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Dwarf Warfare Cover Art by wraithdt Dwarf Warfare Cover Art by wraithdt
Osprey Publishing continues to explore the realm of fantasy warfare in their next book, Dwarf Warfare. This is the cover art for the book, which goes in depth into the study of Dwarf armies, warriors and their battle tactics.

My idea of a Dwarf warrior is heavily inspired by historical arms and armor, as is the case for most of my fantasy designs. My main point of reference here were the Varangian Guards as I saw many parallels between them and the Dwarf warrior I wanted to portray; both have Viking/Nordic origins, wear long beards, wield heavy axes and are both elite soldiers. To make him look more sophisticated and technologically advanced I added in elements of late medieval Italian arms and armor design like the barbute like helmet, mitten gauntlets and shortened pavise shield. His axe is even modified to look less like a Viking bearded axe and more like a pollaxe for more killing utility;)

I'm quite happy with the end result and I hope you guys like it too.

The book is on preorder and you can check it out here>> ospreypublishing.com/dwarf-war…
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Kantorock Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
After having purchased and read the book this piece appears on, I have learned a valuable lesson: "Never start something with a dwarf, unless you are can guarantied your ability to finish it, and still come out on top."
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Archanos Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017
Good choice with basing them of the Varangian Guards, strong, though, heavy armored
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DarkOmen94 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017
I love the warfare series .9
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saurophionix Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016
what's the next fantasy warfare?
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darklord86 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016
Cool!
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Carnage1236 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016
I've had this really strange personal journey with your art, where I've come across it multiple times just randomly in all the various bits of fictional media that I like, then I stumble upon your deviantart again after years and realise "oh my god, all that art I really liked was done by THIS guy." I literally found out about these books just a couple of days ago for instance, thinking "damn that's really nice cover art, I wish I knew who the artist was."

Next time, I'll definitely have to memorise your artstyle for when I randomly stumble upon your works again.
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Wolflaz Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
So...Dwarfare! 
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CiaranS Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015
The armour looks exactly like I believe fantasy armour is supposed to look like: functional (as in, no superfluos spikes and rigdes where a weapon might catch), but just exotic enough. Very well done indeed!
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dramatix1 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is amazing 
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Paghman Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Is it posible to get your brushes?! i would love to try them out, since i have'nt found a brushpack that really works for me..  :)
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Seothen Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Shouldn't it have been called Dwarfware?
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DominarRygelXVI Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015
Very nice one
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Thilego Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015
Awesome Bro *u* Nice job
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DroneUnit-33 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015
"Another enemy attack group! Prepare to engage!"

THIS, is an awesome drawing of a dwarf. Exactly how I imagine them!
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Reel123 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015
Time to cut the enemies down to his height. I really like the angular sharp shapes of his armour though there's something about his daggers sheath shape that looks a tiny bit odd.
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spacewolflord Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015
If the rest of the book is this awesome I will be mighty tempted to buy it.  But is it part of a game or setting that Osprey does?  I never really dealt with them before.
Thank you very much for sharing.
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kid-hulk Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015
...does that sword look like it has a round blade to anybody else?...
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wraithdt Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Its actually a spiked dagger, that why it's round:)
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kid-hulk Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015
ok, that's cool :D
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Tal-Elmar Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
the sword is a really nice touch. Very Tolkien-ish
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Hobbyist
You made some good choices here- you too often see them look like miniature Vikings.
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saloniko Featured By Owner Edited Oct 25, 2015
excellent - i loves me some Dwarf and it's great to see them with more realistic weapons but still dwarfy

edit: particularly like

- axe as a kind of cross between dane-axe and poleaxe
- hand axe that looks light enough to actually use
- mixtire of plate and mail for mobility
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Woodgnome01 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015
Fantastic Work. The armour looks really good, nice combination between how real armour needs to be to allow you to move and fight and how Dwarves might have developed the concept for their size and stature.
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NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015
:love:
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OrionMagnus Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015
SO COOOOOOOL
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psycocat Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the look of the armor.  It looks 1) realistic but 2) foreign.  Love it!
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ValentiniaK Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
neat!
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dwarfcomic Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like this!
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Nuwer-Designs Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is awesome!  I love the armor design especially 
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TheImperialFist Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015
Your angles are so crisp and the depth so realistic.
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Amaniwolf Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015
Love this design, wonderful work!
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RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great art!
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OM3G4du44 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome !!! :)
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LuciaBLopez Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015
Hermoso!! Muy real...
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kaze26 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015
Awesome
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Aderus Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015
Nice edge control.
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koushiro1180 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful detail
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Reclusiarch Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This is truely magnificent! I love the armour design. Not over the top fantasy armour, but more grounded, but still very stylish. Love it, well done!
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AikiYun Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not the beard!
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JackDrask Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015
Clap 
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