Wednesday, 17 October 2012

First of all welcome to my first ever blog. The purpose of this blog is to showcase Dwarfs made by Citadel and Marauder Miniatures from around 1986 when they started producing their miniatures with a slotta base rather than the previous free standing (or non-slotta based as they are now known) to the present day. 

I will be using the pages from the 1991 Citadel Miniatures Red Catalogue for a point of reference and then show the corresponding mini painted. The catalogue splits the Dwarfs into 5 sections - Imperial Dwarfs, Norse Dwarfs, Adventurers, Engineers and War Machines including the Gobblobber and Gyrocopter. As far as the '91 Catalogue is concerned my collection is complete although there were a few special additions released before the publication like the Alpine Skier, Oxy O'Cetylene and the Santa Dwarf. The range of Villagers were left out all together. The plan is to show all of these releases too.

I've been a fairly active member on Bugman's Brewery since 2008 but my obsession with Dwarfs started way back in the early nineties, in fact it was down to one person featured in White Dwarf issue 135, namely Wayne England.

WD did a feature on Wayne's Longbeards...

After seeing this article I flipped to the back pages and saw that they were available by mail order, needless to say I made a phone call and was the proud owner of that very unit the following week.

 After finishing that unit I ordered some more Imperial Dwarfs and started another unit in a similar colour scheme, the obsession then took over. I actually met Wayne England at Games Day the same year as the articles and he was sitting at a desk painting up some crossbows. They looked much better in real life. It's a shame that he didn't get to show off his finished army.

Anyway after that encounter I think I ended up collecting quite a few dwarfs over the next couple of years before moving on to an undead army, then O&G, then Bretonnians.

I'm sorry to say that I sold the Dwarfs in the late nineties via eBay and was surprised how much they sold for and didn't really think any more about it.

Many moons past and many armies later I was in the middle of a Dark Elves army when I was told about Avatars of War and the quality of their Dark Elves heroes. I ended buying the Dwarf Berserker and that was it, the collection started over.

The only down side was that the prices in 2008 were a lot more expensive the second time around and could have kicked myself for selling my Dwarfs.

Second time around and after a few years painting experience I completed a unit of Imperial Dwarfs...

Over the next few weeks I will be showing some of the units I've painted since 2008 whilst I prepare and decide on a format for cataloguing them.




  1. OK. Now we know that Mr England is responsible for all the crazy dwarf collections all around the world :o)

    Great unit by the way. I wish I had more time to finish such a band.

  2. A great project that you started here Darkblade, I hope it will still leave you some Time for the Brewery ;).

    I could easily see this become a great Ressource for all us OOP dwarf lovers.

    Cheers be assured that you are not alone on your Quest.


    1. Thanks buddy. I'll keep posting at the brewery too, this is just an off shoot. That was the initial plan for the blog to be used as that very thing a resource bringing all the dwarfs together.