Dwarfs

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Dwarfs
DW mon 64.png
General data
TypeMajor
CategoryDwarfs
RulerThorgrim Grudgebearer
Distinct features
Can only capture territory belonging to Greenskins or other Dwarf factions.
Bullet icon grudges.png Grudges:

Enemy actions result in Grudge missions, and must be settled by any and all means necessary to keep order.

Icon underway.png Use Underway:

Armies can choose to use the network of underground tunnels to avoid impassable terrain and enemy armies.

Bullet icon dwarf unit roster.png Roster of heavily-armoured units with strong leadership and a variety of deadly war machines.

The Dwarfs are the stocky technology specialists in the world of Warhammer.

Background[edit | edit source]

By Grungni’s beard, that’s an insult that can only be repaid in kind. Die, you wazzock!

Dwarfs are a proud, bearded folk who are quick to temper and easy to offend, with a love of gems, gold and other precious metals. They are short, generally no taller than five-and-a-half foot in height but are broad with powerful arms and stout legs. Dwarfs are master craftsmen; they see the work of other races as inferior and even have a special word in their lexicon for man-made devices which they call "umgak", to mean shoddy. Much of this learning has come from eons of carving out their homes in the mountains; the strongholds under the World's Edge Mountains were undisputable wonders of the world - massive underground cities, and in the lower levels great industrial centres in the form of smelteries, forges and mine works digging ever deeper into the roots of the mountains.

With their Dwarfholds established across the World's Edge Mountains and far beyond, the Dawi prospered for many generations. But then came the War of The Beard, a devastating continent-spanning conflict with the High Elves. This decimated the Dwarf Empire, leaving the network of Dwarfholds weak, then their realm was riven by a chain of devastating earthquakes. That’s when the Goblins and other things struck. The Dwarfs' true enemies were revealed as the devious Goblins, who had for so long coveted the Dwarfs' grand halls. Thus the golden age of Karaz Ankor - ‘The Everlasting Realm’ in the Dwarfish tongue of Khazalid - ended.

In recent times, they are a race barely holding onto glories past; with only a few strongholds remaining in Dwarf hands, the rest lost to enemies or abandoned to the elements.

To this day the Dwarfs still fight; their ultimate goal is to restore their empire. With their belligerence, such a thing is possible. A Dwarf army or ‘throng’, is a powerful force, consisting of stoic Dwarf Warriors and using wonders of technological accomplishment that put all other races to shame. Gyrocopters and Gyrobombers fly above the battlefield while cannons fuelled by flame and steam spew death. Dwarfs do not call upon the Winds of Magic in the same way as Elves or men. To them, magic is a tangible thing, something that can be worked into axes, stone or even cannonballs. This is rune magic and Runesmiths, the masters of the art, are adept at creating arcane devices and weapons of great power.

It is with all these elements - stalwart Dwarfish hearts, exceptional armour and weaponry, and their unmatched machines of war - that High King Thorgrim Grudgebearer plans to retake his realm, slaying every last stinking Greenskin in his way! Few doubt his resolve, and for the first time in many generations, the Dwarfs are truly roused to battle - the Great Reckoning begins!

Start Position[edit | edit source]

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Victory Conditions[edit | edit source]

Short Campaign[edit | edit source]

Long Campaign[edit | edit source]

The same as the short campaign, with the following additions:

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

  • Where the Vampire Counts epitomize war of maneuver, the Dwarfs are all about attrition warfare. Emphasizing stable defensive lines, overwhelming firepower, and steady advances over brilliant maneuvers, Dwarfs require a patient hand and a defensive mind. A stable gunline defense, small mobile units to counter thrusts, and precise application of fire support are the name of the day - but require careful tactics, as they can easily be undone by flanking or baiting maneuvers.
  • Strong economy and trade options. Large technology tree, with both military and civic branches. Magic resistance, but no magic. Expensive unit recruitment cost and upkeep.
  • The Underway provides a risky transportation route through impassable and inhospitable territories.
  • Mind the Book of Grudges. Striking entries can be a benefit... But they can accumulate very, very easily.
  • Durable units with strong leadership. Excellent range of strong artillery.
  • No cavalry.
  • Small military unit sizes.

Gallery[edit | edit source]