And so it was that the great clans united to send a force deep into the mountains to reclaim the great underway, the Ungor Watt, from the depths and darkness in which it had been lost. Through smoke and fire the great campaign was fought and every victory paid for in treasure and blood.
It was the miners, in their relentless underground explorations, that first came upon the foundations of dwarf ruins, the remains of settlements lost in the great quakes and volcanic eruptions that had proceeded the great orc wars. Many holds had fallen, their populations slain and scattered, but others had survived, rebuilt. Some had even expanded and founded new colonies but none forgot the stories of the ancient underway that had linked the dwarf people. When ancient warehouses and barracks were discovered the explorers knew they had found one of the way stations of the great road way, the Ungor Watt.
Almost immediately a vast cavern filled with an underground lake was located within marching distance of the main camp. Unfortunately so was a force of heavily armed and armored, blood worshiping humans who had arrived via a cavern on the lake’s northern end. Immediately battle ensued with the dwarfs pushed back to the the perimeter of their own camp. It was only the stubborn refusal of the Quarrelers to break and the timely flank charge of Prince Garius and his band of Slayers that saved the dwarfs. Soon many more slayers would arrive and the battles for Darkwater Cavern would go on for a very long time. In the meantime word of the ancient water source made its way to the Rangers and they knew how to turn that water into beer.
Taking a break from the dwarf Necromancer and various Bones bugs on the table I went on a quest for the collection of old Games Workshop shields with which to equip my Dragon Company. This involved digging through boxes both in the house and out in the garage. While out there I also sought some of my old rulebooks. I found the shields and even had enough of the one I liked to begin the unit.
I didn’t find all the books I was looking for but in one of the boxes of books, in a ziplock bag, in a small box I found three miniatures. One was one of the first figures I ever got, a mounted hobbit, another the classic Games Workshop Psycho Hobbit, and last a Games Workshop plastic goblin. Now how those three ended up together or in the box I found them is beyond me but since I’d been thinking about Psycho Hobbit for an Oldhammer scenario already I take it as a sign I should get these guys painted.
So there they are, three unlikely companions on their way to the painting table. I’ll post updates as they come along. Gotta go find that bag of bases now.
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.