As much as I wanted to charge ahead and start buying minis, I swore to myself that I was going to be a bit more disciplined than my teenage self and that I was going to try to do this right. I might have a job now, and not hoping to fund all of this on pocket money, but Chaos Dwarves are wildly expensive on eBay and I needed a plan.
More than this, though, I had read plenty of blogs in which the author had spent some time coming up with the background story for their army and it sounded like fun!
So here goes: a bit of research and storytelling before we get down to the army list..
Enter The Warhammer Fantasy Battle rulebook
I’m going to start from scratch and completely ignore all of the subsequent Hashut and Assyrian-themed, Big Hat stuff. It’s just not my thing.
In a way, given the amount of material that Games Workshop has put out to support this story-arc, this makes finding information more difficult but, in another, it’s also far easier at the same time – I just have to go back to basics.
The WFB rulebook itself is a good start for some background on the Chaos Dwarves.
P.202 – “The Dwarfs themselves became fewer and fewer every day, whilst their enemies grow stronger as every year passes. Only the support of the Dwarfs from the Old World has enabled the Imperial Dwarfs to survive this long. Following the recent incursions of Chaos, a new threat has emerged to the realm in the shape of the Dark Dwarfs – or Chaos Dwarfs. Since that time the Chaos Dwarfs have taken over many northern sections of the Worlds Edge Mountains. Only the hard-pressed alliance of two Dwarves holds, Karak-Ungor and Karak-Kadrin, holds at bay the unholy power from the north.”
P.214 – “During the years following IC 2300, the Incursions of Chaos swept from the north, tainting the land and initiating the corruption of thousands of living creatures. Those able to do so fled before the forces of Chaos; those that could not flee were enveloped by the howling winds of change blowing from the north. This was to be the fate of many of the human and Dwarves communities of the northern world. Exposed to the mutating winds of Chaos, many creatures were twisted to become completely unrecognisable. Others were corrupted in mind only, their appearance betraying almost nothing of the change wrought within.
As the battle raged around the city of Praag, the incursions reached a mighty crescendo, releasing a final burst of warp dust over the land before slowly ebbing northward. But though the battle of Praag had been won, countless smaller battles had been lost – battles over the small villages of the north, over the farmsteads of the Lynsk, and over the small mountain villages of the northern World Edge Mountains. From among these communities countless fresh warriors rose to join the forces of Chaos, and previously free creatures became enslaved to the will of the dark gods. In this way the race of Chaos Dwarfs, or Black Dwarfs, was born.
During the ensuing two-hundred or so years, the Chaos Dwarfs have multiple and grown strong, building an empire amongst the northern part of the Worlds Edge Mountains. Like all Dwarfs they remain independent and laconic, fighting their own battles against their Dwarves kin. Ruthless and cruel, the Chaos Dwarfs have already swamped a large number of Dwarf settlements in the north, and seem intent on marching south and destroying the entire Dwarf realm.
Physique: Chaos Dwarfs are physically identical to other Dwarfs, except that their skin is inclined to be very pale or even greenish.
5. Chaos Dwarfs are no more inclined to make decent wizards that are other dwarfs. Chaos Dwarf wizards therefore have only half the power level of an equivalent human wizard.”
From this I’m taking:
- Chaos Dwarfs were tainted but have developed into a separate, self-perpetuating race/culture
- They live among the northern part of the Worlds Edge Mountains
- They are war-like – and both ruthless and cruel with it
- They have an intense, pathological animosity towards all Dwarves
- They are physically similar to Dwarves but with very pale skin
- They are inept in the magical arts
That’s not much information to go on, just enough to give me some ideas.. and that’s the way I like it!