I have to admit my surprise as the concept of gnomes in a fantasy setting (wargame, fiction or film) is something that has always interested me but I’m coming up short. All I can offer is gnomes in early D&D (alchemist NPC or illusionist player character) and maybe a cameo appearance in Jack Vance’s Dying Earth.
I hope CH blog readers are more learned in Gnomic lore than I…
What I can offer are the excellent gnomes from Splintered Light Miniatures. I’m over half way done painting an army set and as the figures near completion I’m glad I have finally addressed the lack of gnome representation on my gaming table. Since Splintered Light specializes in a wide range of fantasy and Dark Age figures I’ll incorporate the gnome version of “Which is Your Favorite…” under this week’s Wargame Wednesday banner.
If you want to see the gnomes done in a professional paint job, click on the army set link above. The set does not come with the gnome “cavalry” (snail riders) or Splintered Light’s interpretation of gnome artillery (flower catapults). My gnomes have been recruited for serious business and will not need the snail or flower auxiliaries.
The figures have excellent detail and are sold with a minimum of sprue remnants or poorly balanced figures. This was a good deal as there are 26 15mm gnome figures plus 10 large, nasty looking mushrooms for $25. Add the $7 shipping rate (U.S. / $22 international) and each figure/mushroom sells for less than $1.
While conducting research for other projects I’m finding rumors and old traditions of gnome involvement in various wars. I’m focusing on vague references to a Teutoburg Forest type massacre of an orc regiment sent on a flanking maneuver through gnome territory. More on that later.
Found Gnome Wars miniatures and a rule set from Brigade Miniatures. Seems the rule set and game universe has Gnomes fighting WW1. Here is a link to a true Gnome fan and it looks like quite a few gamers are interested in this little known aspect of the First World War. I’m digging the Sikh gnomes charging German trenches in that last link.
For D&D and role playing games check out Dragon Magazine #61. Long time Dragon editor Roger Moore has two articles in there. One on the gnomish “point of view” or basic gnome ethnology according to Roger and another on gnome theology, both based on his well referenced readings of D&D rules.
There is still a terrible lack of knowledge concerning Gnome ethnology here at the CH blog so I will probably revisit the topic.
Thanks to T. Everett mentioning Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International Gangsta Gnomes.