he remembers the wicked, bellowing cackling from Zhatan as he annihilated the chaos lord.
After the battle Zhatan congratulated him for his bravery but threw in a backhanded comment about his weakness. After this battle Khoth gave up his ambitions of being an overlord, instead he only wanted to show himself to Zhatan as a worthy soldier then to eventually be granted power and honour through impressing him. Eventually after intense training he became a Castellan. He served for many years as a castellan in Zhatan’s legion until one day in a battle against ogre raiders, Khoth saw an opportunity. He bellowed a mighty shout and charged a thundertusk. He climbed the mighty tusks until he reached the tyrant atop the beast. Khoth slit his oily, thick throat with his axe than continued to turn the thundertusk around to face the ogre lines. He then slid down the beast whilst cutting its leg to blunt his fall and anger the beast. The thundertusk charged the ogre lines destroying most of them. Zhatan cackled as the battle was won.
When the army returned to give the slaves to Ghorth, Khoth was given the Banner Of Zharr Naggrund by the commander of the Tower of Zharr himself, Zhatan The Black. He now bears the banner of the mighty tower on the battlefield. Constantly upholding the might of Mingol Zharr Naggrund.





Next here is my entire army.






Some new additions you might see I haven’t showed are the 6 ral partha mono-pose trolls, The new iron daemon to replace the old one (it was too small), the death rocket in the back, the scotia Grendel Goliath, the new skullcracker, The Chaos Giant, sneaky gits, The K'daai and the dragon. I don’t have time to show them right now as I should study for my final. But they will eventually get proper close ups. Other than the trolls. All 6 of them were painted in like 5 minutes. My friend was deploying on the table when they were painted. A few of my models are pretty poorly painted but I am still learning how to paint chaos dwarfs. Don’t mean to sound ignorant but most of my models look way better in person than on camera. However some are terrible both ways. I should see if I can find a better light source or even see if I can borrow my brothers camera.

My chaos giant is a DnD unpainted Hill Giant. I would have to say that with my experience with DnD unpainted miniatures I am starting to really enjoy them, not only are they cheap and pre-primed but they are nicely sculpted and made out of a nice hard plastic.

My K’daai is a reaper "Minotaur Demon Lord". This unlike the giant didn't make me appreciate the company, it just reminded me of how difficult Reaper Bones can be. It also reminded me of how quality some of the reaper sculpts are.

They are releasing a new material called "Bones Black" which is supposedly way better. I haven't tried it but it sounds good. They have an Orc shaman that looks more like a hobgoblin to me, might get him and attach a spearhead to his staff


That was my jabble (if I use it enough I believe it will catch on with the majority of people) of models. As for Mercenaries, They are still being worked on. I paint them when I have nothing else to paint and currently they keep getting pushed back behind other things. But even with how exciting my surprise mercenaries are, I have a project so grand that even my chaos dwarfs got shoved back in the painting queue cause of it. More on that project when I paint the models, probably on Wednesday as I don’t have much time to paint till then.


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Hashoooot - 06-17-2019 04:19 AM

The power of the Warp is strong in this one...


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Admiral - 06-17-2019 07:26 AM

Very nice update! The Dark Gods have blessed you, and your jabble. Takes Hat off


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Parish - 06-17-2019 06:07 PM

Keep it up Wink awesome nostalgia when reading you ! I hope you are enjoying your time building and painting your collection.
You are improving a bit every time you post !


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Uther the unhinged - 06-17-2019 06:29 PM

Great post and good jabbling. Love the bsb  back story. Great army building up there. As others have said you are really improving. Hey you are less than a third of my age and already painting better. Remember you learn from your mistakes not your successes. Keep it up!


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - tjub - 06-29-2019 02:59 AM

Thats a great little army you got going there! Those "pinhats" warms my heart. Big Grin


Gargolock's Experience being a broke Teenager trying to make an army - Gargolock - 08-09-2019 09:01 PM

Gargolock Wrote:
August 4rd, 2018 (4 am I should really be sleeping)


That mistake gets me everytime.

just past one year on from my first post.
I remember that night, I stayed up the entire night digging through bins for toys, then hot gluing, brainstorming, etc etc. Then near the end I took some terrible photos of my work and typed out a forum post.
I have come very far since then, in a multitude of ways
I am a better writer first of all (“August 4rd” comes to mind)
Secondly, a way better painter. Practice makes perfect and I am still not perfect, still got more to do. But I am way better after all the practice I got. So far  I am really proud of my Hochland Stuff and I feel like I am getting better with every model. Still got more practice to do however.

One thing that still suffers a bit is my photography, nothing a little goal setting and investment can’t fix.

So far in 1 year of being active on CDO I have enjoyed it. This community is bright and always fun. Really aids the hobby to have a place to share your work, view others work and discuss news and the hobby in general.
I have started my second army, the first few test models turned out better than most of my Chaos Dwarfs have. Makes me want to re-paint some of my Chaos Dwarfs now that I have had more practice.

Its good that every new model I paint I think it is the best I have ever painted, shows growth.

Well to celebrate my 1 year anniversary with the Chaos Dwarfs, I will post a picture....   of those mercenaries I mentioned!

