LOST WARHAMMER: MOURNBLADE

And that’s not all on the battle front. To follow GW’s re-release of Stormbringer, we hear, will be Mournblade, a Warhammer supplement covering the world of Elric. Jim Bambra claims to be but one aspect of the Eternal Game Designer.

– White Dwarf 93

While the idea of a Warhammer supplement set in the Young Kingdoms might seem strange now, in September 1987 the situation was very different.

First of all, Citadel had for some time made several ranges of licensed miniatures. For example, they had ranges for The Lord of the RingsRuneQuestLone Wolf and Traveller. In 1987 they had a range of Eternal Champion miniatures.

Second, Warhammer Fantasy Battle not infrequently presented material for other worlds. White Dwarf 53 described the Battle of the Pelennor Fields for WFB. The first Citadel Journal (Spring 1985) included rules for Lone Wolf. The third Citadel Journal (Spring 1986) provided details on Eternal Champion characters.

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Finally, GW was then more willing to acknowledge its artistic debt to Michael Moorock than it was later, as was clear from the dedication in the then-current edition of WFB:

Dedicated to Phil Barker, Donald Featherstone and Michael Moorcock, whose fault it all is.

– Warhammer Fantasy Battle, 2nd edition

Presumably the objective of such a supplement was to enhance sales of the licensed miniatures. It seems not to have got very far, as no mention was ever made of it again. Perhaps there were licensing difficulties. Perhaps it was a victim of GW’s increased focus on its own intellectual property. In truth I suspect interest may not have extended far beyond amusement at the title (Mournblade was a sister sword of Stormbringer).

Still, it is an interesting case of what-might-have-been. WFB rules for bound demons, Pan Tangian army lists, a scenario for the sack of Imrryr? Would we have also seen rules for ornithopters and the empire of Granbretan? Or details of the Fifteen Planes, perhaps?

This post is part of a series on unpublished Warhammer supplements. The first in the series is here.

The next Lost Warhammer post is here.

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2 thoughts on “LOST WARHAMMER: MOURNBLADE

  1. I suspect that increased focus on GW only properties was to blame. By WD 100 the focus had shifted entirely to Warhammer products (under a year later). The new Stormbringer only managed one multipart adventure in WD. Support for anything outside GW was withdrawn really very suddenly.

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    1. I suspect you’re right. WD 93 was the last issue to review and publish material for games not published by GW. WD did support GW’s licensed games for another eight months (up to issue 101), but perhaps that was a transitional period. In any case, WD 93 was also significant for the launch of WH40K, which would have diverted resources from projects like Mournblade.

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