Merry Christmas – Dwarf Santa

Happy Christmas everyone, I fancied a change from painting Heroquest so dug this little fellow out of my collection and painted him up quickly.

Dwarf_Santait was sold as a store opening special at the Games Workshop Chester store back in the 80’s, although it was available more widely later via mail order and in my case ebay.

Painting Guide

His skin is base coated with Dark Fleshtone, then Dwarf Skin is applied followed by a Fleshtone Wash. Dwarf Skin is used as a highlight, and then Dwarf Skin mixed with Elf Skintone for the final highlight.

Hair and beard, base coated with Cold Grey then dry brushed with mix of Cold Grey and Bleached Bone, another dry brush of pure Bleached Bone, then a lighter dry brush of Off White, and finally a very light dry brush of White.

Santa’s robe is painted with a basecoat of Heavy Red, given a Black Wash and then layers of Heavy Red, Gory Red, Scarlett Red and finally Bloody Red. The fur trim was painted with Cold Grey then drybrushed with Stonewall Grey, Dead White was added to the Stonewall Grey and then finally a light drybrush of pure Dead White to finish.

His boots and belts are base coated Black then highlighted with a mix of Black and Cold Grey, increasing the amount of Cold Grey for subsequent highlights. I varnished the belt with Vallejo Gloss varnish to give it the polished look. The belt buckle is Brazen Brass shaded with Umber Wash and then highlighted with Brazen Brass again.

Santa’s sack is Heavy Brown shaded with Umber Wash, Heavy brown was used again and after that Earth to add highlights.

The mace head and his chain mail shirt is Gunmetal, shaded with Black Wash, and then highlighted with Gunmetal, while the weapon handle is Earth shaded with Umber and then highlighted with Earth.

The base was painted Cold Grey and then I mixed Army Painters Battlefields Snow with PVA glue in roughly equal quantities and spread it around the base with an old brush.


Heroquest – Dwarf

Now the Dwarf from Heroquest is done too and I’m pushing on with the Chaos Warriors which are nearly done, still hoping to have my first game over the Christmas holidays –

Painting Guide

The small area of flesh on show was painted with Dark Fleshtone then Bronze Fleshtone, a highlight of Dwarf Skin and then a final highlight of Dwarf Skin mixed with Elf Flesh. His beard is base coated with Cold Grey then because there isn’t a lot of detail to dry brush I painted streaks onto it with Cold Grey mixed with Stonewall Grey, I highlighted the streaks with Stonewall Grey and then with Ghost Grey, finally a few fine streaks of Dead White were applied.

His armour and axe head is base coated Gunmetal and shaded with a Black Wash, Gunmetal is used a highlight again. The gold areas are painted with Glorious Gold shaded with Umber Wash with a Glorious Gold highlight and then a Polished Gold final highlight.

The garment under the armour is painted with Cayman Green, shaded with Black Wash, highlighted with Cayman Green and then a final highlight of Cayman Green mixed with Bleached Bone.

The Dwarfs shirt is base coated with Heavy Red, given a Black Wash, highlighted with layers of Gory Red and then a mix of Gory Red mixed with Bloody Red, then a final layer of Bloody Red.

His belt and grips on the axe handle were painted with Dark Fleshtone, then highlighted with Dark Fleshtone mixed with Bleached Bone

The boots and gloves are base-coated with Heavy Brown then shaded with Umber Wash, highlighted with Earth and then a final highlight of Earth mixed with Bleached Bone.