Warhammer The Old World – Launch Day!

Today the product range of Warhammer The Old World is officially launched. While some might be lucky and received their items in the last days, others just received their shipping notification and a few unlucky ones that their orders have been postponed.

In my case, I just got the shipping notice tonight at 01:00 in the morning, that the map of the Old World, that I ordered even got shipped. Not my prefered way, I was looking for receiving it today or on monday and not just being shipped.

Warhammer The Old World - Map of the Old World

This is a part of the known map, that has been around since the third edition of Warhammer Fantasy, and received further information and details over the years.

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Warhammer The Old World – Who are the Tomb Kings of Khemri?

We talked about, where the Bretonnians came from, and now it is time to talk about where the Tomb Kings of Khemri came from. In the early editions of Warhammer Fantasy, the undead were just generic evil, aligned with Chaos and Orcs.

You had the basic tropes, with Skeletons, Mummies, Ghouls and such. Just like you would find them in any roleplaying game bestiary. And in Warhammer Armies the undead became a play-able faction, build around a Necromantic force, that would command an army of the undead to raise and further creatures to rally around it.

Warhammer Fantasy - Undead Artwork

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Warhammer The Old World – Who are the Bretonnians?

While the setting of Warhammer The Old World plays 200 years before the time Warhammer Fantasy was set in, the more important question is - who are the Bretonnians that didn't (quite) make it into new Age of Sigmar?

The introduction of the Old World itself, with a more elaborate lore, came with the release of the 3rd edition of Warhammer Fantasy and the supplement Warhammer Armies. Inside these books, the Bretonnian lore is brief and compact.

Oldhammer books 
Warhammer Fantasy - Bretonnia Warhammer Fantasy - Bretonnia

The Kingdom of Bretonnia is described in a similar way, the corrupt France as seen in the tales of d'Artagnan and the three Musketeers. A kingdom of proud cities and prosperous ports, who have fallen into ruin, due to widespread corruption, inefficiency and decay. Interestingly enough, that is the story of the Flesh-Eater Courts, who are based upon the pre-End-Times Bretonnians and degenerated into a realm of Undead cannibals. The threat of the undead is a theme, that was present during the 5th edition onward in the lore of Bretonnia, for example in the Dukedom of Mousillon or with the Red Duke.

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Warhammer The Old World – Tomb Kings of Khemri Unboxing

The second core set for Warhammer The Old World covers the Tomb Kings of Khemri, and is set for pre-order on Saturday January 6th, with a two-week pre-run for delivery on January 20th. This boxed set is a bit more expensive than the Kingdom of Bretonnia edition, with a RRP of 230 EUR / 175 GBP.

Warhammer The Old World - Tomb Kings of Khemri

This core set will be available in English, German and French and cover a total of 93 miniatures.


Warhammer The Old World – Kingdom of Bretonnia Unboxing

We've talked about the upcoming Warhammer The Old World Pre-Order last Monday and today the vast list of items is ready to order, with delivery on January 20th (so in 2 weeks' time). As you might know, this new game won't come with a classic two army starter, but army bundles that include the new rulebook as a hardcover, and for the release there are two sets, the Kingdom of Bretonnia and the Tomb Kings of Khemri. We're going to cover both of them today, and start with the Kingdom of Bretonnia.

Warhammer The Old World - Kingdom of Bretonnia

This is the cheaper one of the two and costs 206 EUR / 155 EUR, with a total of 76 miniatures. It is available in English, German and French.

It is a huge, stable box set with glossy prints on all sides. You can see the back below, and the lower part shows two of the painted units, the Men-at-arms and Knights of the Realm. As you can see, the Bretonnians look more uniform than they looked in "regular" Warhammer Fantasy. They go into detail on this in Warhammer Community and to a certain degree, this is the fantasy-counter-part of the pre-heresy paint jobs of some of the Legiones Astartes.


Warhammer World 2023 – Exhibition Centre Part 1

Part of the Warhammer World experience is the Exhibition Centre, which covers large dioramas and walls full of display cases with vignettes, armies and individual miniatures very early ages of Citadel Miniatures until the most recent releases.

The exhibition centre spreads across two floors and four areas, and ticket prices are 7,50 GBP per adult, 5 GBP for children from 12 to 17, younger kids are free. There are group and family tickets available as well. You can buy a softcover book, which covers professional pictures and additional information on the larger dioramas for 18 GBP onsite, which is a perfect souvenir. The book is updated regularly and currently in its third edition.

Games Workshop – Warhammer World Exhibition Centre Games Workshop – Warhammer World Exhibition Centre Games Workshop – Warhammer World Exhibition Centre

As we already have covered the new exhibition centre in extensive articles from our visits in 2018 (Warhammer Fantasy / Age of Sigmar, Horus Heresy / Warhammer  40k) and 2020 (Warhammer Fantasy / Age of Sigmar, Horus Heresy / Warhammer  40k), the focus this time is more on some spotlights and novelties, as some of the larger setups were replaced and / or updated.


Warhammer Fest 2023 Recap and Comments – Part 2

Picking up after day one of Warhammer Fest 2023, Games Workshop started with Age of Sigmar, we actually received a three part reveal.

The first one, covering a well-deserved update on the Imperial Knights, now known as Cities of Sigmar Freeguild Cavaliers. Quite the tall horses and stunning barding on these. I like the different armour pieces and variants for the helmets. The old kit is 25 years old and did some heavy lifting back in the day, but it is time to send them into their well-deserved retirement. It will be interesting to see if the Demigryph cavalry will be phased out as well, as they don't really fit with the scale and who would ride demigryphs if you can have these horses? Impressive kit and I can imagine an impressive kitbash potential for Astra Militarum rough riders as well.

Warhammer Fest 2023 - Age of Sigmar Freecity Cavaliers Warhammer Fest 2023 - Age of Sigmar Freecity Cavaliers


Middlehammer – Skaven Rat Swarms

Since I've ordered and covered the Made-to-Order classic Skaven characters from the Middlehammer era of the 90s, I was able to get my hands on some original rat people from Citadel to build a small skirmish warband around.

Warhammer Fantasy - Classic Skaven Miniatures Warhammer Fantasy - Classic Skaven Warriors

This gives me the choice to have two small packs of vermin warriors, led by a champion each and some characters. But as we are talking Skaven here, we need some rat swarms. In the classic Warhammer Fantasy battles, you had giant rats that you put on 40 x 40mm square bases. The ones shown in the second picture are the later 6th-ish edition rats, a bit more in line with each other compared to the earlier Oldhammer ones, and of course more variety than the swarm pack plastic ones.


Made-to-order Classic Skaven Characters

Already in 2019 Games Workshop offered some Skaven, the human sized rat-people of Warhammer, in a made-to-order run but went for a new one last week. I ordered some items and I have to say, that was quick. They put the order online on 11 am on satuday, and some people even received theirs on monday (!), mine arrived thursday which is still pretty rapid, especially if you count in that it went through customs.

Warhammer Fantasy - Skaven Made to Order

This is not the first time I used the made-to-order run by Games Workshop, I did that to fill some gaps in my Blood Bowl collection back in 2017 with a halfling team.

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HANS VII – Return of the traveling tabletop box

It is that time of the year again! Hans! Returns once more to my door step. And it is the 7th time, that is on its journey.

HANS VII - Return of the traveling tabletop box

I've written about HANS! in the last years, so you can see what came around in 2019 with one of the first HANS that I participated, in 2020 with HANS V! and last years 2021 and sixth tour prior to leaving TTW.