Thursday, October 29, 2009

Army Bag Patch Located!

I recently discovered a Crimson Fists patch with which I can adorn my army transport!

This dates from the early days of Rogue Trader (of course) and has a few counterparts:

Space Wolves:

Dark Angels:


I have the Imperial one too, somewhere....

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Warhammer 40,000: Chapter Approved - Book of the Astronomican

The Holy Grail among Holy Grails, even dedicated Rogue Trader collectors often lack this vital part of the history of the 40k universe.

To the uninitiated, those are Space Wolves on the cover, back when their headquarters was on Lucan, and their leader was Enoch.  That's right--Enoch.

Publication information:

Priestley, Rick et al. Warhammer 40,000:  Chapter Approved - Book of the Astronomican.  Nottingham:  Games Workshop, 1988.  112 pp.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Warhammer 40,000: Compendium

Greatly expanding the Warhammer 40,000 universe, and introducing the Harlequins!  Eldar killer space clowns!

Reprinting White Dwarf articles on:

Legiones Astartes
Terminator Squads
Chaplains and Commissars
The Badab War
Rough Riders
Imperial Guard-Ogryns
Imperial Guard
Eldar War Walkers
Land Raiders
Imperial Robots
'Eavy Metal
Space Marines Army List
Imperial Guard Army List
Squats Army List
Harlequins Army List

The colour sections of this book are fantastic.  Everything from Imperial Robot colour schemes (loyalist and traitor) to Space Marine camouflage schemes (including some for Rhinos and Land Raiders).  Didn't know that Space Marines used camouflage?  That's 'cause you haven't read this book!

Publication information:

Games Workshop Design Studio.  Warhammer 40,000:  Compendium.  Nottingham:  Games Workshop, 1989.  200 pp.

Warhammer 40,000: Compilation all Terminator, all Psychic Space Marine force!  The Grey Knights!

Reprinting White Dwarf articles on:

Grey Knight Terminator Squads
Traitor Terminators
Commissar Training Squads
Leman Russ
Space Marine Armour

Eldar background and Army Lists

Genestealer background and Army Lists

Colour sections include Space Marine and Eldar Aspect Warrior colour schemes.  The Marine section lays down the rules for Dark Angels that have held till the present.

Publication information:

Priestley, Rick et al.  Warhammer 40,000:  Compilation.  Nottingham:  Games Workshop, 1991.  115 pp (plus catalogue pp).

Warhammer 40,000: Vehicle Manual

What do you do when your vehicle generation system is a complicated process of random profile generation?  You revamp it with dedicated vehicle profiles...and random hit locations using a TRANSPARENT TARGETING GRID!

Awesome! 2 entire pages!  1 vehicle!

Publication information:

Priestley, Rick and Jervis Johnson.  Warhammer 40,000:  Vehicle Manual.  Nottingham:  Games Workshop, 1992.  32 pp (plus card data faxes and plastic template).

Warhammer 40,000: Battle Manual

As 40k grew, both in supplements and in the White Dwarf, it became necessary to clean up the combat system and re-orient weapon profiles along a baseline.  Thus, the Battle Manual.  The same profiles would be used in 2nd Ed, as well as in Necromunda.

This is an excellent reference; the book goes into some detail about how each weapon functions, as well as describing combat use and the sorts of fighters who would use it.

You know the 4th Ed Wargear book?  Throw that shit away.  THIS is a wargear book.

Publication information:

Priestley, Rick.  Warhammer 40,000:  Battle Manual.  Nottingham:  Games Workshop, 1992.  96 pp (plus counters and templates).

Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader

Part roleplaying game, part skirmish battle game, all mayhem.  See that Crimson Fist in the middle?  Yes, he is smiting his enemies with the head of one of their own.  This game was METAL.

"In the nightmare future of the fortieth millenia, only the superior psychic ability of the Emperor shields humanity from certain extinction.  Dedicated to his service are the warriors, agents and myriad servants of the Imperium.  Foremost amongst them stand the Space Marines, men strengthened by advanced bio-processing techniques to create the ultimate human warrior."  -back cover

Many of the tropes that are present in fifth edition 40k were seeded all the way back in 1987, such as Genestealers (orignally from one of the moons of Ymgarl and seperate from Tyranids), Orks, and even Dark Eldar.  Some things, of course, have fallen by the wayside (alas, poor Squats).

"There is no time for Peace
No respite, No forgiveness.
There is only WAR."  -back cover

Publication information:

Priestley, Rick.  Warhammer 40,000:  Rogue Trader.  Nottingham:  Games Workshop, 1987.  272 pp (plus counters and templates).