I painted up a medium sized force of space dwarfs last year and I named them the “Ursa Miners“. With a Forgefather team to paint for Dreadball I decided to use more or less the same colour scheme simply because it was easier than coming up with another scheme from scratch. I named the team the “Ursa Miner Bruins” to differentiate the sportsdwarfs from the military types.
Like human (corporation) Dreadball teams, forgefather teams begin with three types of player: Striker, Jack and Guard. A couple of people mentioned that the models of the different positions are not visually distinct enough, a common issue with dwarf miniatures. I used helmet markings to help with identification.
As you might expect, forgefathers are tough and a bit on the slow side in game terms. Its interesting to note that nothing in Dreadball is even vaguely as slow as players can occasionally be in Blood Bowl. While the Miners here are not as nippy as other Dreadball teams, they are still far more dynamic than dwarfs in Blood Bowl.
When painting the Ursa Miner troopers I added a few bright elements to give a little tabletop pzazz to a realistic scheme (in as much as a space dwarf toy soldiers uniform can ever be realistic). When painting the sci-fi sports team of the same guys I emphasised the brighter colours. I made the blue/grey areas significantly brighter and added extra yellow elements.
Red is used as a spot colour on the troopers goggles and techy bits, but as the Bruins uniforms dont feature many of those I added some red to the face armour to act as a focal point. The Bruins look a little like they are wearing tiki masks as a result, although that wasnt particularly the intention.
A few things regarding the painting:
- The models are sculpted with short sleeves and gloves. As I didnt really like the short sleeved look I painted them as if they are wearing some sort of skintight, spandex-y, sci-fi undergarment.
- The highlighting is a bit extreme in places. I probably should have been a little more restrained although that said, I quite like how the jacks in particular look in the group shot and on the game board, so its probably alright
- I need to take a break from looking at the Bruins for a while before I can see them objectively. I finished painting them and subsequently photographed them late last night, so I have been staring at them little guys for a bit too long recently.