Monday, 20 May 2013

Citadel Miniatures Arcane Ramblings mailing club fliers

Back in the early/mid 1980's Citadel Miniatures published a series of compendiums and journals that effectively served as catalogues of their latest figure releases. But their production of figures was so prodigious that they had to produce fliers to illustrate their new releases. Some of these early fliers not only served as notices/catalogues of new releases but also presented opportunities for the Citadel team to test new ideas concerning rules and stats for new creatures/forces. Some of these were targeted at mailing club members and were known as Arcane Ramblings - these are a great source of creature stats., anecdotes, and illustrations by the awesome Tony Ackland.

I have a very extensive collection of Citadel fliers dating back to around 1982, three of which are of the Arcane Ramblings. I thought it might be fun to share these with you, but also to ask you: do you have any Arcane Ramblings other than the ones featured here? Please let me know if you do; it would be great to share them.

I uploaded the three fliers to Scribd but the text isn't very clear, so I've also inserted images below (right-click on an image and open it up in a new tab to allow for zooming in on the text). I'm not sure of the exact order in which they appeared, so I have taken a guess (based on competition results and some of the new miniatures featured), but all three appeared some time between the First and Second Citadel compendiums.

Arcane Ramblings 1

This flier opens with plugging the expanded range of Citadel Orcs, and introduces Orc army lists for use in Warhammer's first supplement (which became Forces of Fantasy). The Orcs in question are the Perry twins  C15 and C16 Orcs, which are among my favourite of Citadel's figures. I know that for many people reading this blog Kev Adams will justifiably always be the Goblinmaster (Goblin-oid-master?) but for me the Perry Orcs are the best. The army list on the flier would be modified and expanded for Forces of Fantasy, but represented a good stop-gap for those players (me included) who were gagging for rules for using massed ranks of Orcs. The flier also features a mailing club offer - fancy a battalion of orcs (80 figures) for £27.50 post free?

The flier next deals with new rules for using swarms of creepy-crawlies, together with rules for summoning swarms with magic. I suppose they would be called mini-beasts these days. Summoning a swarm of mini-beasts isn't quite so intimidating is it?

The flier ends with an interesting set of rules - and short story - on using the new 15mm Traveller robots in fantasy games. The mixing up of fantasy and scifi was being touted quite heavily at this time by Citadel, and features in a number of their articles and supplements. I have to confess at the time I wasn't too big on this - but shortly afterwards I got into the Moorcock books, and my opinions changed!

Arcane Ramblings 2

This flier features two articles on new rules for arcane rods and power weapons in Warhammer. Both of these new types of weapon subsequently found their way into the Warhammer Forces of Fantasy supplement. The opening text of the flier indicates that these articles "form part of Bryan's gigantic Chaos Saga, the entire design of which remains a secret as yet unfathomed by any of us - but we hear rumours....". Both weapon types are said to have originated with the Old Slann, and sound great fun. I think I may have used the rules for these back in the day, but that memory if hazy with the mists of time. The rules read like they were designed more for an RPG rather than a tabletop battle, in keeping with the first edition of Warhammer.

The Model News section of the flier deals with new releases of fighters, chaos knights, lizardmen and troglodytes. It also plugs the newly-released "after only months and months of the original sitting in our office" (I wonder why?) Tony Ackland's Monsterous Orc War Machine, and mentions his forthcoming Dwarf Steam Engine (aka Dwarf Juggernaut or Dwarf Jugganaut as depicted on the box).

The Competition Results section announces the winners of a painting competition and a competition to design a Warhammer character. I'm pretty sure the painting competition originated in another flier (more on that in a future post). The chracter competition was announced in the First Citadel Compendium (the first prize being one of every figure released by Citadel in April 1984, apparently worth at least £20). The winners of the character competition were announced in the Second Citadel Compendium and released as figures. Interestingly, Prince Ardelon was released as a foot figure despite the competition sketch depicting him on a horse. I am not aware of a mounted version ever being designed.

Next up is a plug for The Lidless Eye, "a revised and expanded set of Fantasy Army Lists designed for gamers using Wargames Research Group Ancient rules to re-create Tolkien's Middle Earth Armies." The ad goes on to state that these rules are not available from Citadel, but must be bought elsewhere (ah, those were the days...). This plug is followed by some special deals for mailing club members - fancy 30 Chaos Knights for £10 post free?

