Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Warhammer 3rd Edition Musings


Well I was sat waiting on a parcel arriving yesterday and stuck in the house so I thought I would have a rummage through my copy of Warhammer 3rd edition and came across some interesting concepts, especially from a company which is currently so stringent on getting folks to buy more figures and codexes.

In the main rules it says if you cant find a rule or you dont like the existing one, then ignore it and make up your own. Furthermore it even encourages you to think out of the box and have fun and at one point even goes as far as to say you dont need to follow army lists, just use what you have!

The rules themselves are familiar to anyone who has played Warhammer but with a decent level of complexity rather than the tasteless offerings of the newest edition and I think its really going to lend itself to some nice scenario based games.

The only thing its missing really is a custom model generator to allow you to field anything you want. Saying that I have my copy of Rogue Trader to hand which contains a breakdown of points cost so bodging something together shouldn't be too complex.

I am going to try out the basic rules with some counters until I get hold of some suitable miniatures and sort out what force I want to start off with. In all honesty I am stumped at present as theres so much to choose from ranging from Technomancer Dwarves to Slann and even Twisted Elves.

I must admit that I have always been a fan of the Dwarves so think I might make a start with a Dwarven expeditionary force which can be used either on the frontiers of Aeroth or exploring the interior of Crucible.

Boar Company Dwarves

The Boar Company will be making an appearance too, possibly with a large Wildling grunting in their midst and I am going to try and make a few hand casts of them this time so I can bulk out their numbers into a full scale force!

Looking at the Warhammer Armies book it looks like I should need 20 Crossbowmen and 40 Warriors along with some command figures but I think I might start out with 15 Warriors and 10 Crossbowmen and see how I go!

All the best!


  1. Heya

    You don't need that many figures unless you really want them... you just need to assign that many hit poins to the regiment. A single skirmish base with either 28mm -> 6mm take your pick they will all work. Then some pretty counter or just a couple of d10's and your all set.

    Otherwise you start to stall before the first regiment is game ready or end up fielding a unit of undercoated little men that has all the aesthetic appeal of a used hankerchief.

    Anyway bout time the Boars were back on campaign they had plenty time for R&R.

    All the best.

    1. One thing to remember as well is that in the Armies book the minimum troop's needed were based off of building a 3,000pt army list. and reducing the numbers by 1/3 per 1,000 less. But really build what you want and have fun. It's your hobby.

  2. Looking forward to seeing your Dwarves (and other races) as you pull this together. Keep up the excellent work!


  3. Hi!

    Thanks for the comments folks!

    I'm quite excited about constructing a proper army but am fully aware that I need to pace myself!

    I do like the suggestion of using smaller numbers till I've got myself sorted out and will see what I can do!

    All the best!

  4. The rules do seem fairly open-ended (especially compared to the more recent versions). We used all sorts of odd stuff in smaller points totals as we were learning the rules... only recently have we crept up into the 1000s.