Friday, 23 March 2018
My pre-order turned up on launch day (which was most satisfying) so a big thanks to Andrew at BoardGameExtras.
I was also pleased to see the bases are hollow (like GW bases) and not solid slabs of plastic (aka Deadzone wtf). I look forward to getting to grips with this. A full review soon.
Tuesday, 13 March 2018
Much has happened since my last post. We've moved the length of the country and started a new job which has meant there's not been a lot of time for wargaming.
I didn't much care for this squeeze and I was struggling to make an effective gaming army anyway.
I didn't want to buy any more Armada models until I'd managed to get some more games in but I did like the pre-painted nature of the models and Fantasy Flights structure of sales. A bit of research showed that X-wing has actually been the most popular gaming system for several years now, pushing 40k down to 2nd or 3rd place. This meant that this was a good system to get involved with in terms of being able to find opponents. Once again I've opted to collect both Rebel and Imperial forces (ignoring the Scum faction for the time being).
Saturday, 12 August 2017
Now in theory its all good stuff; nice new kits, new models, new weapons etc etc, and I'm not saying its a bad thing. BUT it has made me question the future direction of my 40K army.
As you might have read before, I've been (very slowly) putting together a Crimson Fist army with the hopes of eventually getting to play again. However with the release of these new models (and the interesting but slightly dubious lore) I'm left with a conundrum. The Crimson Fists were decimated by the Orks when Rynns World was all but destroyed during an invasion. From what I've read in the lore, very few companies were left intact after the invasion so it stands to reason that the new ranks would possibly/probably be made of Primaris Marines.
However I for one do not like the fact that the Primaris Marines are bigger. Don't get me wrong. I think the models are nice and if I were starting from scratch it wouldnt be an issue, but I abhor the idea of fielding two sizes of marines. It just doesn't sit well with me. So I'm left with two choices.
A - I ignore the Primaris Marines and just continue without them - This would be a bit annoying; to play marines but miss out on their good items.
B - Sell on the Marines and go with something else. If possible I'd like not to do this as I've always regretted selling models in the past.
I suspect I've answered my own conundrum, however I'm slightly loathed to play with just marines these days. Thankfully 8th edition appears to allow much greater freedom with mixed armies so I'm contemplating augmenting it with some Ad Mech or even maybe an IG Superheavy.
Mind you this is all just thoughts. Theres no money right now so it will remain ruminations.
Sunday, 4 June 2017
Well the early rumours were apparently true and 8th edition for 40k is now available for preorder. And yes I've preordered it myself... but not via GW. I quite liked the look of the collectors edition but upon finding its £250 I gave up and got what I wanted cheaper from Darksphere.
I'm somewhat amused that the "limited" collectors edition is still available this morning from GW despite it being a full 24 hours after it went live. Predictably the thing that "sold out" fastest was the objective markers. I don't personally understand why they're so popular and I'd much rather make my own or at least buy cheaper ones but each to their own.
My current hobbying is on hold for a few months as we're moving house and most of my models are packed up already. A tad annoying when you finally get the itch to paint.... and can't. Ah well.
Saturday, 22 April 2017
Yup the hype train for the 8th Edition of Warhammer 40,000 has begun in a curious fashion today with GWs release of an FAQ. While unusual this form of announcement actually works quite well as it addresses the general questions the community has been asking about the new edition.
The surpising features of the announcement were the apparent abandonment of codexes (as had previously been speculated) in favour of a "warscroll" affair a la Age of Sigmar, the release of the basic rules for free (again a la Age of Sigmar) and the curious inclusion of "all" 40k Forgeworld models into the main ruleset.
All of this was tied in with the release of a new dedicated website for the game.
This all seems great and I'm excited about this new release. Curiously the thing thats most unnerved me is the apparent new version of the standard tactical Space Marine model. Images seen here appear to show a new larger space marine. Now this is all fine and dandy but it begs the question as to whether GW are doing this as a ploy to get SM players to replace all their marines. While i like the idea of new models I'm concerned that including them will look quite bizare when placed next to my existing marines.
Its a minor point tho. Currently the community is splitting into the nay sayers and the accepters. Personally I'll be happy with a simplified ruleset. I'll be less happy if the background radically changes but the FAQ seems to indicate this won't happen, or at least not to the extent that AoS did to the Warhammer Fantasy world.
Monday, 27 March 2017
Some might say I'm giving GW too much credit and they're not likely to think that far but lets cast our minds back to 6th edition. Some might remember that about 4 months before release a leaked version of the rulebook surfaced online, apparently found on a memory stick left on a train. In those 4 months many theories came forward and the leak was largely discredited as a hoax. However it wasn't. My sources tell me that it genuinely was left on a train by accident and that G-dubs then engaged on an extensive misinformation campaign using multiple fake forum accounts to discredit the leak.
However if they left the old timeline available for interaction, much like their 30k game system, then I can't see any problem.