Warhammer 40K Challenge Coins
Warhammer 40,000 is one of the most popular miniature games in the world. It is a space fantasy war game set in the forty-first millennium where mankind fights a brutal battle for survival against alien races and the forces of Chaos.
There are legions of devoted players who spends hundreds, if not thousands of hours, collecting and painting miniature figures and battling other players. To say that WH40K players are devoted, is a great understatement.
What is a Challenge Coin?
A picture is worth a thousand words...
These are challenge coins. They are custom designed solid brass coins which are larger and heavier than a silver dollar. They are 1.75 inches in diameter.
The tradition of challenge coins began with the military in World War 1. Since that time, almost every military unit in the world has their own coin. They have spread to police, fire, and schools. A challenge coin is a prized possession that is given to members of an organization for recognition, to enhance morale, and build camaraderie. Military units often get them after successful completion of a deployment. It is a source of pride.
There are many traditions around challenge coins. The basic idea is that you are supposed to carry it with you at all times in case you are challenged by a member of your organization to see if you have your coin. If you don't have your coin, you have to buy them a drink. If they challenge you and you meet their challenge by producing your coin, they have to buy you a drink.
How does Warhammer 40K fit in?
Challenge coins are perfect for the Warhammer universe. It is surprising that no one has ever made them before. The goal of my project is to create and manufacture seven Limited Edition challenge coins representing the most popular military units of the Imperium of Man. When you meet up with your fellow gamers, you will share the same bond that military, police, and fire personnel feel knowing that each of you has a challenge coin that represents the pride and camaraderie you feel!
Creating a coin is a unique art form. Each color in the design must be separated by metal ridges. The metal of the coin also comprises part of the design by having low and high spots. Below is the artwork for the Warhammer challenge coins I propose on creating. The artwork actually serves more like a blueprint for the creation of the coin. Each of these coins is plated in shiny silver metal.
Once again, the artwork is only a blueprint for the creation of the coin. As you can see in the photos that I provided of actual coins, the coins look amazing when in finished form.
If you are a Warhammer 40K fan, you obviously noticed that I did not copy the exact logos used in the game. There is a good reason for this. Namely, because I can't use any copyrighted images of Games Workshop. These coins are inspired by the official logos. Warhammer fans, please don't get offended! In military history, it is quite common that insignia and logos varies in design throughout the years. Considering the time span and the geographical distance in the Warhammer universe, this would be even more true. Also, in the true military tradition, challenge coins are usually designed by members of the unit and they often take quite a bit of liberty with their designs to personalize them for their unit.
What about using the names? I won't bore you with all the legal details, but I am familiar with copyright and trademark law. In simple terms, Games Workshop has trademarked the name Warhammer 40,000 and Space Marines in certain classes of "goods and services" related to miniature figures and computer games. Collectible coins is not one of the classes. In fact, if you look up Warhammer, a gun company and a fireworks company has the name trademarked in their respective classes. However, I don't intend to use Warhammer or Space Marines on the coins.
The other names such Dark Angels are not trademarked and due to their common nature would not even be allowed as trademarks.
However, I greatly respect Games Workshop and their trademark. I do not want anyone to be confused that the source of these coins is from Games Workshop. I have no association with them and as a fan, I only want to create some cool coins to enhance the Warhammer experience and possibly get new people involved in Warhammer! This is a fan created project.