I had started with an already painted 15mm Dwarf army I had picked up and painted several years ago. They were undercoated in black and had a basic block in.
These I believe are Pendragon miniatures, but they were bought secondhand in a wargames convention so I cannot be sure.
I liked the Kallistra 12mm Hordes of Things fantasy figures. I picked up Dwarf warriors (32 figs), Dwarf berserkers (32 figs), Dwarf cannon (4 artillery 12 crew), Dwarf command (30 figures mixture of individual warriors, heroes, standard bearers on foot and mounted, cavalry, a king on a throne, 3 wizards 2 on foot 1 mounted). I also picked up a set of 100 years War multibarrelled guns (4 artillery + 12 crew that can act as Organ gun).
From Essex I ordered 5 sets of DD5 Dwarves with spear (8 figures per set), 2 sets of DD9 Dwarf guards (8 figures per set). Since there were no illustrations I was unsure what they would look like and if they could be mixed and matched with the Kallistra figures.
One type of dwarves with DD5 pack Dwarf Spear - I decided to remove the feather flights before painting
The three types that come with DD5 - painted
The three types that come as DD9 Dwarf Guards
For the Dwarf warriors, cavalry and artillery were cleaned up and undercoated black ( Halfords Matt black primer), the berserkers were undercoated white.
With the black undercoat I would drybrush the metal, and then drybrush the beards. The beard colours tended from mid brown to light tan, or yellow, only a few orange beards. Keeping the beards bright makes them stand out against darker clothing. The colours for the army were a basic red (GW Scarab red highlighted with Mechrite Red), mid blue (GW enchanted blue), purple (base GW Lich purple, highlight GW Hormaguant purple). Standards were painted with Foundry Teal blue, or with the army colours. Skin detail was picked out using GW Tallarn flesh, then Foundry Flesh. Finally spears picked out with detail brush (size 00) using GW scorched brown. These were techniques as described in the Naploeonic painting guide. Photos of final army will be posted under my photos.