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Introducing new Iron Hills designs, blending the movies and the books!

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Dwarves of the Iron Hills



Greetings, Companions of Edain!


Today we have a very special treat for you. Something that kept our community up for countless nights. It is one of the most often voiced request we ever got. Rest assured now: We listened.

Today we present to you the new Iron Hills Soldiers of Edain!

Dwarves of the Iron Hills

We had many long and passionate discussions about these dwarves, with you in the forums, as well as among ourselves. Some were disappointed with the movie adaption, others had a peculiar kind of enthusiasm for it. Because of this we had a hard time deciding what to do about them. In the end though, we kept to our fundamental principles: To find a balance in which we can combine as much of the books and movies as possible.

Dwarves of the Iron Hills

Therefore the Dwarves of the Iron Hills received some slight changes for Edain. The base armor style is derived from Dáin Ironfoot's noble armor, but altered in certain details. We deliberately kept our classic red and grey color scheme so that they will still be easily identifyable even at a distance, and keep some of their former Edain personality. Also the forked beards described in the books had to be kept, though at a more practical length.

Dwarves of the Iron Hills

Since their new visual style (heavily armored) is at odds with their playstyle so far (light and fast), we took this as an opportunity to overhaul their basic gameplay as well. The new Iron Hills will have a focus on defence. The Guardians will be able to upgrade their small shields from the movie to a tower shield that blocks arrow more effectively. The Phalanx will be equipped with shields as well, in order to form shieldwalls as seen in the Battle of Five Armies. Their ranged soldiers will carry heavy crossbows to better defend their position, instead of the former swift bows.

Dwarves of the Iron HillsDwarves of the Iron Hills

Of course there are many more changes happening inside the Iron Hills, as well as in the other two Dwarven Dwellings. Changing one Underground Kingdom starts an avalanche of necessary changes all over our Dwarven faction. We felt the time was right for another groundbreaking revision of the Khazad.

So stay tuned for many more Renders and Updates on the Dwarves in the following days!

And if you liked this update, as always we'd be honored if you would consider giving us your vote for Mod of the Year 2015! Keep in mind that votes by registered accounts count a lot more.

MurinDrarRam RiderIron Hills Slaughterers

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Hoar
Hoar - - 1,682 comments

Goddamn they are cool.

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Adebisi_
Adebisi_ - - 26 comments

the phalanx WILL bring some order

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Oversun
Oversun - - 34 comments

Great work!
I always wanted to Arnor was a separate faction, but recently I got the idea to do an alternate for each faction, the battle on the cards for the time of Arnor. Maybe someone already suggest to such an idea, but still.
Gondor gets Arnor.
Mordor becomes Angmar.
Isengard is becoming a good faction with people and wizards.
Elves do not change.
If you think you can come up with is interesting.
Thank you. Good luck.

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helloa2134
helloa2134 - - 424 comments

I swear, the team has changed nearly everything about the Dwarves since they were first introduced in 4.1. Its a good thing they were released first!

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DieWalküre
DieWalküre - - 1,583 comments

A definitely wise and brave decision, that, I'm sure, will have a great and positive impact in the developing course of the Edain Mod.
And, why not, it might be a pilot change which could influence in the future other worthy Hobbit-related suggestions that can be recalled (and I think that there are many still) :P

Thanks to the Edain Team, and all the people involved in this debate in the forum who constantly showed their support from the beginning, since the establishment of the English Community.
And, thanks also to the ones who opposed it and had different opinions, contributing though to keep the matter well alive ;)

This will probably be my last needed comment of gratitude about this :D
In the end, thus, I would like to highlight again the invitation towards anyone to participate in constructive and serious debates in the forum, since, as you now see, a lot of things could manage to be implemented, and, who knows, of a better quality than their original versions initially were in one's mind, via the contributions of the others.

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The_Witch-King
The_Witch-King - - 325 comments

the best Dwarves soldiers i have ever seen, edain team you are awesome as always.

