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The Border Princes: a Warhammer Fantasy map campaign system

Would you like a map campaign supplement for Warhammer Fantasy Battle? Set in the Border Princes? For free? Because that's what's in this post. Of course, you could probably adapt these rules to a different game system with relative ease, so if nothing else it might be a source of ideas for those of you keen to play campaigns in 40K or some other system.

Our first long-planned foray into the Border Princes coincided with two things. Firstly, it happened to fall on the weekend after Mark's funeral, and thus brought most of our gaming group together for a geekend full of much-needed catharsis. Secondly, and deeply coincidentally, it was the day after Games Workshop announced they were bringing the Old World back in some form. Much as we'd soldiered on despite the death of the Old World, this was a real shot in the arm of our hobby enthusiasm, and we were all overjoyed that whatever form Warhammer: The Old Worldtakes, it's just really great to know G-Dubz acknowledge…
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Knowledge is Power. Genestealer Cult #7 - Nexos; Clamavus & Sentinels

There is a lot that has to happen to push a cult into a revolution. You need weapons, training, leadership, and perhaps most critically, you need intelligence. No, not smarts although that helps, I'm talking the espionage type of Intelligence.

Just as the Primus leads the cult in battle, the Nexos leads it in the planning of the campaign. They are the most gifted analysts in the cult, capable of holding vast amounts of data in their minds and spotting patterns where others see mere chaos.

The Nexos was another of those models that I fell instantly in love with when I saw it. The focal point is clearly that awesome hovering holo-table. This then needed rather more attention than I might give other pieces of machinery! I didn't want to go nuts on the OSL as this is outside after all, but it needed a bit of glow. This was achieved by first drybrushing the display increasingly pale shades of grey until hitting pure white. The I glazed it with a couple of layers of black-green ink.…

The Hobby Immersion Multiplier

Today I have the unenviable task of writing the first post after Mark's posthumous blog, so I'll open by saying the response to it from the community, both on social media and in our own comments section, has been overwhelming.

It was linked to by all sorts of people, including Aaron Dembski-Bowden and, in a touching move that resulted in one of the Beard Bunker crew quietly sobbing on a bus, the post was featured as one of the Elite Choices in Episode 196 of the Independent Characters podcast. As a long time listener to the ICs, hearing the guys talk about what Mark had to say was a trip, and an affirming one at that. Between that lovely tribute and the many other comments we got, there are two possibilities: one, that it was a funny, informative and moving collection of thoughts, or two, that people love a joke at Coldplay's expense.

Either way, it's given us some comfort. Thanks once again to everyone who dropped by.

We got to thinking about what on Earth one even d…

Totally Worth It

Charlie: Don't be fooled by my name and photo above; this is Mark's final post, as promised in our farewell to him last week (click here for that). Only Mark could've made a post about his own impending death this humorous. It's about the hobby from the perspective of a dying man, and since we're all mortal, this seems relevant to all of us. I'd like to spin this intro out for longer, because  I keep feeling like just one more sentence might convey the sense of bewilderment and sadness here at the Beard Bunker, but I already said my piece last week, and this is Mark's post, not mine. Without further ado, here it is.

Mark: This will (hopefully) be the Beard Bunker’s first post from beyond the grave. If you are reading this, I am dead.* Deader than a can of spam. Deader than the moshpit at a Coldplay gig. I imagine that the Beard Bunker personnel will be keen to keep this as the last postmortem post for a while, probably for about 40 years or so.

If you’re …

The Great Squig in the Sky

"Is there anything you want to do?" I asked Mark. "Yeah," he said, "watch Fury Road with me." It always was, to be fair, just about the most Mark film in existence.

I was asking him because we both knew he didn't have much time left. You see, today's post is going to be heavier than our usual fare. A good friend to all of us for a decade or so, and a regular contributor to this blog since its inception, Mark passed away on Saturday the 19th of October following a long, painful struggle with colon cancer.

This is a hobby blog, so this will be a hobby eulogy of sorts, sharing our thoughts and favourite memories of the orkiest gamer there ever was. Anyone inspired or moved by the contents of this post can lift our spirits by contributing to the Movember campaign that Andy is running in Mark's honour. You even get to vote for what kind of 'tache Andy will grow.

Next week, we will be sharing Mark's final blog post for the Beard Bunker (edit…

...And My (Many) Axe(s)!

"I say Carruthers. What time would you say it is?"
"Well, sir, I'd say it's Dwarf O'clock."
"Dash it all Carruthers you are quite correct! It is Dwarf O'clock!"

Yes, the drums of war are sounding in the Old World once more. Our Border Princes campaign is coming and the Dwarfs of Karak Hoch are answering the call. Sound the horns, beat the drums, march to war, oh and paint many, many little mans.

It's fair to say I have rather a lot of Dwarfs. BUT IT IS NEVER ENOUGH! Ahem. I wanted to take the new burst of fantasy enthusiasm to paint some of the all-too-massive pile of Dwarfs waiting to join the Stormborne ranks. In this case it was a pair of 25 strong Dwarf Warrior units equipped with Great Weapons for what is technically called "Even More Killiness".The unit on the left is the Karak Hoch Fyrd and are the first regiment raised entirely from the new settlers in the new hold from our previous campaign. As such they proudly bear…