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Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP11 Feb 2016 9:18 p.m. PST

Which Edition of Warhammer do you prefer?

1st (1983)
2nd (1984)
3rd (1987)
4th (1992)
5th (1996)
6th (2000)
7th (2006)
8th (2010)
None of the above.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP11 Feb 2016 9:43 p.m. PST

3rd for me.

snurl111 Feb 2016 9:45 p.m. PST

6th and 7th were the ones I had the most fun with. If i had to pick one i'd say 7th.

Knight of St John11 Feb 2016 10:16 p.m. PST


vdal181211 Feb 2016 10:21 p.m. PST

3rd edition for me.

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut11 Feb 2016 11:25 p.m. PST


Prince Rupert of the Rhine11 Feb 2016 11:35 p.m. PST

3rd for me

Green Tiger12 Feb 2016 2:56 a.m. PST

2nd – liked 3rd too but never owned it …

f u u f n f12 Feb 2016 5:54 a.m. PST

4th/5th: We really liked the magic card system. Our friendly nature kept the Herohammer to a minimum.

Mute Bystander12 Feb 2016 6:57 a.m. PST

Played one game of this, decided it was broken/poorly designed/totally "gamey" and never played any GW game knowingly after that.

Pictors Studio12 Feb 2016 6:58 a.m. PST

6th was fun but I preferred Warmaster. Of all the editions I've had the most fun with AoS so far.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2016 7:01 a.m. PST

3rd for me

HistoriFigs12 Feb 2016 7:26 a.m. PST

Depends on my mood. 1st if feeling really old school or 2nd most other times.

Chuckaroobob12 Feb 2016 7:35 a.m. PST

3rd, although cannon have to be slightly adjusted to 1000pts each.

Garand12 Feb 2016 7:46 a.m. PST

I started with 4th, prefer 8th, with 6th terrain rules.


Personal logo Endless Grubs Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2016 7:56 a.m. PST


nazrat12 Feb 2016 8:55 a.m. PST

6th Edition was near perfect. A character could not possibly win by himself against a large body of formed troops. Even Chaos Knights could occasionally have a harder time beating a big unit of basic grunts. And combat could last for multiple turns. Exciting!

Black Cavalier12 Feb 2016 9:46 a.m. PST

The Kings of War edition

Thomas Thomas12 Feb 2016 9:56 a.m. PST

Have played since 3rd edition and liked all editions prior to 8th. Would play any – all had faults and all had good points (8th for instance generally the worst of the lot had though the best missile rules).

The army book for the Bretonians just prior to the current silly Monty Python one (not the AOS stuff which – suprise – isn't bad) may have the best single GW product ever (and had an improved version published in White Dwarf which was to be the prototype for the next list until GW fired everybody and came out with a bad revision).

We should get a team together re-write and simplfy the rules, expand the army lists and put it out on Wargames Vault. (I know a group is doing 9th but it appears to be just repeating the mistakes that drove Warhammer down).


Project Vehemence12 Feb 2016 12:28 p.m. PST


Started on 3rd as a nipper. Moved on to 4th/5th as they came out, being a young'un at the time I found the rules easier to understand.

Didn't play much after 5th as focussed on historical.
Now as a 'seasoned' gamer, prefer 3rd (though some parts of it are over complicated/not necessary!)

(Phil Dutre)12 Feb 2016 12:33 p.m. PST

1st was the first wargaming rules I ever bought and opened the world of fantasy wargaming for me.

But 3rd is the edition I played the most.

kallman12 Feb 2016 2:28 p.m. PST

Another vote for 6th it seemed to be the best balanced and still had all the heroics. I will agree with Pictor that Warmaster of course it tops period when it comes to fantasy war games.

PiersBrand12 Feb 2016 3:01 p.m. PST

2 & 5

HidaSeku12 Feb 2016 3:45 p.m. PST

I enjoyed 8th edition the most, but also enjoyed 6th edition heavily.

CeruLucifus12 Feb 2016 8:46 p.m. PST

Of the editions I played, 6th then 7th.

Played enough of 5th and 8th that in hindsight I think they were broken, though each edition had some good points as well.

Really liked the close combat, unit stats, and electronic lists of AoS, but couldn't get past the lack of formations and not having an army list system.

Mithmee12 Feb 2016 9:31 p.m. PST


After those it started to go downhill and we all know what the end results were.

GW killing it off.

seldonH13 Feb 2016 8:14 a.m. PST

3rd of course :) … we did incorporate magic from 4th and 5th when it came out !

David Johansen14 Feb 2016 3:29 p.m. PST

6th, and I GMed first a little bit as a "mass combat roleplaying game"

Sixth is a game about regiments of troops and that's how I like it.

Kings of War is nice and fast but it lacks flavor and character. It's what I play and sell these days but I always think GW was smart not to let their designer's take the quick and easy aesthetic too far.

