1984 Warband Project Part 2

In the last post I covered the army lists mentioned in the Battle Bestiary, here we’ll look at the possibilities in the rest of the book.

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Wood Elves

Don’t have any ideas for these, and I don’t think there were any good treeman figures before MB14 in ‘93.


Chaos Dwarfs

Chaos Dwarfs – I don’t know that there’s much available pre-slotta, but the petard and bazooka combined with Clam Miniatures Ewal Dvergar (seen here painted by Chris Sabick) or some figures from Four A Miniatures would make for a neat little band.


Lizardmen & Troglodytes

It’s interesting that they’re completely distinct from the Slann here, and their schtick is living in deep caverns, even deeper than those of the goblins and dwarves.

I have some Tom Meier Troglodytes from Iron Wind Metals. Image again from Shamutantis.


Undead & Demons

There are a lot of different types of undead in the rulebook, and some nice figures like C34 Chaos Demon. With the Necromancy and Demonology rules in WFB2E both armies seem to lend themselves to being built around a wizard, in the vein of The Conjurations of the Insane Necromancer Colin. Shaitan’s Possessed Warband makes me want to come up with something themed around the 1980s Satanic Panic, House of Hell-style Hammer Horror satanic goat-cults.



I’ve always wanted to do a Rotten Borough of thoroughly corrupt, backstabbing halflings, similar in tone to the Dwarves of Horrorwell. The kind of place where the mayor is stuffing the ballot box, the sheriff’s men are extortionists and the less said about whatever the butcher is up to the better. C11 are the right figures for the era and look comical enough.


Arabians, Southrons, New World Natives, Steppe Nomads & Norse

More faux-historical armies. Of these, I can picture coming up with an Arabian force, based around this figure from my youth – or perhaps a misfist force with one or two figures from each nation?


Ogres, trolls, giants, etc.

I have a lot of trolls and ogres. I was already planning to make a force of these in thrall to a wicked enchantress, but using a mix of oldhammer and much newer figures. I could just make a 1984 version out of a subset of those figures – I’ll need a contemporary enchantress, so I’ve picked up an FA23-2 Evil Priestess.


1984 Warband Project Part 1

The last few posts have featured the art from the Warhammer 2nd Edition box set that introduced me to the game. As is often the case with images and forms from childhood, these are burned into my brain, and there’s a particular pleasure in seeing them take solid form as miniatures, or having them painted and active on the battlefield.

It was paging through those booklets one day, and seeing the same figures posted on FB, that made me want to make a Dark Elf Exiles warband. It was a good size project, and now I want to do more. By keeping the forces small I could realistically do a warband for every army in the setting.

So in this post I’m going to go through the options for 2nd Edition warbands, maintaining a similar feel to the elves – 1982-1984, early oldhammer, and largely solid based. To start with let’s look at the sample army lists in the back of the book.

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Old World Imperialists/Southern City States

These seem to be Medeival and Rennaissance historical armies respectively (almost a reversal of the later dynamic where the Empire gets the steam tanks and Bretonnia gets the knights).

Steve over at Ye Olde Skool Warhammer has made a nice Southern City States army using Burgundian historical figures.


Imperial Cathan

Imperial Cathay can’t seem to decide if it’s China or Japan. At this stage in development of the setting both sides use the same list, with Samurai and Vimto Monks.


Aly Morrison’s Oriental Heroes from the first Citadel Open Day.


Goblin Raiders

Goblins have long been a favourite of mine, but my existing goblin collection is a Midhammer squigfest. Night goblins didn’t even have their famous pointy hoods back in ‘84. I’ve always loved Kev Adams’ goblin war machines with all the delightful plant and fungal life moulded into the bases, so maybe a Broken Nose warband based around the Skull Crusher and Lead Belcher?


Chaos Band

This list consists of beastmen and chaos warriors only. I have enough of both lying around to make a force, even before counting more recent purchases such as the Pantheon of Chaos. This will be a good project because it won’t cost anything and will get some beloved older figures painted.


Dark Elf Invasion

Already done. Though there are a couple of models I’d still like to add.


Sea Elves & High Elves

My memories of High Elves are more tied to 4th Edition and WAR than 2nd ed, but Sea Elves might be fun. I’m not sure what minis they had other than the famous Riolta Snow. There was a set of Marauder Sea Elves (MM82) though they’re from later in the 80s.



