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Gaming on a Budget

Free Warhammer Army Books

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No, these are not the ones published by GW but the unoffical books by the guys at Battlereporter ( There are 10 altogether covering the armies of Norsca, Nippon, Cathay, Araby and the most recent to be published Estalia. These are completely unoffical and in no way endorsed by Games Workshop, but the quality of the writing and production values of the PDF are fantastic, and well worth checking out. If you've been bored of Warhammer, then these may boost your interest again. I plan to build a Norse army and maybe an Estalia one as well.


There is a 25 page introduction to the background, culture and history of Estalia, "the land of the setting sun", spanning from C-1700 to 2504. An excellent 3 page story of "The Last Battle" of "The War of Blood", a 2 page map of the regions, an in depth look at the people's of Estalia (covering the social classes from bullfighters through to pirates) and several pages covering the various Kingdoms and a large section on... gulp... the Inquisiton !

he Cult of Myrmidia spawns a new magic Lore called, unsurprisingly, The Lore of Myrmdia which is primarily a magic that inspires leadership and grants protection. There are several augmentation spells such as the ability for the whole army to benefit from their General's leadership wherever he is on the battlefield or the Shield of Myrmidia which bestows a 5+ ward save against missile fire for all units within 12".

The bestiary is a work of art and brings a lot of character to the army which is largely based around it's unique level of discipline which enables it to rally, march, reform and redirect charges more readily.

The army contains 13 Lord and Hero level characters including special characters (not least El Cid who's quite a master with two swords, re-roll failed "to hit" and failed "to wound" and count each wound as d3. Also, not forgetting the very confused but hard to kill Don Quixote who sounds like a mixture of fun and frustration to play !) The characters benefit from a variety of mounts such as Griffons, Pegasi, an Altar and even a bull !

There are 9 core units, 6 special units and 3 rare units. The core is what you would expect from a Pseudo-Spanish army (Pikemen, Arbelasts (Crossbows), Sword and Buckler soldiers (the buckler can be used as either a hand weapon or a shield), Lancers, Jinetes (Fast Cavalry) and the literally "dashing" Diestro skirmishing unit that can move out of combat at will (providing it passes a leadership test), Marines, Serfs (think Skaven slaves !) and Missionaries which can be bought as a unit upgrade that enhance the unit's combat resolution.

The Special Units section is where it gets really interesting with elite Knights of the Blazing Sun, mounted Conquistadors (mounted hand gunners), Arquebusiers (lethal Bs4, 30" hand gunners !), Grenadiers (my personal favourite), Mountain Bandits (fast foot scouts) and the Sisters of Myrmidia (with High Elf, extra rank spearmen-like ability).

Rare units comprise the Black Watchmen (stubborn, hate filled and fearless) Culverin (a cannon with a close range scatter-shot) and last but not least, rampaging bulls chained to tar soaked burning logs (a bit like very large goblin fanatics - best avoided by the enemy !)

My next blog will take a look at the Norsca Army book and how to build a Norse army, as cheaply as possible.

Updated 07-09-2010 at 08:49 PM by warhammergrimace

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  1. Darklord's Avatar
    sounds great - GW really should open these other races up more. IM assuming Estalia is spanish/portuguese inspired
  2. warhammergrimace's Avatar
    Yeah it is. I plan to do a blog looking at possible miniatures for this army after the Norsca one.