BlackKnight26 Jul 2016 5:28 a.m. PST

You left out Warhammer: Age of Sigmar.

Thomas Whitten26 Jul 2016 9:33 a.m. PST

8th is my favorite for mass battles. (Sigmar is fun though) This has promise, as it is a tweaked version of 8th edition.

It is not kings of war.

Mithmee26 Jul 2016 1:36 p.m. PST

3rd/4th Edition for me.

After 4th Edition it started to go downhill and any sort of balance went right out the window.

By 6th I had stopped playing because the balance issues.

Achtung Minen28 Jul 2016 6:26 a.m. PST

4th and 5th for all the reasons HyperBunny mentioned. I'd be happy to play any earlier edition now and then, though.

Axebreaker28 Jul 2016 1:20 p.m. PST

Although all different in play I liked 3rd, 6th using just ravening hordes and 8th edition. If I had to pick just one I'd go with 3rd edging out the others.


Timbo W30 Jul 2016 5:40 p.m. PST

Only ever bought 1st!

Personal logo Mars Miniatures Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2016 2:11 p.m. PST

I spent all last year playing 1st edition for nostalgia's sake. It was the only edition I never had over the years. So now that Ive tried all editions, IMHO, I have to say 7th edition rulebook with 6th edition Ravening Hordes list has to be the most streamlined and non fiddly.

durecell31 Jul 2016 3:59 p.m. PST

6th, for the reasons explained above.

CFeicht Supporting Member of TMP01 Aug 2016 12:55 p.m. PST


Tiny Legions02 Aug 2016 6:36 p.m. PST

Played 4th 6th 7th and a few games of 8th. My personal favorite is the 6th. I liked it so much that I started:
which is a forum for previous editions. We do focus the 4th to the 6th, as we don't want to steal the oldhammer community with the 3rd edition.

Mithmee02 Aug 2016 11:14 p.m. PST

6th Edition is not Classichammer either is 5th.

GreenMountainBoy03 Aug 2016 3:34 a.m. PST

Sigh… I'd love to get my hands on a copy of 3rd…

Personal logo Mars Miniatures Supporting Member of TMP03 Aug 2016 4:36 a.m. PST

Hmm… I know labels are just labels, but if I had to label the editions, IMHO I would go with

Oldhammer 1st to 3rd

Herohammer 4th and 5th

Classichammer 6th and 7th (Infantryhammer doesnt have a good ring to it)

Endhammer is 8th (Endtimeshammer is too much of a mouthful)

Teklea201809 Aug 2016 2:18 p.m. PST

Played every edition from 3rd through to 8th…

8th is the best as far as I'm concerned (for a good all round fantasy wargame) and it'll be the version I play until I reach the big games room in the sky (where all figures come pre-painted by 'Eavy Metal painters, so it really is heaven!!).

Bob Runnicles10 Aug 2016 1:46 p.m. PST

Played them all from 1st Ed; 8th is the one I've both played the most and had the most fun with by far – my group of 6-8 regulars is still playing it weekly at my FLGS.

Centurio Prime10 Aug 2016 4:18 p.m. PST

8th for fun and flavor. Kings of War for tournaments ;)

Mithmee10 Aug 2016 7:20 p.m. PST

Sigh… I'd love to get my hands on a copy of 3rd…

Oh you mean this one.



It is the only one that I have along with my copy of Rogue Trader.

Sold the rest of them along with the Army Books last weekend during a community wide yard sale.

You just have to keep the Classic's.

Judge Doug16 Aug 2016 7:13 a.m. PST

7th edition ruleset with 6th edition army books

Achtung Minen16 Aug 2016 7:27 a.m. PST

Hmm… I know labels are just labels, but if I had to label the editions, IMHO I would go with

Oldhammer 1st to 3rd

Herohammer 4th and 5th

Classichammer 6th and 7th (Infantryhammer doesnt have a good ring to it)

Endhammer is 8th (Endtimeshammer is too much of a mouthful)

Hmm, I like that. The Olden Times, the Heroic Age, the Classical Period and the End of Days. Oldhammer covered the earliest and formative editions, Herohammer was when Warhammer was most dynamic and unbelievable, Classichammer refined and rolled back Herohammer to make a technical masterpiece and Endhammer was the last hurrah. I still love Herohammer the most, but there was good in all of it!

Personal logo Mars Miniatures Supporting Member of TMP16 Aug 2016 10:18 a.m. PST

I was thinking…(dangerous, I know)

How about a new pre-game ritual?
Roll a d8 to determine which edition you will be playing!

If the dice falls off the table, I suppose you are playing Age O'Sigmar.

I belong to the new "Embrace all Editions!" club.

Mithmee17 Aug 2016 6:58 a.m. PST

Then I would make sure that the dice rolls into a box that has very tall sides.

Also said dice would be rigged to only have 3's and 4's on it.

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