Iron Mask Miniatures: Musketeer Dwarves and Ogres

You, boy, are arrogant, hot tempered and entirely too bold. I like that. Reminds me of me.

For the King!
I just finished up a commission (sadly not with the King's musketeer's) painting up these Iron Mask Miniatures musketeer dwarves and Cardinal's guard Ogres for the Iron Mask Miniatures Kickstarter rewards.  Any of you that have been following me know that I have a soft spot for dwarves, especially the old Maurader miniatures and old GW styles. I am lucky to be part of a cabal of like minded persons, one of whom started the Iron Mask venture. 
Friends aside, I would have snapped up these models  in a heartbeat!  The sculpts are done by the same fellow who does the great White Knight miniatures, with most models having interchangeable heads and hands- with lots of extras for cool swapping.  I may have spent as much time playing around with poses as I did painting them! 

A time honored "meeting" of a musketeer and one of the Cardinal's guards.
The building was done by the amazing Daryl Empey, and the cart is an old Hincliffe, I think.
The dwarves come in at least 7 body poses, and as you can see, the variation is great. I stuck with a pretty standard uniform for most of the models, but painted up four hero models  in uniquely colored suits, and gave them red heels on their boots.  The one  painted in Cardinal's colors is part  of my collection. 
A great number of poses and possibilities with the hand, head and body variants

Our bearded heroes defend the beer cart!

Cardinal's Ogres!
As much as I enjoyed painting the dwarves, I totally fell in love with the ogres. Again, hearkening back to the old Maurader miniatures Landsknecht style ogres, these big boys have great proportions, and those faces that have both a ton of expression- and the expression of dumb naked strength. 
Like the dwarves, the ogres heads and hands are interchangeable. I went with a predominance of huge pistols, because - well- huge pistols!
Ogres. Tough, and with big blades and hand cannon!

Crossing steel. Who's guarding the beer wagon...

Size comparisons. Ogres are true ogre scale!

All in all, I had a great time painting these models, and got mine half painted along the way. I don't mind saying that I was a bit of trepidation at first, as I haven't painted a non Wooden Wars model in over a year.  Apparently, painting dwarves is like riding a... we'll just leave it there. 

The brawlers are unaware of the Giant in their midst.

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