Sunday, August 28, 2016

Old GW brochures and a bit of history

Recently, I found some old GW brochures from the 90s - they were placed in one of the binders together with some of my old illustrations. I was happy to find out that they were still in decent condition, because these brochures introduced me to the Warhammer and miniature games in general. At that time (second half of 90s) it was very hard to find GW stuff in Serbia (Yugoslavia back then). The country was recovering from war (conflict in Bosnia has just ended), economic sanctions and catastrophic inflation. There was only a handful of people who knew anything about Warhammer. I stumbled upon some of them by pure chance - they were also attending classes in the comic book workshop in Belgrade. However, it was not until I got these brochures that I realized how huge Warhammer  hobby can really be.

The first one I got from a friend that visited his relatives in Norway, the second one from a friend who spent summer with his relatives in Canada. I have no idea how I got the third one, so it's probably going to remain a mystery. It's also badly damaged - it misses the first page.

I spent countless hours just looking at these brochures. Unfortunately, that was all I could do, because in post-crisis economy, miniatures were considered a luxury. My parents gave me a bit of money to buy a handful of minis - it wasn't enough for starting an army and each mini was from a different faction, but it was enough to start a new hobby (and spark my love for Warhammer and Warhammer 40K lore in general). One thing I clearly remember regarding these brochures is that I especially liked the picture where two guys were playing a game on a gaming table - because I imagined doing the same with my friends. Eventually, I was able to do the same - just many years later, after I finished the college and found the job that allowed me to build my miniatures collection.

Here are some more pictures from these brochures:

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