Normally, Friday would be the particular day for celebrating the glories of Hailed vs. Hated. To be candid, I’ve not been back in touch with Dark Templar, as I’ve only just returned, so we’ve not sorted anything sexy or dynamic just yet. Never fear. I’m certain we’ll have that remedied in the very, very near future.
So today is a freebie.
Big Jim made a note yesterday that got me thinking –particularly about my old, old WHFB armies: Dwarfs, Empire, bad guys, and an odd assortment of Elves (both Wood and High –I didn’t really grasp the difference back then). This sent me scrambling to the basement with a mission to unearth several dusty boxes.
I described the armies yesterday as “slapdash.” That may have been rather generous.
The major part of each of those old armies is about 20+ years old, from a distant time before I took a grand and protracted break from the hobby. Not one of them is genuinely viable on the tabletop. Not one holds a consistent color scheme from unit to unit. I’m not even sure that any of them could field a proper unit of any merit. The Dwarfs are, admittedly, reasonably far along, and closest to being viable thanks to some late additions; however, as an example, I have nine Hammerers. What’s a general supposed to do with that on its own?
(I should mention that I do have a modestly viable Chaos army and an almost adequate Vampire army from after the aforementioned break I took between 1990-2000. We’ll be seeing more of those as time wears on).
Still, these guys are from a bygone era when army construction was more myth than possibility. Please let me explain. Once upon a time, I was a very, very slow painter. The thought of a complete army promised literally years and years of work. I painted each figure one at a time and to the very best of my (limited) ability; a genuine, coherent army seemed at the time almost an impossible dream, and I drooled over the armies that I saw at my FLGS and in the pages of White Dwarf.
Well. I resigned myself to the fact that I was unlikely ever to field a real army, and so tackled what interested me at the time and hoped that someday I’d have a workable, legal army. This was a long time ago, mind you, about the same moment that I’d stopped watching/bothering my older brothers play D&D (and stopped monkeying around with the few miniatures they had), and started taking some interest of my own. D&D never really rang my bell; however, strategy games and miniatures both did in profound ways.
But Big Jim mentioned the tremendous and old plastic kit that GW produced back in the late 80’s. I loved that kit. If memory serves, the box set came with 10 each of Dwarfs, Wood Elves, Skaven, Orcs, Goblin archers, and Dark Elves. That’s 60 minis for something like 20 bucks. Wipe that tear from your eye.
These two grumbly little guys are my favorites from those box sets. I’ll confess that I still feel quite strongly about all of these old guys, even if some of the painting feels a bit rough by today’s standards. The set was a gift, really.
By the way, you can see that I’d already started to think about conversions, as these crossbowmen (weapons kindly borrowed from those wimpy Dark Elves) clearly demonstrate.
Well. Thank you, Jim for reminding me about these little fellows. Perhaps they'll actually get some lopsided time on the table with this new edition.
p.s. The tray that the army is sitting in comes from The Container Store (an epic place positively rippling with dreams of organization and order). It is actually a plastic picture frame that I use to scurry armies back and forth from the bookshelves to the tabletop.