Saturday, 19 October 2013

Kaleb Daark - "Dreadaxe thirsts for you!"

Origins and Comics

The concept of the Chaos God "Malal" was created by comics writers John Wagner and Alan Grant along with Malal's champion, Kaleb Daark, for the Warhammer Fantasy world in the Citadel Miniatures Compendium and Journals. In the comic strip adventure Kaleb Daark's mission allied him temporarily with the forces of good. He fights at the siege of Praag and confronts the followers of the Chaos God Khorne, and also finds himself at odds with the Skaven. Less mutated than other followers of Chaos, he is equipped with his soul-drinking daemon axe Dreadaxe with its pterodactyl-like head on a shaft of bone. His shield was shaped in the form of Malal's skull symbol, his armor was all-black with white details and his steed was a black mutant horse. Kaleb himself appeared pale, as the contact with Malal supposedly drained him of energy. His battle cry was "Dreadaxe thirsts for you!"

There were three installments completed of The Quest of Kaleb Daark comic:

Part 1 : "The Quest of Kaleb Daark" - The Third Citadel Compendium 1985
Part 2 : "The God-Slayer!" - The Citadel Journal Spring 1986
Part 3 : "Evil of the Warpstone!" - The Citadel Journal Spring 1987
Part 4 : "God Amok!" - Unprinted

In the Spring 1986 Journal there was also one additional page of Warhammer Fantasy Battle rules (and a small bit of Malal background) for including Kaleb Daark and his steed in games. This issue also saw the first advertisements for the miniature figure set including a mounted and standing Kaleb Daark. The Spring 1987 Journal featured the miniature figure sets of the two Chaos Brothers, Jaek and Helwud, Kaleb's main adversaries in Part 3. Part 4 "God Amok!" was also advertised in this issue, but it never saw print. It is uncertain how much of this 4th installment was actually completed. Allegedly the comic was canceled because of "creative differences" between the creators and Games Workshop.

Love Kaleb? Now you can buy a Kaleb Daark/Malal T-shirt HERE and HERE


  1. Excellent the tee-shirt!

    Warhammer Philes Owner

  2. Did you ever come across explanations about his eye? I remmeber reading about it being ni malestone but can't recall where from?

    Do you also know if Jaek and Helwud did really kill Kaleb? (read that too but it moght have been some fanfic).

    1. Can't remember anything abut his eye,but maybe it's in the comic intself. As for the Chaos Brothers killing Daark it never happened but bear in mind part 4 never saw print so it could been planned form it. Won't do the sales any good though lol


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