Thursday, 23 August 2018

I apologise unreservedly

...for getting bored, changing my mind and pressing 'pause' on my Oldhammer Mordheim project. Sometimes these things have to be done. In this case it's because I have a good reason.

I have a better idea.

Occasionally you hear a throw-away comment and it sparks something profound. And, like Don John's canker in a hedge, it festers. This happened to me a few weeks ago and its not just taken root, its entirely displaced my initial plans. So here it is...




Ostermark. Twenty years after the comet struck Mordheim. The city is a no-go zone. The State officials know it's bad. Damn, even the Emperor knows its a catastrophe. Warpstone contaminating the area for miles around, fuelling mutation and inciting corruption. Dust-borne residue is killing peasants and livestock. On the fringes of the infected area Imperial scholars gather. The best minds, you would think? Alas no - they are mad, bad and dangerous to know. They scheme and plot. How can they study the carrion-city? These days, none who enter return sane. Their records show this was not always the case. In the short years following the impact, mercenaries could seemingly get in and out, smuggling warpstone as if it were gold. So they scheme and plot ad nausium. This takes time. Time. If they could send men back in time. So they enlist Chronomancers. And convicts (expendable, you see). And thus were born the Creepers. Forgotten and despised, they risk their bodies and souls to travel back and gather samples from the city just after the impact. Samples that will help the Emperor, they are told. Samples that are vital, they are told. Samples. Bring us samples. We need warpstone...

I want my warband to be a dystopian hybrid of the Strugatsky brothers and Marker - a fusion of Roadside Picnic/Stalker and La Jetée/Twelve Monkeys. Desperate men dragged through time into a mind-bending 'zone'. The temporal distortion of looking back 20 years to the edition of Mordheim released in 1999 will be articulated through these miniatures. I want them to appear strange, fusing the Franco-Russian influences of the two key works with the likes of Patrick Tatopoulos' Silent Hill costumes, Ian Miller and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's first film The Bunker of the Last Gunshots. More post-apocalyptic and out-of-time rather than slavish to the look of the world of 20 years ago.

Here is some of the visual material I've been mining:



I hope you'll forgive me this abrupt change of direction, but it seems like too good an idea to pass up. And good ideas need to be respected, else they will fester. As the Stalker says in Tarkovsky's film:

The Zone wants to be respected. Otherwise it will punish.

17 comments:

  1. Cool idea. In the immediate aftermath I'd imagine things to be surreal in the extreme, the dust hasn't even settled yet. The style you're aiming for should fit right in... by looking out of place and surreal.

    No need to apologise... I think most of us operate exactly the same when it comes to projects. So says the 50+ sculpts behind me that haven't gone to the mold maker on account of my indecision.

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    1. Thanks MOTN and yes, this lot are going to look a bit bonkers!

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  2. Looks like #Aos28. I am eternally torn between working on oldhammer stuff, and the 28 community. I look forward to see what you come up with!

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    1. Hey Hot Dice. Well, this isn't AoS in the slightest, but perhaps it will use some of the same genetic material. Stay tuned.

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  3. Soooo, basically, you're apologizing for doing something even more awesome? I don't see any need for an apology there. This looks like it will be even cooler to follow along with.

    Also, that first pic up there would make a pretty good album cover for some sort of Black/Doom Metal hybrid band \m/

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    1. Glad you like the logo westrider. As a friend pointed out - it's definitely not black metal as it's far too easy to read ;-)

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    2. Yeah, that's why I was thinking some sort of Doom hybrid or something. Way too legible for pure black metal.

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  4. This sounds like a truly amazing idea. Is this going to be more of a weird-science and/or magitech look to the warband?

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    1. Definitely, Meandering. They will have a pseudo-technological edge to them. The kind of tech you can imagine Empire savants coming up with in such bleak circumstances. Lots of leather, rusted metal and bolts. Very Silent Hill.

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  5. There is also something of The Last Train in your idea too (although somewhat reversed in the flow of time). Personally, I love time travel as a genre device as there are some truly wonderful stories out there (Ben Elton's Time and Time Again is certainly one of my favourites).

    The artistic film Set The Thames On Fire also has some very Mordheim-esque flavours to it; disparate (and desperate) characters trapped in a city long fallen into ruin. It's well worth a watch.

    I really cannot wait to see what comes of this, Mordheim has long held a place in my heart and your concept is simply titillating.

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  6. Ah, Roadside Picnic. *lights cigarette* Now, THAT was a novella. Read the entire thing in an afternoon. On an iphone 4. Still fires my imagination to this day. There's actually an RPG system based on The Zone. Might be worth a look.

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  7. This looks like a fun idea too, particularly the idea of twenty years having passed in the background continuity as well as the real world (like Judge Dredd comic contiunity).

    I am a little disappointed that I won't be seeing the other warband take shape. Maybe after the Stalker style project is complete you might be able to go back to Mordheim 99 and retcon some references to the new project into a more familiar Mordheim project perhaps.

    Good luck with it regardless.

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  8. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with (and hoping youj get around to the oldhammer Mordheim project eventually too!).

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  9. While I love the concept or old minis being reused this does admittedly sound cooler.

    Jst a thought, the amazon list has some futuristic weapons in its armoury(for travellers from a possible grim darkness of a far future) and the gunnery school list from the nemesis crown campaign(which I think is technically official) would make for a great bunch of future scientists relying on firepower to see the day.

    ...On another note I really need to remember the password to my google account so I can comment normally!

    I look forward to seeing this grow! Good luck!

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  10. This sounds like what I always wanted Mordheim to be, with models to match the desperate tone and feel of the incredible art. Following with baited breath, might have to pull out my bitsbox and my imagination is fired up.

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  11. That logo is so cool -It's beyond cool! It's like cool had a daughter with cool and she has the power of cool and cool combined -BUT NOW SHE'S MAKING IT HER OWN! And the world stands still -watching: COOL!

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