Finally, the reverse of the pink flier, as well as having some fantastic illustrations by Tony Ackland (I'm going to run out of superlatives soon) has a great request for ideas for chaos attributes...treat yourself with a read...

Arcane Ramblings 3

The final flier mainly deals with rules for the new Great Spined Dragon (including an extensive natural history) and for the new C22 Creatures range.

Did you know that nothing interests a dragon more than a fully armoured knight? Or that giant rats hate giant shrews (which can be used as mounts for halflings!). Read on...

Finally, I mentioned I had three Arcane Ramblings fliers, but I do also have this one:

The trouble is, I can't remember if this was released as a stand-alone flier, or if it was inserted into a catalogue. Either way, it mentions plans for the forthcoming first Citadel Open Day (more on that in future) and asks readers to submit ideas for scenarios.

Have any of you entered competitions, or submitted material that was used to supplement Warhammer, back  in the early 1980's?

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Golden Demon awards in the Golden Age: part 3 (1992)

In this third and final installment of Golden Demon awards in the Golden Age I will be sharing with you images of figures from the 1992 awards (from White Dwarf 151). I say "final" because I was unable to find a reference to subsequent awards (1993, 1994 etc) from the White Dwarfs of the period. If anyone knows different please let me know and I would be happy to scan them and put together a pdf doc. You'll notice that the majority of figures featured in this article are from the 1980's and very early 1990s, so there's a good chance that the Golden Demon awards from the mid-90's also contained such figures. SO it would be a shame if White Dwarf hadn't featured these.

If you are new to Scribd then clicking on the expand screen icon at the bottom right of the Scribd box below (to the right of the + and - zoom buttons) gives you a full screen view.

Anyway, enjoy!

Friday, 3 May 2013

A visit to the Citadel Miniatures Hall, Games Workshop HQ Nottingham

As I mentioned in a previous post, I recently visited Warhammer World in Nottingham for a Forge World Open Day event, and took the opportunity to snap a few pics in The Citadel Miniatures Hall, which is well worth a visit if you are in the area. I'm writing a separate thread on the dioramas of Mike McVey which are on view in the Hall; in this thread I shall concentrate on some of the other figures I snapped, both vintage and contemporary (including works-in-progress).

The old stuff (mainly 1980's)

Above: Dark Future Battlecars. Two of these (on the left and the right) can be seen in an advert which appeared in White Dwarf 106:

John Blanche undead/dwarf diorama

Needs no introduction:

Rogue Trader era/early 1990's Orks

If you flick through the ork books and White Dwarfs of the late 1980's/early 1990's you will discover that the 'Eavy Metal team painted an awful lot of orks during that period. Many of these are in the collection of Bryan Ansell, but a glance through the pics below will reveal that a lot escaped - who knows where else they may reside? I've personally seen some in several collections over the years...

Chaos old and new

Some new chaos stuff, because some of it is really rather nice. Not all. But some. Also some old chaos painted in the "new style." Over the past few years I've visited the Citadel Miniatures Hall a number of times, and I've been to a few events, where I've had the opportunity to see in the flesh a lot of the figures painted by the current 'Eavy Metal team and which have appeared in White Dwarf. I don't know if it's just me but I often find that these figures look much better in the flesh than they do in White Dwarf. I don't think it's the photographs used in the magazine (which I can't fault) but I find the whole think often looks a bit too clinical. Can't really explain it better than that. Anyway, some things which did nothing for me when they first arrived in White Dwarf (e.g. the Jabberslythe) look good up close and I really wouldn't mind owning one.

Misc stuff

Above: The latest version of Azhag the Slaughterer by Trish Carden. I've read some negative opinions about this but personally I think the wyvern is utterly fantastic. I would go so far as to say it has the character of the Great Spined Dragon. Definitely on my "to get" list.

Forge World Space Marine Dreadnoughts

Me likey:

I think they are a re-imagining of the old Rogue Trader era Contemptor dreadnought:

Forge World

Just some stuff I like:

Forge World works in progress

Above: not sure who this one is by - I think it's either Trish Carden or Keith Robertson.

Above: Merwyrm. Again not sure who this one is by - I think it's either Trish Carden or Keith Robertson.

I love this Troll Mother (designed by Trish). She hopes it will be available over the Summer: