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#1 Perv

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 02:59 PM

This topic is for people looking at alternative Dwarf figures to Games Workshop ones. Please do not reply or post comments to anything in here. It is purely for viewing only. If you feel anything mentioned here is wrong or needs updating please either contact an admin, myself or the person who posted the review. Reviews of manufacturers will be added when they are done, if you have miniatures from a manufacturer not listed on here and wish to contribute then please contact an admin or me.

A full list of Manufacturers that make Dwarfs can be seen here, some are not around anymore whereas others are still in production. Thank you to Stunties for his work:-

http://stunties.com/...p/Manufacturers

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 03:00 PM

Rackham Review

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Manufacturer : Rackham

Country of Origin : France

Availability : OOP but Ludik Bazar has rights to sell remaining models until stock runs out

Compatible with GW size figs : Larger, some figs are compatible but many have much larger features. Figures supplied with 25mm bases.

Casting Material : Metal

Casting Quality : Excellent detail, no mould lines and flash comes off very easily

Price : Around 4 Euros for RnF figures and up to 15 Euros for character models

Delivery Timeframe : Around 2 weeks for European orders

Customer Service : Good

Size of Range : 170-200 Models covering Tir-Na-Bor, Mid-Nor and Cadwallon ranges.

Suppliers : Ludik Bazaar Online Store http://www.ludikbaza...0_4271_542_3866

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 05:09 PM

Avatars of War review


Manufacturer : Avatars of War

Country of Origin : Spain

Availability
: In production

Compatible with GW size figs : A bit larger but sculpted to 28mm scale. They come with 20mm bases and can rank up with GW figs.

Casting Material : Metal

Casting Quality
: Excellent. Mold lines are either out of question and if they are there, they're usually tiny.

Price : Around €11,50 for a figure, mostly depending on the size.

Delivery Timeframe : Fast, to Europe usually within a week, to the US in approximately 2 weeks.

Customer Service : Good

Size of Range
: Expanding, currently two Dwarfs and one Chaos Dwarf.

Suppliers
: Direct Sales & several independant retaillers worldwide.
Click here for their website and online shop; a list of their retailers can also be found on the site.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 11:53 AM

Hasslefree Miniatures review

Manufacturer : Hasslefree Miniatures

Country of Origin : United Kingdom

Availability
: In production

Compatible with GW size figs : Slightly smaller but compatible. However, 20mm round bases are supplied.

Casting Material : Metal

Casting Quality
: Excellent.

Price : Between 2.50 - 4 GBP. Most figures cost 3.50 GBP.

Delivery Timeframe : Fast.

Customer Service : Good.

Size of Range
: Just under 20 figures.

Suppliers
: Direct Sales & several independant retaillers worldwide.
Click here for the Dwarf range of their online shop; a list of their retailers can also be found on the site.

Special notes :
Especially some of their other ranges might be unsuitable for younger collectors.

Note: Still to be updated with a better picture.

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 02:33 PM

Heartbreaker Review



Manufacturer : Heartbreaker Hobbies, Games (HHG)

Country of Origin : UK

Availability : Mostly OOP although Ral Partha still sell a few models

Compatible with GW size figs : Yes although some models features are slightly larger

Casting Material : Metal

Casting Quality : Good detail, very small mould lines but no flash

Price : 60p - 1.25 each

Delivery Timeframe : Fast, 2-3 days within the UK but slightly longer for outside.

Customer Service : OK

Size of Range : 20 Models still available although many more are OOP.

Suppliers : Direct from Ral Partha Online store The full range can be seen here Stunties

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 09:01 PM

Fantization Manufacturer Review




Manufacturer : Fantization Miniatures

Country of Origin : USA

Availability : In producition

Compatible with GW size figs : 32mm. A bit bigger than GW.

Casting Material : Metal

Casting Quality : Good detail. Minimal flash. There is a larger than usual mold line along the center. Nothing that a file wont fix.

Price : $4.99

Delivery Timeframe : unknown

Customer Service : unknown

Size of Range : It appears that they only have one dwarf, Ka Chunk the Near Sited Dwarf [sic]. It is listed as "2004 Special Edition".

Suppliers : Direct from Fantization Miniatures HERE as well as various online retailers.

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 12:55 PM

Dwarf Tales Review

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Manufacturer : Dwarf Tales

Country of Origin : Poland

Availability : In Production

Compatible with GW size figs : Yes although some of the figs are bigger in general with features sometimes being much larger.

Casting Material : Metal

Casting Quality : Fairly good detail, small mould lines and no flash

Price : 7-9 Euros per figure

Delivery Timeframe : Orders shipped twice per week

Customer Service : OK

Size of Range : 5 OOP models and 9 currently for sale

Suppliers : Direct Sales website http://www.dwarftales.com These are also available from independant retaillers.


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Posted 13 April 2009 - 12:38 PM

Black Tree Design \ Harlequin Review


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Manufacturer : Black Tree Design \ Harlequin

Country of Origin : UK

Availability : In Production, some OOP

Compatible with GW : Yes, they are the same size

Casting Material : Metal

Casting Quality : Very good detail, average mould lines and plenty of flash, some figures weapons\standards are very bendy and suceptible to breaking.

