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The Old World: What we know so far!

Yes today is the day i will be expanding my site for the first time with Warhammer news. And what kind of start! Today i will kickstart things of with all we know now about a new and exciting game from Games Workshop: The Old World!

November 15, 2019: Old World? New Warhammer!

On november 15th of 2019 the word was out. A new warhammer game is coming! And what news it was! Old warhammer getting back. Good news for al the warhammer fans with tons of Bretonnia, Kislev and Elves miniatures on stock!

The Old World is to Warhammer Age of Sigmar, as the Horus Heresy is to Warhammer 40,000. The bedrock of lore from which mortals rose to godhood and legends were forged. And like the Horus Heresy, seeing those mythic heroes in action has an undeniable appeal, as does re-creating the glorious armies of a previous epoch – an exciting proposition for hobbyists and gamers alike. And now, we have a dedicated team in the Warhammer Studio beginning the work of bringing all that awesome back to the tabletop.

From the reforged primordial soup and etheric energies of the Old World rose wonders we could never have imagined – armies of ghosts, fleets of aether-powered aircraft, Greenskin brutes the size of horses, and flying sharks! The heroes, villains, warriors and monsters of Warhammer Age of Sigmar represent the best range of fantasy miniatures in the world, beloved of a passionate, global gaming community. And over the past four years, Warhammer Age of Sigmar has become by far, the most successful fantasy game ever. 

And yet, the Old World whispers from ages past with its siren song. We grow misty-eyed at the memory of long-lost heroes and glorious kingdoms laid to ruin and of mighty champions whose sagas are sung no more.

And of course, much of the lore of the Mortal Realms has its roots in the world that was – with some of its most venerable denizens being the very same that fought across those war-torn kingdoms (along with a small selection of choice magical artefacts.)

Not much to tell yet from this point but excited we are!!

February 6, 2020: Cartography in the Old World

On february 6th Games Workshop teased – a work-in-progress of a new map of the Empire in the world-that-was!

Louise: With so much excitement having been generated by the announcement of this project, it was quite the privilege to be involved, but it also came with quite a lot of (entirely self-imposed!) pressure to get it right. This led to me checking as much reference material as I could find to ensure that all the geographical locations were as accurate as I could make them. It’s been a lot of fun capturing the fantastical feel of the Old World, but this is only a taste of things to come – there’s still loads more to be added!

For more information and a video check out the Warhammer Community website!

March 23, 2020: The Old World: Ice Guard of Kislev

On march 23 it was time to show some Kislev!

One of the coolest aspects of returning to the world-that-was is the opportunity to revisit certain aspects of its classic lore and delve into them in greater detail than ever before. A perfect candidate for further investigation is the harsh, frozen realm found to the north of the Empire – Kislev, the land of the Ice Queens. To that end, let’s take a look at a project that’s currently in development…

The people of Kislev were renowned as being among the finest horsemasters in the world – and for giving a frosty reception to Norscan raiders and the hordes of Chaos who frequently invaded their land. They also had two iconic cavalry units in their Ungol Horse Archers and Kislevite Winged Lancers. Do you remember these miniatures from many years past? They’re so old, we reckon they were around during the last Ice Age… Ungol Horse ArchersKislevite Winged Lancers

One new unit that’s in the early stages of development is set in the Ice Court – the seat of the ruling Tsar or Tsarina. Known as the Ice Guard, they’re an elite fighting formation of warrior women, equally skilled with bow and blade. But where they differ significantly from the other Kislevite units we’ve seen in the past is that they’re able to channel the elemental magic of their realm in a similar manner to their Ice Queen – the most powerful practitioner of this unique form of sorcery. Here are some awesome pieces of concept art for the Ice Guard, courtesy of Forge World’s Mark Bedford.

For more information and a video check out the Warhammer Community website!

May 11, 2020: Bears!

On may 11 it was time to show some Bears!

Kislev is a cold and hard country which forms a natural border between the Empire of Sigmar and the Chaos tainted-lands further north. Between the chill winters and constant threat of marauding enemies, the people of Kislev are hard and constantly ready for battle, and they use all the meagre resources of their country to their advantage… including the most abundant of their native animals. As an added bonus, they’re a bit fierce too.

Many heroes of Kislev tame great bears and ride them to war. Forming a bond with their mighty beasts is not easy, but for those who do, it is lifelong – indeed, legend says that when Tsar Boris died, his loyal bear guarded his corpse for a day and a night before disappearing into the snow. Some of you might actually remember this classic model of Boris riding his bear from years past…

We can’t wait to see the bear cavalry that will be coming to Warhammer: The Old World. They’re a long way from being models yet, but we’ve secured some stunning concept sketches of what you’ll be able to expect.

For more information and a video check out the Warhammer Community website!

December 28, 2020: Your First Look at the Map of Bretonnia

On december 28 it was Bretonnia time!

In our last article, we looked at the map of the Empire as it was during the earlier era in which the action of the Old World is set to take place. This time around, we’re bringing you the map of the neighbouring kingdom of Bretonnia, across the Grey Mountains to the west…

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Amazing, right? But to save you poring over the map until your eyes pucker like corn kernels in the sun, we’ll pick out some points of significant interest that our talented cartographers have added.

New Heraldry

Even though many of the Bretonnian cities, such as Parravon, Quenelles, and Aquitaine, will no doubt be familiar to many, the names and coats of arms of the lords who command each province are brand-new. 

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However, one name, in particular, stands apart from all others, for it’s a name steeped in Bretonnia’s glorious history – that of the incumbent ruler, King Louen Orc-Slayer. But for someone to get a name like Orc-Slayer, there has to be…

Orcs

The greenskins have been a thorn in the side of Bretonnia long since before the legendary Duke Gilles le Breton first won the favour of the Lady of the Lake and united the country under his rule. The alarming regularity of their Waaaghs! and destructive rampages is the primary reason why the northern lands of Bretonnia are so heavily defended with mighty castles and walled cities. 

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From the sheer number of greenskin icons dotting the north-eastern region of Bretonnia on the map, it’s clear that the Orcs are back on the warpath – and closer inspection of Couronne’s symbol on the map doesn’t bode well for the city’s current status either.

High Elf Enclaves

The High Elves of Ulthuan were once the undisputed rulers of the seas, maintaining a trade network of colonies and glittering port-cities on every continent, from the Tower of the Rising Sun in the east to the Citadel of Dusk in the west. 

The coast of Bretonnia was no exception, and the map features no fewer than four such enclaves. Tor Soleil sits on the north-west coastline, while Tor Bidouze can be found to the south-west, just north of the city of Brionne. Meanwhile, Tor Martel and The Silent Isle can be found on islands just off Bretonnia’s western coast.

For more information and a video check out the Warhammer Community website!

What to come?

Who knows… just keep checking out this site and the page of Warhammer Community!

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