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jeeves26 Jan 2010 5:10 p.m. PST

Title says it all. Which 15mm dwarves do you have, and why do you like 'em? What do you mix them with (if anything)?

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut26 Jan 2010 6:35 p.m. PST

I have Essex. I ordered them because they were available through the same vendor I was ordering my historical stuff from. They have their own charm :)

doc mcb26 Jan 2010 6:48 p.m. PST

Splintered Light's dark dwarves: cavalry on three mounts, including boars, horkuns, and an all-terrain giant lizard. Masked cultists, mutants, corsairs, and more.


cfielitz26 Jan 2010 6:49 p.m. PST

Splintered Light dwarves are fantastic. Lots of detail, etc. Unfortunately, they don't mix well with other, older makes…somewhat on the big side.

I am partial to the old Grenadier figures, now made by Mirliton. They have a variety of poses and paint up pretty nicely. They mix well with other makes, which is a plus in my book.

DrDman26 Jan 2010 6:50 p.m. PST

I have the following: Essex, Demonworld, Splintered Light Dark Dwarves, Chariot and Tabletop Miniatures (now 15mm UK). All total over 200 individually based Dwarves in my Dwarven army. They are all painted. I finally completed an army! Yey!!!!
The Essex Dwarves are nice but are thinner than most. The Demonworld Dwarves are nice, perhaps the best. I like the Splintered Light Dark Dwarves, nice sculpts. Chariot Dwarves make up about 50% of my army, crossbowmen, gunners, pikes and bear riders (these are the ones I don't care for). The Tabletop Dwarves are decent as well. I chose these because they all fit in well.
I Did have Blooddawn and BRF Dwarves but they were too big for 15mm. I have seen the Eureka Dwarves which are very nice but also big.
I hope this helps.

doc mcb26 Jan 2010 7:11 p.m. PST

Chris, the Bob Olley dwarves from SL are 15mm tall, so much bigger than the other lines. But the dark dwarves are more like 12mm and in scale with most of the others. Completely different lines, done by different sculptors (dark dwarves are Sandra Garrity).

RudyNelson26 Jan 2010 7:50 p.m. PST

I have Slinter Light and Black Raven Foundry from Battlehonors.

Mirosav26 Jan 2010 8:02 p.m. PST

My favorites are the Ral Partha and Grenadier ones.

vexillia27 Jan 2010 2:51 a.m. PST

I am partial to the old Grenadier figures, now made by Mirliton. They have a variety of poses and paint up pretty nicely. They mix well with other makes, which is a plus in my book.

For UK readers the former Grenadier Dwarves are available to order from

Martin Stephenson
Vexillia: Wargames Miniatures & Accessories

athensfantasy27 Jan 2010 3:06 a.m. PST

I use pendraken's 10mm dwarves since I find them too big for 10mm and just right for real 15mm (not heroic 15mm aka 18mm).


JRacel27 Jan 2010 7:21 a.m. PST

I will thoss my hat in with the Splintered Light suggestions, especially if you are looking for some nice Evil Dwarfs. As Doc pointed out, the Sandra Garrity Dark Dwarves are around 12mm and are MUCH smaller in all proportions fromt he Splintered Lands Dwarfs done by Bob Olley. The Dark Dwarves have lots of character and many special options including Cultists, mutants, undead dwarves, wizrds, hand crossbows etc. The mounted lizard riders are some of my favorite. I'm sure David might be able to get you some pictures with some other companies Dwarves if you email him.


jeeves27 Jan 2010 1:14 p.m. PST

Nobody is partial to's dwarves?

DrDman27 Jan 2010 3:01 p.m. PST

15mm UK has their own and the Tabletop Dwarves which work well with most companies.

doug redshirt27 Jan 2010 9:15 p.m. PST

Who makes Dwarves in mail and shield, armed with axes, swords and mattocks like in the Hobbit?

DrDman28 Jan 2010 3:51 p.m. PST

Take a look at Chariot minatures and the larger BRF Dwarves are armed like that but they won't work with most manufacturers because they are 18mm.

jeeves28 Jan 2010 4:40 p.m. PST

are the dwarves too tall? i mean, too tall for dwarves in 15mm?

