I never noted the different earring position from mini and picture. But the earring is definitely part of the figure. I guess you can treat it as a war wound. Some nasty rat probably bit it off before feeling Nez's hammer.
However, if it bothers you too much, you can purchase an extra set of figures here:http://www.plaidhatgames.com/store/49
This would also give painting alternatives for Heart of Glorm variants of roaches and rats, so it's not as if you spend 15 bucks plus shipping just on Nez.
I'm a little miffed with myself but probably not so much that I need to replace him. Gives me a chance to mod him with a real metal earring, which might look cool.
Completely unrelated: I'll miss Timmy's celebration when he'll eventually retire. That goal against China was brilliant!
My avatar is from the Japan game at the 2006 World Cup (my favourite sporting moment ) and is getting old now. I've always planned to retire it when he retires from international football…..but he just keeps on going strong.