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.
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!
January 9, 2012
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