Price : Around £1.60 per figure

Delivery Timeframe : Long, up to 6 months although their website says less

Customer Service : Terrible, most orders arent sent out complete and you have to contact them regularly to make sure you actually get the figures.

Size of Range : Around 170 different models + war machines still in production

Suppliers : Direct Sales Only http://www.blacktree...n.com/home.html

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 12:55 PM

Ironclaw Gothic Dwarfs Review



Manufacturer : Games Workshop Ironclaw Range

Country of Origin : UK

Availability : OOP

Compatible with GW size figs : Perfect match

Casting Material : Metal

Casting Quality : Excellent detail, small mould lines and little flash

Price : Varies per model, ranges from 1 - 25 each

Delivery Timeframe : N\A

Customer Service : N\A

Size of Range : 28 Models

Suppliers : Ebay and similar 2nd hand sites. Full range can be seen here SOLegends and here CCM Wiki

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 03:05 PM

Warcrow Review



Manufacturer : Corvus Belli

Country of Origin : Spain

Availability : In Production

Compatible with GW size figs : Yes, but slightly smaller

Casting Material : Metal

Casting Quality : Excellent detail, no mould lines or flash

Price : 5 Euros each

Delivery Timeframe : Unknown

Customer Service : Unknown

Size of Range : 3 Models

Suppliers : Online store and Independant retailers

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 10:53 AM

Gamezone Miniatures Review


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Manufacturer : Gamezone Miniatures

Country of Origin
: Spain

Availability : In Production

Compatible with GW size figs : Same scale but features are more exagerrated so can look out of place next to GW figs.

Casting Material : Metal

Casting Quality : Good

Price : From 5,50 to 8,50 euros (Blisters) and boxes from 59,00 euros (18/21 miniatures)

Delivery Timeframe : Unknown

Customer Service : Unknown

Size of Range : 70 Dwarfs

Suppliers : http://www.gamezoneminiatures.de/

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 11:38 AM

Black Scorpion Review



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Manufacturer : Black Scorpion

Country of Origin : UK

Availability : In Production

Compatible with GW size figs : Yes, but features are smaller

Casting Material : Metal

Casting Quality : Very good detail, very small mould lines and no flash

Price : £1.60 - £3 each

Delivery Timeframe : Fast, usually shipped the next day

Customer Service : Very good

Size of Range : 10 Models but more coming soon

Suppliers : Online store http://www.blackscor...com/default.asp and Independant retailers

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 11:59 AM

Olleys Armies Review



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Manufacturer : Olleys Armies

Country of Origin : UK

Availability : OOP although another company may start producing these soon

Compatible with GW size figs : Yes, but features are smaller and the females are a fair bit taller

Casting Material : Metal

Casting Quality : Excellent detail, no mould lines or flash

Price : N/A

Delivery Timeframe : N/A

Customer Service : N/A

Size of Range : Around 30 from the Fantasy and Dwarf World ranges, more in the Scrunts range.

Suppliers : Ebay and similar 2nd hand sites

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 05:29 PM

Chainmail Review



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Manufacturer : Wizards of the Coast

Country of Origin : US

Availability : OOP

Compatible with GW size figs : Yes, but features are smaller

Casting Material : Metal

Casting Quality : Excellent detail, no mould lines or flash

Price : N/A

Delivery Timeframe : N/A

Customer Service : N/A

Size of Range : 24 Models

Suppliers : Ebay and similar 2nd hand sites

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 03:35 PM

Tale of War Review



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Manufacturer : Tale of War

Country of Origin : Spain

Availability : In Production

Compatible with GW size figs : Yes, but slightly larger

Casting Material : Metal

Casting Quality : Excellent detail, average mould lines and flash

Price : 3-8 Euros per figure

Delivery Timeframe : Unknown

Customer Service : Good

Size of Range : 17 Models

Suppliers : Online Store http://www.taleofwar...ienda/index.php and independant retailers

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 03:05 PM

Reaper Miniatures Review



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Manufacturer : Reaper Miniatures Inc.

Country of Origin : USA

Availability : In Production

Compatible with GW size figs: These figures are 21-23 mm from bottom to eye level while GW is typically 17-18 mm. The figures are slimmer than GW Dwarfs but otherwise comparable. Mixed with other models they will appear taller but in separate units they should be fine. The slotted figures are supplied with a 1 inch slotted base, but the models fit in standard 2 cm slotted bases as well. "

Casting Material : Metal

Casting Quality : Fairly good detail, small to moderate mould lines and no flash

Price : 5-7 $ per figure

Delivery Timeframe : About 3 weeks for shipping to Europe

Customer Service : OK

Size of Range : 173 Dwarf products

Suppliers : Direct Sales website www.reapermini.com

Notes : Most of their Dwarfs can be seen in this link Reaper Dwarves (Courtesy of Maxxev)

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 03:30 PM

Privateer Press Review


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Manufacturer : Privateer Press - (manufactured and distributed by Cerberus in the UK)

Country of Origin : USA

Availability : In Production

Compatible with GW size figs : No not really, they are 32mm scale dwarves and are slimmer.

