For a little while, at least, you won’t see me posting much in the way of 40k tactics since I’ve only played the game a handful of times. I do think, however, that after playing Warhammer for 10+ years and running a fan site for several years I feel I’ve got enough experience to make these comments. Since I first started posting on fan forums in early winter 2000, there hasn’t been a single month that people haven’t lamented the impending doom of Games Workshop, especially after the Lord of the Rings bubble burst and they had an abrupt fall from grace. Given the recent bit of news from Games Workshop North America that they are closing a bunch of stores and changing the remaining stores to operate with just one person on staff (the Dakka thread is here, and Warseer had a lengthy thread going that I just can’t find at the moment), there is another wave of rather legitimate concern that things are not going well for Games Workshop.
I’m getting caught up with my log that I was putting on Warseer here, so this post is a straight copy and paste job from my log on that site.
This is a recap of what happened last month in the paint and play, that way I’m all caught up. I had been posting this on Warseer, but I’m trying to consolidate here.
February was the first month, and we had to bring 500 point lists. With a Vulkan themed double landraider list as my end goal, I brought this for 500 points:
Our local gaming group at Dragon’s Lair Comics has a history of doing “Paint and Play Leagues” for fantasy. The premise is simple: start off with a small army (250-500 points), and then every few weeks increase the size by 250 points. Each installment, you get judged based on your painting and earn points for both painting and how you perform in two games. That way, you’re rewarded for painting, but it doesn’t overpower how you do in your two games with your army. It is an excellent way to build up an army without feeling overwhelmed, and from a tactical perspective learn the ins and outs of your army.
With the Blood Angels codex almost here, everyone is freaking out. Here are my thoughts (although these should be taken with a grain of salt since I’ve yet to play a game over 1000 points):