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Mars Miniatures20 Jul 2017 11:13 p.m. PST

Taken from full post here: link

Sometimes eBay amazes me.
Not all the time, but when it does, it makes me cry manly tears of joy.

Here is the 2nd Edition Box set of Warhammer Fantasy Battles.
You might remember my White Box 1st edition post here: link

There is similarity in both of these purchases.
Not only did I get each of these boxes at about $50 USD a pop, but they both had all the extra material of their edition packed in the box!
In the 1st Edition box, I got the Forces of Fantasy supplements and the Book of Battalions.
Now in this 2nd Edition box, I got all 3 scenario books for 2E with all their miscellany.

How am I so lucky?
Sigmar must be watching over my hobby purchases.
Either him or Sauron, Im not sure which.

Im also a very patient eBayer and I always wait til I can get a good deal, so Im prepared to get a "not so great" copy.
But surprise again, once more!
I got a sharp undented box and crispy clean booklets.
So later, I might have to sacrifice some fatty Hobbits in the name of Sauron (although isnt that what pretty much happened in the Shire campaign of last year?)

Now I have had this edition before, but I never had the scenarios supplements of McDeath or Lichemaster back then.
Hence, my surprise of new nostalgia waiting for me.

Look on, dear reader, and witness the beauty of Oldhammer 2E


Overview shot of everything that came in the box.
Thats right, I got all the scenario books with the rulebooks!
And all the cardboard buildings and miniature standup counters.
Plus some addendum, catalog pages, and various ads.


Look how nice and crisp this box set is!
John Blanche does the box cover art (as if you didnt already know!)


The third core rulebook is the "Monster Manual".

And the 1st scenario book is Bloodbath at Orc's Drift, which is written and illustrated by…
Gary Chalk, Ian Page, and Joe Dever!
For those who dont know them, they are all of Lone Wolf gamebook fame.

Joe Dever, was not only the writer of Lone Wolf books, but also the video game Killzone.
Which is why Helghast is in both works.

Gary Chalk did the artwork for Lone Wolf, various Oldhammer and also the board games Talisman and Cry Havoc!

Both of those board games I spent much of my formative years playing.

Ian Page was an unfamiliar name, so I googled him to find out: not only did he help write some Lone Wolf books, but he was also the lead singer of the Mod Revival band "Secret Affair".
An obscure band, but since I do have a fascination with the "mod/power pop/punk" bands of the 70s, this was quite a surprise for me.
Listen to YouTube link


Two more beautiful scenario books!

The Tragedy of McDeath is written by one of the creators of Warhammer itself – Richard Halliwell.
And is illustrated by the wonderous John Blanche.
Mr Halliwell was a big part of the design of the first 3 editions of Warhammer as well as one of the greatest board games ever made… Space Hulk!

Terror of the Lichemaster is written by Rick Priestly and illustrated again by Gary Chalk.
Im sure we all know Mr Priestley's contributions to the gaming world.
For the padawan learners, Mr. P has designed and or contributed to Warhammer Fantasy, 40k, Necromunda, Warmaster, and Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle!
Nowadays, of course, he is with Warlord Games and has done Bolt Action, Hail Caesar, Gates of Antares, etc.


Oh look its the Loch Ness… err I mean Loch Larm Monster.
Nessie it turns out, is just a Dragon Turtle!
Oh, and I do have a Dragon Turtle just waiting to get a nice paint job.


Ha! Look at these guys!
They look like Hogwarts drop outs.

I could be wrong but besides John Blanche, I dont think any of these blokes are with GW today.


For the rest of the post: link

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Jul 2017 1:06 a.m. PST

It looks like a band photo from a Squeeze album.

Great find. Thanks for posting the nostalgia.

Beowulf Fezian21 Jul 2017 6:22 a.m. PST

You sir are a very lucky man!

Baranovich21 Jul 2017 11:15 a.m. PST


Yes indeed, Ebay can be a wonderful source for finding vintage wargames if you take the time to be diligent and check it regularly.

1st and 2nd Edition Warhammer boxed sets are listed fairly regularly on Ebay. Not always complete, many listings are for the individual books. But the boxed sets turn up fairly frequently and for decent prices like Mars Minis. posted here!

Noldor42 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2017 6:24 p.m. PST

2nd edition was the best…

Xintao21 Jul 2017 9:30 p.m. PST

Nice find, congrats!

Bob Runnicles25 Jul 2017 7:45 a.m. PST

Still got mine as well as the supplements, this post makes me want to dig them out and blow the dust off. Great find!

EvilBen Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member25 Jul 2017 12:13 p.m. PST

Brings back memories! Congratulations on a marvellous haul. 2nd edition was my first. McDeath was the only one of the scenario packs I had back then (I've acquired the others more recently) and I really enjoyed playing it. I definitely appreciated getting all the cardboard counters! I also sort of miss the groan-inducing not-even-puns in the character names, like Arka Zargul and his striking dwarf miners lined up against Een McWrecker…

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