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|As you can see, he came with everything above his hands missing, so I got to play with changing a two-handed axe bearing Dwarf from my Dwarf Warrior set into a banner (see later) and changing the Khazad Guard into Dain. The idea was to change the paint job to fit my army better (both for the base and for the armor and tunic). The unit would focus on Dain in a battle pose, which is my only critique of the Dain model that GW has created.|
|I cut off the axehead and shaved parts of the back of the axe off, to make the axehead less diamond shaped and more like Dain's (which looks surprisingly like Balin's, by the way). In order for the axehead to look different from the rest of the force, I've changed the curve of the blade on the front as well, making it a well-rounded curve with parts cut off the back of the blade too. Once everything was ready, I painted up the blade to see how it looked and was rather pleased with my effort. I then cemented the axe head onto the Khazad Guard unit with household cement. After a few failed attempts to do this, I finally got it the way I wanted. You can't see some of the detail in this picture, but there is a Dwarf "D" rune on Dain's axe (for the bearer's name) and a Dwarf "B" rune on the other side (for the weapon's name - Barazantathul).|
|You can also see that I colored the unit's armor with silver metal, but left some of the gold undercoat visible (my take on mithril mail). I also changed the boot color to be more of a solid silver color, making it more like armored boots instead of travel boots. The base was converted from a green grass to a gray rock, to fit the theme of the rest of the army. All told, I think the painting scheme turned out okay.|
|The unit, as you can see, has a very thick banner shaft with a worn but decent banner added to it (which was made from gum wrapper, actually). The unit has been painted like the rest of his kinband and sports a banner with the Dwarf rune "D" on it (for Dain, of course). On the other side is Dain's name spelled out in runes...|
|All told, I liked working on this unit, since he adds not only a great bonus to the army, but because unlike Dain, this unit didn't have a simple fix. It took me about 2 hours to get the sprue prepared for the initial cementing and another 30 minutes to paint and prepare the banner. I've seen more creative conversions for a unit like this, but given that this is my first attempt, I'm pleased with how it turned out. If you are interested in a better conversion, you should check out "Sim's Battle Board" here (he gave me the idea to convert this unit).|
|Click on the picture for an up-close view on the units.|