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Karak Norn Clansman
12-04-2016, 11:55
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 (http://anvilindustry.co.uk/Miniatures-of-the-North/Fallen-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.

http://anvilindustry.co.uk/image/cache/data/a-new/MOTN/dwarfs/dwarfs-command-group-400x400.jpg

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-Dm.

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. (http://www.chaos-dwarfs.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=16482)

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?

mdauben
12-04-2016, 12:30
Interesting! I could certainly see them fitting into the setting.

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blackcherry
12-04-2016, 13:44
It does look very suitable. Here's hoping the LotR rules are republished soon. Can't wait to crack out a dwarf force!

Jind_Singh
14-04-2016, 06:56
It does look very suitable. Here's hoping the LotR rules are republished soon. Can't wait to crack out a dwarf force!

Well the source books are all being reprinted any day now - scheduled to be the 1st release from the new department - the books are being reprinted as is, no changes, as otherwise they would need approval from the LOTR movie studio that holds the license - so they are going to bring them out as-is to allow players access to rules once more

As for the sculpts - nicely done! Would have been a great story to develop and follow

Karak Norn Clansman
22-04-2016, 18:47
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 gold and red to match Weta Workshop's Easterlings:

http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/af111/Master_Admiral/WHFB/Lotr%20Miniatures/Orocarni%20Naugrim%2001_zps4pe5q9j4.jpg (http://s999.photobucket.com/user/Master_Admiral/media/WHFB/Lotr%20Miniatures/Orocarni%20Naugrim%2001_zps4pe5q9j4.jpg.html)

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 alike. 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 Dwarve

Col. Tartleton
05-05-2016, 01:07
Nice miniatures and good work.

I always thought it was interesting that some of the Rhun contingents at Pelennor were described as being short and broad and bearded like dwarfs.