Getting Started With Khazad-dum
Welcome to the Khazad-Dum Getting Started section. The Khazad-Dum sourcebook is the definitive guide to collecting and gaming with Dwarves and Goblins in Middle-earth. This article will give you a feel for what it's like to play through the scenarios and field the armies involved in the battles for the Dwarven realms. We'll cover some background and give you an overview of how things might look and feel on the tabletop. There's a couple of simple tactics, to help with gaming and an explanation of some of the seminal units for each of the forces. Finally, we'll recommend some fantastic products to get you started.
Dwarves are the most heavily armoured army in The Lord of The Rings Strategy Battle Game. Goblin armies contain legions of lowly warriors and powerful allies such as Trolls and Giant Spiders. If either of these appeals to you then read on to learn more.
Khazad-dum: Look and Feel
The Dwarves are the most resilient of all the Good warriors battling for Middle-earth, and even the Balrog struggles to wound their heroes, encased as they are in the heaviest of armour. A typical Dwarf army will be comparatively small, possessing many elite warriors and powerful heroes. By contrast, the armies of Moria are almost without number. Attacking in large numbers, hordes of Goblins, Cave Trolls and Bat Swarms seek to overwhelm the foe, allied together in a suitably sneaky and tricksy force.
Painting an army of Moria Goblins requires a little patience, but you'll soon find that the details aren't as important here as with other forces - the look of the horde is more important than the individual warriors. When it comes to the larger models in your force, such as a Dragon or Balrog, you can spend more time creating a stunning centre piece for your force. Dwarf armies will have fewer models than a Moria horde and are perfect for beginners and veterans alike. A quick spell with a dry brush will bring excellent results, while real experts can lavish details on all the intricate runes, talismans and extra details.
At the heart of every Dwarf army is a solid core of Dwarf Warriors. These sturdy fighters are among the best infantry in The Lord of The Rings and are the perfect starting place for an army. Dwarf Rangers can travel swiftly through rocky ground and are the best shots with bows and throwing axes a Dwarf general can call upon. Iron Guard and Khazad Guard are the two most commonly seen elite units - the Iron Guard make superb shock troops, who can smash through enemy lines, while Khazad Guard are the perfect protectors for any Dwarf Hero.
Moria Goblins should form the core of any Moria horde. The strength of the army is its numbers and hard hitting monsters. Moria Goblin Prowlers are the elite of the army and are best employed to deal with heavily armoured foes - perfect for killing the hated Dwarves. By including a Bat Swarm in your force you can lower the fight value of, and dramatically reduce the effectiveness of enemy heroes. In games of over 500 points a Moria Goblin Drum, kept near the centre of the battle, will make your army far more effective, allowing your warriors to re-roll their dice in a fight.