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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian13 Mar 2019 7:41 p.m. PST

What weapons do you commonly associate with Dwarves?

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2019 7:44 p.m. PST

Axe, Poleaxe, axe, axe and beer stein. Well, you did axe me.

Mithmee Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2019 7:48 p.m. PST

You left out Hammer & War Hammer.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian13 Mar 2019 7:55 p.m. PST

Axe, Maul, War Hammer, Bow, Polearm

Winston Smith13 Mar 2019 8:08 p.m. PST

Head butt.

MagicPenguin13 Mar 2019 8:09 p.m. PST

Sarcasm: "That still only counts as one!"-- Gimli to Legolas, after the elf had toppled an enormous oliphant and its howdah crew.

Musketballs13 Mar 2019 8:11 p.m. PST

Knee biting

…and Mattocks

TGerritsen13 Mar 2019 8:40 p.m. PST

Another Dwarf.

Zephyr113 Mar 2019 8:56 p.m. PST

"Head butt."

With or without pickelhaube…? ;-)

Winston Smith13 Mar 2019 10:07 p.m. PST

Tavern furniture.

langobard Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2019 1:43 a.m. PST

Throwing axe, one handed axe, two handed axe, battle axe, mattock, hammer, warhammer.

While technically not weapons, helmets, high quality armor and shields are also high on the equipment lists.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2019 2:28 a.m. PST

Ax (in many configurations) & warhammer

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2019 8:13 a.m. PST

Battle muffins, drop scones.


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Mar 2019 8:40 a.m. PST

Platform Shoes with a Goldfish
Horny Helm Headbutt
Beer Stein
Beer Farts and Breath

… oh … maybe a pick, an axe, or a hammer … or something … forging tool … iron tongs … safety scissors?

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2019 8:47 a.m. PST

1) An Axe
2) Another axe…

Oberlindes Sol LIC14 Mar 2019 9:19 a.m. PST

A huge double-headed battle axe that is actually twice as long as the dwarf is tall.

Per TGerritson's contribution, another dwarf, but that one is holding the huge double-headed battle axe, thus increasing the first dwarf's effective range to (dwarf arm) + (dwarf from ankle to extended arm) + (battle axe length).

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2019 9:21 a.m. PST

They only need a small stepladder to reach the big red button.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2019 9:42 a.m. PST

Piece of a oak tree

PVT64114 Mar 2019 11:12 a.m. PST

Axe and mattock

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2019 12:10 p.m. PST


Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2019 1:04 p.m. PST

Axe, Sword, Bow, Spear and Shield.

Dentatus Fezian14 Mar 2019 2:03 p.m. PST

Axe, Hammer, Crossbow, Blunderbuss, War Pick.

14Bore14 Mar 2019 3:00 p.m. PST

Axe, picks and shovels.

Mattw338514 Mar 2019 8:33 p.m. PST

Axe, Warhammer, Mace, Pick, Polearms.

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2019 8:58 p.m. PST

Sten gun, .500 S&W revolver, Tomahawk, Bowie Knife and stick grenades

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Mar 2019 7:12 a.m. PST


Just to be clear, with a capital "T", we're talking about this ..?


Aethelflaeda was framed In the TMP Dawghouse15 Mar 2019 7:24 a.m. PST

A good subterfuge to the stereotype. Ninja stars, poison in the teacup, a finger needle, a silk garrot, and best of all a beautiful, female assassin to do the real fighting.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2019 9:08 a.m. PST

In one of my summer Teen Library D&D sessions, a dwarf went into battle as follows:

Killed 4 goblins with a picnic table.
Killed 1 goblin with his bare hands, and then proceeded to pummel two more to death with the dead goblin.
Charged the big bad while holding a stuffed, skeletal teddy bear. Technically, that wasn't a weapon, but he held it instead of a shield.

So I'll add:
Picnic table
Dead goblin
Teddy bear

The Last Conformist15 Mar 2019 12:15 p.m. PST

I've sometimes thought dwarfs ought use spears/pikes to compensate for their poor reach.

In practice I mainly associate them with axes, hammers, and crossbows, though.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2019 4:46 p.m. PST


jamemurp20 Mar 2019 6:36 a.m. PST

Dwarves reflect a generalized old norse/Viking look (though often at a late medieval, renaissance or early modern level of technology) and their weapons reflect that, with a fantasy touch- axes, hammers, swords, spears. etc. plus the odd pick, mattock, or similar mining or smithing implement. It is also not uncommon to see heavy weaponry, such as poleaxes, especially when paired with plate armor. Generally, they are attributed a high level of technical proficiency, including smelting and forging, so they are associated with high quality steel weaponry and armor (commonly chain or plate armor with lighter textile or leather armor for scouts/miners, if present). Crossbows and, in some settings, firearms complete their armories.
Would you distinguish between 2 handed and single handed variants of melee weaponry?
For top 5 I would say:
Axe (and 2 handed)
Hammer ( and 2 handed)

Shields could be up there (especially round and tower shields), but are generally considered body armor.

RobSmith25 Apr 2019 11:40 a.m. PST

Axe (any sort)
Hammer (any sort)

Who needs five options?

Legion 425 Apr 2019 3:08 p.m. PST

My Squats all use ranged weapons, many of them heavy, e.g. ML, HMG, etc., … evil grin

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