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GW: The Gamer Favorites That Got Away

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Dec 21 2017

Over the decades GW killed off a lot of fan favorites. Some have been miraculously revived, but others still lie in the grave – for now…

The Lost

First we will go over the fan favorites that are still long gone:

Squats – Everyone’s favorite Dwarfs in space.  Bikers, Land Trains, Overlord Airships kept them safe from all of the galaxy’s horrors except the editor’s red pen! One could argue they have returned as homages in the 40K Demiurge and AoS’ Kharadron Overlords.

Mordheim – Fantasy’s skirmish warband game.  It looks like that all consuming comet eventually claimed the game itself. But they could rise once more in the 8 Realms. If GW can do Shadespire, they can do Mordheim.

Battle Fleet Gothic – Itself an offshoot of Spacefleet, BFG brought us into the cold depths of deep space fleet actions.  It was all fun and games till that nasty Necron fleet showed up! It’s all video games these days, but no tabletop.

Dogs of War – Variety is the spice of life and from Gotrek & Felix to the Birdmen of Catrazza, nothing could top the zany mercenary units in Dogs of War. Maybe just maybe we might see these guys come back as a compilation for either Age of Sigmar, or even better – 40K.

Zoats – What has 6 legs, is built of solid muscle, wield organic weapons, may or may not be affiliated with the Tyranids and have been disappeared for 20 years?  How we all miss the mighty Zoats!



Exodites – Yes, those hardy Eldar Amish – the Exodites had rules in the 2nd Edition Codex – then they vanished forever, yet still make common appearances the background stories.

Menfish – Patiently waiting their turn in the coastal waters since Warhammer 1st Edition!  Have faith – one day the Menfish will strike!



The Resurrected

But not all is lost. Just take a look at these games – once cold as the grave but now in gamer hands – or slated for an official release.

Necromunda – Everyday is a good day to be Underhive Scum!  The game that took your warband from the heights of the spire to the depths of the rad-sump is still sorely missed. The new game is just out and full of promise. gotta love those new Escher minis!



Adeptus Titanicus – 6mm never looked so good.  EPIC let players throw groups of titans and entire companies  of Astartes and Xenos into brutal combat on a grand scale that was never seen again. It’s been gone for far too long, but 2018 promises an all new Adeptus Titanicus with plastic minis.


Genestealer Cults –   There was a hole in the soul of 40K for 2 decades and and it’s name was Genestealer Cults. But at last – they have returned to keep the Adeptus Arbites busy! They were worth the wait just for that mini up there!


Lost, Returned and Gone Again..


Man O’ War – After the “Dreadfleet Incident” I think we can safely say this one is staying at the bottom of the sea…

~ Did we miss any you think should return in grand style?


Author: Larry Vela
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