As Stu over at Liber Malefic said, the only way to start a campaign is with some hard research. For the Mordheim 2019 project I have been looking through the old rulebook from Mordheim and I couldn’t help but notice some curious and funny details.
Mordheim came out in 1999, a time when Games Workshop still had some of the old anarchistic spirit that coloured its early production. These are the details I have uncovered so far. Let me know if I missed anything, I’m sure I did overlook a few thing. I really hope that there are more excellent things left in the book for us to rediscover.
- The Man with the skinned pig
This one is pretty obvious and I’m sure most of you have seen that the Man with the Pig skin appears both as a miniature and a drawing. There are too many similarities for this to be a coincidence, the book, the skull tipped staff and of course the pig. But who came first?
- the Juggler
The Juggler by John Wigley is an amazing illustration that clearly captures the mad characters that can be found in Mordheim. But here’s the kicker, he appears twice in the rulebook. I must admit that I hadn’t noticed that before I started looking for these curiosities. The Juggler can be seen in what I assume is a John Blanche illustration, the Man Nailing Coins. What a wonderful little nod.
- The Daemon Statue
Speaking of reused pieces, this one is really easy but I wanted to include it anyway. Have you noticed that the Daemon Statue appear twice? First in a very evocative illustration of madness and sacrifice and again in a smaller drawing to illustrate a rule. In this case I’m guessing that the larger illustration came first.
- Sir Swine
Sir Swine is a pig knight riding a tick with a monkey bishop riding behind him. It is an amazing piece of art, so funny and so full of symbolism. Did you know that sir Swine dies by the end of the rulebook? He meets a tragic fate, killed and eaten by a mad troll slayer. His mouth is even stuffed with an apple core. Truly tragic.
- The credits
This one is a true treasure trove. The end credit page is filled with random silly stuff. Just have a look and marvel at the crazy geniuses behind Mordheim.
- the Batman fan
Batman isn’t a character that is associated with Warhammer. But a poor guy really liked Batman, so he got himself a Batman cape. And then he was killed and raised as a zombie. Such is the fate of all in Warhammer.
- the Frog Trumpeter
One last reused concept. The frog that plays his trumpet can be found in two different places, in both instances he is happily blowing his horn.