This blog is about my private venture into having Mr. John (Poshgoblin) Pickford doing me a small range of 28mm dwarf miniatures that will fulfill my personal need for more dark, sinister and vicious dwarfs.

Saturday 30 June 2012

- and now some painted ones (by Blue in VT)

Just recieved these pictures:

Miniatures are all painted by Blue in VT. He did one hell of a job painting these - and really did the fantastic sculpts justice.

Thanks Blue, thanks for all your help and support.

Sunday 10 June 2012

- and then some assembled ones

And then its time to share some assembled versions.

Need to save most of the masters for coming production moulds, but there should be enough for allowing  some piece of fun:

Clam Minis: Ewal Dvergar, Core Warriors

And here to show that they actually are rankable, but like most other 20mm based miniatures it will be a bit tricky - luckily most of the shields are rather small-ish.

Clam Minis: Ewal Dvergar, Assembled Warriors

Clam Minis: Ewal Dvergr Character, Johann

Johann, with the beard piece

Saturday 9 June 2012

Master Castings

Okay, so lets get on with it, and let me show you what this is really about :)

Early May all greens (including my own humble tries at sculpting) went off for mastering in the UK. And after about 4 weeks these two bags was delivered at my address, here in Denmark.

Holding 25 top quality spins from each of the two moulds - nearly 4 kg of awesome white metal master casts.

But, I guess you are more interested seeing what's actually inside those two bags, right?

Bag I
Bag II

Okay, I'll stop now! - so here they are:

Ewal Dvergar, Core Infantry
by John Pickford
4 Bodies
10 Core Warrior heads
5 heroic heads
8 hand weapons
5 Shields
Johann, Ewal Dvergr Character
by John Pickford

Johann, Ewal Dvergr Character - front

Johann, Ewal Dvergr Character - back

Ewal Dvergar Grenadiers
sculpted by me

Grenadiers, 3 different poses

Thursday 7 June 2012

The Miniature Adventure: Johann

Last summer, when the "miniature adventure" was still rather vague and mostly ideas in my head (and perhaps a few "enthusiastic" emails to John) a little vicious dwarf got born.

For a long time, John had been speaking about trying out the evil dwarf theme, but always telling me about the lack of time to do personal projects - but suddenly - out of the blue air - came this little beauty, in June 2011:

And, if there was any doubt left in my head (whether to commission John or not) I must admit, that seeing this little character made my decision final. Really wanted a set of miniatures with exactly that "feel" - and was now a 110% sure, that John was "the right guy" for the job.

However, my project was to create a set of multi part core warriors, so this spectacular character didn't really suit my purpose looking way to heroic, so I hesitated a bit when the miniature was offered to me, but it didn't take long to convince me otherwise :-)

So in my box of crisp greens (or browns, as John use a mix of green and brown sculpting putty) came "Johann":

Johann is sculpted without a beard/long beard to allow the breast plate to be seen. But as most people fancy bearded dwarfs a little separated beard piece has been made. And the shield ... wow! The shield, is a little piece of art on its own.

Tuesday 5 June 2012

Taking my hobby to the next level (the beginning)

As the title says, I'm taking my hobby to "the next level" - and would like to share it with you all, now .... I think. So, here in my brand new blog: Ewal Dvergar:-)

So what does "the next level" means? What can actually come above collecting and painting the most awesome Chaos Dwarfs ever made?? All the C16s, the D3s and the Marauder Miniatures MM90-line's? The miniatures that have kept me in the hobby all those years?

Well .....!

(Here is a conversation I have had with "myself" - let us just call it a mid-life hobby crises)


Turning 40, ha'? Ain't you to old for this shit? 

- No, lots of men my age are still in this hobby doing, ehhh... doing ..... still doing war games.

Yeah, right! If so, they do Ancient Battles. Recreating the second Punic War or some battle at Waterloo, they are. Perhaps you should try out some historical gaming, as you seems to have the age for them!

 - NO! Fantasy is my genre, and will always be my genre.

So you'll use the next 40 years collect and paint old fantasy lead?

 - Yes, think so, but ............. but I do actually dream of have my own little set of miniatures made.

You want to sculpt your own fantasy miniatures - lol...?

 - No, no already tried that and I'll admit that I will never be good at it. I am - of course - proud of my Four A Miniatures Dwarf Standard Bearer (Dronzak Bannerfist) - and also of those Grenadiers I did last year - but I'll leave it to the professionals - to the real miniature sculptors.

So you'll ask another guy to do the job for you, then? 

 - Interesting thoughts, but it's just a dream ... but who should I ask, if ...? 

Aly Morrison? The man that did so great 20 years ago? 

 - No, no he is still engaged with GW, so can't take on such a commission and he also work in a very different direction, now. Seems to have forgot all about that "old feel". 

What about that other guy? The guy that did those "Twisted Tales" ones?

 - Sjoerd Trouwee - lol - the guy that sculpt a miniature each two years? I'll then be 50, before I get anything. No, I'll probably need a guy with faster hands, I guess.

So why not try ask that sculptor you have been speaking so much of, lately. What was his name? Robert Redford?

- No, his name is "PICKFORD, John Pickford" - you dumb <biiiip>!

Okay! Sorry! - John Pickford, then. You should ask him.

- Hmm! maybe that's not such a bad an idea. He is my all time favourite fantasy sculptor, you know - and have been doing some wonderful dwarf stuff for White Knight, so if something similar was done in a more vicious and sinister style ......! - and done by the very best .....! Guess, it would be a win-win situation. 
But it will cost. It will cost an arm and a leg! And what will my wife say? - and what about John, will he even take on such a job ...?

(and the short story was ....)

 Wife said .....: "Yes, why not let that be your 40th birthday present. I've been looking for something personal and unique, like the tattoo you gave me, when I turned 30th! But I couldn't find out what to give you. And every time I have asked, you always say "you got all the things you need" - but now it seems like there is actually something you need".

 - and then John said: "Surely, Evil dwarfs have been one of my favourite fantasy subjects, but have never had the time to actually work on them, so this is the perfect chance! - but you'll have to wait till I have time for them".

And so I waited, and waited, and waited .... but in January I started seeing conceptual pieces and after a few weeks we came to an agreement regarding concept, components and style. And after that, I literally got "spammed" with WIPs. Lots of them, and gave me a lot of components, more than I originally had asked for.

And before I knew of it I was suddenly looking at these .... my (dare I say) first set of unique multi parted Ewal Dvergar