What fonts did GW use in their publications?


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Post Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:40 pm

Re: What fonts did GW use in their publications?

haha. Good stuff. I think Axiom mentioned using "Rouge Trader" as an eBay search as it's a common mistake, and so where bargains may be found.

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Which is an old ITC / letraset type called Dynamo, it also appears as headings in the First Citadel Journal, and the advert for Rogue Trader contained within...

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It is also used somewhere else that should be familiar to the locals, which necessitated this:

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Post Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:41 pm

Re: What fonts did GW use in their publications?

I'm liking this a lot, I've been looking to get the font used for the combat cards but my fonts skill is not as sharp as displayed by some here...

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Post Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:29 pm

Re: What fonts did GW use in their publications?

Ooh, a challenge.

"Brother Travis" Is Friz Quadrata Bold* but heavily stretched
"Marine Missile Launcher" is Helvetica, again heavily stretched.

The side numbers and words, I'm not too sure, it's similar to Engravers Gothic, so maybe a variant on that. Definately squashed and stretched about tho.

*He turns up elsewhere to...
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Post Tue May 06, 2014 8:47 pm

Re: What fonts did GW use in their publications?

great great great topic this! Thanks a lot. esp. the bank gothic font. Would the classic 40K catalogue font be a variation of that?
I'm not sure but I think the blue '88 and orange '89 catalogs have different fonts for 40K.

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Post Wed May 07, 2014 2:48 pm

Re: What fonts did GW use in their publications?

The main heading "Warhammer 40K" is a really obscure font called Furst or Feinen in it's inline / handtooled variant - it's used on a lot of mid-80s D&D products (the Gazetter series - see here ). I don't think it's widely available any more, although I have a non-handtooled version from somewhere.

The product headings are Univers, but horribly deformed and stretched.
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Post Sat Jul 19, 2014 11:08 pm

Re: What fonts did GW use in their publications?

Zhu Bajie wrote:although I have a non-handtooled version from somewhere.

That could be Baldur which is quite similar.
Note that there are two very different Fonts with this name available though.
Sadly there is no Hand tooled variant either.
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Post Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:28 pm

Re: What fonts did GW use in their publications?

What's the Eavy Metal font?

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Post Tue Jan 06, 2015 6:09 pm

Re: What fonts did GW use in their publications?

A Badger wrote:What's the Eavy Metal font?

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It's a heavily redrawn Futura Bold Italic - used the lowercase 'y' and pushed the decender onto the baseline, the 'E' is redrawn, and the whole thing is slightly horizontally stretched. Probably Chaz Elliots work?

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Post Wed Jan 21, 2015 12:48 am

Re: What fonts did GW use in their publications?

This is a bit of a departure and may be a long shot, but... I can remember having a Skaven 'font' on my PC a long time ago. It probably would require someone else to have the 'font' too, to make head or tails of it, but it looked great.

Does anyone have/remember that?

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Post Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:04 pm

Re: What fonts did GW use in their publications?

I'm sure if you google for "skaven font" you'll find what you're looking for!

Thank said, GW have never (to my knowledge) released fonts containing their designs, so those out there are infringing their copyright.

I have seen a Tau font which is credited to Marc Gasgcoine, but I don't know if that was intended for general release.
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