Painting House Grunndorn – Dwarf Longbeards and Flame Cannon

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The next batch of my Dwarf army for BOYL 2018 is finished! This time around House Grunndorn has contributed two units to the war effort: a regiment of surly but stalwart Longbeards, and a deadly Flame Cannon!

I remember first seeing the Longbeard models in Paul Robbin’s amazing Golden Demon winning Dwarf army from 1992, featured in White Dwarf 151, and thinking they looked fantastic.

Paul Robbins Longbeards

My own unit has a far simpler colour scheme of quartered shields and blue coats, but I hope I’ve captured some of the vibrancy that caught my eye in this classic unit.


You may notice the unit has a highly irregular Halfling drummer! The background to this chap is that my dwarf hold has close and ancient ties to the Moot, which traditionally sends a skilled musician to join the Thane’s bodyguard. The dwarfs take the (even littler) little chap’s protection very seriously, and guard his life with as much fervour as they do that of their leader.

A little detail that I enjoyed adding was the unit’s standard symbol on the champion’s shield, to help tie the unit together a little more and also help him to stand out from the regular troopers.

Longbeard champ

Also hot of the forge from House Grunndorn is a terrifying (for all involved) Flame Cannon. I love this old model, particularly the almost orclike clunkiness of the design (something I really miss in more modern Dwarf models), and the fear expressed by the poses of the three poor crewmen! I’ve built the war machine onto a scenic base, the process of which I’ll go through in a future post. I added a few fun details too, including a pair of fuel barrels, and a handy brazier for the master gunner to keep his linstock hot!

Flame Cannon

Next up for the dwarfs with be a unit of spearmen and a cannon…more to come soon!

4 thoughts on “Painting House Grunndorn – Dwarf Longbeards and Flame Cannon

  1. There’s loads of little nice touches in that unit that show how much care you’re poured into them: the redness of their noses, the endpieces on the banner’s crossbar, the highlights on the weapon shafts. They’re lovely.

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