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WHFB The Electors' Forum / Re: Luthorites?
« on: December 21, 2009, 06:56:39 PM »
By naming him "Luthor Huss", Games Workshop might just as well have tattooed "heretical reform movement" on his chest, so yes, I think a "Luthorite" army is not only plausible, but almost begging to be made.

WHFB The Electors' Forum / Re: What are your views on the empires fluff?
« on: December 19, 2009, 03:20:38 PM »
Like Freman Bloodglaive said, average life expectancy is influenced by child mortality rate, so average life expectancy is worthless as an indicator of how long people lived if they only managed to reach adulthood without incident.

WHFB The Electors' Forum / Re: What are your views on the empires fluff?
« on: December 17, 2009, 06:18:06 PM »
Indeed; the proliferation of information was quite marked in 16th century Europe if compared to the popular impression of the period found among modern people and your average history student alike (sorry if I sound arrogant, but as I have progressed through my own academic career, still limited though it is, I have gotten increasingly dismissive of the general level of knowledge found among the regular populace, undergraduates in my own profession, or that object of often undeserved loathing; the amateur historian).

That is not to say the average Bavarian townsman did not fill the considerable holes in his knowledge with fanciful tales and mytical superstition, but the Warhammer background captures this nicely, underscoring as others have said for instance the fact that Skaven are generally thought not to be real. Held up against modern standards, the run-of-the-mill 16th century craftsman was certainly backward, uneducated and uninformed, but literacy was more prevalent in the period than most people know, and through it, the regular artisans and craftsmen of at least the more central regions of Europe were quite informed indeed. The Reformation succeeded largely because of this, being dependent to a considerable degree on literate laymen.

WHFB The Electors' Forum / Re: What are your views on the empires fluff?
« on: December 14, 2009, 09:54:23 PM »
Despite a background that's haemorraghing inconsistencies, the Empire is quite unique as a fantasy setting. Though developed in stages and over a long period of time, Games Workshop has still exhibited no inconsiderable bravery in creating a fantasy setting based on 16th century Germany rather than the much more conventional "medieval" fantasy setting.

The periphery, or the Empire's enemies, are also more clevery divised from the Empire's standpoint than one might realise at first glance, being to a large extent the 16th century German peasant's world view made real. Terrible things lurk in the dark woods, witches are real, and hordes of daemon-worshipping barbarians live "way over there" in the north-east somewhere.

The Count's Tavern / Re: Battlegear
« on: July 30, 2009, 11:12:36 AM »
Nope. :-) That is to say, they have a couple of key-rings and pendants, but not Battlegear.

The Count's Tavern / Battlegear
« on: July 29, 2009, 08:56:37 PM »
Does anyone know what happened to this GW-sponsored range of pewter pendants, keyrings, dogtags and such? I don't recall the name of the company making them, though I seem to remember some dog or another in the name. Black Dog? Pitbull?

Anyway, I'm just curious. I never bought any, considering it unnecessarily frivolous, but I must admit that a 40K Inquisition badge would be a nice thing to own.

The Parade Ground / Re: 2000 points Ostermark - Some advice needed
« on: July 03, 2009, 10:58:07 AM »
I am using them as I would small units of regular knights, yes. No plans to charge large ranked units on their own. :-)

The Sword of Striking+Van Horstmann's Speculum combination is actually frightfully good. I highly recommend it. Against reasonable opponents, like goblin warbosses, Skaven warlords, or elves, it doesn't do much - but then again, these characters aren't usually in urgent need of killing. Against huge lubering monsters like Black Ork Warbosses, Ogres, or Chaos Lords however, you quickly find yourself in a situation where you hit them on 2+ and wound them on 3+, with a large number of attacks. Quite the surprise for the frothing Black Ork lord who thought that lone General of the Empire couldn't possibly pose a threat.

The Parade Ground / Re: 2000 points Ostermark - Some advice needed
« on: July 03, 2009, 07:30:18 AM »
Cost; the General is a very cost-effective destroyer of things big bad and nasty (meaning powerful enemy characters). Also, I want the army to be at least slightly original, and not include the same set-up as everybody else.

As you can see, I can't turn any of the knights into Inner Circle, on account of having used up all my Special slots. But why do you say I ought to include another knight? (Presumably in both of them). 6-man knight units seem to be quite common, with or without command.

