|Mohawks, ray-guns and dungeons, oh my! (1984)|
Richard Halliwell's pure awesome Dungeonpunk setting for Warhammer: Lustria, where ancient alien astronaut frog-men Slann genetically engineered Elves, Dwarves, Orcs and Halflings as slaves to fight against the Forces of Chaos. John Blanche designed punkette Amazonian tribeswomen stand tall against hordes of furry booted Nordic invaders. Lustria is a pseudo-historical mash-up of the Vikings discovering North America and the Spanish conquest of South America, with drug taking fanatics and mind-altering technology to boot. Its first appearance is the1982 first citadel compendium in a scenatio titled "the Legend of Kremlo the Slann" The Second Citadel Journal followed through with "Shrine of Rigg" which heavily focussed on the Amazons, but also ran through to the Magnificent Sven scenario in WFB 2nd edition, but unfortunately Citadel give up on it in favour of the more 'traditional' European based Empire in WFB 3rd onwards.
The eventual Lustria Book that surfaced some 20 years later is a pale imitation that takes itself far too seriously and has none of the exotic character of the original, gone are the fearsome Amazon punk women, gone the remnants of the Age of High Technology. Gone, even are the borderline racist charactature of the Pygmies. Note, the ray-gun used by the Koka-kalim Amazon looks suspeciously like a Biker Scout Blaster from Return of the Jedi, and arguably the Amazons did resurface as the Necromunda House Esher gang.
|The Anarcho Feminist League of Punks : Citadel C30 Amazons (1984)|
What self-respecing mid 80's wargamer wouldn't want to field an army of practically attired, drugged up amazon punk tribeswomen? And who doesn't want to stock their D&D campaigns full of neo-primitive feminist punks? By all indications there were but 13 Amazon miniatures released, with no additions to the range between 1984 and their demise. Dammit got another collecting itch to scratch now...
|Piercings and hair spikes: Citadel C20 Trolls (1984)|
|Shakind Bonebender : Dungeonpunk Troll (1984)|
|Mohawk, piercings, dwarf. (1985)|
|Kimri Giantslayer : Dungeonpunk Dwarf (1985)|
So, Dungeonpunk, 25 years strong, and still going!
P.S This was prompted by Matt Finch's interesting post on Dungeonpunk.