Sunday, 19 August 2018

The Teased and the Damned- The 'lost' list

Realm of Chaos - Slaves to Darkness had been promised to fans of Warhammer for almost as long as Warhammer existed. However, after years of development, it finally appeared in October '88 and almost instantly GW started teasing the follow up, Lost and the Damned.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Renegade Ork Style

My latest mild obsession is Chaos Renegades of a variety of flavours. The main reason for this is the rediscovery of the Chaos Renegade army list that didn't make it into Lost and the Damned (more of which in the next post). So to scratch the itch I dug out my Rogue Trader Ork Renegade model and grabbed enough time when I wasn't being annoyed by rugrats or given Jobs to do by the wife and got him painted.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Getting your ass to BOYL!

I could do another review post but as BulldogLopez, AsslessmanAirborne Grove and Axiom have done excellent Jobs of covering our shenanigans at BOYL18 I figured i'd try and give some advice on how to do BOYL for yourself.

It's become obvious that there are a lot of people in the Oldhammer group who see the fun everybody haves at the annual get together in Newark and think to themselves "Fuck! I want to be doing that!" I thought this would be an ideal opportunity to lay down some ill informed and vague advice about how to make your BOYL wishes come true. Pin back yer lug holes and we shall begin.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Buffed up!

It was finally time to put all my toys on the table and run a game of Sharply buffed at my local club. As you may or may not know, I've been slowly painting up figure for playing games set during the early stages of the Dutch revolt. I've been slowly plugging away for about 3 years now, doing bits and pieces as and when I have time and motivation. I've flirted with a variety of rulesets but finally plumped for a variation of the TooFatLardies Sharp Practice. The rules adaptation was published in the Lardy summer special in 2017 and go by the name of Sharply Buffed and are specifically written by Nick Worthington to reflect the period of warfare that i'm interested in playing, the late 16th century.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Chaos in the East

Sometimes you write a post and you've answered all your own questions about the subject and you can put it to bed, it doesn't rub itself around your ankle like a hungry cat anymore. Other times though you write a post and you end up giving yourself more to think about. People comment on your post and send you off on a voyage of discovery that means the first post is never going to be enough. This is what happened with my Cathay/Nippon post. What started out as an exhortation for gamers to explore setting their games in the east has developed into a rumbling background brain tease where I try to use logic to create an idea of how Warhammer would exist if it were based in Nippon.

Now, before we go any further you need to go away and read the articles in the brilliant Awesome Lies blog. Gideon (for that is the authors name) has done an excellent job of cataloguing the background information on Nippon from various WFB sources. He then goes on to explore the Tetsubo supplement in detail (and provides a link for you to go exploring yourself) and discusses the reasons it fails to reflect the Warahmmer world and the, in the last part, suggests how Nippon might look in the Warhammer world. I only discovered this blog after publishing my last post and it's this last part of his investigation that has had my head buzzing. The rest of his blog is well worth reading as well! Off you go an read it. I'll wait.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Far Flung Cathay (and Nippon)

Between 1984 and 1990 citadel released over 160 figures in their 'Oriental Heroes' ranges (C Series C05, and OH1-5), a set of 20 Zombie Samurai (C18), an Oriental Dragon (C14), a rocket launcher and crew (C22), a Samurai on a Temple Dog and a smattering of other oriental themed minis (an Ogre that looks suspiciously like an Oni for instance). Now, for a company that didn't set it's game in the far east (or even in a fantasy land analogous with the far east) this is a hell of a lot of figures based around a single theme. Yes there was mention of Cathay and Nippon in the rules. Yes there was an army list in Ravening Hordes for 2nd edition and a mercenary list in Warhammer Armies for 3rd but there wasn't a lot of information about either of these nations and to be honest it was mostly focused on Nippon and very little about Cathay.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Mittel Europa - More scenery for Sharp Practice

At some point in the last couple of weeks I decided that I needed a church for the scenario I wanted to run. Like most gamers I went straight to the internet and started browsing for models that might fir my demands. Before i shelled out some of my hard earned cash though, it suddenly occurred that I  needed to learn to use the lasercutter at work and designing a model would be the perfect project to do it.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Pointless Anthroplogy - Hobgoblins

Yep, it's that time again. I've got a mob or unruly kids in detention and I want to look busy by typing away on the computer. Time to 'examine' another of the races of the Warhammer world and wonder where the bloody heck they came from in the first place.


Lanky, Hairy, slightly more intelligent cousin to the orc have always been unfairly treated in Warhammer. First off they were only ever a sideshow to their bigger (and littler) cousins and only ever got a mercenary list in Warhammer rather than a nice, big, full army list like other folks. They were tucked away in the east, a place of vagueness and unkind racial stereotypes and a place that Warhammer rarely spent any time visiting. Then all of a sudden they grew big old goblinoid noses and became slaves to the Big-Hatted chaos dwarves without so much as a by your leave from any one!

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

More scenes from Village life

If you are going to march around in big blocks or infantry defending your homeland then there is going to have to be a Homeland to defend! The club I am a member of are hosting a Lardie themed weekend in September. Dubbed 'Clotted Lard' it allows members and visitors to bathe in the glory of TooFatLardies and play games with their rules for the day. Rich Lard will be attending and will be running a game as far as I know and there will be drinks and Curry later. As i'm a relatively new member I thought i'd bite the bullet and offer to run a game.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

The Return of the Warm Jets

With the return of Necromunda and the need to get some new gangs on the go I decided it was time to expand the Warm Jets. ( I did start a Tech Gang, then I got distracted and Axiom finished his whole gang in the time it took me to do a couple of conversions so they are on a Hiatus). Most of you probably won't remember but the Warm Jets are a Psyker gang made up of 4 Marauder Confrontation Psykers and converted cyborg warrior. To get the gang up to Necromunda speed they are going to need new members. So out come the brushes...

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Where do you stand on a table?

Two gaming events happened over the weekend that got a fair amount of coverage in the nerdy social media world. One was a tournament and one was a games show. They are obviously different things to us 'in the hobby' but to the general pleb in the street they both involve a load of people in a big room with toy soldiers on the tables. If you take a look at both events from that point of view then the difference in outcome is horribly alarming. What also made me think was about what kind of gamer I am, which event would I want to attend and therefore what kind of game would I prefer to play. I think the juxtaposition of these two events makes for an interesting point of conversation. So here goes.

First off we need to recap on these two events so that the slow-coaches and foreigners no what we are talking about. Then we need to loop this back into the 'Oldhammer' scene as that is where a fair majority of readers come from (I check me stats!).

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Middle Earth Visions

The Hollywood version of an image can become so immensely pervasive that, at times, it can be almost impossible to picture anything else in your mind. The Lord of the Rings/Hobbit franchise is one such example. Trying to imagine middle earth with different geography, heroes with different faces, villains with different armour, can strain at your imagination. That is why it's important that at times you need to take part in a little visual palette cleansing. Inspired by a twitter post that's exactly what i've done here. I've gone on little visual journey through different illustrators interpretations of hoe Tolkiens worlds look. I'm not going to blether about them much. I just hope you find stuff that you've not seen before and that you like.  

Sara Kipin

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