söndag 29 augusti 2021

Gotrek & Felix

Gotrek Gurnisson is the greatest (or worst, depending on the viewpoint) dwarf slayer to have ever lived. This apparent contradiction is rooted in the nature of the Slayer Oath. Having committed a crime so terrible that only death in battle will serve as atonement, Gotrek has fought and slain numerous monsters, including hordes of orcs and skaven, a giant, trolls, Chaos warlords and sorcerers, an entire Black Ark of Naggaroth, and even a Bloodthirster of Khorne, and unfortunately (in his mind) lived to fight another day.

After Gotrek saved Felix from being killed in the Window Tax Riots in Altdorf, Felix, in a drunken stupor, swore a blood-oath to record Gotrek's doom so that his honour could be maintained and to let him be remembered by the world. A blood-oath is the gravest oath a dwarf could make (even for a society obsessed with the sanctity of oaths), and so Felix was compelled to travel with Gotrek.

For many long years, Felix Jaeger has followed the dwarf Slayer Gotrek Gurnisson across the world. Their adventures have been extraordinary; their heroic partnership the stuff of legends.






This dynamic duo can be taken in a Dwarf army at almost 500 points, worth it? Probably not, but I will try it at some time!


måndag 26 juli 2021

Herohammer fanzine issue #2

 Issue 2 of this great online magazine is finally here, check it out here


This time there´s a focus on the under-empire of the skaven race.




tisdag 13 juli 2021

Herohammer, can competitive gaming work in a friendly environment? Or what is the spirit of the game?

 If you have played warhammer, you will most certainly know that some people play to win, while others like to play for fun, without concern on whether they win or lose.

In my opinion the most crucial factor when playing games of warhammer (no matter which edition) is to make it fun for both players, no version of warhammer was really designed for tournament play, especially not 4th or 5th edition, aka herohammer, this is important to keep in mind. Flexible games rules with a lot of room for different interpretation are not really suitable for competitive games, its made for fun between two or more consenting persons.


But the rulebook states...


Does that mean that I shouldn´t make a good list and do my best to win? No of course not, however your games of warhammer won´t be fun if one of the players continually attempts pick holes in the rules or bend the rules, or even just takes the same army made up of the very best units and magic items every game. Some people like competitive gaming, I used to as well, but whenever I play nowadays, I try to embrace the spirit of the game and just have a great time, no matter if I win or lose.

But even then, what is fair and balanced in one guys opinion might be totally different to his opponents. So where am I going with this then, well the most important thing to ensure is that both players have fun, talk with each other before the game and decide what type of game you both want. 

Agree on limitations, personally we play with max 33% characters, minimum 33% regiments. Maybe decide on not bringing a certain unit next game if the opponent agrees to not bring his most powerful unit, try out different magic items or agree to not using certain items at all, for example we don't play with the Black Gem of Gnar, its powerful, but just not fun. Remember to play the different scenarios in the battle book, maybe even use newer editions to find even more scenarios, or make up your own with limitations or win conditions that favor different styles of play.

Play your army, the armybooks are filled with detailed background about each army, making an army that feels like it fits the background will help a lot with the balance, for example an Empire army with just Dwarves, Ogres, Flagellants, Kislev troops and some war machines does't feel like an Empire army to me, where are the halberdiers and state troops? Same with an undead army without at least some slow shambling undead such as skeletons or zombies, or a combat oriented wood elf force made up of chariots without archers in it, there's of course certain times when such armies work, maybe in a special scenario, but make sure to talk about such armies before you play your opponent then, so that he is at least somewhat prepared.

Some players will argue that this makes it harder to win, but if both players talk beforehand the game will be an epic story that are won by the best general, rather than the best force builder.

The same is true on how you play the game, if someone misses something in a phase and then remembers it, the friendly thing is to allow them to do it. Don´t argue over whether a unit misses a charge with 1 mm or happen to touch a terrain piece so they can´t march. 

Another thing to talk about is characters, herohammer have some of the most powerful characters that was ever in the game (until 8th edition at least), and a lot of players believe that they have to field powerful characters in order to win, this often becomes an arms race where the creation of an all conquering lord is the ultimate goal, regardless whether the magic items fits that race.

If both players agree on limiting characters and concentrate on regiments the games will be much more enjoyable. Selecting items that fits your army's background further enhances the feeling of an epic story unfolding before your eyes.

