Having been into the Warhammer hobby for 25 years now, the “Oldhammer” community feels like a natural hangout for me. Lots of veteran players gather to discuss (and lament) the classic days of Warhammer and Rogue Trader. Nostalgia is a powerful feeling and Oldhammer delivers it by the bucket load.
I enjoy Warhammer, both old and new, but I don’t think the feeling of digging out or trading for old models from your childhood could ever be beaten by purchasing anything new. In the same vein, I’ve recently been playing The Chaos Engine and Speedball 2 on Steam, both classic Amiga games I played 20 years ago.
Inspired by various Oldhammer blogs, I decided to dig out my first models… Marauder Skeletons. I’ve still got all my old Undead models, though they’re in a state of disrepair. I’ve spent today stripping and cleaning up a select few metals, pondering whether to paint them up anew, or perhaps trade them on for something of equal age. I am currently working on a Genestealer Cult army and have plans to put together a Rogue Trader styled Chaos Space Marine warband, so I’m always on the lookout for classic models.
I hastily took this shot of my first findings last night:
Here are the first 8 stripped. They date 1985 and 1987. They were already 4 years “old” when I first gold hold of them!
I’m going to spend a little more time considering what to do from here. I don’t really want to start up a Vampire Counts army for Warhammer (I still don’t forgive GW for splitting the book in two), so they won’t see any play. I guess I could find some shelf space to display them instead.