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.Eol.
.Eol. - - 613 comments

The cool thing is that next model will be better than this one !
Everything is always better than what came before with Edain team ;p

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The_Witch-King
The_Witch-King - - 325 comments

you are right but i dont think they will change it anymore

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Fredius
Fredius - - 611 comments

There is now no reason to not vote for you guys for MOTY. You are the best of all mods and I don't think any mod, be it for BFME or any other game, can compete with the awesomeness you just made. Thank you very much ET, you made a lot of fans very happy today :). I just hope that you guys made and play with these models with fun, and not hate it because I remember that you told the community that you didn't like the movie design. But just looking at the quality of the models I can already see that you made these with love :).

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DieWalküre
DieWalküre - - 1,583 comments

As far as I know, the proposal already had supporters within the Edain Team.
So, I believe that the problem was trying to find a proper balance among different views.
But, these are obviously only speculations of mine; maybe, some direct statements about the developing process of this suggestion might help.
Adamin, if I'm not wrong, said that the idea took definitely longer in conceiving and creating it than a common one, also, I think, considering the heated discussions on the forum surrounding it.

I agree with you, Fredius, they are indeed made with love ;)

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Fredius
Fredius - - 611 comments

Yes you are very right about the fact that there were indeed supporters within the team. And not to mention inside the betatesting team aswell :).

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LordDainOfIronHills
LordDainOfIronHills - - 1,855 comments

Edain are the best,those ar the perfect IHs Soldiers,even better than the ones in the MOvie! :) This is really one of the happiest days in my life! :)

I guess Ram Riders will get new Armor too :) Awesome! :)

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Valarauko_IV
Valarauko_IV - - 101 comments

Now we do only need elven warriors with the ability to jump over the shield wall. Obviously for the effect only, we would never need the help of pesky woodfolk.

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LordDainOfIronHills
LordDainOfIronHills - - 1,855 comments

Nah they will only get in our way... ;)

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GrandSerpent
GrandSerpent - - 537 comments

Or maybe new soldiers like spearmen or swordsmen with heavy armor and shields :D

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Haradandrhuin
Haradandrhuin - - 54 comments

Cool new armor

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Valarauko_IV
Valarauko_IV - - 101 comments

This looks absolutely bloody amazing i think i will need to chanke my favourite dwarven kingdom from Ered Luin to Iron Hills

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gamer_333
gamer_333 - - 65 comments

The latest outpost update alone did that for me. It was that good.

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Adrigabbro
Adrigabbro - - 230 comments

Your designs are much more beautiful than those in BotFA, and god knows I love them.
And that's not even the best of it! You are willing to rework all three dwarven realms! What a Christmas present. :)

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Tabish
Tabish - - 123 comments

At Last!!!!!!we have iron hill troops armor yaaaaaaaa i cant wet great job edain team wowowowowoowowowowowowow!

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kazija93
kazija93 - - 32 comments

Lord of Mordor. Will the Team consider about changing hero picture for Dain from the Iron hills? It can look the same as Dain's from Erebor, only younger, the original one. There can also be new sound sets for Dain, from Battle of five armies Extended edition, as well as pics. By the way, I never liked current models of Iron hill Dwarves. These are way better. Great update. Voted and waiting for more updates and fast replay regarding my question. Cheers!

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SamwiseJenkins
SamwiseJenkins - - 322 comments

YOU'RE DOING THE FUTHER MUCKING SHIELD WALLS!!!! I CAN'T COPE...*FAINTS*

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thranduilwarrior
thranduilwarrior - - 10 comments

will you upload an picture of the shield wall

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KingDain23
KingDain23 - - 8 comments

my people ıron hills hell yeah they are very cool thanks to edain team good job ı hope angmar wıll released soon keep working you guys best

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DrHouse93
DrHouse93 - - 259 comments

Even though I didn't care too much about the design of Iron Hills Dwarves, I must say this new design is really cool^^
Good work as always^^

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traviangermano1995
traviangermano1995 - - 44 comments

thanks!

