em4 Miniatures - Plastic Dwarves. Spearmen, Axemen and Crossbowmen.
I was searching for an alternative to GW for building a Lord of the Rings dwarf army and came upon the EM4 plastic dwarves. These are excellent value at 50 for under a tenner and were just about an acceptable match with my other figures. They are about 25mm tall.
However at first the spearmen were unavailable so I just had the crossbowmen and axemen. After some chopping about these fitted ok onto the 40mm square bases I use. But unfortunately when the spearmen arrived - which were to be the bulk of my army - I was not so happy with fitting them onto my chosen bases.
So I've now bitten the bullet and invested in some GW Grim Hammers and have sold off my em4 dwarves. I still enjoyed painting some of the ones I bought though.
My own shields were added to the figures
Crossbows extended horizontally using pin vice and thin plastic rod.
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