The Beast Rampant29 Jan 2010 7:58 a.m. PST

My faves are Demonworld and Tabletop. Mind you, the DW are a bit hard to come by now (I got lots of mine from from our esteemed JRacel, thank you again!), but the TT are very reasonable from [15mm dot co dot UK]. I love me some well-done, old-school miniatures. Plus, the site has good pics of them…and, if suits you, they also sell 'skirmish game packs', with no sculpt repeats.

Both are 'average sized' 15's. I love Splintered Light, but feel their dwarves are too outsized to fit in with my other minis, which is why my Blood Dawn (ex-Reaper) dwarves have been sitting in the sell/trade box for ages. Big pain trying to fit those guys on standard HotT bases, why I am tempted to do Mighty Armies 25x50mm, anyway.

The Beast Rampant29 Jan 2010 8:12 a.m. PST

TT are just a tad bulkier than DW and Ral Partha (Ral's are definitely more slightly built than most other manufacturer's dwarves), though IMHO, not enough to be problematic. I would never mix SL with any minis other than maybe BD (of those that I have seen), but have no SL on hand to directly compare to my BD. I just now looked at my Ral/TT/DW dwarves.

I have never seen Essex's, and am not prone to order minis the %&*# manufacturers won't post pictures of on their sites.

Landorl30 Jan 2010 8:37 a.m. PST

Splintered Light has two ranges of dwarves. The Splintered Land dwarves look great, but are huge. The dark dwarves are much better for 15mm.

I have some comparisons on my blog that will show a few different dwarves.

Mark Davies07 Apr 2014 11:19 a.m. PST

Resurrecting this thread, I have Chariot dwarves. They are the right scale – smaller than my humans (Essex and old Feudal Castings). Unfortunately, many of the figures are too lightly armoured. Some are wearing Noddy hats and belong with Snow White.

I got some Copplestone dwarves; lovely but too big, bigger than my humans. I like some of the Grenadier dwarves. How do they scale with Chariot ones?

davebill07 Apr 2014 4:20 p.m. PST

Thanks for resurrecting this thread as I'm interested in getting some Dwarves and it is hard to get information and comparison pics of them.

I have a pack of Blight Haven Dwarves from Ral Partha Europe – taken from the Demonworld range – and they are nice figures wearing plate mail. If anything, they seemed to be equipped in a late Medieval/early Renaissance style which probably works well in a Warhammer Empire kind of way. It is a nice change from the more usual "short angry viking" style, and could be explained as Dwarven smiths being ahead of the armour development curve.

I do like the look of the Eureka Dwarves – to me they look vaguely Medieval Russian – and I'm considering them for Dark Dwarves, though I understand that they are quite large.

As I've just finished painting my Ral Partha Dwarves, I'll try and get some photos up tonight for folks to have a look.

davebill07 Apr 2014 10:57 p.m. PST

Some pics of my Ral Partha Blight Haven Dwarves here

Mark Davies08 Apr 2014 2:35 a.m. PST

Thanks. The Chariot figures are very nice. I like the angry Viking look, though I'd prefer some more armour on them – the Grenadier ones have mail shirts reaching to the ground:


The helmets on the spearmen are pretty good too:


Mark Davies08 Apr 2014 2:52 a.m. PST

I discovered this French website a while back:


(click on 'Les nains')

It has quite a few manufacturers, but not Grenadier; he did suggested that the Chariot figures were too small to mix with any other dwarves.

Mark Davies08 Apr 2014 2:57 a.m. PST

Another great resource:


But there aren't any 15mm comparison pictures.

Mark Davies08 Apr 2014 2:59 a.m. PST

There are so comparison pictures here:


But again, no Grenadier figures.

Here's a post with some comparisons that include Grenadier dwarves:


The link between the two sites are the Alternative Army dwarves, which seem to be a little smaller than the Grenadier ones and much larger than the Chariot ones.

Another comparison of the Mirliton/Grenadier with Black Raven is handy:


I've seen the BR figures and they are very big. However, on this thread, 'Who asked this joker' suggests that the Grenadier and Chariot figures would mix:

TMP link

Finally, as I keep coming back to edit this post, the jackpot:


Mark Davies09 Apr 2014 3:01 a.m. PST

I've posted some pictures of dwarves from different manufacturers for scale comparisons:


Mark Davies11 Dec 2014 1:07 a.m. PST

I've added another picture illustrating comparative scales here:

TMP link

Mark Davies09 Feb 2015 10:58 a.m. PST

And yet more pictures for comparisons:


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