The original rules for Mordheim are available in two forms: with pictures and without. The original Mordheim rulebook, with all rules -- and no official GW pictures -- is available for download at the Games Workshop website. If you're not concerned with cost, the Mordheim rulebook is available on eBay quite often; The rules themselves you can net for as low as $11 US, or you can grab the whole starter box for around $80-120.
White Dwarf started the publication known as Town Cryer, a rules supplement and general hobby mag for Mordheim around the time of launch. There's only six or so White Dwarfs with Town Cryer in them -- the other Town Cryers are for the most part independent mini-magazines. You can find these on eBay occasionally for as low as $3 each. Or you can search out "The Best of Town Cryer," a compilation of reprints, which includes rules for Orcs, Dwarves, and multiplayer brawls. I found the "Best of" for around $15. I imagine with patience one could probably do a bit better.
Other supplements exist too, like Empire in Flames (a continuation of the game outside the rubble of Mordheim,) and the Annual 2002. All extras are just that -- extra. You don't need Town Cryer, Empire in Flames or Annual 2002 to play, but they do expand your options for army choices, exploration charts, and terrain effects in-game. Znijurru and I only play with the basic rules-set so far, though I have thought about trying out Beastmen, as I have a small battalion box collecting dust. The standard rules work fine and are clear enough for regular, casual play.
Human mercenaries - Reiklanders, Marienburgers and Middenheimers
These guys were originally released in a ten-model box for Mordheim that has since been discontinued. It's not really worth searching for the box on eBay -- it's far inferior to its current incarnation, the Empire Free Company box.
Do you want to spruce things up? The Empire State Troops and Empire Handgunners box sets (both around $25) have 10 models -- a good size for a starting warband -- and plenty of powerful weapon options your heroes will want later on. The empire also has a large assortment of Generals and Captains that would make great leaders for your warband. Most Mordheim Captains, Youngbloods, and Champions are still available for purchase on the GW website (under Specialist Games of course.)
Cult of the Possessed
This is probably the most difficult warband to work with in terms of compatible models. You have some choices from amongst the Chaos Warriors and Chaos Daemons range, as well as the ability to take a limited quantity of Beastmen. What you'll really want to start off with, though, is probably the original box set, still in print, for about $42.
Not only do these guys look like genuine Warhammer Cultists, but they also include one of the coolest mutant sculpts ever. There are some great variant Mordheim Cultists out there if you scour eBay regularly... but overall, I think Possessed is an army that is hard to play with GW models outside of the Mordheim range. If you disagree, show me some options! :D
Here's another army with the original starter box still in print. The Witch Hunter box can be a real kick in the nads, though -- only seven characters and one attack dog, for the regular price of $42.
Sisters of Sigmar
I'll start off by saying that Sisters are probably one of the most abundant factions on eBay, with a large variety of blisters and pre-owned boxes available. The original box and a few blisters are still available -- the box set available for (you guessed it) $42.
|Bertha Bestraufrung, end boss of Sigmar.|
This is probably the main reason why I was excited about writing an article about Mordheim today. Fantasy Undead have gotten so much love recently... and I imagine some of you will want to start an undead army with these awesome, cheap new models. But first... let's analyze the typical boxed set.
Recently GW has released a few vampire counts that would work wonders for much less than you'd typically pay for their metal blisters. Take this necromancer for example. I'd be willing to bet you'd rather use this guy than the Mordheim variant.
These guys probably benefit the most from the current edition of Warhammer, as Island of Blood Skaven are not only dirt cheap, but also entirely usable for Warhammer! The Skaven boxed set is still available, but it has also been re-boxed into the current Fantasy Skaven Nightrunners boxed set, which nets you 10 more models for $35. A pretty decent choice for starting Mordheim and getting most of your models out of the way.
After getting your miniatures, you'll undoubtedly enjoy making them feel more a part of a smaller game by adding personalized accessories. The Mordheim Accessory sprue comes in the original Mordheim boxed sets, or can be bought off of the specialist games section for about $10. Pricey, but the options on the sprue are great, and can really bring your warband to life.
Something else to be excited about! The era of 1998's cardstock terrain is gone, even if I am a big fan of cardstock buildings. Plastic has finally caught up, and there are a lot of current fantasy terrain pieces being pushed that work excellently for Mordheim!
The recent release of the Garden of Morr has me excited as well. Graveyards have always had a place in Mordheim, and this kit is expandable to give plenty of room for your Mordheim explorers to battle in.
I hope this whole thing helps you to maybe consider (or reconsider) the idea of joining Mordheim in 2012! The game is as fun as ever, and in the current economic climate, is a much better solution than Warhammer Fantasy or 40k (unless maybe you're just playing Kill Teams!) I leave you with this awesome picture of a Mordheim battle.
- Radical Edward