Fallen Dwarves for Lotr

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Fallen Dwarves for Lotr

Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:39 am

This may or may not have shown up here before.

Miniatures of the North, one sculptor's branch on Anvil Industry, are in the slow process of releasing a full range of evil dwarves tailored to Lotr's 25mm scale and Dwarven proportions. Inspirational source was eastern dwarves serving a Dark Lord, in some fantasy setting based on Tolkien's.

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This might be particularly interesting because 4/7 great dwarf tribes migrated eastward to the Orocarni mountain range. They'd occupy a grey area of sorts, since we know that all races except elves fought on both sides during the Last Alliance, and vast swathes of the eastern and southern lands were under Sauron's sway; yet all seven dwarf tribes sent forces to cleanse out the Misty Mountains of goblin infestation, brutal style, ending with the battle outside Khazad-Dûm.

These fallen dwarves could in other words make an allied contingent for evil forces in general, including orcs (particularly since Nogrod dwarves in an early draft of the Silmarillion employed orcish mercenaries to take Doriath...); easterlings in particular because of neighbour alliances; or westerly dwarves. You could also play out some brutal mayhem in the distant east, with territorial contests and skirmishes between orcs, fallen dwarves, easterlings and variags of Khand.

Range currently consists of pickaxemen, crossbowmen, command group and a sorceror. Elite dragon guard, spearmen, some character/s and (Greek fire) flamethrowers are to be released.

In my opinion their style fits well into Lotr, though their shields in particular could have made do with more details, or at least rivets. The use of Chaos Dwarf-inspired curlybeard, Babylonian style, is not unwelcome.

What say you?

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Re: Fallen Dwarves for Lotr

Tue Apr 12, 2016 5:41 pm

Looking good.
What is the scale of 25mm dwarf?

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Re: Fallen Dwarves for Lotr

Tue Apr 12, 2016 5:47 pm

Height, you mean? The same as Lotr Dwarves, but I have no opportunity to measure one at this place. The sculptor intentionally kept them in that scale, so no problem about using them with GW Lotr minis. Quite a lot of Chaos Dwarf collectors bemoan that a little, and some even considers buying despite it, while others hope for a 28mm heroic scale evil dwarf kit of Fallen Dwarves.

So, Lotr compatible? Yes.

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Re: Fallen Dwarves for Lotr

Thu Apr 14, 2016 5:55 am

Good. The babylonian beard looks strange first, but it is true that it gives the figures a good edge.

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Re: Fallen Dwarves for Lotr

Fri Apr 15, 2016 3:01 pm

Nice.
Quite different from the GW Range, and they do look sufficiently evil :D

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Re: Fallen Dwarves for Lotr

Fri Apr 15, 2016 5:18 pm

They are particularly menacing-looking. I'm loving the possibilities dwarves in the service of the Enemy suggest. Thanks for bringing them to my attention!

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Re: Fallen Dwarves for Lotr

Fri Apr 22, 2016 6:43 pm

No problem!

Received an order and painted a couple of Fallen Dwarves to try things out. Gotta paint every now and then in between sculpting rounds!

For Lotr, these are intended to be Orocarni Naugrim, a.k.a. Red Mountains Dwarves, from a large mountain range far off to the east off the standard map of 3rd Age Middle Earth, where 4/7 Dwarf fathers awoke and started their tribes. One would expect contact between these easterly Dwarves and the human Easterling peoples to be frequent, particularly since some snippet in Silmarillion made it clear that western human groups had their languages and culture influenced mostly by Elves, while eastern groups got the same from Dwarves (and incidentally also displaced nomadic Elf wanderers).

Painted in bronze and red to match Weta Workshop's Easterlings:

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They're nice miniatures, but their detail level is slightly insufficient in the basic miniatures. That was easily fixed by sculpting a piece of belt gear (pouch, bag), adding bowstring and arrow to the crossbow, and adding random shield rim details to the shield. Rivets would perhaps have looked better, but sculpted rivets fall off. Either they're cast on the model, or you go for something with larger adhesive area.

These models are warmly recommended and will make neat allies and enemies alike to both western Dwarves, Easterlings, men of Dale, Khand and roving Orcs. A small warband to add to some larger force should prove a manageable little addition to the Lotr collection, and a lesser purchase. Looking forward to future releases of Fallen Dwarves!

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Re: Fallen Dwarves for Lotr

Tue May 10, 2016 2:06 pm

These guys look great, especially the command section! And its great to see a 3rd party company make such a large variety of models, its basically a full range at this point.

I can understand Chaos Dwarf players being upset, these clearly follow CD aesthetics and even unit types, but would be far too small for AoS (where the scale seems to be creeping up even larger than WHFB was).

Although their shields look like maps of Australia. Such an odd shape.

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Re: Fallen Dwarves for Lotr

Tue May 24, 2016 6:34 am

Nice painting!
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Re: Fallen Dwarves for Lotr

Tue Aug 23, 2016 3:35 pm

Great evil easterling dwarves!

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