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I recently went on a Warhammer Fantasy Battle painting binge and finished up with the results you see below. I’ve always felt the Empire was at the very core of the Warhamer world,  so having this army was essential. It was also an excuse to paint up the old Dogs of War Witch Hunter model I’ve had sitting around for nearly 15 years!

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Let’s make this clear. I’m not a killer-list tournament winning sort of player at all. I know I probably need a horde of three to make this army viable with the current rules edition. But that’s boring. I wanted to paint a bunch of different models instead, so I’ve got smaller blocks of infantry, both for hand to hand and ranged attack.

I’m not completely finished with the project – I have a Volley Gun and some Pistoliers left to paint – see I told you I wasn’t competitive! Other than that, I’m not completely happy with my Heroes/Lord choices. I’m not thrilled with either of the Griffon or Arch Lector models, but I’ll probably cave and get one of them eventually.

It’s been a while since I painted anything for Warhammer Fantasy Battle. It was a refreshing change, and I’m not sure what project to take up next. I’m going to finish up a couple of loose-end models and then dive into something big again. Watch this space!

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I recently attended a small gaming convention in Southern California, where my good friend, Ilan acquired a veritable treasure trove of ancient lead Dwarfs from the good old days of Games Workshop. Knowing I had a penchant for stocky, bearded cave dwellers, he then kindly sold them to me!

After two days of sorting, organizing, arranging and the like, I now have what I think is an amazing collection of Dwarf models that you just can’t find anymore. I’ve been in this hobby for over 20 years, and I’m stumped at a few minis, so I’d love to know what they are. Let’s take a look at each one in turn:

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I know, it’s a mish-mash of minis, but it absolutely screams character and individuality. I could closely examine each of these guys in turn and find their intricate details; something that you just don’t find in the plastic sprues created nowadays. What’s even more unbelievable – I have enough of these guys to make at least another FIVE units! I told you, it was an absolute lead mine. Yes, lead. they’ve left my fingers a dull grey color with their toxic goodness!

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Next we have what can be considered a unit of Miners by today’s classification. The second Dwarf along looks like an old prospector – gorgeous! The peg-legged chap in the bottom right is the only miniature I remember from my youth, I believe he was sold in the Dwarf Lords of Legend boxed set.

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Some Slayers waiting to get their oath on! I bet each of these bad boys could take on the modern plastic whippersnappers any day!

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This last one is the most intriguing for a number of reasons. With the exception of the guy in the bottom right, I’m almost certain these are all Chaos Dwarfs. The one in the top middle has this nightmarish grinning mask on, and the one on the top right is holding what can only be described as a Dwarven Panzerfaust! The reason I’m curious about these, particularly the bottom three is because I’ve got at least 20 of each of them, and the ones on the left and right look like character models to me. The one on the left has something like “Black Claw” written on his tab, the one on the right says “Dwarf Wizard”.

Any help identifying some of these figures would be most appreciated. I already have a Dwarf army spanning two model ranges, and adding these, plus the upcoming new Dwarf releases means I’ll have a staggering army spanning four generations of stunty! Watch this space for when I start painting them.

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Call it sentimentality, but I had the urge to dust off some of my old Warhammer Fantasy Battle armies over the weekend, and thought I’d start sharing some photos.

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It even inspired me to casually collect a new Vampire Counts army. Take a look at my first model, a Necromancer!

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The link below contains an article that’s just like the typical Games Workshop fanboi/hater rambling you’ve seen a million times before…

But it’s a jolly good read!

The Frontline Gamer Blog

My paltry contribution…

“I don’t have anything to add to the conversation that hasn’t been said a million times before; but to be honest the biggest emotion I feel towards GW is sadness – it’s a terrible shame to see what has happened to something so much more than a hobby that literally framed my adolescent, teenage and early adult years.

Yes, I’ve moved on to other wargames, and I’m glad for doing so, but still, GW products produce a very strong sense of emotion and nostalgia.

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Gather ye round the hearth fire and I’ll tell thee a yarn of dashing heroes, mighty dragons and adventure most high, ‘pon the seas of the Olde World.”

This is the first monthly installment of my Gamers Tale; a diary following my attempts to start a new army for Warhammer, progressively add to it each month, and end with a force worthy of legend.

It’s the classic “Tale of Four Gamers” kind of article first made popular back in White Dwarf 222. Except there’s just one of me!

The only other thing to remember is, I get $50 a month to spend on my army. I’m going to limit myself to six months too, so I can start something new for Christmas.

I’ll talk more about my love/hate relationship with Warhammer another time, but for now all you need to know is, I’ve been out of the loop for a good few years, with only the occasional look at the Games Workshop website to keep me updated. Then lately I got the bug to try things again, but without my usual dive in head first (or wallet first). Instead I’m going to pace myself and try an army in manageable chunks.

But what army?

Ahhh, that old chestnut of a question. Here are a few of the options I considered, and may well come back to visit some day.

  • Chaos Warrior army of Khorne. Lots of red armor and bad-assery.
  • Vampire Horde… Like painting six months worth of skeletons, kinda-horde.
  • Exquisitely painted Lizardmen. By exquisite I mean not blue. Like in the good old days.


In the end I went with a fourth option… Sea-faring Dark Elves! Lots of Corsairs, led by Lokhir Fellheart. A few Cold One Riders here, a bolt thrower there, you get the picture. The models are absolutely gorgeous, and that’s usually all the matters to me!

Anyway, I’ll keep this short as a first installment, but here’s what I started with – a box of Corsairs, and Mr. Fellheart himself… Plus a couple of paints.

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One observation I discovered very early on – the quality of sculpting Games Workshop achieve with their plastics nowadays is unbelievable. I mean, wow. Such beauty comes at a price – these things take FOREVER to put together!  Still, I guess that’s part of the fun.

Stay tuned to see what color scheme I go with.

Suggestions for next months purchase are, of course, most welcome!

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