I love dwarf tabletop miniatures. My enthusiasm for them first started when I played Warhammer Fantasy as a teenager, and although I liked my wood elf and chaos armies, I always thought the dwarf miniatures were outstanding. I bought and painted several of them just for fun even though I couldn’t use them in a game. The dense and chunky nature of them really appealed to me, and for this drawing, I wanted to tap into the excitement I used to feel for those little figures.
I haven’t played a tabletop game in a long time but I still go on image binges of minis now and then. Some of the sculptors these days are really impressive, and the people who paint them are even better.
With Thorim Copperbeard, I tried to emulate the thickness of the beard and armor and the deep recessions of the miniatures that allow paint washes sink right in. If there’s time and interest in it, I might do a color version of this drawing and try to digitally paint it up like a mini.
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