Friday, 30 October 2015

A little late to the party

Hello world.

As might be guessed from the name of this blog, it’s mainly going to be about Citadel miniatures from the 80s and early 90s, but it’s also going to be about the games I play with them; Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (WFRP), Advanced Heroquest (AHQ) and (maybe) Warhammer Fantasy Battles (WFB).
“Oldhammer Quest” felt like a good name, though I’m aware that others have used the term before me.

It seems that the words “oldhammer” and “blog” go hand in hand. There are certainly many great blogs about collecting, painting and playing with 80s Citadel miniatures out there – several of which have been going strong for years. So the question is; why would I waste my time writing another one? I will almost certainly not be nearly as prolific as some, I definitely cannot paint half as well as most and, since I’ve recently bought a house, I can’t really afford to spend hundreds of pounds on E-bay each month acquiring the rarest miniatures.

In the end there are basically two reasons. Primarily it's because it’ll give me a reason to actually paint my (slowly) growing collection. I have a terrible tendency to lose interest in my projects after a while, and I rather feel that I’ve already spend too much money on tiny lead soldiers to let them collect dust on a shelf in the basement.
Secondly, I just really want to write something, and a blog about miniatures seems to be as good a place as any to do it. If my ramblings can be of interest to someone out there, great – but otherwise it’ll just be my personal hobby journal.

So, to avoid having my first ever post simply being a boring wall of text, I’m going to present to you one of my favorite Warhammer images (which is also the background to the blog):

As many people who are interested in the subject will know, this is “Nuln” by John Blanche. It was used as the cover for the first module of the great WFRP campaign “The Enemy Within”. If you have never played this, you owe it to yourself to find a GM who has it (or maybe become that GM). It’s awesome.
The picture itself captures almost everything that is (or was) great about the Old World. It’s familiar and alien at the same time. Inviting, but with more than a hint of malice.


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