Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New 40K Release Date

Pre-orders start June 3 for a June 17th release. No price info at the moment. The box set comes with a bunch of new models, the full 280 page, hardback rulebook, two mini-army books for Primaris Space Marines and Death Guard, plus some other items.
Five(!) separate softback books, Indexes for ALL of the current armies. We will be able to play everything on day one. Damn nice. Of course the rulebook will be available as a stand alone item.
And that's not all! Command dice, Tactical Objective Cards, Wound tracker dice, and a set of objectives. Bank account prepare for impact!

Oh, and the basic version of the rules will be ready as a free download on the 17th. This all looks great. This should prove to be a good summer of 40K.

The Emperor Protects
As Long as They Print Enough Copies

Friday, May 19, 2017

Cult on Deck

I have just finished painting all 97 figures in my Genestealer Cult Army. That was fun. I did a few things I haven't really done before. It is my first painted army that has no helmets! I had avoided painting skin because I was terrible at it. It's true. All my Dark Angels have their helmets on, mostly because you should really keep your lid on when people are shooting at you, and because I didn't want to screw up their faces. World Eaters? All helmets. Tau? Helmets. Tyranids? Doesn't count. My large Guard Army? Steel Legion! Helmets AND gas masks!

I did finally break this no-face streak and painted some Space Marine Scouts, and the Command squad for my Stormtrooper army are unmasked. One gent even has a fine mustache.

It was my desire to paint the figs for Star Wars Imperial Assault that really made me improve my painting skills. (Now almost average!) But it was still with great trepidation I embarked on the helmet-less Cult. At least they are all bald...

One fun thing was that since there were so many troops I decided to use a wide range of skin tones on the Neophytes. The thing that made the biggest difference was embracing a liberal use of ink washes. Yes, this is old news for real painters, but I took the plunge and I like the results.

Second new thing was textured paint for the bases. I used Citadel Astrogranite (both regular and extra chunky) on the bases. They look nice. I'm still figuring out a highlight and/or wash to put on top of the texture, but so far so good.

This week will see the Eight Cult vehicles get finished, just in time for one or two last games under 7th edition.  
Next time: Templates. Probably.

The Cult Welcomes All
The Entrance Ritual Can Be a Little Intense Though...

Friday, May 12, 2017

Back to the (GrimDark) Future!

Thanks to this strange and new tactics of actually engaging with the player community, GW has been dripping us little previews of what 8th is going to be. And I like it.

First, GW has not called it 8th edition, just "New Warhammer 40,000". I do hope they call it something other than that. It is the 8th set of rules, but one could argue it is only the 4th different rules set. Hear me out,

Rogue Trader was clearly the First, but rapidly became 1.5 after the Red and Yellow books, and the new Vehicle Guide radically changed how shooting, hand to hand, and vehicles worked.

2nd Edition was a cleaned-up 1.5 with a brand new Psychic Phase, and Vehicle rules (this is a bit of a theme with 40K). Most importantly it was a boxed set, with everything needed to get playing.

3rd Edition was released five years later, and it was very different from 2nd. The following versions (4th-7th) were just refinements of 3rd, with the only radical changes coming to...the  Psychic Phase, and Vehicle rules. If you knew how to play 3rd, you could pick up any of the later version very quickly. 19 years is a good run for the core rules, but the rules have gotten so fiddly even veteran players struggle to remember all the fine points of the current edition.      

A quick re-cap of the last two weeks news from Nottingham.

Coming back from 1st/2nd Edition:
Infantry Squads may fire at multiple targets. It just makes sense.

Shooting and saving is going back to 1st/2nd Edition. I really like this. I feel modifiers is a better system over the all-or-nothing system of 3rd+.

Twin Linked Weapons are two weapons, not just an extra chance to hit. More shots means more shots! If I shoot four Lascannons I should be able to get four hits.

Must shoot at closest target. I will need some more clarification on this one.

Movement stat. Some units more faster/slower than others. Simple, but welcome return.

New for this edition:
All models work them same. This is huge. Tanks, Infantry, Monstrous Creatures, Dreadnoughts, all have Toughness and wounds. About damn time. Obviously this removes the 10 cap on Strength and Toughness.

No more templates. Interesting. We will talk about this in depth next week.

To Wound chart is much simpler/elegant. Faster to be sure.

Characters cannot join other units, but give benefits to nearby units. Sounds cool.

What we haven't seen yet:
The Turn structure
Wound allocation
Line of Sight
Official release date and products.

I'm still excited for this new edition, I haven't seen or heard anything I don't like yet. I will admit, for a while there I thought 40K was just going to slowly fade away. Doesn't look like it now.

The Emperor Protects
And Sometimes Even Makes Sense

Saturday, April 22, 2017

New Games Workshop™

Well. Not unexpected, but damn. In case you somehow missed it, GW announced 40K 8th edition this morning. In what looks to be the biggest shake-up of the system since 3rd, I am very cautiously optimistic.

With a new website and more importantly a FAQ (go read it now!) to address some of the news. Let's hit the highlights:

ALL (current) models and armies are valid, even Forge World stuff. Yay!

All current Codexes are not. This is good because it means they are making real changes to the game. Not really bad because I still enjoy looking at older Codexes and I got my use out of them.

3 ways to play. Groovy. Good for pick-up games as well as doing some narrative fun.

The core rules for the game will be free. Words I never thought would come from GW.

I'm kind of enamored with the new folk over at GW now, they are really trying hard to engage with the community, and making good choices for the hobby.

We don't have any clear info yet on what will be changed in 8th edition other than it will be better. Less special rules and a cleaner turn system are at the top of my guess list. We will find out very soon.

I think this is a bold, and very necessary move to keep 40K viable. I'm looking forward to the Dark Future once again.

The Emperor Protects
And Will Hopefully Trim the Rules Bloat.