|I like big banners (and I cannot lie), you other gamers can't deny, when a git walks in waving an itty bitty pennant or a round thing in your face...|
Above all the Oldhammer part of me is informed by memories that were shaped poring over Warhammer Fantasy 3rd, Warhammer Armies, Warhammer Siege, Slaves to Darkness, The Lost and The Damned, Rogue Trader and - last but not least - Waaargh Orks. The Chaos part still gives me the urge to blend lots of pastel colors (even though I suck at blending). Waaagh makes me want to tell stories with my orks and orcs (and orruks). Rogue Trader gives me the urge to play on distant dusty outposts where (in keeping with the current fluff) it takes suicidal overconfidence to tag 'Marines Out' on the wall. The gritty, grimy Holy Roman Empire inspired Old World with its half timbered houses (occasionally roofed with a ship), continues to bleed into any other fantasy setting I play in (both on the tabletop and during fantasy RPG's).
For me a defining mark of the late eighties Games Workshop armies has to be the banners. No matter if you are in the far flung future or fighting in some imagined past there have to be banners.Small ones on your back, larger ones for the unit, flags for the commanders and huge army banners. I love to go through old White Dwarf magazines and books and see the large banners towering over armies, and tying them together. Never mind the physics of lugging the damn things around! I still have my first Skaven army banner from back in 1991 and it has seen some nice victories over orcs, undead and elves. It has long since snapped of the model carrying it, but that does nothing to degrade its 'splendor' (to me, as a paint job it could do with a lot of paint thinning and other improvements :) ).
|This was painted using an old Games Workshop design example.|
|This was a tattoo sample I googled.|
|Another sample tattoo was used as the basis for this skull, lucky painting errors on my side gave it the groovy vampire teeth that accidentally fit ell with the army.|
|here are my two chieftains side by side with their battle standards.|
|Step one: paint banner, step two: set it on fire, step three (optional): 'control, control, you must learn control!'|
|Step one: draw design with technical pencil, step two: undercoat, step three: I skipped step three (paint design burnt umber), step four: color the design.|
|A bit further down the line, happily coloring in the triangles, don't worry too much about the edges.|
|Finish by cutting the banner to size and lighting it on fire.|
|From close-up it may not look like perfection, but it works on the tabletop (if you ask me). Adding grime helps too.|
|A collection of Skaven with banners from left to right: preformed plastic (Island of Blood), banner on metal paper (the black one), Battle Standard on paper (red), Battle Standard on paper (green) and unit banner on paper (yellow).|
|This night goblin banner is painted on paper. An important trick I forgot to mention in the longer text is to cover the end result in a nice glob of PVA glue. It helps protect the banner and covers the paper with a plastic like protective layer.|
|I still love my Blight King's Banner even though I managed to make it so sepia and brown it looks like a big square stain when placed on the battlefield.|