It's been ominously quiet on here just lately. I am (just like most people) still adjusting to 40k 8th edition and while there is plenty to like about this edition, the glaring issues that concerned me when GW previewed the game have come to pass and have left me feeling stuck between the proverbial solid objects.....
I'm sure it's no secret to any of you that I like my tournaments. Tournaments are great places to meet up with good friends (or make new ones), play exciting games of 40k against armies that might not be prevalent within your gaming circle and see exquisitely painted armies that can set the imagination alight. Add a few beers, some food and a weekend away from the daily stresses of life and I can't think of a better way to spend the weekend that doesn't involve Kate Beckinsale or Charlize Theron!
Alas, not all is rosy in the tournament garden, dark foreboding clouds have been casting a shadow over this garden of paradise for quite a while. It started in 6th with Flyers and Lords of War and continued into 7th edition with Psychic Deathstars and Formations.
I was under no illusions that 8th would continue down the same garden path. Flyers, Lords of War and Formations had taken root and established a firm footing within the tournament garden. Many people didn't like Formations in 7th, some armies didn't have access to them or they were so broken that certain armies used them almost exclusively. For me, just like most of GW's ideas, I thought they had real potential but they were too inconsistent across those armies that had access to them.
8th edition rolls around and GW, in their infinite wisdom, have decided to solve the 'Formation' issue by allowing all armies to build their own formations by calling them detachments.....it doesn't take a tactical genius to see what will happen......SPAM!
|Sadly the type of Spam I'm talking about makes this seem tasty.|
I have only seen a couple of tournaments so far, but here's a sample of the armies coming to a tournament near you soon.....
|Why use one Daemon Prince when you can take seven!|
|Daemon Princes not your thing? Why not take 149 Razor Flocks.|
|Craftworlders can get in on the act.....|
|As well as their dark kin.|
|In fact, everybody can get in on the act now.|
|Could it get any more boring?|
|Why yes! It would appear that it can :-(|
So that is the state of tournament play at the moment. It's still early days but I can't see any the army Codices improving the situation.
Hopefully tournament organisers will attempt to solve the 'detachment issue'.....I'm not optimistic that they will because the majority of events kowtow to the ETC, so while many have already banned Forge World they haven't even looked at reducing the the impact that detachments have on the game.
I have a doubles tournament booked for the end of the month with my good mate....and deluded brother, Steve. Normally I would be feverishly painting the latest unit that I want to include (which in this case, is a 5 man unit of Missile Launcher Havocs, a Herald of Slaanesh and the Masque) but I can't really be bothered touching my Chaos Marines because of the detachment issue and another thing that's concerning me.....scale creep.
|Okay so we now have Primaris Marines, but why does their Dread have to be so big? Are they interring them stood up in the damn thing?|
I know we don't have Primaris Marines but I have this gnawing feeling that Chaos Space Marines are going to increase in size. We have already seen a pronounced scale creep. First we had the CSM Dark Vengeance Chosen, then the Deathwatch Marines were noticeably larger, next came the Thousand Sons and now we have the Death Guard. Here's a photo showing the size increase with some of these Marines.
|As you can see, there is definitely some scale creep going on.|
Because of the state of tournament play and the scale creep, I've pretty much lost all incentive to paint a Chaos Marine until things become clearer.
So that's why things have become a little quiet around here lately.
I'm not sure on what to do next, Forge World is out because so far I haven't found an event that will allow them. It looks like my tournament days are coming to end so I need to find something to spark my imagination and keep me painting. Whatever it is, rest assured that I will continue to post.....it's just that my posts might become more erratic for the foreseeable future ;-)
Until next time......may Our Lady grant you her number!