I've been interested in the Warhammer games for a while, but resisted jumping in. Now that I'm looking for a hobby less frustrating than comic book collecting, I've decide to give it a try. I bought the Warhammer 40K starter set Battle For Macragge. It's a box set that includes the rules, small space marine and Tyranid armies, terrain pieces, blast templates, and paint. I haven't pained minis in a long time. I need a few more supplies before I start, but I'm looking forward to it. Any Fantasy Battles or 40K players about?
My son is a huge 40K fan and built an army of Grey Knights. I hung out at the local Games Workshop Bunker so often I finally decided to buy some stuff of my own. I also bought Macragge just to have some basic rules and guys (my daughter loves painting the Tyranids) but my most favorite GW game has to be the Lord of the Rings. I don't play any of the games much, but I love the LOTR figures the best....
One thing that stands out as 'bad' is now the only line of sight rules is the 'true line of sight' rule. Which mean you get down behind your model and the model can 'see' what you can see from there, which is ok if your talking about completely fair players on a fully modeled battlefield, but there are no considerations for representational terrain. It’s easy enough to house rule, but I don’t understand why they dropped the old system.
I've been playing a lot of 40K this winter. It started off with Wes hosting games and Eric building my army list and lending me some of his Space Marines to play. Later, Ray gave me a Terminator squad. Eric picked up some army figures for me, at a low cost, and gave them to me in the Battle of Macragge box -- although I don't think I have the complete contents of that boxed set, since I just have Space Marines. I now have a Devastator squad, scouts, a few sergeants, a captain, a Dreadnought, a Rhino and various other Space Marines bits and pieces. I went with shiny black paint, and blue and gold highlights. We've been playing 2nd edition exclusively. I don't know about later rules, but this edition seems very balanced. I like that there is no single ultimate strategy and there is an answer to everything. If you play the same army and the same style every time, other players may adapt and come up with the perfect counter. It's been a blast playing these games, although they do run a bit long -- averaging 7+ hours on Sunday afternoons. But I now see why everyone loves this game so much... It's a tactical, tabletop game done right. Too bad about all the edition changes, as that seems to fracture the community and get some people to quit (sort of like with D&D).
Every time I play this, I always wonder about the fantasy variant, Warhammer Fantasy. Anyone ever play that?
Also -- has anyone ever played a large tabletop game of CHAINMAIL with Fantasy Supplement?
Last Edit: Mar 20, 2017 12:34:10 GMT -5 by GRWelsh
7 hrs is long. You must be playing with larger armies. I have boxes of space marines and chaos marines stashed away in the basement, but I haven't played since I moved, coming up on 8 years. Fantasy battles is larger scale and more fiddly, I could never decide on an army. I have a few small armies around somewhere. Kids are rough on that stuff if they find them.
All of our longer games have been with 1000 or 1500 point armies, each, with 4-6 players total. The psychic phase slows things down. So does the fact that the players are all either rusty, or new to the game.
Last Edit: Mar 21, 2017 13:37:30 GMT -5 by GRWelsh
We had our first 40k game of the season yesterday. It was just me and Wes for this one, which is too bad because it was one of the most impressive terrain maps he'd built so far. 12' long by 4' long, with two levels making a valley in between -- "The Valley of Death." 1500 pt game. I played Space Marines, Wes played Eldar Exodites. I got to play against my first titan! I won on points, but we ended it before it was truly finished. You should come up to Butler sometime to play with us. I think Wes is planning to have the Sunday 40k games alternating from the week my Friday Game Nights are on.