Presenting to You! Some Chaos Warriors!



I was super proud of these guys, it was my first time edge highlighting and my first time where I actually succeeded while layering. I liked these guys a lot. I found them on the floor in the back of my local hobby shop, they were one of those old boxes of models which were meant to test paint schemes on. 3 for 10 bucks, I got them because I always loved the Chaos Warrior models but never enough to buy a unit of them. So I saw my chance to buy a few and took it. I decided to test out 3 of the 4 mark paint schemes to see which one I enjoyed most. I liked Nurgle and Slaanesh most.

I actually planned to get more mercenaries on the field after painting these guys, I had a bunch of Reaper models that I was gonna paint and even had a Warmachine and Hordes model I have had for a while that I was gonna use as a Daemon Prince. The backstory was that Archaon sent some Chaos Lords and a Daemon Prince to inspect the Chaos Dwarfs to see if they were Chaos Undivided material. Never got around to painting them though. Might do it someday.

I am excited for what’s next for me and my armies, I will do the empire army for a while then come back and probably redo and repaint some of my Chaos Dwarfs, make them better and spice them up a bit. Then I will probably expand my Chaos Dwarfs, I still don’t have any Bale Tauruses, Bull Centaurs, Acoytes, Altars, Etc etc, missing a Jabble (not gonna even comment, its a regular word) of cool things that are required.


Well, Thanks for reading. I will be mostly working on Hochland for the coming while. Also on a side note I have been using Tinypic up until now as when I googled "How to upload photos to the internet" it was the first result, but that's shutting down so the photos here might not work anymore other than the new ones I am using Imgur for.


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Zanko - 08-10-2019 03:11 AM

Your Mercenaries look really cool - just for Humans! But now I'm really looking forward to new Chaos Dwarfs, which will hopefully follow now! Wink


                      Hashut!


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Oxymandias - 08-10-2019 12:02 PM

Lovely work on making the capes look realistically muddy and dirty at the bottom. Details like that really sell a mini.


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke kid trying to make an army - Cloister - 08-24-2019 11:37 PM

Nice work, love the tjubling rocket. I still need to pick one up :l


Gargolock's Experience being a broke Teenager trying to make an army - Gargolock - 09-17-2019 12:39 AM

Hello, I don't have any new Chaos Dwarfs today (I have been engulfed by 100 statetroops and a golden hat).

Even though I have nothing to showcase, I do have a few things to say.

Firstly and most importantly, I am no longer playing AoS.
I got bored, Even with my gaming group's house rules. Instead now I am leading the cause to convert my group towards Kings of War. I won't be able to use my chaos dwarfs until I do a significant amount of re-basing but my Empire will serve in a few trial runs to see if it is an improvement over AoS. I am glad I am switching just in time for 3rd Edition.

Secondly, I am considering getting a Dungeon Crawler. I have weighed my options between Dungeon Saga, Myth, Descent, Massive Darkness, Silver Tower and one I forget the name of but it had something to do with Brimstone. I have decided on Dungeon Saga. I have heard good things about it. Any one played Dungeon Saga? if so is it fun?

Thirdly, all of the photos are gone. I will replace them probably with re-painted and re-based versions later.

Thats all I had to say, Excited to pull all the pieces of my Golden Hat Entry together tonight!


RE: Gargolock's Experience being a broke Teenager trying to make an army - Oxymandias - 09-17-2019 01:49 AM

We house ruled the living hell out of AOS in my gaming group to get a little narrative campaign going but alas to no avail. The game is a great intro into wargaming but for many an experienced player it’s not what you’re after. Feels more like a collectible card game with miniatures instead of cards than a simulation of warfare.

I don’t hate it as a game. In fact I’m teaching some local kids how to play it as a first foray into wargaming. But for me, Warlord’s of Erehwon has been the real eye opener. It’s exactly what I want out of a fantasy battle game. KOW is a cool game and I played the first edition quite a bit but I’m always hesitant to really get into it  due to the fact that base sizes and unit ranks really matter. My collections are such a mess of varied basing that it would be a real job to make any of them work in that system.

Gargolock Wrote:
Hello, I don't have any new Chaos Dwarfs today (I have been engulfed by 100 statetroops and a golden hat).

Even though I have nothing to showcase, I do have a few things to say.

Firstly and most importantly, I am no longer playing AoS.
I got bored, Even with my gaming group's house rules. Instead now I am leading the cause to convert my group towards Kings of War. I won't be able to use my chaos dwarfs until I do a significant amount of re-basing but my Empire will serve in a few trial runs to see if it is an improvement over AoS. I am glad I am switching just in time for 3rd Edition.

Secondly, I am considering getting a Dungeon Crawler. I have weighed my options between Dungeon Saga, Myth, Descent, Massive Darkness, Silver Tower and one I forget the name of but it had something to do with Brimstone. I have decided on Dungeon Saga. I have heard good things about it. Any one played Dungeon Saga? if so is it fun?

Thirdly, all of the photos are gone. I will replace them probably with re-painted and re-based versions later.

Thats all I had to say, Excited to pull all the pieces of my Golden Hat Entry together tonight!