LOST WARHAMMER: TOWER OF SCREAMING DEATH

Also coming from the Workshop, Tower of Screaming Death – a solo Warhammer supplement.

– White Dwarf 78

This quotation dates to June 1986 and is, as far as I know, the first and last mention of this supplement in a Games Workshop publication.

The only other official trace of it is the Josh Kirby painting that GW commissioned for it. The picture was never used for its intended purpose, but was subsequently re-used as an interior illustration in WFB third edition and the covers of Warhammer Companion and Apocrypha Now.

Graeme Davis has shed some light on the story in his blog. There remains one further mystery, though. As I have pointed out elsewhere, Josh Kirby’s illustration of the Tower of Screaming Death is almost exactly the same as John Blanche’s of Hrothyogg‘s Tower in the WFRP1 rulebook.

You can see the resemblance more closely in the following blown-up images.

I have found nothing to suggest that the two towers were intended to be the same location in the Warhammer world. It seems most probable that Blanche simply copied Kirby’s design. But it does raise the intriguing idea that there was some connection envisaged between them in the nascent Warhammer background.

This post is part of a series on unpublished Warhammer supplements.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

Title art by John Blanche. Used without permission. No challenge intended to the rights holders.

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2 thoughts on “LOST WARHAMMER: TOWER OF SCREAMING DEATH

  1. Or more likely Kirby copied Blanche’s tower?

    The John Blanche picture was one of the full page colour plates in WFRP, wasn’t it? Which surely means that Kirby’s picture post-dates it.

    Anyway, a very cool tower and one I like to think has some connection to the Ogre Hrothyogg (though what relation he had to Blanche’s tower I have never seen explained either…)

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    1. You make a good point (as usual). I had it in mind that TSD preceded WFRP1, because of the timing of the WD comment above. But of course this only proves they were in development at around same time. It is just as possible that Kirby copied Blanche, as you say. I do feel pretty confident, though, that one of them had the other’s work in front of him when he made his drawing.

      It is tempting to imagine some sort of connection. Perhaps the orcs hired Hrothyogg’s mercenaries to help them take the tower, but Hrothyogg liked the tower so much he kept it. And probably ate a nearby halfling village in celebration….

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