The dwarven archer. A terrible underrepresented class in the fantasy genre, yet an inescapable need for those short warriors. Being slow on their feet, having the fast skirmishing elves as a common foe, and also the tendency to fight from inside their fortifications raised the need of specialised ranged troops. Their short stature prevented them from being able to use bows strong enough for the needs of warfare, as the staves were too long for them and shorter bows oh high draw weight were not possible due to raw materials limitations. The solution came in the form of a short, recurved pattern-welded steel bow.
Metal bows are slower than organic ones, and thus less efficient. To make up for that lack of efficiency, the Dwarves had to increase its draw weight greatly, and that made the bow all but impossible to bend. This problem was circumvented by adding a pulley system to it, a technology dwarves are very familiar with due to their stoneworks and mining. The end product is a formidable weapon, that shoots incredibly hard for it's compact size, as well as bringing other benefits as unmatched durability and the ability of staying strung all the time without losing any of it's power.
The range is not excellent though, due to their short and heavy arrows and low speed shot, but at closer ranges it packs a tremendous punch.
This warrior here is represented employing the traditional dwarven thumb draw, and a high standard of armament. This kind of troop can be used on skirmishes at both long and short range, being fully equipped to melee combat as well.
The quiver is separated in 3 segments, and holds 3 different types of arrow, each type coded by its different feathers. The crow feather is for the broad-heads, intended to bleed out a poorly armoured target, the turkey feathers are for the bodkin point, and the grouse feathers for the regular war head. There is also a holster for the bow slung over the sword scabbard.
This warrior’s armour is of high quality, consisting of a blued-steel helmet decorated with bronze, and a maille haubergon worn over a quilted leather gamberson.
The maille consists of equal parts of solid rings and brazed rings (welded with an alloy of brass and zinc) fashioned from high grade and heat-treated steel and decorated with bronze plaques. The very best maille money can buy.
He also sports a traditional seax shaped knife and a dwarven messer-type sword. To top it up, a medium round shield is carried on the back.