Author Topic: Warmaster Ancient  (Read 1843 times)

Offline Fandir Nightshade

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Warmaster Ancient
« on: July 30, 2009, 11:24:10 AM »
I have overheard Merrik talking some senseless mumbling into his beard about warmaster ancient and as I quite enjoyed warmaster from the tactical experience I would like to know more about this stuff.

Does anyone play it?

How good/bad are the game mechanics?

Where can I get it?

How expensive is one army?

Offline Fandir Nightshade

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Re: Warmaster Ancient
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2009, 12:52:15 PM »
found a fantastic site with a great battle report...only problem it is warmaster fantasy not warmaster ancient:


Offline Nicholas Bies

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Re: Warmaster Ancient
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2009, 03:36:19 PM »
I have the rule book somewhere (probably in aus- which isn't much of a help to us) but could never get any interest to play it, then again my gaming group in sydney hates GW.
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Offline Mathi Alfblut

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Re: Warmaster Ancient
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2009, 04:41:41 PM »
Shame then... would be interesting to know a bit more about it. Still, got enough game system around me that I need to get going with to start with a new one.
Oh, and remember GW made it personal, not you!

Offline ZeroTwentythree

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Re: Warmaster Ancient
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2009, 07:41:07 PM »

Well, if you're not familiar with the fantasy version, you can download them for free from the GW site:


The ancient (& medieval) version of the rules are very similar. They've tweaked a few things and improved them slightly. I have not played the ancients version, but I loved the fantasy game.

As far as armies, depends on the scale. I'm using 15mm scale figures rather than 10mm figures, as that's what's more common around me, plus is far more common for use in other game systems (DBA, FoG, etc.) to get the most use out of the figures.

Its been a while since I've bought 15s, so I've lost touch on pricing. But here in the US, Old Glory is fairly popular:


and they also have their 10mm counterpart:


Quick glance and it looks like it's about (US dollars) $0.16 per 10mm infantry and $0.37 per 15mm infantry, though the basing usually involves about twice as many 10mm figures, I think. About 4 infantry at 15mm per base, and about 8 infantry at 10mm. So about $1.25-$1.50 per base.

I don't know, I'd say you could pick up a 1000 point army for something like $50-60. But you may be able to find cheaper figures at flea markets, on sale, or at eBay, etc. I picked up enough figures for around two medieval armies for $70 in a flea market a couple weeks ago.

Offline Badwolf

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Re: Warmaster Ancient
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2009, 10:55:49 PM »
Rick Priestly's WMA site has a list of all periods and lists available plus info and links. Here

If you're looking at 10mm, you could have a look at; Magister militum, Pendraken, Irregular Miniatures. There are probably quite a few more about. Good luck.

Offline MrDWhitey

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Re: Warmaster Ancient
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2009, 11:48:42 PM »
I get my undead for Warmaster here:


They also do quite a few medieval etc armies. Their figures are bigger than GW's ones though (like 12 mm instead of 10mm).

It's nice getting four stands for 5 instead of 3 stands for 8

One of the main reasons I like them though, is they actually show the models. That drives me nuts with Old Glory's site.
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Offline der Hurenwiebel

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Re: Warmaster Ancient
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2009, 06:15:58 PM »
Just curious, but is there any reason other than convention not to just go ahead and use 28mm models while scaling up the distances for this game.  I mean really the models we use are just fancy chess pieces representing part of a math equation. 

Or is that just heretical

"DEfighter wrote:
Hey, trolls stay the hell out, this is a serious thread. Empire are cheese. 2 steam tanks, a war altar and 4 cannons is so obviously overpowered. Anyone who thinks otherwise clearly hasn't had their dragon shot down on turn 1 yet."

oh really now.  LOL ROFLMAO oh the irony.

Offline ZeroTwentythree

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Re: Warmaster Ancient
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2009, 06:37:55 PM »
Nope. Someone used to run 28mm Warmaster at some of the conventions here in the US. They were big games -- needed a lot of space. I think that's the only real consideration.

But you are correct, any game can be adapted to any scale. You could play WFB at 15mm or 10mm. You can play either with fairly inexpensive 1/72 figures.

I remember seeing that someone had made "travel 40k" using epic scale figures with tiny magnets on the single figures.

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