Remember if you are arguing about it, then it's not worth doing it!

If someone still continues to fuck up your fun by doing these overpowered characters, then take a look here on how to defeat them, then maybe next time they will refrain from using the best stuff over and over again.

As I said above though, some people enjoy playing for the win and doing broken stuff, as long as everybody in your gaming group agrees to that, then go ahead, it's your game after all, we all enjoy different things and with that I leave you with the words of Nigel Stillman:



lördag 12 juni 2021

Aekold Helbrass

Aekold Helbrass, Champion of Tzeentch, hears a most unusual gift - the gift that is known as the Breath of Life. Where Aekold walks the grass springs green and meadow flowers blossom. When he walks upon desert sands and stony rocks the land bursts into life as he passes.

Any living thing he touches springs into new and vigorous growth. The long-dead wood of doors and staves takes root upon his touch. His touch can restore to health creatures that are upon the threshold of death, for such is the power of the Breath of Life. His touch is as indiscriminate as it is potent, behind him he leaves a trail of new life and everything he touches is affected.

While life giving is the gift of Aekold, he slays his opponents without pity or care for their life, for he knows all life is but an endless dance of change, dictated by Tzeentch, the Master of Fate.





Aekold was a specialcharacter for Chaos in Warhammer 4th & 5th edition, he also got unofficial rules in 6th edition. He was last seen fighting Gotrek & Felix in the end times.




I painted this model back in 1998, its one of my favorite models ever released by GW & I was a big fan of his rules as well, one of few special characters I used frequently.

I won 1st place in a young bloods painting competition back in 1999 with this model. Last year I decided to paint him up once again, opting for a more rainbow coloured look:




And a side by side shot:




söndag 9 maj 2021

Golgfag's Ogres

"Who could forget the Ogres? Not anyone with a sense of smell, that’s for sure. Worse than Trolls, and that’s saying something, but there are few troops you’d rather have on your side in the heat of battle."



For as long as he had lived, Golgfag Maneater has lead his brethren into countless battles for riches, glory, and most importantly, food. He has served in the armies of many warlords and generals of many nations, never discriminating on who he is fighting for or against.

Such is his reputation in the battlefield that the Ogres under his command are never short on employment.


Golgfag & his unit of ogres can be hired by any army at the price of 500 points, not too cheap but as the Ogres themselves say: "You’ve hired da rest, now try da best!"

With 6 S5 attacks, Golgfag is really among the best there is!

Front rank


Second rank


Golgfag himself

Skaff

Even Urblab Rotgut joined Golgfag!

One of my favorite Dogs of War units, haven´t used them since 6th edition, decided they needed a new paintjob & now I´m eager to try them out!

måndag 8 mars 2021

Herohammer fanzine

 



After a lot of work by Joshua and the team behind the fanzine, the very first issue is now released, you can either download it or read it here. It really brings back memories from the good old days!


söndag 14 februari 2021

More Herohammer indulgement

So I guess if you read this, you´re a lot like me, you´re into warhammer & more specifically the 90´s era, here´s some of the blogs & other media which I follow, I thought it would be great to share it with you guys!

Blogs:

https://hero-hammer.blogspot.com/ - Great throwback to the herohammer era

https://oldworldarmychallenge.blogspot.com/ - Army painting challenge, often include herohammer style armies

https://snickitstail.blogspot.com/ - Loads of oldschool stuff, especially about Skaven

https://tileansword.wordpress.com/ Different stuff, includes many armies, showcases & battlereports!

https://georcs-workbench.blogspot.com/ - Amazing Dark elf army made from the herohammer era models

https://c0wabunga.com/ - Includes 2nd edition 40K as well as some of the best battle reports out there!

http://givemlead.blogspot.com/ - Stillmania fantast which have a very personal style!

Machiara's Battle glade - 5th edition Wood elves tactics & more

https://oldhammerinthenorth.wordpress.com/ - Tale of 4 gamers thing, myself included, sadly most never finished but still a few nice inspiring posts in there.





Podcasts:

Sometimes its just easier to sit down & listen, I have a few favorite podcasts:

Crown of Command - Herohammer galore, everything GW 90's

Flail of Skulls - Competetive 5th edition, mathhammer style

The Old world lives - More focused on 6th edition, but still great

Wargames Orchard - Mostly about fluff


Youtube Channels:

Crown of Command youtube channel - Includes battle reports as well as the Call of the Crown painting challenge!