Sunday, 31 May 2015

Friday, 29 May 2015

Na Wroga!

Na wroga! Will's rough sketch of a Highlander of the Troglodyte Mountain Infantry...

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Tôrg Baraz

Piotr's painting of Tôrg Baraz - realm of the Troglodytes!

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Naprzód Psiekrwie!

Naprzód Psiekrwie! Will's Troglodyte officer ready to lead his troops against the Dwarf invaders!

Friday, 22 May 2015

First to Fight!

First to fight! Will's concept sketch of a Troglodyte with Automatic Rifle. In Panzerfäuste the Troglodytes are inspired by the Poles.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Meet the Kaiser!

If you go down to Beasts of War, you're in for a big surprise (well, a short bearded one...).

Friday, 15 May 2015

They Don't Like It Up 'Em!

They don't like it up 'em! Will's Local Orc Volunteer getting ready to repel the Dwarf invaders.

All together now, "Who do you think you are kidding Dwarven Kaiser, if you thinks us Orcs is done..."

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Gnome Bakery

The incredibly talented Tony Harwood has kindly lent us his hand to create some truly stunning scenery for Panzerfauste. Our creative leader, Steve Blease has painted up one of the pre-production prototypes of a Gnome Bakery. 
This will eventually be part of a range of buildings created to fit into the setting of the game, just like the figures, merging a little 'history' with pure fantasy. 
Check out Tony's fantastic blog for more information and be bewildered by buildings!

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Madder Than a Badger...

Madder than a badger... Gregor's concept sketch of an Orc Commando!

Panzerfäuste : An Open Letter

It has been great to see the interest generated in the posts about Hysterical's Panzerfäuste project on a variety of internet platforms. However, I am concerned by a minority of comments which are somewhat erroneous and need correcting.
First off it is worth noting that Panzerfäuste is not a new game. It first saw the light of day at the end of the nineties as a small press production with a small range of supporting white metal miniatures. This is important to note as in the near two decades the original game has been in production NO ONE has ever expressed offence or concern at the game or its background (and the game has been bought by serving soldiers and veterans).
Secondly it is not a WW2 game with fantasy races. The background to the game draws on more than just WW2 for its inspiration and if you check out the miniatures released by Wessex Games, you will see that there are WW1 inspired Sturmtruppen sitting alongside WW2 inspired Commandos. This is important to note when an uninformed minority start tossing around words like “Nazi” There are no Nazis in Panzerfäuste and never will be. The Dwarves in Panzerfäuste are Imperial not National Socialist and they are led by a Kaiser not a Führer.
One individual has made a point that it is offensive that the "British" are portrayed as “Evil” Orcs and the “Good” Dwarves are "Nazi Germans". Now I am going to assume that this individual has not bought the original game and is making a whole raft of presuppositions about the background that are totally incorrect.
I'm not quite sure why the person in question has decided that Orcs are automatically Evil. Yes in the old days of D&D and first edition Warhammer, Orcs were “alignment Evil”. However this view has changed over the decades and I prefer the more revisionist approach to Orcs based on books like Mary Gentle's excellent Grunts and Stan Nicholls Orcs series. Both authors treat their Orcs as poor bloody infantry doing what they are told by the man in charge. They are not inherently evil, just employed by someone who is.
So why are our Orcs "British"? Well it is easier to answer why our Dwarves are "German". Dwarves come from Nordic and Germanic myth and one of the great pieces of Germanic myth is the Nibelungenlied, which features an Evil Dwarf called Alberich (not all Dwarves are “Good”). Couple this with beards and fancy moustaches, a love of mountains and a propensity to hold a grudge over lost lands, well to me that sounds more German than British.
So with "German" Dwarves decided upon (led in Panzerfäuste by the nasty Kaiser Alberich), who were the "British" going to be? 
Having previously worked on Flintloque for three years, where, inspired by Wellington's quote that his infantry were “the scum of the earth”, the Orcs were “British” it never really occurred to me to have them as anything else. As a traditional enemy of the Dwarves, it made sense and this view was probably subconsciously reinforced by GW’s ‘Ere We Go! “football hooligan” orcs, models like the 40k's Ork Kommandos and Mary Gentle’s excellent book that smashes fantasy stereotypes.
Like the vast majority, I (along with the rest of the Hysterical Games team) also “personally detest fascism”. As anyone who knows me will attest I have marched against fascists and I have a zero tolerance policy to people who share memes from extreme right wing organizations on social media. I also have family members who died in defence of this country. I could not stand by though and allow someone to engage in borderline libel by saying they are “less than impressed by anyone who thinks nazis are the good guys, as in this game.” 
I DO NOT think Nazi’s were good, this game does not portray Nazis as good (or Orcs as evil) and I will not have my character defamed in posts by an anonymous individual. I would caution them doing so again especially when they know nothing about the game or its background, and are making a whole bunch of erroneous suppositions from a place of complete ignorance.
Once again I would like to thank the whole internet community for their support as well as all the positive vibes and messages from the gaming community about the rebirth of Panzerfäuste.

Hysterical Games Ltd

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Dwarf Grenadier Prints

Apologies for the rubbish quality of the photo but here is a picture of Rob's palm - with two "oranges" of the Dwarf Grenadiers from Prodos Games (sans arms). Hopefully we'll be able to post some better photos soon...

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Yor Doooomed!

Yor doooomed! Dominik's wip concept of a fearsome Orc Highlander officer...

Friday, 8 May 2015


Here's Gregor's drawing of an Orc infantry regular charging into battle! Hope you like it as much as we do...

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

All the Nice Orcs Love a Sailor...

All the nice Orcs love a sailor... Piotr's concept of the Gnome Infanterie de Marine.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Out of the Mountains!

Out of the mountains! Will's sketch of the elite Gnome Chasseurs Alpins...

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Allez Les Chasseur à Escargot!

Dominik's Gnome Chasseur à Escargot concept. Gnome cavalry mounted on one of Dûn-Nomin's famous racing snails...

Friday, 1 May 2015

On Ne Passe Pas!

On ne passe pas! Gnome Voltigeur infantry concept sketch by Will...