Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Its a comin!

Got an email this morning saying my 6th edition has been dispatched. :D

Yay.

In other news, given that 6th edition has a bigger emphasis on psykers I thought I'd better get myself a Librarian (Space Marine Psyker). I found a nice old lead miniature on eBay and picked that up.

I also noticed a number of people selling their old 5th edition rulebooks there as well. At £9 posted I still think its a bit much and will wait til they come down in price before picking one up.

Also noticed one enterprising person had put a 6th edition Collectors version on there. He stated that he had not recieved it yet (so no pictures) but would post once he got it. Asking price ? £170 plus postage. Given these were going for £80 from GW Im not sure he's gonna get many takers. Ok admittedly GW has now sold out of the Collectors and Gamers editions (leading to much moaning on Facebook, although they sold out yesterday and they've been available to pre-order since Saturday so I've no idea what these people have been waiting for!) but I think no one will want to pay out that much. I'd say £100 is possible but as I have said before, I don't rate the collectors editions. You can see plenty of 5th ed collectors going for £20 or £30 now and even the Collectors edition of Warhammer Fantasy doesn't command a good resale value (currently going for about £30 ish - When I sold mine I only made about £55-60 for it and that was only 6 months after release).

Anyway, all being told the bits and bobs being talked about already about 6th make me quite excited. I understand a number of people are getting annoyed as x and y have changed and z has been added etc and I would say that of course its going to change. What I like is that they seem to have made the game more fun to play as a hobby. This will be annoying to the tournament players who play to win, not to have fun, but nuts to them. This is how I remember the hobby when I first got involved 23+ years ago. Fun with a great story behind it.

Looking forwards to the postie coming with it :D

Saturday, 23 June 2012

40k 6th Edition pre-orders now on

Finally GW have opened the floodgates and are now accepting preorders for the 6th edition of Warhammer 40,000.
I was up at 8am putting my order in :)

I suspect that we will find that leaked version a few months ago wasnt a hoax at all and that GW release subsequent fake leaks to cover this up.

Time will tell. Visit GWs website for more info.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

First game in over 10 years

Tonight I finally played a game of Warhammer Fantasy. Actually it's probably been a lot longer than 10 years since I played fantasy but it's been this long since I played a wargame.

The game itself was quite fun. I was up against Adams High Elves with 1000 points apiece in a standard battle scenario. As I set up I realised how little I could actually remember of how to play. Some of the basics were there but some were missing ( such as turn sequence!). This made it a slow game and likely quite frustrating for poor Adam.

I won't bore you with a turn by turn retelling but the upshot was I won. Apparently.

It was fun to play again but it has highlighted several things :

1- I really need to learn the rules properly.
2- My mental arithmetic sucks. I had trouble adding up 4 dice!
3- I am putting waaaaaay too much detail into my models. I noticed that when playing, you don't tend to notice that you've painted your troops eyebrows!
4- Movement trays are mandatory. Trying to move troops without one is a right pain.

Lots to think about before my next game.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Finecast my arse!

Today I've had the misfortune of coming into contact with Games Workshops replacement for their metal miniatures; the erroneously titled Finecast. Essentially put its resin casting, something Forgeworld has been doing for years and it seems GW is cheapening up and switching from metal as fast as they can.

There's just one problem with this: it's utter crap. The trouble with resin is air bubbles. Ok you get this with metal models very occasionally but not to the extent I saw today (see pic). The casting was shocking. If we'd sent this out when I worked for Forgeworld 10 years ago I'd have been shot.

Other than the cheap factor I cannot understand why GW has gone all out for resin instead of metal when the results are this poor. Plus the fact that they are still charging top dollar for this crap.

Right now they're re-releasing all their metal minis in "Finecast" and you can't get the metal versions from them any more. Personally I will never buy one if these again and will always buy a metal version on eBay even if it's the same price.

For shame Games Workshop!!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Meeting the locals

Just got back from "Da Club" - Inverness's wargames club. I mostly popped along to meet people and see some games actually played.
Interestingly I was initially going to look at the 40k games but as someone there pointed out, there's no point getting familiar with 5th edition as its due to be replaced very soon.

So with that in mind I watched a fantasy game. 1000pts of Chaos vs Wood elves. It was an interesting game, not least by the Chaos player using a lots of orc models in the place of marauders. The game itself was fairly straightforward with the Wood elves mostly shooting (as it was all archers with 2 wizards!) and the marauder horde cruising in on the side table edge as a reinforcement. Predictably Chaos won but the Elves gave them a good run for their money.

The upshot was that I got to see how 8th edition actually plays and ask lots of questions too.
I'll be back there next week. I hope to get my Empire into a gameable place by then. :)