World Building – The Story of a Karak

For almost every wargamer, the choice of an army ties in heavily with its background, lore, history, overall character of the race. So, like most of you, I started thinking about a possible background when I opened my first box of Dwarfs. Playing around with the idea of using a GW hold or coming up with my own I quickly chose to use my own. The advantage of course is that it allows for a lot more freedom. I decided to choose the location of my hold on the armies that my friends were playing. But since most of my friends either played Dark Elves or High Elves that was going to be a bit hard. Luckily, back then, another friend (that since then has already quit) started playing as well and choose Wood Elves.

With Wood Elves having a fixed location as well, for the most part, that made the choice a bit easier. In the end I settled on a Karak Nornesque kind of background with my hold situated in the Grey Mountains.The name itself I choose while looking through a copy of Stone & Steel: I came upon ‘Wyr’ which means snowy/white/ice, a word that is simple and yet easy to use as a symbol. So Karak Wyr will be situated in the Grey Mountains overlooking Athel Loren to the south!

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A Tale of One Gamer : The first 600 points

player1TSOTDAs previously mentioned, I do suffer from wargamer ADD. I think about this hobby way too often and every time I get a silly idea I drop what I’m doing and try to pursue my latest fancy. Different army list! Different painting scheme! Silly conversion idea! Different basing idea! Ooh 40k model! While this hobby is pretty much one of the few creative outlets for me at the moment at the end of the day, there should be something to show for it. And in this way, off course nothing ever properly materialises. I need to focus!

Remember those “Tale of X Gamers” articles that used to be published in White Dwarf, and which have spread to the internet since? The idea is that a group of people build up their armies gradually, one step at a time. This will be my very own “Tale of One Gamer”. The aim will be building a serviceable 2,400 points army in a reasonable amount of time, divided into “tranches” of 600 points. The nice thing is that I’ll be able to build up towards larger and larger games in a focussed manner. And might get something done finally.

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