The orcs of the era aren’t particularly exciting, though some of their armour designs in the art are interestingly ornate. Half-orcs, on the other hand, disappear in later editions and have some neat figures. I like C10 and their distinctive skull-and-ribcage shields.


Norse Dwarfs &

Dwarven Warriors of Caraz-a-Carak

So the Dwarven Warriors have more seige engines and gnomes, and the Norse Dwarfs have shield maidens. The two miniatures I remember from the days of the manhole cover were dwarves – a C06 Dwarf Cleric, and one of Bugman’s rangers – which is a figure wonderful in its simplicity, a perfectly standard issue dwarf.

I’ve got an Asgard DW11 dwarf arquebusier who might fit with the more technically inclined faction. The rest of the range looks interesting – particularly DW6 and DW9.

Finally I have an Dwarf Juggernaut, (the one seen here painted by Shaitan) which might I could try to build a Caraz-a-Carak or some sort of land pirate faction around.


Amazonian War Party

I have some Lustria-themed figures already – like the rogue Slann merchant and Power Weapon Bearer – but seeing these Amazons painted over at Shamutanti Helte inspires me to collect them. Always one of my favourite 2nd ed factions, I love the punk aesthetic and pink mohawks. I like the idea of Amazons allying with other natives but I don’t like the style of the old pygmy figures – questions of taste aside, they just seem too cartoony. The slaves of the Slann might make good auxiliaries, while being in keeping with the style of the other figures.


Slann Empire

There are some great ones being released these days, I like them better than the original Slann and they’re certainly cheaper. I have a set of Tim Prow’s Eru-Kin, but I’ll save those for 40k – they’re lizardy and high-tech. For old school Slann I want to go more frog than lizard, so I’ve picked up a set of the Bizaza Guard from Seán O’Sullivan’s Katsina Miniatures. Mine are still unpainted, and I feel like I’ll need some cold ones or slaves to round out the warband.


Warhammer 2nd Edition Art

Lustrians & Lizard-kin

Chaos & Demons

Undead & Monsters

Men & Elementals

Elves, Dwarfs, Gnomes & Halflings

Orcs, Goblins, Hobgoblins & Trolls

Exiles of Amheer – Backstory

In chambers vaulted with graceful arches carved from the living rock, beneath a hill studded with broken towers and dead gardens, under a sky shot through with strands of black smoke from burning cities, they gathered. Tarkan, who loved life’s pleasures, brooded silently at the ruin that had come to their ancestral home. Kong, loyal retainer, waited patiently to for Captain Valharik to speak.

“Any word from our scout?”

“Here, Captain,” said Candonyl the outrider in clipped tones, sweeping into the room and bringing with her the cold of the autumn wind outside and the bitter scent of smoke. Moving to the table she laid hands on the map spread out before the Captain.

“Ulthuan’s advance continues. We have perhaps two days before the fighting is upon us.”

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Exiles of Amheer – WIP

I made this warband on a whim; some of the other oldhammerers on FB were painting Dark Elves and the figures just took me right back to my first books and the illustrations therein. There’s something nice about seeing something and wanting it and just getting it on impulse, like a kid in a toyshop with pocket money. Not a race I’ve had any interest in before; they were more part of the background of the setting for me. Which I think is what drew me to them now – I saw the art and the models and they were so familiar, yet something I’d never actually played with.

I like the simplicity of these pre-slotta models, the way they look almost like they were carved out of a solid block of lead. There’s also something a lot more relateable about them than later Dark Elves – they look like elves, dressed for war, occasionally wearing human skins as cloaks, but still more like elves than glam rock fetish murder cultists.

I read some Elric stories and I liked the idea of the Melniboneans becoming a pragmatic race of mercenary nomads after their decadent city burned. I wanted these guys to be exiles, wanderers, politically out of favour but not in thrall to evil powers. So I painted them against type, instead of cold purple and silver, using bronze, red and plenty of warm tones. I named the models for characters from Elric who had ignominious ends, plus a couple of gag names in early GW tradition.

I wanted to use them in AoS Skirmish/Hinterlands, so I gave the sorcerer (who came without his staff) a celestial wizard’s orrery – he can be their navigator, leading them through the shattered worlds. I also statted them up in ASoBH – where in contrast to the Goblins of No-Dan-Kar, they were very straightforward to come up with profiles for.

I like how they’ve turned out. The base detail is liquid green stuff painted around the original pre-slotta base, then teased into a muddy texture. I wanted to incorporate the original bases as much as possible, and the effect makes it look like they’re journeying through some sort of muddy or twisted badlands.