Why You Can Never Quit Warhammer 40K

January 9, 2012 ·

January 9, 2012

There's a simple reason why you can never quit Warhammer 40K, because deep down you love it.

You love the feeling of finishing that stunning character model, unleashing that new unit on your friends or simply rocking up for a game and getting your fully painted army out to battle across stunning terrain.

So no matter how you may bitch and moan about the prices, the latest overpowered army or the screaming kids (and the screaming Games Workshop staff!), Warhammer 40K really is a fantastic hobby.

Fun Gameplay

How many other games give you so much variety in the missions? By randomising the 3 mission types and 3 deployment types we get 9 possible games. And let's not forget that the strategies for the deployment of each army can totally change the game as well.

So while some armies will always have to close with you as quickly as possible, other armies can choose to castle in the corners, arrive from reserve, make a feint or simply claim the objectives then sit and wait.

Personally, this is something I've always loved about Warhammer 40k, because it's not just the mission which dictates how the game will play it's also a combination of your army, your opponent's army and how both of your choose to deploy and what strategies you adopt. And unlike Warhammer Fantasy, you don't always have to commit to your starting strategy.

Loads of Armies

Few other games have quite so many armies to choose from or with such a wide range of units. Space Marines, Chaos, Imperial Guard, Tau, Eldar, Tyranids, Dark Eldar and Necrons are just a few of the armies which spring to mind.

There have been tournaments I've attended where I've been drawn against a different army every game. Sure, a lot of them were different types of Space Marines or even Chaos Marines. But when you don't field a 3+ save army yourself, it makes it very easy to tailor your force to deal with those 'popular' threats!

But whatever appeals to your imagination or playing style, there is a Warhammer 40K army that does it perfectly from swarms of screeching aliens to elite armies of chainsword wielding maniacs or simply loads of tanks, artillery, aircraft and battlesuits to blast your enemies apart from a distance. And with more units than ever being included in each new Codex the creative freedom in crafting our armies is greater than ever.

Plenty of Tournaments

Because Warhammer 40K is without a doubt the most popular tabletop wargame in the world, it is incredibly easy to find someone to play against or to find a tournament to attend.

I have always attended tournaments and made friends from there. The tournament scene seems to be where the cool gamers are, while the local games clubs seem to harbour more of the mutants and misfits. Don't get me wrong, I've met some awesome people at games clubs and some horrifying people at tournaments. It's just that the tournament scene seems to be populated by more sociable, hard working, every day folk.

So the best way to make new gaming buddies and have a good time is definitely to attend some tournaments. You will also get to see a stunning array of armies, including some of the most exquisite miniature painting and jaw dropping conversions that will have you 'borrowing' countless cool ideas for your army.


I feel it's time we did away with all the negativity. Yes, the Grey Knights Codex ruined 5th edition, but no doubt 6th edition will address the balance and bring all of the races on to a level playing field once again.

After all, what wargame was ever balanced? The only time I can think of a game being balanced was when I played one of the top tier armies!

But the point I wanted to make is that we all love Warhammer 40K for a wide range of reasons. And just because the rules keep changing isn't going to stop us from feeling passionate about our armies or enjoying a good game with some great people and a couple of fully painted armies on some stunning terrain.

Thanks for reading and on keeping gaming!


Hedzer said...
January 9, 2012 at 11:32 AM  

I really enjoyed the article until "Yes, the Grey Knights Codex ruined 5th edition". It's the kind of sweeping statement that gets made after every new codex that isn't like nids. So far I haven't seen anything overpowered or game changing in the codex.

Glenn More said...
January 9, 2012 at 12:47 PM  

Good article, liking the hobby love. The main thing I love about the hobby is it brings people together and it's a great social event.

I gotta say Grey Knights didn't ruin 40k. The power levels ebb and flow in 40k but at the end of the day player skill is what counts.

anucer said...
January 9, 2012 at 1:52 PM  

damn you! *waves fist in the air*

Indeed i can't hate the game itself, i should express myself diffrently.

I like the game and my army, but what i hate is GW, their politics and the attitude they infuse in the game rather than the game itself.

Webway said...
January 9, 2012 at 2:42 PM  

"The tournament scene seems to be where the cool gamers are, while the local games clubs seem to harbour more of the mutants and misfits."

I hadn't really articulated this in my head until I read it in your post, but you are so right. My theory is that everybody who plays 40k is really a kid at heart, and one bit of their personality has "frozen" at a much younger age. The trouble is that the age their personality freezes at varies. The gamers you want to hang out with froze at about age 7 or 8 (i.e little boys who just want to play toy soldiers) the "mutants and misfits" froze at about 14 or 15 (i.e surly teenagers who take silly stuff way too seriously).

Anonymous said...
January 9, 2012 at 6:50 PM  

Great article!

btw - I think I froze at about age 11 when I first got into the hobby...20 years ago!

Simonster said...
January 10, 2012 at 5:17 AM  

That's the thing, as much as I love the lore of 40k I still feel it's being rather watered down. Each new book brings another saddenning retcon or refurb of old fluff. I'm all for progression, but some of the new stuff seems very poorly written, where as fantasy is vastly improving. I think GW have written off this edition, and will make a concnetrated push of its flagship game this summer. Until then, I'm playing squarebase.

Unknown said...
January 10, 2012 at 9:47 AM  

More army lists!!!!

Anonymous said...
January 10, 2012 at 11:59 AM  

I disagree with you when you wrote, "And just because the rules keep changing…"
The rule changes keep me interested. When the next edition comes out, it will be a whole new game. I will need to develop new army lists, and change my thinking about how to deploy. Rule changes keep the game fresh, and I welcome them.

General Oadius said...
January 10, 2012 at 4:24 PM  

I agree whole-heartedly.

Lars Petersson said...
January 11, 2012 at 3:43 AM  

I am totally with you.

I know some horrendously negative people, and it was just too draining to be around them, so I stopped playing with them.
I love 40k unashamedly, but really it is the lore that keeps me coming back, so some of the retcons make me a sad panda.

Also, I don't think any of the armies that have come out have in any way broken or ruined the game.
To me, what happens is that a new 'rock' comes out and beats all the 'scissors' for a while.
The old and tired lists then have to adapt to a new threat and in the meanwhile they shout about how the sky is falling and is totally OP.

the only thing that piss me off is GW and their continuous lack of clearly written rules and FAQs that are missing pressing issues.

My Tau may have an old codex without new and shiny toys, but by the greater good, I don't care. I like the Tau and I shall continue to field them for as long as they are a legal army...

Mark said...
January 11, 2012 at 9:56 AM  

The huge number of people I know who have abandoned 40k for Fantasy, Warmachine and Hordes, Malifaux, or Infinity say you're wrong :-P. I'm one of the only people in my area who loyally plays 40k and fantasy and Privateer Press's suite of games and... well, that's it, actually.

That said, everything you wrote above is definitely true for me.

Also, it's good to read your blog again! I followed you for a while, but then it seemed that you vanished. I missed your blog!

fireworm21 said...
January 12, 2012 at 1:19 PM  

Just out of interest what are you planning to equip your suits with?

Mark said...
January 15, 2012 at 9:31 AM  

Another thing to consider is how easy it is to find people to play with. 40k is so popular that there are games of is almost every night in my area, and when I finally started making friends who wargame, it was 40k we started playing.

Anonymous said...
January 21, 2012 at 7:17 PM  

Wait, you mentioned there's a ton of races in 40k, but my local hobby shop only sells various types of space marines!

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