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    Chaos Dwarfs Through the Ages

    Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the first ever compilation of official Chaos Dwarf miniature developments through the ages!

    This overview of Games Workshop and Forgeworld's various iterations of Chaos Dwarfs will take you from the very beginnings up to the present day (April 2019), and showcase the evolution of the weird and wondrous concepts embedded in Chaos Dwarfs.

    This thread deals with Chaos Dwarf concepts in official miniatures. For compilation attempts at community homebrew work on Chaos Dwarfs, see Carven Images (CDO 2007-2017) and the Chaos Dwarf Culture Project.

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    Re: Chaos Dwarfs Through the Ages

    Typos cleared out and much more importantly, Mini-Me Marauder Chaos Dwarfs (with comparisons to their Human Chaos Warrior counterparts) have been added into 1980s - 3rd Edition. Check it out!


    Zygmund over on Warhammer Empire had this observation to share on Chaos Dwarfs as a concept:

    Quote Originally Posted by Zygmund
    What would be even more interesting is the question why Chaos Dwarfs?


    Why not Chaos Goblins, Chaos Orcs, Chaos Halflings, etc. etc.?


    My guess is that Dwarfs in the Norse legends and folk beliefs are morally ambivalent, and many are outright evil. Even Tolkien makes a mention that in ME some Dwarfs were so consumed with envy that they became evil. So evil Dwarfs. Then GW made the obvious link to good Dwarfish armour, maybe even Dwarfish Chaos armour, and machines. Add an (un)healthy dosis of Punk, Giger and Cthulhu, and there you have it, I'd guess.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Karak Norn Clansman View Post
    Typos cleared out and much more importantly, Mini-Me Marauder Chaos Dwarfs (with comparisons to their Human Chaos Warrior counterparts) have been added into 1980s - 3rd Edition. Check it out!


    Zygmund over on Warhammer Empire had this observation to share on Chaos Dwarfs as a concept:
    Chaos Dwarfs always seemed a half-hearted effort, though. They borrowed heavily from the Orcs and Goblins list and were more of a sub-army, sort of the WHFB equivalent of Sisters of Battle.

    Tactically, you also had the strange notion of a dwarf army (complete with gunpowder) that also got to have a cavalry element.

    If one looks at fantasy armies as not just fluff but also distinct fighting styles, the Chaos Dwarfs didn't really fill a unique niche.
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    Re: Chaos Dwarfs Through the Ages

    Dark Elves and High Elves may also be mentioned as not filling a unique niche. Both were mobile glasscannon armies.

    Chaos Dwarfs were not heavily invested with work, true, but their background concepts were inspired. They've stood the test of time and only gotten richer.

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    Dark Elves and High Elves may also be mentioned as not filling a unique niche. Both were mobile glasscannon armies.
    I think the High Elves were the most fully realized of the elvish armies. They had a mixture of heavy and light troops and were very balanced in terms of strategic options.

    The wood and dark elves were basically sub-lists that were fleshed out into full armies to sell models. By that I mean that if you delete the fluffy stuff and look purely at battlefield performance, they're sub-lists.

    Chaos Dwarfs were not heavily invested with work, true, but their background concepts were inspired. They've stood the test of time and only gotten richer.
    Well, they got richer until - like all fantasy armies - they were thrown away by GW.

    I will grant that the Babylonian influences made them stand apart from a lot of the other WHFB armies. Wood and High elves were Tolkien clones, Dark Elves were a D&D fetish, but Chaos Dwarfs were pure GW.
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    Re: Chaos Dwarfs Through the Ages

    Agreed, High Elves were always well designed as an army, while Dark Elves in particular was an offshot.

    Also agreed on Chaos Dwarfs (they and Skaven are pure GW), though I'd add that the concepts both pioneered by Warhammer and inherited yet developed further in the WHFB setting, are given a new life in the Ninth Age, its spiritual successor. So even when looking at official stuff, the concepts set in a Warhammer-esque world are not abandoned, even though GW have nothing to do with it any longer.

    The concept developments were not in vain. The community picked up the pieces, and so the Old World spirit lives on.

    Cheers!

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