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I'm a bit of a born-again wargamer! I played many of the Games Workshop games when I was in my teens and early twenties, but left the hobby behind when I went to University. Over the last few years I have gradually got back into it and am literally having a ball! I'll play pretty much anything now, ranging from ancient historical to the far future! I think that I get more out of the painting side of things than actually playing, but that might just be because I get more opportunity. Hence the title...this blog is all about the colour of war!!

Friday, 9 March 2012

Blast from the past!

This is where it all began! I picked this up on eBay the other day purely for a blast of nostalgia, and what a blast it was! I remember every facet of the artwork on the cover. I remember pictures and diagrams inside. I even remember cutting out the counters at the back to play the sample scenario. But more than that...I remember all the games we played of this edition and 4th Edition back when WFB was actually a good game and not yet an arms race designed to empty my pockets. I recall with great fondness the large Orc & Goblin army, Empire army and Undead army I used to regularly play against my brother and my 2 friends, Paul and Andy, who had Chaos, Elves, Skaven and Dwarfs between them. Playing WAB recently also touched on these memories and those games have been fun because I've not had to learn new rules...the 'to hit' and 'to wound' tables in Warhammer are almost completely second nature!

So here's to WFB! It's what got me started on the tabletop side of things and you never know...! I might actually be tempted into painting up some greenskins again and bringing this old-old timer of a ruleset back to life!


  1. This was the edition that got me started. I still have my copy of the rulebook even though I haven't played WFB in a very long time (too long). I had a large Undead and dark Elf army. I only ever fielded painted miniatures but was almost universally beaten by masses of unpainted orcs and such like. I didn't mind loosing too much because my army looked good in the advance and in retreat...

    1. We rarely put unpainted figures on the table, but that was largely because we had the time to actually paint them! My favourite battles were probably the Dwarfs vs Orcs/Goblins, as the Hatred rule meant that the Dwarfs were really hard to crack. You had to wear them down without suffering too many casualties yourself. Of course, Goblin Fanatics were one of the most fun ways of trying that. Even when they reversed direction and came back at you!

  2. The pictures and descriptions were great but it's been a while for me but it's fond memories....

  3. This is the one that started it for me as well. I still have my copy. I never played too many games. The cost in time and money put my friends off and I was the only one who was stubborn enough to keep going. Then I drifted away from the hobby. Now I find myself saddled with a mortgage and kids. I can't justify the expense of 28mm to myself anymore.

  4. I know what you mean! But back then, the figures didn't seem so expensive. Plus I tended to build up armies bit by bit. But now...check the GW website! £22.50 for a single mounted character figure. Mounted on a horse, too! And it's resin!!!

    However, one option for reviving it is doing it in 15mm. Would probably base in elements rather than individuals, but the game wouldn't suffer. But there's about a dozen other projects I'd need to complete first! :)

  5. This is the one that started it for me, too. I can still remember the course of some of those battles. The book we used belonged to my mate's brother, and each player used to get a night with it before the big day. Great memories, and I'd love to find a copy of it for myself.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane!


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