Friday, 23 March 2018

Legion Arrives

Unless you've been living under a rock (or have no interest in wargaming) you can't fail to have noticed the release of Star Wars: Legions by Fantasy Flight games the other day.

My pre-order turned up on launch day (which was most satisfying) so a big thanks to Andrew at BoardGameExtras.
I've only had time to open the box and have a cursory look through the contents but I'm very impressed with the miniature quality. They appear to be a type of resin cast that's very similar to mould injected plastic. However, unlike other games systems (I'm looking at you Mantic's Deadzone) its not "easy shatter" resin, nor Games Workshops "Failcast".

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

About face

Well now.

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.

The big development in my hobby life has been my adoption of Fantasy Flight games. This started last summer with the purchase of the Star Wars Armada core set. I played a game with some friends and we genuinely loved it (although we were still fumbling with the rules). Over the course of the year I've added to my fleet, building up a nice small collection of both rebel and imperial ships.

This lead to me making a decision. By this point GW had released several new rule books for space marines that I would need to purchase in order to play effectively and this seemed to be their pattern. This was borne out with their re-release of Necromunda which required both the boxed set and a book just to play the game as we used to.

I didn't much care for this squeeze and I was struggling to make an effective gaming army anyway.
Therefore I broke my promise of a year or two ago and sold my 8th edition rule books and am currently selling off all my 40k miniatures. With the funds this generated I've gone in two directions.
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).

Moving forward to right now, I've found I still have a modelling itch and would still like (at least) the opportunity to paint models, even if time or space rarely permits it. Fantasy Flight have come to the rescue once again, this time with Star Wars Legion. Being a big Star Wars fan this fits my requirements quite nicely and is very likely to be exceptionally popular. This is not just because of the theme but because Fantasy Flight have priced it very competitively. So my pre-order is in and I await it's release on the 22nd.

Am I sad to be leave GW once again? Maybe. In some respects I still like the background and themes but the grimdark nature of it is not very compatible with my mental health issues and the Star Wars universe offers a much lighter space fantasy approach. I've learned not to state I'll not be back but right now GDubs is not a concern of mine.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

The Primaris Problem

Yeah its been a while. We're currently homeless so its as good a reason as you're likely to get. While we wait to secure a new home I've had plenty of time to ruminate on the new Primaris Marines from GW.

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

Go Go Go!

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

And so it begins...

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

40k 8th edition - thoughts

Yes the grimdark legendary game is likely to enter its 8th edition this summer and the rumours have been flying thick and fast.

The prevailing controversy currently is to what form 8th edition will take. G-dubs posted a curious article on their community site last week which appeared to be part joke part statement. Personally I think this is likely to be a clever information campaign designed to muddy the waters in the inevitable tide of leaks that have already come out and will continue to do so.

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.
So with all this in mind its not a giant leap to assume this GW post is part of an information management operation.

Anyway I digress.  The biggest issue people are struggling with is to what format the new rules will take, and by this I mean will it be the "Age of Sigmar"ification of the 40k universe. (For those not clued up thus means the abandonment of previous lore and background and an extreme dumbing down of tge rules). G-dubs have previously stated this will not happen however the exact wording they used to state this is open to interpretation.
The general consensus seems to be that the rules will be simplified and this is no bad thing. Ive not managed a game using the 7th ed rules yet but from reading them I can confirm that they have become quite unwieldy and cumbersome. 6th edition proved to be time consuming enough with it hard to complete a simple 1000 point game in under 2 hours. It might be a rose tinted memory but I dont recall this issue with 2nd or 3rd editions. 1st was a tad cumbersome due to targeting matrices and the like but was still fun.

However simplification needs to be done carefully and sensitively in order to not alienate the loyal fanbase again.

As for the story, background and lore, I'm of two minds. One one hand I love the 40k background - the endless struggle, battle upon battle with no side gaining the upper hand. Its been well written about, explored and there is still a lot of room for story telling there. However there is the limitation on epoch making events, and its this aspect that G-dubs seems to dislike. They are attempting to "move the story forward" as its effectively been stuck in the same 1000 years since its creation. Now... I understand the desire to do this and the idea of new storylines is interesting. What worries me is how this is done. If G-dubs destroys the background in the same way they did with the Warhammer Old World then that would be a great shame and it would make me seriously reconsider my involvement with their game.

However if they left the old timeline available for interaction, much like their 30k game system, then I can't see any problem.

I guess the big issue is really about how it affects the armies. I'm a background addict. I pick my armies after expensively looking at their background and making sure I agree with it. Yes that is taking it quite personally but given the level of time and money investment I think this is more than justified. If, for example, my Crimson Fists were to suddenly be found to be Chaos agents and their background totally altered, I would be greatly aggrieved and this is something that drives the fear behind the anti 8th edition movement on social media.

Do I think this likely?  No. I think G-dubs has learned from the AoS debacle and doing this would harm sales. I hope they'll be able to pull of the exceptionally difficult task of balancing all the options. Time will tell.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Periodic Update #57

Yes well this blog kinda got sidelined.
A lot has happened in the hobby world and my own hobbying since my last update so I'll (hopefully) dribble out  some updates over the next few days to bring y'all up to speed.