Readers may remember that I’ve been banging on for years about putting together a Dwarf army for WHFB, without actually doing anything about it. Earlier in the year, realising that I wasn’t going to simply talk the army into existence and needed to actually apply paint to some models at some point I painted my first Dwarf in over a decade (not including Chaos worshippers of course!) during the national lockdown in the spring. Now I’ve finished off a second one. This time it’s the turn of a slayer that I started work on at roughly the same time, but which ended up suffering from a dearth of attention once I was able to get back to work.
These have always been amongst my favourite of the Warhammer dwarves, warriors who have lost their honour through some failure or transgression and so take a vow to seek death in battle at the hands of the most terrible enemy they can find. Each abandons all possessions, bar the axes he needs to do the actual slaying with, shaves his hair into a spiky crest and dyes it orange so that anyone who meets him is left in no doubt as to who they face.
Sadly Games Workshop never really did the Slayers justice, the old models were a bit ropey and the new Fyreslayers of Age of Sigmar – despite the fact that I rather like some of them – have deviated a long way from the concept of the Slayers of old. Instead I got my hands on the Dwarf Seekers from Avatars of War, which are basically just Slayers by any other name.
As usual I’ve no idea when I’ll get back to this project properly but I’m heading towards the end of 2020 with two dwarves painted, and that’s two more than I had when I started.