There are few feelings that match the sheer excitement of the postman strolling down the drive and delivering one's most recent plastic/resin/lead indulgence. Inevitably the poor fellow shows signs of shock as you bound towards him; eagerly grab the package from his sweaty hands; hide it behind your back and tip toe back to your man cave before being interdicted by wives, relatives or even errant family pets!
This feeling for me is doubly delicious when the purchase in question is a classic piece of retro gaming goodness that for the mainstream community has long since been consigned to the sands of time.
So needless to say when the inconspicuous looking manila parcel shown above arrived at my door recently I was a barely contained ball of geeky excitement...For I knew within it lay....
...An original, pristine Mordheim boxset from yesteryear!
That's right dear reader look closely at the photo above.......that's correct, this boxset is indeed still factory-sealed within the original plastic shrink wrap! Amazing!
I am not going to talk about the cost of this find as for me it is invaluable, though suffice to say it was fairly pricey to find an original box in this condition. That being said it was no more so than associated cost of buying a current GW core game starter set, so I am not overly concerned.
This is something that I have been looking to purchase for quite sometime as it is a game that I was desperate to own in my youth but like so many hobby desires I simply never managed to get around to it (pocket money was a finite resource back in the day).
Frequent readers of this blog will no doubt be aware that I am a skirmish gamer at heart and so it is obvious that I would have been fascinated by the warband style of play offered by Mordheim compared to the mass battles afforded by its larger cousin Warhammer Fantasy Battle (God rest its soul).
As a Necromunda enthusiast I think I can safely say that Mordheim was in fact that particular game's fantasy cousin, and with such a fine pedigree I had no choice but to spend many an hour sourcing a copy of the game from the world wide web.
The back of the box is everything one would expect from the late 1990s/early 2000s GW packaging... bright colourful photos of the miniatures themselves accentuated with an oversize shot of the game in action: Look at those lovely card buildings, so retro...so cool!!
After spending a suitable amount of time just gawping at this classic piece of Citadel history I finally committed myself and tore through the shrink wrap and delved into the box itself.
Inside it is absolutely stuffed to the brim with retro hobby goodness including a nice, big, chunky rulebook, a 'getting started' guide, stacks of lovely models sufficient for two opposing warbands, assorted dice, markers, measuring sticks and of course those lovely card buildings that were so iconic of GW in the 90's.
I have to say that the components are all excellent and they clearly demonstrate the high production values that were a hallmark of Games Workshop during this period. The models themselves come with a good degree of variety and are certainly a massive step up from their monopose cousins found in the Necromunda boxset.
My current intention is to complete my Frostgrave commission for Joe and then look at starting up a Mordheim campaign...to be fair the two games are very closely related in terms of setting and scope so it is a natural progression.
As I say I never got to own a copy of Mordheim (though I did try a few games) during my misspent youth and so I would really appreciate any feedback, guidance or input from you guys about the game!
Feel free to leave a comment outlining your experiences or thoughts below, I would love to hear your opinions of the product (good or bad).