Monday, September 23, 2013

More Gobsmasha and how a game company use to be awesome.

A blast from the past - The Warhammer 40,000 Vehicle Manual. A pretty cool book from 1992 when Warhammer 40K was transitioning from Rogue Trader to 2nd edition. I consider this book part of the 1st edition rules which fit in with the Battle Manual.  There is a definite resemblance and morphing of the rules into what most consider the best version EVER of Warhammer 40K..our beloved 2nd edition.

Warhammer 40,000 Vehicle Manual
 The book part itself is actually thin counting out at a whopping 31 pages. There are 30 card datafaxes, card reference sheets and templates that need to be cut out. Also included are 2 clear plastic targeting templates. Back then in 1992 the company that made this book actually did cool stuff like show how to convert a Rhino into a whirlwind. FOR FREE even. aha they didn't charge any extra for it. The modeling workshop originally was published in White Dward magazine issue numer 117. Wow ! The coolest and best part of the book in my opinion is the awesome 4 page instructions on how to make a custom Gobsmasha. Complete with templates to use to cut out of cardstock or plastic or whatever you decide to make a Gobsmasha out of. Ork Mekaniaks everywhere were 'eadbanging overtime kustomizing and tinkering with all kinds of bitz and whatzitdoes to make theirs the best Gobsmasha ever seen (or heard). it also included Banners and tips and hints on kustomizing... good stuff and good times from when a game company threw in the extra tidbits and freebies to there loyal followers.

To try to answer the age old question of How many Orks does it take to drive a Gobsmasha? ... According to the 2nd edition datafax and this article in the Warhammer 40,000 Vehicle Manual..."2 or 3 Wildboys who jump around and try to grab the steering wheel off each other". Here is the conundrum. The datafax in theVehicle Manual states that there is 1 DRIVER and 3 Gunners for the Gobsmasha. The extra 2 gunners are for the option of either a heavy plasma gun or heavy bolters with a 90 degree fire to the front for 25 points each.


Happy Gaming

1 comment:

  1. Just came across this post. Gosh it brought back memories of when I made a Gobsmasher (with coffee lid wheels and smarties tube barrel!). Unfotunately I don't think I have the model any more, which is a real shame as I am just getting into 2nd Edition 40k. Still, I can always make another one!