A new fan-made Warhammer Fantasy Battle Army pdf - Estalia has just been released by Mathias (one of the Battle Reporter forum members)Note: while Mathias is a genius in army book design he does not work for GW and...
this army book is completely unofficial and in no way endorsed by Games Workshop.
The Battle Reporter forum also plays host to many other unofficial Warhammer army books that are all ready for use on the tabletop battlefield. You can find Estalia along with Albion, Araby, Cathay, Dwarfs of Chaos, Kislev, Nautica, Nippon and Norse here:-
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The Estalia Army Book features everything you come to expect from the superb army books that Mathias designs:-
There is a 25 page introduction to the background, culture and history of Estalia, "the land of the setting sun", spanning from C-1700 to 2504.
An excellent 3 page story of "The Last Battle" of "The War of Blood", a 2 page map of the regions, an in depth look at the people's of Estalia (covering the social classes from bullfighters through to pirates) and several pages covering the various Kingdoms and a large section on... gulp... the Inquisiton !
The bestiary is a work of art and brings a lot of character to the army which is largely based around it's unique level of discipline which enables it to rally, march, reform and redirect charges more readily.
There are 9 core units, 6 special units and 3 rare units. The core is what you would expect from a Pseudo-Spanish army (Pikemen, Arbelasts (Crossbows), Sword and Buckler soldiers (the buckler can be used as either a hand weapon or a shield), Lancers, Jinetes (Fast Cavalry) and the literally "dashing" Diestro skirmishing unit that can move out of combat at will (providing it passes a leadership test), Marines, Serfs (think Skaven slaves !) and Missionaries which can be bought as a unit upgrade that enhance the unit's combat resolution.
Rare units comprise the Black Watchmen (stubborn, hate filled and fearless) Culverin (a cannon with a close range scatter-shot) and last but not least, rampaging bulls chained to tar soaked burning logs (a bit like very large goblin fanatics - best avoided by the enemy !)
Finally, there are almost 50 unique and original magic items. I haven't been through them all yet so you'll have to check them out for yourself but I do like the look of the Staff of Tomas the Pure that can fire D3 str5 24" lightning bolts per turn - with no armour save and d3 wounds. Bring it on !
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