Wednesday, 29 June 2011

AOW vs GW dwarfs

I managed to get through one sprue of the new berserkers. The hair bits are optional and have not yet been attached, I am wondering if a unit of bald dwarfs would look good? The figures are very easy to assemble, each sprue will make up 3 dwarfs armed with two weapons and a single dwarf with a great axe. There are also spare hands giving the finger (very rude, my dwarfs are far too polite for that kind of thing), body piercings and bits of chain. Note that even though dwarfs are small in height, they are bulky and you will need to be careful to assemble them so that they rank up together.

Here's a comparison shot with a plastic GW dwarf, from my artillery crew, chosen as he also has a bald head and is quite close in pose to the AOW dwarf. Note the similarity in height and proprotions, with the AOW dwarf having possibly slightly finer facial details in a slimmer nose and head width. Note also that the AOW dwarf legs and torso are separate components, so it is possible to introduce a side on pose with a little twist of the hips.

And the final comparison with a conventional plastic dwarf warrior, again chosen with similar weaponry in mind. Note that the AOW dwarf is raised by a couple of mm as I have stood him on slithers of plastic, to prevent the "help I'm sinking into the ground" effect that can happen when the basing material is added to the plastic base. Speaking of bases, one little oddity in the AOW box is that the bases supplied are slotted, while the plastic legs are not tabbed, so solid bases would have been better. Luckily I have stacks of both variety, if you don't have then be prepared to cover the slot with bits of card or whatever.

So that's a quick rundown on the new AOW dwarfs, I want to get the whole box assembled before I give a full review, hopefully later in the week.

9 comments:

RedCraig said...

Nice, I pre-ordered it as well. Still waiting for my batch though.

I'm definitely a fan of the bald dwarves look.

Are you going to use them as slayer units or paint them for use as a different unit?

Hobby Horse said...

I will use them as slayers, I'm not sure they would double as an armoured dwarf. However, I do think that chaos dwarf players should take a look, replace the bald head with a helmet, add a shield and you would have a very nice basic chaos dwarf warrior.

Dennis said...

Looks grear, will wait for your complete review before I pick some up. Would it be possible to compare them to a GW slayer?

Spiderpope said...

Seeing them next to GW dwarfs, i have to say i actually prefer the GW models. The beards don't look quite right to me on the AoW models.

Xander said...

Right you are, Hobby Horse. I've said they'd make perfect CDs since day 1!

Mr Saturday said...

Hmmm, promising. I wonder if I could use these lads for the boar centaur conversions I have planned. The bald heads look the part. As you say, a little conversion and boom! chaos dwarf warrior. I also think, with a little tinkering, they'd make great crew for chaos dwarf artillery.

PsychosisPC said...

I love the looks of these. The beards look just fine to me.

I've built a few of the GW plastic dwarves and that is a horrible kit in my opinion, not a fan of GW Dwarves, always liked Werner Klonke's Reaper Dwarves. These AoW are very cool, look like they have great detail and flexibility, and like a blank slate for converting. Definitely want to get some of these.

Minijunkie said...

It looks like a very nice set. One thing I'm not keen on is just how thick the axes are.

The Inner Geek said...

I really like the side by side comparison. Thanks for posting this.

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