Casting Material : Metal (currently)

Casting Quality : Excellent detail, small to moderate mould lines and only occasionally have I encountered any flash

Price : Characters cost between £5-6, units between £15 - £26 for 6 miniatures.

Delivery Timeframe : Unknown

Customer Service : Fair, however can take some time depending on season.

Size of Range : 11 unique figures in the Warmachine line (note some multi-part). 3 in the Iron Kingdoms line. 1 in the Hordes line.

Suppliers : Online store - http://store.privateerpress.com/ plus many independant retailers.

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 08:08 PM

Fenryll Review



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Manufacturer : Fenryll

Country of Origin
: France

Availability : Fenryl online shop & independent online stores

Compatible with GW size figs : Compatible. Dwarfs have more human proportions than GW . Figures are cast with 20 mm resin base.

Casting Material : Grey resin

Casting Quality : Good, no mold lines, some thin resin flash

Price : Around 3,5 Euros for RnF figures and up to 12 Euros for character models

Delivery Timeframe : Unknown, can be up to 4 weeks for certain items at independent retailers.

Customer Service : unknown

Size of Range : 40 Models – Dwarven adventurers, Norse Dwarfs, heroes and warmachines

Suppliers : http://fenryll.com/c...?id_category=35
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Foundry Review



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Manufacturer : Foundry

Country of Origin : UK

Availability : most of the figures are still in production

Compatible with GW size figs : Larger, figures are massive. Still compatible.

Casting Material : Metal

Casting Quality : Good detail, no mould lines and flash.

Price : £13 for 4 RnF figures, USA - Price: $23.00 for 4 miniatures

Delivery Timeframe : Was never able to order directly from them

Customer Service : Unknown

Size of Range : 40 Models – Norse Dwarfs and Swashbucklers (renaissance-style models).

Suppliers
: Online store http://www.wargamesfoundry.com plus many Independant retailers



Westwind Dwarf Wars Review



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Manufacturer : WestWind produstions

Country of Origin : UK

Availability : In productrion

Compatible with GW size figs : Larger,. Figures supplied with 25mm “orc” bases.

Casting Material : Metal, softer than the white metal GW/Reaper are using

Casting Quality : Good detail, but less than on GW/Reaper/Confrontation.

Price : £1 for a RnF figure. USA - Price : Typically about $41.00 per boxed set of 24 foot or 11 mounted figures.

Delivery Timeframe : Around 2 weeks for European orders USA - 5 days for the items in stock

Customer Service : Good.

Size of Range : 200 Models covering Celtic, Norse, Roman, Evil Dwarfs, Dwarven cavalry on rams/goats, Dwarven mammoth (resin with metal crew). Older 20-strong packs had each Dwarf different, newer packs have 5-6 varieties max.

Suppliers : Online Store http://www.westwindp...x.php?cPath=1_4 and many independant retailers.



Juza Miniatures Review



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Manufacturer : Juza Miniatures

Country of Origin : Spain

Availability : In produstion

Compatible with GW size figs : Compatible, figures are of similar build to Gamezone.

Casting Material : Metal

Casting Quality : Excellent detail, no mould lines/flash

Price : 15 Euros for king on shieldbearers

Delivery Timeframe : Around 2 weeks for European orders

Customer Service : Good

Size of Range : Currently only one model – king on shieldbearers.

Suppliers : Online store http://juza-miniaturas.blogspot.com/

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 08:45 AM

Crusader/Black Hat Miniatures Review




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Manufacturer : Originally made and sold by Сrusader, now are sold by Black Hat Miniatures

Country of Origin : UK

Availability : In production

Compatible with GW size figs : Compatible. The Dwarfs are conquistador/spanish style. Another line is Dwarven highlanders

Casting Material : Metal

Casting Quality : Good, not too much detail though

Price : £5 per pack of three

Delivery Timeframe
: 2-3 weeks for European orders

Customer Service : Good

Size of Range : 20 Shattered Isles line and 20 Highlander Dwarfs

Suppliers
: http://www.blackhat....68db778deeaabd5

Highlander dwarfs picture:
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highlanders are accompanied by "war haggis" ;)
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Posted 05 February 2010 - 12:09 PM

Mars Ultor Review



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Manufacturer : Mars Ultor (Juza was sculpting for them before he organized his own company)

Country of Origin : Spain

Availability : OOP but still sold in some online shops

Compatible with GW size figs : Compatible. Slightly bigger

Casting Material : Metal

Casting Quality : Good, little flash and small moldlines

Price : Used to be 4-5.5 EUR/model

Delivery Timeframe : N/A

Customer Service : N/A

Size of Range : 20 Slayers, Doomseekers, Warriors and Heroes.

Suppliers : Some stuff is still on www.e-minis.net




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