The Parade Ground / Re: 2000 points Ostermark - Some advice needed
« on: July 02, 2009, 09:26:48 PM »
"Independent Character". :-D

The Parade Ground / Re: 2000 points Ostermark - Some advice needed
« on: July 02, 2009, 08:32:19 PM »
Thanks Perambulator! Now to disregarding everything you say. :-)

Everyone's kitted out as you might expect, yes; full plate and all that on the general. Not going to drop the command for the knights - in my gaming world, you have leaders for your regiments, or no regiments at all.

I might consider a priest and/or a banner though, so thanks! :-)

The Parade Ground / 2000 points Ostermark - Some advice needed
« on: July 02, 2009, 07:03:37 PM »
Hello everyone. After quite some time away from Warhammer Empire, in which I have made a 1500 points Vostroyan army for 40K, I'm once more beginning to go back to the Empire. My only problem of my gaming group not playing Warhammer presists, but considering the speed in which I paint, I may convince them to take up the game in say 2010 and still watch them finish their armies before me. And I'm not even making a new one.

What I do want to do however is use a considerable number of the new plastics. The Greatswords in particular are fantastic, though I can't use them as base for my entire army, due to their insane price. But, I will use them among regular troopers here and there. I'm making new infantry regiments, new pistoliers, some outriders and some of the wonderful new plastic Archers. I haven't quite settled on the list I want though, so advice is appreciated. Not that I'm usually heeding advice, but still. :-)

Here's a rough outline of what I plan. I have 181 points to spare. Any suggestions?

General of the Empire (mounted) with Sword of Striking and Van Horstmann's speculum.

Wizard (L2) with Rod of Power.
Wizard (L2) with Seal of Destruction.

25 Swordsmen with two 6-man Free Company Detachments.
25 Spearmen with two 6-man Free Company Detachments.

10 Huntsmen.

6 Knights with full command.
6 Knights with full command.

5 Pistoliers with command.
5 Outriders with command.
2 Great Cannons.

WHFB The Electors' Forum / Re: State Troops - why did they change?
« on: May 18, 2009, 12:01:21 PM »
I share the negative opinions of the State Troops - and have done ever since they came out. There's only one reason for this, and it's the lack of puffy sleeves. Pure and simple. Lucikly, it seems GW has caught up on the fact that this view is shared by many, and new models since then all have puffy sleeves. So problem solved, to a point. Now all we have to do is wait for the State Troops to be redone in order for this mistake to be redressed. 2020 is a long way away, but I can wait. I ought be done with my current painting schedule by then... :wink:

The Count's Tavern / Re: What other sites for mini shopping?
« on: May 10, 2009, 11:20:58 AM »
I use Maelstrom Games. There are other, cheaper online stores, but their lower prices are off-set by shipping charges, so if you don't live in the UK or the US, Maelstrom Games, with its free world-wide shipping, is the go-to place. Especially if you continually buy small, to avoid getting smacked with a default 25% VAT+£8 customs fee like in Norway...

The Brush and Palette / Re: the men of the ostermark
« on: May 06, 2009, 06:53:21 PM »
Cute Halflings :-D

The Brush and Palette / Re: GOT THEM! (Halflings from the 80s)
« on: February 10, 2009, 03:12:56 PM »
Aww... I'm envious. I'd love to have some of those halflings, but the cost an arm and a leg on e-bay. I have to settle for the 4th ed. ones.

No, I didn't - I only washed the red and gold parts on the tank.


Oh dear, it's a zombie thread.

I promised pictures of the results. A bit late you say? Pah! Well, ok. The reason I never posted pictures is that my camera suddenly died. I have only recently acquired a new one. Good news is, I'm all but finished with a 1500 points Vostroyan army, which I have taken to a few games (all of which I have lost, but let's face it - it's Guard...)

Here's some samples. The miniatures look better live. The applied shade is not a friend of the camera flash, nor have I figured out how to set the new camera to close-ups. The miniatures required more work than a simple layer of paint, then applying shade, but I'm happy with the result. I don't know whether I'd apply it to Empire miniatures if I were to start a new Empire army, but some other Warhammer miniature ranges could benefit substantially from this.






Leman Russ

WHFB The Electors' Forum / Re: Fluff Elitism
« on: September 22, 2008, 06:29:48 AM »

*clears throat*

Hello, my name is Fafnir, and I'm a Fluff Elitist.


