06 August 2022

Warhammer -1313

I've had this idea lingering for years, and it has bubbled back to the surface. Oldhammer. No, not like that. This is Warhammer set in the in-universe past. Sort of like the War of the Beard campaign & lists published in WD long ago. 
Based on my interests and collection, my setting would be sometime after the War of the Beard, but before Sigmar, and set in my favorite place in the Old World: The Wasteland/Westerland.

I like the idea of setting it in the time just before and after the cataclysm brought about by the strife between the Fimir and Skaven. Arbitrarily I'll set this around the year of the Imperial Calendar...


Two major factions would be the afore mentioned Skaven & Fimir. Two secondary, or maybe more like something between primary and secondary (prime-and-a-half-ary?) factions of humans and dwarfs. Dwarfs would be at a bit of a low point in their history, suffering not only from the toll of the War of the Beard, but supposedly the natural (or Slann and then Skaven/Fimir induced un-natural) disasters that came after, and the goblin incursions the followed that. Humans would be from the early migrations into this region, which (according to what I could tell from Warhammer lore) lagged behind the earlier human settlements in the future neighboring lands of Bretonnia and Tilea to the west and south respectively.

Tertiary forces or supporting characters could include goblins, undead, giants.

I've got a lot of this thought out already. The big, undecided portion for me is the humans. I fluctuate between envisioning them as early Celtic or Germanic tribes, and somewhat later Migration Period Germans (Goths, Vandals, or early Saxons). The depictions in Warhammer art & books seems to favor the former, but I feel that's a bit out of place. Maybe just "modern" in-world source biases of "everyone a few hundred years ago was a primitive barbarian" bias?

For the dwarfs, I definitely want a look that's different from my puff & slash mercenaries. There's quite a few options for dwarfs with an early medieval "dark ages" aesthetic, and that's what I'd probably aim for.  These would all be fairly small army projects.


  1. Sounds like a very interesting idea, I used to enjoy those articles in WD where the eavy metal gang created themed armies and fought 'historical' WH battles. Skaven & Fimir, two things I love about WH, throw in Goblins and Undead and monsters (Giants), this gets me excited. I wish you all the best in your WH -1313 project and look forward to updates.

  2. Man, that's such an awesome idea! I can't wait to see what you do with it.

  3. As in 1300 years before Sigmar? You could go flint spears and animal skins back then if you wanted. The 8th Ed Empire book timeline only goes back to -500... it's not even clear from that source that there were any humans in the Old World much before then.

  4. I love love love this idea -- especially since it features the Fimir, who are certainly my all-time favourite WH monster. And by the way, your Fimir are looking fine. Can't wait to see more!