Friday, 13 September 2013

The Broken Nose Tribal Army List by Richard Halliwell and Rick Priestley

I'm currently in the process of painting up a small group of 1980's Kev Adams Citadel Miniatures Orcs, and I've been thumbing through back issues of White Dwarf for colour scheme inspiration. In White Dwarf 87 I came across this unusual 'Eavy Metal article - other than displaying images of some lovely old painted orcs and goblins, it didn't really have a painting or modelling component. Instead it focussed on an army list that tied in with the recently published Ravening Hordes.

The introduction to the army list indicates that it "is intended for friendly games not the Warhammer League." I'm not familiar with the Warhammer League - is it an early incarnation of the tournament scene? If it's something you were involved in could you leave a comment and share your experiences?

The back-story to the army list centres around an impending conflict between the goblinoids and the dwarfs at Blackfire Pass, which is a "legendary battlefield" in today's Warhammer. I don't know if this article is the first time we have been introduced to the Pass?

All in all the article presents us with some wonderful and inspirational old painted figures, the usual humorous back-story we have come to expect from the likes of Halliwell and Priestley, and some very entertaining troop choices such as the goblin fanatics, snotlings and lead belcher. I'm tempted to put together a similar force for a future battle: I'm a big fan of troop choices with random consequences!



13 comments:

  1. Thats a blast from the past. I would say that article is what got me hooked on Goblins back then and here we are decades later and I'm hooked on them again.

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    1. And I think I'm in the process of getting hooked!

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  2. Yep a favorite article, love the horde look going on in the pictures.

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  3. Very few things could make me want to collect orcs or goblins but that article might very well have could.
    Glad I missed it back then, and glad to discover it today I'm more responsible and having realised I will never own all I would have wanted to...
    (plus now I see you have new trades and I know you're gonna have to take more money from me Steve...)

    A WD article like we love them.

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    1. Until recently I wasn't too much into orcs but then I picked up a collection with quite a few of them and now I am hooked!

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    2. That is an interesting coincidence considering my plans......

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    3. I'm seriously terrified about getting to love orcs, I nearly got to love dark elves and now, I just can't afford to get to like anything more. My sanity, bank account and happy family life are threatened by such a possibility...

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    4. Well I'm only 5 or 6 orcs away from completing my collection so feel free to start soon. But stay away from goblins (at least till I have them all)

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  4. Awesome, and great timing with my current project! Thanks for the reminder - I'm now going to be painting with this issue close to hand.

    Also, I think those are all Kev Adam's army, aren't they? (with different pics than Warhammer Armies) I'm pretty sure they used his for the box art on Leadbelcher, Skullcrusher and Gobbo Kings chariot (I may be wrong, but read it somewhere...). Think I'm going to have to add mushrooms and some sculpted plants to mine.

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    1. I think various figures were painted by different people e.g. the troll is Aly Morrison's.

      Mushrooms is def. the way to go with orcs like this!

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    2. Cool, did not know that Aly painted the troll. Just realized how much I know the figs, but I never really studied who did what...everything was so much better

      And yeah, mushrooms... ;)

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  5. Not seen this article before so thanks for that Steve - gotta love those banners!

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  6. Beautiful. I have this White Dwarf stored somewhere in Spain with the Orcs and Goblins... But now is time for another project: http://mydwarfarmy.blogspot.co.uk/

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