Hello, Fafnir!

There, I said it. Make of it what you will. :-)

The Brush and Palette / Re: Giant Empire Bear Drummer
« on: August 26, 2008, 06:11:11 PM »
Haha, I like it. Bears may be the number one threat to America, but I like them nonetheless.

The Imperial Office / Re: Nice paper. Good paper. And ink.
« on: August 26, 2008, 07:29:09 AM »
Thanks chaps, though I am most interested in Warlord's comment. Which part didn't flow right?

The Imperial Office / Re: Nice paper. Good paper. And ink.
« on: August 19, 2008, 07:46:11 AM »
Or, you know, not. :-)

The Imperial Office / Nice paper. Good paper. And ink.
« on: August 17, 2008, 09:25:35 AM »
I haven't contributed anything to these pages in ages, but here's a little thing. It is a bit experimental, so please tell me what you think.

Nice paper. Good paper. And ink.

They think me mad, but I am not. It is they, not I whose tenuous grip on reality teeters on the brink of oblivion, though they know it not. It is their world, not mine that will come crashing down upon them. Or rather…well, no matter. Deep down they do know it. It is why they have put me here. I care not. The asylum has served me well. They have given me paper on which to write, once they saw that it calmed me down and lulled the screams. Nice paper. Good paper. And ink.


I will write. I will make them see. Their eyes will then be opened, and they will understand why I infinitely prefer to be here, than anywhere where stone walls and iron bars do not stand between me and… that place. Though whether it would hold, I know not. Perhaps it wouldn’t. Yet I have paper. Nice paper. Good paper. And ink.


I must not write! They must never know! The truth is too terrible, it would pierce their mind as a spear pierces flesh; rend the soul as dread claws of a twisted netherworld rend the flesh of innocents. That is why I must write. Yes, I see now, I must write. Fortunately, they have given me paper. Nice paper. Good paper. And ink.


I wonder if there are others who have seen. There are asylums in Altdorf too, and in Nuln. Would that they were filled with the likes of me, overflowing with kindred souls who could corroborate my recount. Show them that we are not mad, show them what cankerous corruption eats at this world, and what terrible secrets it holds. Would that it were. But it is not, and so I must write. A good thing then, that they have given me so much paper. Nice paper. Good paper. And ink.


What wretched souls are those who eke out a miserable existence in this world, oblivious to their own contemptible inferiority. What value do their dismal lives have, compared to that which sleeps beneath the earth? That spawn of elder days, when beasts walked the land as men, and men crawled on their bellies like beasts? What wards can they set against the laughter of antediluvian gods? None whatever. I must set it for them. I must write. How blessed am I then, to have been given paper. Nice paper. Good paper. And ink.


Horrible and unnamed things stir where Man does not walk, and he knows it not. The rich folk in their castles do not know. The wise mages in their towers cannot see. Blind are the great men of the universities in their laboratories. But I know, for I have seen what lurks among the roots of this world. Great will be my legacy, for I will write, and I will open their minds and save their souls. What an auspicious day it was, then, when they gave me paper on which to facilitate their salvation. Nice paper. Good paper. And ink.


Weak burned the pyre behind the dilapidated asylum building in the poor quarter of Bechafen. Fat, black smoke rose, and would have stained the wooden buildings near the alley were they not already the colour of soot. The warden shuddered as he stoked the remaining embers, and the autumnal chill was not alone to blame. Twenty years in this building had hardened his heart, but it had not prepared him for the sight of this man, having flayed his own skin off his body, and scratched insane gibberish into it with his own blood, before shock and trauma had released him. Better to burn it all now, and never speak of it.

WHFB The Electors' Forum / Re: Why pick on the humans?
« on: August 16, 2008, 07:11:43 PM »
The Empire's the protagonist. 's that simple. Every story needs one. Games Workshop chose the Empire. Done deal.

PS: I'm back! Boo!

WHFB The Electors' Forum / Re: Books Half Price offer
« on: June 04, 2008, 06:29:05 PM »
I don't know why you ought to wait until July, but if you click the EU flag you get prizes in Euro which reflect shipping costs outside the UK, and then you can order.

EDIT: May be Europe-only, I'm not sure.

The Count's Tavern / Re: Sad news...
« on: May 30, 2008, 07:02:27 AM »
I don't know what to say. This is very sad news indeed.

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