So here's the finished chaos dwarf. Overall, this model pleases me. I shall name him Thorgar Kinbane the petite pugilist.
As I stated in an earlier post, chaos dwarves will be my next army, after beastmen. I should get my beastmen finished by summer, built, painted and to 3000pts. Should...
So this gives me time to think about how to make a start on the evil stunties.
The forgeworld models are the dream. Really well designed and oozing character. They are, however, prohibitively expensive. I calculated that even buying off an ebay seller with £5 off the rrp it will cost me £90 for 30 men. One core choice. And an additional 16 english quid for a command. And, if rumours are to be believed, forgeworld will not make any more new scupts at the behest of GW.
Now, a discontinued line has never stopped me before. Infact, I've already ideas for both kinds of kdaii. But the idea of no hobgoblins (or hobbos, for those not into chaos dwarfen lingo), great weapon armed infernal guard (who Ive an idea for converting anyway) or blunderbuses ( who most CD players advise against taking anyway...) But most importantly - no bull centaurs.
On the positive side - I can get a finecast hellcannon again!
So, alternatives. Well mantic offer abyssal dwarfs at a decent rate. Many people dislike mantics range. I quite like them. Some look really good, and with the addition of some decent shields would look good rank and file. A couple helmets are dodgy (giant eye I'm looking at you), but on the whole theyre quite a good alternative.
Also, a battleforce consists of 20 infernal guard equivelants, ten blunderbuss equivelant, 10 great weapon infernal guard equivelant, two quite frankly horrible warmachines and theyre useable crew and a bull centaur character for £85 - less if I wait until a maelstrom games voucher day.
The current mantic range is in a state of flux. Theyre a hybrod kit currently in metal heads a plastic body, with characters being entirely metal. Bull centaurs (or halfbreeds) are pure metal and are quite pricey at £45 for 5 with an additional 10 great weapon equivelants to sweetrn the deal. The rumour is that mantic will eventually release all their metal componants as resnic - a resin plastic combo. This should actually decrease prices but were looking at summer before any changes are made.
I've also never gone entire alternative miniatures before, just as I game at warhammer world semi - frequently. As I'll be no doubt gaming at the local club or my friends houses with a list thats not for tournaments Im not that bothered about a mainly non GW army.
So my options -
Go for the more expensive, better looking resin army with gaps in the line?
Go with the cheaper mantic force which I can't use at warhammer world the 3 or 4 times a year I go there?
I will mix and match - fw warmachines and failcast hellcannon will be used in either list - and restic mantic bull centaur / half breeds will be used in both lists when they eventually arrive. But for the majority troop choices... I'm leaning to mantic.