Citadel Warhammer Quest Slayer/Dwarf Dragon Slayer (1998)

Not exactly Oldhammer this time, but still a few years old. I picked up this guy in a partially painted state off my mate Matt F, who I haven’t seen in an age now.

So anyway, it’s probably taken me 15 years to get around to finishing him off. I’ve certainly been staring at him on my shelves since I moved into this house, and we’re moving up on three years of that now. I’d recently moved him up the queue and been actively wanting/trying to make myself complete him for a couple of months, and this past weekend I finally forced myself to do it. It turns out that this extended timeline very nicely coincided with my playing about with a different technique to my tried and tested method for doing gold/brass to, so maybe it all worked out for the best.

Citadel Warhammer Quest Troll Slayer Dwarf Dragon Slayer (1998) Aly Morrison

Citadel Dwarven Dragon Slayer

Quite a lovely figure, I have to say. Sculpted by Colin Dixon and originally released as the Warhammer Quest Troll Slayer, it was re-released as a companion piece to the mid-1990’s metal slayers that were done by Aly Morrison. While some of those are nice enough models, this one is clearly the best of the entire range, so when it was moved to the WHFB range it was also renamed (or promoted) to Dragon Slayer, as befits such a fine model.

I took these photos while the PVA was still wet on the grass tufts, hence the “white blob” look, which has now disappeared. Sorry ’bout that!

Citadel Warhammer Quest Troll Slayer Dwarf Dragon Slayer (1998) Aly Morrison

A nice view that shows off the embossed details of the Axe

I considered adding Slayer Tattoos, or Woad Warpaint, but it’s just such a wonderful model as-is that I decided that I prefer to keep him “clean”. I’ve now got plenty more Slayers to paint, after all – many who will come with much more appropriate amounts of skin to add ink to.

Citadel Warhammer Quest Troll Slayer Dwarf Dragon Slayer (1998) Aly Morrison

Rear view, showing off his bright, stripey pants!

He’s a bit bright, both with his pants and also his hair. But then, he’s a Warhammer model, so I’m fine with it. The shading on the white stripes on his old-timey Warhammer pants is a bit washed out by the lighting, but at least the blue showed up. He could also look fantastic with a dark, grimy and stained look, but I’ve gone for the bright and clean style here which while far less realistic is just as valid an aesthetic for miniature painting. It’s like Goblin Green-skinned goblins!

Citadel Warhammer Quest Troll Slayer Dwarf Dragon Slayer (1998) Aly Morrison

Proportions? What are those?

This photo is actually pretty unflattering towards the sculpt, but I decided to show it anyway. It really does show off the crazily disproportionate dimensions in GW-style dwarven sculpts as that rather hirsute head and clearly belongs on a far, far larger body. Still, as we so often say at my job – “It is what it is.” And this figure is a pretty great one from most angles.

In gaming terms he’s perfect for a PC or NPC in WFRP and on the tabletop as a Slayer Hero. He’ll find some form of use in KoW eventually, very much as a Dwarven Berserker(slayer) hero. Until then, he can just sit in a display case and pretty the place up.

I’ve got some more very old Dwarves painted up here that I’ve completed over the past few years. I’ll have to get them photographed soon and up on display here as well.

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7 thoughts on “Citadel Warhammer Quest Slayer/Dwarf Dragon Slayer (1998)

  1. Lovely clean, crisp finish to him that works perfectly. What you haven’t mentioned is your painting of his face that gives him real expression, particularly with the dark rings under his eyes – he looks like the disgrace that turned him into a Slayer plays on his mind constantly and he hasn’t slept properly in years… Great work.

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    • Thank you! In all honesty though, the face was painted long ago – shortly after I got the figure and I can’t remember how much of it is my own and how much of it was Matt’s (he’s an outstanding painter).

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  2. Indeed beautiful. The rich colours and colour choices guide the eye taking all the lovely detail on this sculpt. I think you did an excelelnt job with the embossed detail f the axe. How did you achieve this effect? The Obelix pants are obviously an excellent choice for a bulky dwarf. I think the head kind of works. It would not surprise me if dwarves would have larger heads in general, after all they are not human.

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    • Thanks! I recently got hold of (well, found) VMA067 Bright Brass which I realised would be a great match with VMA066 Gold – which is a much “whiter” gold than most. Instead of starting with brown, I started with black, then brass, then gold, washed it down with thinned black wash, then picked out the highlights again. It gave a nice effect – a much “colder” brass/gold look than most paints and what I’m used to producing. I did have Obelix in the back of my mind when I painted him, what with the braids and all but the stripey pants started initially in homage to the old-school paint schemes for such figures.

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  3. Fantastic job dude – crisp and clean is hard to do this well, and this sculpt deserves the finish you have achieved. I’m uber impressed that you did individual teeth! My hat is off to you sir 🙂

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    • Thanks Alex. Individual teeth aren’t all that hard to do with a tiny brush, but they’re far easier to do when they’re individually sculpted and well defined as they are on this figure. 🙂

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