I’ve long heard the clarion call of OldHammer and can resist it no longer. Oldhammer is the nickname for using Warhammer third edition rules and often figures from the early days of Games Workshop, Citadel Miniatures, and Marauder Miniatures. The rules, in those days, were far more narrative driven than points values. While that may not have been the best thing for tournaments it is the style of gaming I love most and though I began with second edition rules it was the hardbound, third edition that lit my imagination and fired my creativity. Recently my gaming group have been tossing the idea about and I decided that regardless of who else joins in it is the perfect excuse to paint some very old figures that have been patiently waiting in my collection for decades. Although I considered some of the wonderful Marauder Empire and very early (some pre-slotta base) Citadel Orcs that have come within my grasp over the years it is unsurprising to any that it is dwarfs that finally caught my attention. After all, Prince Ulther’s Dragon Guard have been some of my favorite figures from the beginning so where better to start?
Now, the plan is to create a force with about twenty figures and a character which I could do with just the boxed set but I wanted more variety so picked out a unit of ten, including champion, musician, and standard because they will be so much fun to paint. Immediately I knew I’d have to include the cook and the elder as there just hasn’t been a better excuse.
So if Ulther was to be the overall leader, the character figure, what would I use these two for? City militia of course. Reading Terry Pratchett probably was as big a factor as the pile of mixed figures I had in my hand.
I do realize I have a couple more figures than budgeted so will probably have to drop two but this is as few as my fevered imagination could limit itself to at this time. My Oldhammer journey has begun though I still haven’t decided on how to base them.