|Chaos Dwarf by Ravenswood on Cool Mini or Not|
There are several things that strike me right away about this mini. I think the most obvious, and possibly the most impressive, is that it's clear that this guy started out as the Belegar dwarf character model. This hobbyist has done a stellar job converting him into a Chaos Dwarf. I guess all that's really changed is the head, beard, and shield, but it does the trick. I also really like how it evokes the classic tall hat Chaos Dwarf style over the new Forge World aesthetic. Don't get me wrong, I love the new look for them and think it's a lot better then the old one, but this is a nice nod to classic Warhammer Fantasy.
Once we move on from the conversion the painting really stands out on its own. Even if this mini didn't have a single bit of unique sculpting on it, the paint job would make sure it wows regardless. The non-metallic metals are outstanding, especially the red armor. It has just the perfect amount of shine and wear and tear. The tiny scratches all over him really add a nice level of realism. The hammer head also stands out to me as a particularly good spot on the mini. All of the rest of the painting is just as smooth and crisp as you could want, the only part that I don't really know what's going on with is the base. It looks unfinished to me and is frankly, a bit of a let down considering how great the rest of it is. Luckily the conversion and painting on the mini itself allows this guy to still be fantastic despite the rather lack luster base.
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Until next time,
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