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gamer_333
gamer_333 - - 65 comments

Awesome! The Iron Hills sub-faction has improved by leaps and bounds since it was released, and it already was great!

I am especially glad you are incorporating the tower shield and the emphasis on defense. Oh and I love the new outpost, gives a distinct flavor to the Iron Hills.

Let's give those Orcs a good hammering!

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SauronLordofTheEarth
SauronLordofTheEarth - - 881 comments

great :D

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Raku03
Raku03 - - 13 comments

Will these changes be released when Angmar is and will the changes for the other 2 dwarven factions be ready, as well? If so, this is shaping up to be quite a release, whenever it hits.

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Fredius
Fredius - - 611 comments

Yes every change will be present in the next patch.

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CragLord
CragLord - - 304 comments

"Something that kept our community up for countless nights"

Countless is "lesser" word to descirbe our desire for these models!

And thank you for your decison to implement them into this mod.
You bought us presents before holidays, and I hope you will also gain some which you deserve in these modding terms.
I have already voted, if I could I would give few more votes from my account. Simply you deserve all creadit!

P.S.I also hope Lord Dain as leader of these new skined dwarves will get some summon ability polishing, for example those "Slayers" from book.

Best Regards,
CragLord

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Szurdok(HUN)
Szurdok(HUN) - - 50 comments

IRON OF IRON!

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azogofmoria
azogofmoria - - 11 comments

please şu elfleri mirkawood ve lotherien diye ayırın bide cücelerin erebor ve ered mitrin cücelerini zırhları değişsin lütfen yapın bide orkları dol guldur ve mordor diye ayıırn bide goblinleri yapın

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Raku03
Raku03 - - 13 comments

I don't know if this has been explained, already, but I noticed something, while playing as Arnor. The description for Carthaen's ability to change a ranger battalion into hill guards says they'll get increased melee damage. However, the unit is ranged and doesn't have an option to switch between swords and bows. Is this right? Also, I tried to play against Lothlorien on the Mount Gram map, and the game crashed each time. Is there an issue with the elven AI?

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gn2r
gn2r - - 2 comments

Yeeaah, Can't wait....
will you add "dwarven war machine" from iron hill like in Hobbit extended movie?

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ninofender
ninofender - - 42 comments

I think that the new IH units are a perfect blend between movie, Tolkien and the original Edain design. Best of both worlds!

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KingDain23
KingDain23 - - 8 comments

Dwarven war machine i think its good idea ithought that lol

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JackLEventreur
JackLEventreur - - 133 comments

May you create the design for the dwarves from Erebor as it is in the film ? It would be very awesome :D

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tobgunn123
tobgunn123 - - 54 comments

(for the erebor dwarves) Yes, the dark grey with heavy armor.
And please make the iron hills war machine with not just 1 goat

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TheGodEuros
TheGodEuros - - 476 comments

the IA does not normally take the City Outpost, is that a bug or made on purpose?

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Gladiatore
Gladiatore - - 41 comments

Goat riders? Hugh

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tarzrin
tarzrin - - 3 comments

I was just asking myself, when this epic patch will come?

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tobgunn123
tobgunn123 - - 54 comments

will there be ballistas for ironhills as in the hobbit battle for the five armies extended edition?

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tobgunn123
tobgunn123 - - 54 comments

could you make them dark grey? they are too much alike dain, make them darker in they silver/grey color on the armour

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tobgunn123
tobgunn123 - - 54 comments

also less red, like this Vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net And these ballistas Www-images.theonering.org
And these Battle wagons I.imgur.com

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tobgunn123
tobgunn123 - - 54 comments

also less red, like this Vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net And these ballistas Www-images.theonering.org
And these Battle wagons I.imgur.com

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