The Dwarf Mine

In preparation for the upcoming campaign I built this dwarf mine. Unfortunately the slopes are a bit too steep to balance models on, but I’m pretty happy with the way it looks. IMG_1812.JPG

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16 thoughts on “The Dwarf Mine”

  1. That looks very good. I don’t think it’ll be a problem not being able to stand miniatures up on the sides, as that affects every other hill I’ve ever seen in gaming. And for the skirmish gaming you seem to favour it should hardly affect you at all.

  2. That is an awesome idea. And the execution is excellent as well. I always prefer a nice, realistic looking hill to a more ‘gamey’ one. Maybe you cannot place a whole regiment on it, but if you game with friends its not an issue.

    Is there some of the mine shaft modelled, too? If so, it would be great if you could take a picture of the inside.

    1. Thank you for your kind words! I stole the idea from a post in the Bugmans’ Brewery gallary, and the mines from Warcraft II. There really isn’t much going on inside of the mine. I just glued dirt to the floor and painted a square of cardboard black.

      1. Still a very nice rendition. I might try my hand at something similar in some point. Would be cool to have some tracks going inside ending in an elevator to the lower levels and maybe even some LED light effects.

  3. This is delightful 🙂 I love the dwarf on the top of the hill in the feature picture – standing proudly, trusty pickaxe at his side…tankard aloft in mid quaff! The dwarven minis you’ve painted here are really, uh, stalwartly adorable? If such a thing exists, anyway. They have so much character.

    1. Thanks a lot! I got that mini back in 2000, but never had a good home for him. I think he finally found his place in the world 🙂 Stalwartly adorable is the best complement my dwarfs have ever gotten.

      1. They really are quite spiffy! I remember liking a set of GW/LOTR dwarves not too long back, but then seeing the price and kind of breaking into a cold sweat. Having kind of started my interest in minis with Dark Sword stuff and the Reaper Bones Kickstarter, I may have been spoiled a little when it came to my concept of mini pricing! 😉

      2. I wasn’t familiar with Dark Sword miniatures, but I just checked them out and they do some beautiful sculpts. Ordering directly from GW can be crazy expensive but there are a lot of secondhand places like ebay and chaosorc(dot)com that bring the prices back to a less insane level. The plastics have made things a lot cheaper as well. When I started Warhammer pretty much everything came in blister packs of two models for $7-$9USD, now you can get fully customizable multi part plastics for about half the price per model.

      3. Wow! I think there must be a bit of the ‘NZ effect’ going on there – the 4 plastic LOTR dwarves in the blister pack were $78 NZD at the GW store here (that’s ~$US 65). It’s the same with makeup, actually – a lipstick that’s $15 in the US is $56 here (worst case). Needless to say, I do a lot of my shopping Duty Free when I can! Wish they had miniature stores at airports ;-).

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