Monday 2 April 2012

A Dark Deranged Structure: Warhammer Townscape

Weeks without posting and two updates in one day! First off, apologies to anyone who asked a question, made a comment or was in conversation with me before my sudden disappearance. With my sudden change in circumstance I have more time to chip away on the lead mountain and build up my painted miniature collection. As you may be aware, I have been slowly painting up warbands for the four ruinous power to play a Realm of Chaos campaign but I also collect 80s citadel/GW products. In a previous life I was an archaeologist and I in many ways collecting old lead, stripping off the ancient paint and repairing and repainting the miniatures is a similar discipline. Perhaps that is why I enjoy collecting bits and pieces of old GW 80s box sets and eventually completing them once again.

One such completion was Warhammer Townscape. Back in the 80s I was bought this set for a birthday or Christmas and absolutely loved it, though I was too young to successfully build some of the buildings. I remember building my friends copies too- particularly the watchtower and stone tower which became focus points for our battles. I must have built about half of them before abandoning GW for beer, boobs and GCSEs. About 12 years ago I found the remaining card sheets and had a wonderful period of unemployment filled building the remaining models.Sadly, I stored these buildings in my father's rancid house and they went mouldy.

Over the last couple of years I have bought copy after copy on eBay in an attempt to complete the publication and I am glad to say that I have finally done so. It is pictured above. Every sheet is mint. I also have build quite a few duplicate sheets and having seen other bloggers still using these classic card buildings I decided to have a go at building a few as miniatures are difficult to paint properly at the moment. The memories came flooding back. I could remember many of the buildings, the little mistakes I made over twenty years ago and had a very pleasureable evening or so putting together several of the kits.

The package got me thinking. Yes they are made of card but for about £10 in 1988 you got 39 buildings. Each building was very different and had a certain charm. You could construct a sizeable village, town or even city. Wow! Today, even with all the skull infested plastic you'd be challenged to construct a hamlet! Anyway, thanks to Gaj over at Warhammer for Adults I have a PDF of the original designs, so if your interested, contact me and you too can build yourself a townscape for your games.


  1. I'd love a copy of the pdf if it is possible.

  2. I would like a copy as well. I had never heard of this. Seems really cool. Glad to hear you are back in the swing of things. Really enjoy this blog. =)

  3. i found this one as a torrent a few years ago...maybe it got taken down, but i didn't have any trouble finding it.

    also, i remember putting a few d&d kits together a while ago and one of the tips they had was to use a permanent black texta to go over the edges that are white (the ones you cut). it really makes a difference to the finished building.

  4. I love this set, it's so much value for money. A few slightly awkward builds, but most of them are rather straight forward and functional. No diorama pieces, but they fit so well with our oldschool lead that it's almost a shame NOT to use them.

  5. Awkward builds! I always found the watermill a real challenge to put together. Sadly, I don't have all the pieces at the moment to put together that epic.

    If you want a copy of the pdf just email me at and I'll send it out.

    I have tried out a few attempts to print it but didn't use a decent printer. I was contemplating getting it professionally printed on card in town so I could finish up the missing buildings but I got plenty to keep me busy.

  6. Just stumbled across this blog by chance after getting back to 3rd Edition Warhammer - (mainly for nostalgia sake - I play Kings Of War). If possible I'd like a set of the pdf so expect an email shortly.

    Now to read the rest of the blog. Great stuff.

    Wishing you all the best

  7. For those interested, you can also usually find it on scribd. but not all of the pages made it into Townscapes. I've added a few of the extra pages here: