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18-03-2009, 22:55
Hey there,

I dont know about everyone else, but for me, watching a great film can sometimes be the catalyst for getting inspiration and great ideas for collecting a new army (sometimes I believe this is the case for some of the army developers too ;)).

So what movies do you think are best watched to give inspiration for your favorite army/armies?

To get the ball rolling:

Chaos Mortals: Conan (obvious one)
Orcs n Gobbos: Gladiator (the intro battle with the Germanic tribe :D)
Lizardmen: Apocalypto
Wood Elves: Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy II (the elf prince in this particularly)
Beasts of Chaos: The Village (in a kinda, "are they real" way)
Empire: Sleepy Hollow (gothic enough, but not germanic)
Tomb Kings: Stargate, The Mummy

Ok, now your turn!
(anymore for OnG would be appreciated, by me anyway :p)

18-03-2009, 23:01
For my Vampires: Interview with the Vampire?

18-03-2009, 23:20
Empire: the middle bit of joan of arc, the section covering the orléans campaign, only bit of the film i watch these days. Maybe excaliber but only coz i use reiksguard foot as my greatswords.

any undead army: Evil dead 3; army of darkness

18-03-2009, 23:28
I'm basing my DoW army on the King Arthur marauders.

Pics (http://content1.catalog.photos.msn.com/ft/share0/97fa/0/KA12_300x435.jpg)

Now I think of it, might as well be chaos.

19-03-2009, 01:26
i think you are clutching at straws with a few of those!

Sleepy Hollow?

Cypher, the Emperor
19-03-2009, 02:52
Empire - Brotherhood of the Wolf

19-03-2009, 02:55
Well the lord of the rings movies is probably the single greatest movie for inspiration for WHFB. I'll also add

"13th Warrior" for chaos mortals
"300" definitely gets me in the mood for warhammer
"Kingdom of Heaven" has its moments
"Pirates of the Carribean" has great undead
"Cromwell" with Alec Guiness inspired me to collect a DoW/Empire army
"The Warlord" with Charlton Heston has some great swordplay cool norse troops

19-03-2009, 03:11
Though not WFB, I have to point out the obvious 40k ones

Terminator - Necrons
Aliens - Tyranids
Mad Max - Orks

Excalibur & First Knight - Bretonnia (guess which of these movies sucked)
The Lord of the Rings - so many, but because they get no love I'll say Halflings/the Moot
Frankenstein - a little bit of Clan Moulder Skaven and a little bit of Necrarch Vampire Counts

19-03-2009, 03:17
I think beast-men act (and kinda look) like the scots from "Braveheart".

Ill second "Kingdom of Heaven" for Empire.
"Glory" is set in the American civil war, but other the general attitude of the fight is pretty good for empire, or a brettonian peasant army.

Are books allowed? The Warlord Chronicals by Bernard Cornwell work really well for chaos mortals

19-03-2009, 03:28
What? Not one of you said BRAVEHEART? the greatest one Evar?

ok. Braveheart = CC armies.

and Graveyard shift = skaven. :)
(you get that reference and you are OLD, Kiddies,)

19-03-2009, 04:03
I will second a few of these. I play Chaos Mortals, Chaos Daemons, Bretonnians, Orcs and Goblins, and Empire armies, so my favs, in no particular order, and I'm sure most of you will recognize where each comes from.

Three Musketeers (newer version with Kiefer, etc.)
Planet of the Apes series (Charleton Heston)
Conan (both)
Lord of the Rings
Hawk the Slayer
King Arthur
Beastmaster (the original)
Wizards (they've killed Fritz!!! Those lousy, stinkin yellow fairies! Those horrible, attrocity filled warmongers!! They've killed Fritz!!!)
The Warlord
Robin Hood (Errol Flynn)
Ivanhoe (also old)
The Crimson Pirate (if you recognize why this one is for Empire, then good on ye.)
Zulu Dawn
Genghis Khan (Have to have the Duke in there somewhere)
Mad Max and the Road Warrior (but not Thunderdome)

Almost forgot 2:
The Vikings (Ernest Borgnine and Kirk Douglas)
13th Warrior

19-03-2009, 05:21
My Nuln army is influenced by Gibson's movie, Patriot.

Fallen Angel 31
19-03-2009, 09:11
It's not just films, but music. Pretty much every time I hear an albumn by ManoWar, I want to paint up a Warriors of Chaos army... heavy on the Marauders. I also think that many of the albumn covers would make great banners...

It's just the models themselves that put me off!

19-03-2009, 09:11
I think beast-men act (and kinda look) like the scots from "Braveheart".

Ill second "Kingdom of Heaven" for Empire.

Surely Kingdom of Heaven suits Bretonnia 1000 times more?

19-03-2009, 09:34
i think you are clutching at straws with a few of those!

Sleepy Hollow?
I can see that, but not for an army, more for general life in the Empire. It's just the overall 'gothic' feel that suits Warhammer.

Same as the village in the Brothers Grimm.

19-03-2009, 10:07
I think beast-men act (and kinda look) like the scots from "Braveheart".

If you want any army that is like beastmen, then take the Germanic tribes at the start of the Gladiator movie.

Braveheart are orcs.

Surely Kingdom of Heaven suits Bretonnia 1000 times more?


Maybe the topic is just wrong. We clearly know on what armies in history the warhammer races are based on, the only thing that is to be done is to find a matching movie made about those armies.

bert n ernie
19-03-2009, 10:27
Briohmar, I'm guessing Planet of the apes is for Skaven then ;)

19-03-2009, 11:54
And what about Willows for chaos mortals?

19-03-2009, 12:24
apocalypto gave me the inspiration to collect a tribe of savage orcs, they look kind of similar! and excalibur definitely had a big impact on me building a chaos warrior army. great film, brilliant armour and battles, just gets lost in the middle somewhere

Brother Loki
19-03-2009, 12:43
Flesh & Blood, for Empire, or Dogs of War. (Paul Verhoeven movie with Rutger Hauer).

19-03-2009, 14:36
I've never seen Excaliber, so I'll pick up a copy today me thinks!

Also how could I forget, Brotherhood of the Wolf and The Brothers Grimm, those are both great and atmospheric - good suggestions!

I don't think there are any right or wrong movies, just what inspires you to collect yourself :)

19-03-2009, 14:40
The vampires in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans reminded me of Dark Elves a lot.

19-03-2009, 16:02
'pathfinder' for chaos mortals
'I am legend for ghouls', when they're all huddled together etc...
'Hawk the slayer' has lots of fantasy character types in it as does 'Krull'.
'Empire Strikes back' for gourgers
'Legend' for khornate daemon and also goblins
'Eragon' for dragons (obviously) and other stuff (evil wizards)

Never Ending Story
Dungeons and Dragons
Narnia Films (minotaurs, centaurs etc)
Harry Potter (hellsteeds, hippogryph, dragons, centaurs, giant spiders, sprites)
Van Helsing
Jason and the Argonaughts (skeletons, harpies and hydra)
Dracula (the GW bloodlines are directly based off this book/film. Even the blood dragon vamp armour is almost identical to vlad the impaler's in the film)
In the name of the king (orcs)
and many many more.....

Von Wibble
19-03-2009, 21:48
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory (the Gene Wilder one not Johnny Depp) for halflings? (Joking! :D)

Braveheart is of course Orcs (they even paint some Orks blue).

The Dark Crystal - Skeksi = Skaven (or Lord of change)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Brahm Stoker's Dracula (I presume this is the one referred to in the post above rather than any other version). Though undead have loads of films for inspiration.

Chronicles of Riddick - bad guys seem very dark elf like.

Not a film but surely Dangermouse has the inspiration for the Slann? Forget Geomancy - lets have a lore of custard instead.

19-03-2009, 22:34
Not a film but surely Dangermouse has the inspiration for the Slann? Forget Geomancy - lets have a lore of custard instead.

hehehe, surely the Lore of Custard is a chaos discipline? Arent they supposed to have custard falling from the sky and such? :p

Warlord Gnashgrod
20-03-2009, 01:57
How about the movie "Willard" for Skaven

20-03-2009, 04:15
The vampires in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans reminded me of Dark Elves a lot.good i'm truly not the only one to notice

20-03-2009, 12:13
Excalibur is an excellent film, I have a empire wizard modeled and painted to look like Merlin.

Pure Win

Volker the Mad Fiddler
20-03-2009, 13:22
Chaos Mortals: Conan (obvious one)

Must disagree strongly here- Conan is clearly the inspiration for Sigmar making this an Empire movie [even if the movie was an awful hack job of the much better R E Howard books (the movie was good as a movie, it just didn't have much to do with the actual story of Conan)].

I would put Beastmaster for the Tomb Kings [check out the death priests and the pyramid-like temple] and Chaos Mortals [the Jun Horde].

Obviously the Mummy and the Mummy Returns for Tomb Kings.

The Mask of Zorro for Catherine Zeta-Jones;), oh, and Dogs of War.

Predator for the Wood Elves.

20-03-2009, 15:36
If beastmen came out like 4 years ago (i'm saying if, not that they did come out 4 years ago) then beastmen would've been inspired by Narnia. Probably both the good and the bad beasties.

20-03-2009, 17:01
ROMPER STOMPER for Orcs and goblins! A bunch of droogs running around Australia delivering some aggro!

Von Wibble
20-03-2009, 19:07
hehehe, surely the Lore of Custard is a chaos discipline? Arent they supposed to have custard falling from the sky and such? :p

As long as GW release a huge yellow template to go with it!

20-03-2009, 20:36
Terry Gilliam's Jabberwocky is the Empire!

Flagellants and everything...

20-03-2009, 23:29
I can't belive this has not been mentioned yet.


21-03-2009, 00:34
the thirteenth warrior always made me think of marauder horsemen.

21-03-2009, 06:03
From my recollection, I have seen the following movies/shows made into armies, or pulled pieces from them to make armies.

Monty Python and Holy Grail: Bretonians and Empire
Mad Max: Orcs and Goblins
Army of Darkness: VC (at least twice)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: VC
Van Hellsing: VC
Braveheart: Chaos mortals
narnia: Wood Elves

Well, thats all off the top of my head, I'm sure I've seen a few more though.

Awilla the Hun
21-03-2009, 16:05
First part of Enemy at the Gates for Bretonnian Peasant Armies.

"If the one with the pitchfork gets killed, the man behind him picks up the pitchfork and stabs!"

Sergeant Uriel Ventris
21-03-2009, 16:11
'pathfinder' for chaos mortals

This times a thousand! If you've never seen it, see if you have a friend that owns it and borrow it. Only as a last resort should you spend money on it. The Vikings are pretty much 100% of what Warriors of Chaos should be like, but the movies plot is pretty much non-existent.

21-03-2009, 17:00
Chaos mortals - Pathfinder, 10,000 BC
Undead - Underworld
Lizardmen - Jurassic Park!!!

21-03-2009, 17:58
Kingdom of Heaven is a definite influence on Bretonnian armies. After seeing this film I painted one of my Knights of the Realm up as a Templar Knight.

Van Helsing influenced my Dark Elf Harpies - the flying Vampire women.

Also any film in which Alan Rickman plays the token baddie influenced by Dark Elf Dreadlord.

Also Shaun of the Dead for my old Zombie Horde

21-03-2009, 20:40
Pathfinder provided alot of inspiration for my WoC army, although having said that, it's a terrible film.

Krom The Eternal
22-03-2009, 19:40
I was inspired to do chaos mortals by the movie pathfinder the vikings are BAMF!!!

22-03-2009, 19:46
The vampires in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans reminded me of Dark Elves a lot.


We tried to cast a Warhammer Movie in my gaming group and we picked most of the Vampires from underworld to be the Dark Elves.

Bill Nighy- Malekith
Kate Beckinsale- Morathi

the only divergence was Christian Bale as Malus Darkblade

Ultimo ninja
22-03-2009, 19:58
Robin hood: (kevin costner version)
-wood elves

The thing:
Tzeentch demons


22-03-2009, 20:13
I'm afraid apart from the obvious Mummy>>Tomb Kings translation very few movies have influenced my choice of army. (oh wait LotR influenced my decision to field an Easterling force)

However books...

The Elfstones of Shannara: I keep desperately wanting to build an Empire army based on the Legion Free Corps. One day... (hah) I will do it.

22-03-2009, 20:31
Well, the movies that inspired my WoC the most are "Highlander" (ONLY the very first) and "The 13th warrior". Though the funny thing is that my army is more inspired on Connor MacLeod and the Vikings than on Kurgan and the Wendols :p.

22-03-2009, 20:56
Beowulf really inspired me for warriors of chaos. Insane heros, sexy daemons and nasty trolls. Awesome.

As mentioned gladiator's germanic horde is a great inspiration for BoC (right down to getting owned by everything/anything in the opposition army)!

Lost Advocate
22-03-2009, 21:08
Ernest goes to Africa - O&G...

23-03-2009, 00:33
In the name of the king (orcs)

:confused: Orcs? The only thing that movie inspired me to try was suicide.

23-03-2009, 01:01
:confused: Orcs? The only thing that movie inspired me to try was suicide.

Indeed, it wasn't very good.

23-03-2009, 14:30
It was actually a movie / army inspiration moment that brought me to this site... but I'll get to the Introduce Yourself thread in a moment :) ...

El Cid, starring Charlton Heston, is begging for either a Dogs of War or possibly a themed Empire army, painted up as Estalian, and wangling in some dark-skinned light cavalry allies.

It's one of the lesser-known bottom-numbingly-long epic movies, but it's dead good.

Lord of Nonsensical Crap
23-03-2009, 15:02
Empire- Baron Munchausen, Word of the Rose, Richard Lester's Three Musketeers,
Bretonnia- Kingdom of Heaven, Gormenghast
Warriors of Chaos- The 13th Warrior, Beowulf, Pathfinder (the Vikings in that actually LOOK like Chaos Warriors!)
Wood Elves- Lord of the Rings, maybe Narnia, Princess Mononoke, any artsy kung-fu film for Wardancers (re: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, House of Flying Daggers)
High Elves- Lord of the Rings
Vampire Counts- Van Helsing, Army of Darkness, Sleepy Hollow, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (I could swear that the mini designers must have watched that)
Tomb Kings- The Mummy
Lizardmen- Jurassic Park

Any ideas for Daemons of Chaos?

23-03-2009, 20:33
It's not fantasy, but when I think Chaos I think Event Horizon.

The forest in Origin: Spirits of the Past has some Forest Spirit vibes.

Cypher, the Emperor
24-03-2009, 05:53
A boo one:

Malazan book of the fallen reminds me of Warhammer, a lot, especially the Herohammer variety.