So last night on Twitter, I hinted at starting something new. With this being WIP Wednesday, and actually having time to paint, I finally can share a bit of what has been in the works.
With the rumors of Age of Sigmar not looking good, I took a contingency plan to take a look at other game systems. I wasn’t able to get practice games in with any but did quite a bit of research on all the “major” Warhammer alternatives.
Warmachine/Hordes appears to have the best ruleset for competitive play (something I personally love) and quite a large local following, the hobbyist in me just can’t stand about 75% of the models produced. The inconsistency between what looked like old, old metal models and newer plastic kits was a big discouraging. I will likely still try out Warmachine at some point, but at least for now, I feel no desire to paint anything from that range.
Malifaux seems like an interesting game system, but I personally am not into the models. So again, dismissed this for I have no desire to paint anything there either.
I dismissed Infinity as well for similar reasons, and the gameplay there seems a bit strange.
So where does that leave us? Starting a new fantasy army probably wasn’t smart, given everything going on. Kings of War is appealing, but I can just use all my existing models (up to ~7000pts of painted Dark Elves so plenty of flexibility there). There was only one thing left for me to explore.
I made the mistake to troll through the 40k models on the GW site one day. I loved the idea of having vehicles to carry all my dudes around, and flying fighters to rain havoc on my enemies. Without knowing anything about how the game plays, or what armies are “good”, I looked through the existing model ranges for each faction (including what, at the time, seemed like a silly amount of “Marine” factions). I stopped at Orks and thought they would be an absolute BLAST to paint. The models all have so much character, and they have what I could only describe as Evil Dumptrucks for transports. But it wasn’t until I looked through the Dark Eldar (go figure…) that I knew this was for me.
I think the Dark Eldar range has the best combination of vehicles, purely based on aesthetics. Their infantry are all interesting, and I could even bring some of the new Harlequins along with me at some point down the line.
After talking with Jon, who already owns TWO 40k armies (shocking, right?), he also expressed some interest in playing a 40k demo game. We turned to Todd to help guide us through (and to lend me some models to use).
Last Monday we played a 1000pt game of Dark Eldar vs. Dark Angels. I had no clue what I was doing (and neither did Jon, starting with his illegal list). But Todd walked us through each step of the process and after a couple hours, I removed all but 1 of Jon’s models. Turns out though, that nearly tabling your opponent in 40k means nothing, as Jon captured the most expensive objective and “Won” the game with a single dude.
The gameplay was fast and hectic, just like I imagine warfare 40,000 years past the fantasy world would be. At this point, I would say I was “hooked”. Not to play, necessarily, but to paint those fantastic models,
So, with that 578 word introduction, I bought my “codex” first and immediately read the fluff (at the suggestion of Peyton who was right, the 40k fluff is great). Power Gamer Pat has not read 1 sentence of his Dark Elf fluff, but read through all of this before seeing how “Good” my units are. Made myself a 1000pt shopping list, based ENTIRELY on how bad I want to paint the different units in the book. Todd will likely tell you my list is terrible and probably won’t win. That is just fine with me.
I shopped on Ebay and grabbed myself a mini rulebook and ordered some cheap models I know I want eventually. Todd was also willing to unload a lot of his unpainted stuff, and i grabbed anything that fit my initial list. Which gives us this:
I now have 40 Kabal Warriors, a leader, 3 jetbikes and 2 venoms (light transports). These were all a part of my initial list, and I was excited to have them.
Next thing to decide on was color scheme. As you all know with my Dark Elves, I neglected going with the traditional purple in favor of lots and lots of Khorne red. The goal for this particular army is to use a completely different color palette and try out some new techniques. That and try to keep things to the standard of my last few fantasy models (chariots/shade conversion), or better. I, again, strayed away from any of the default color schemes in the codex in search for something more original, when I heard a faint whisper through the smoke of an E-cig say “needs more scorpion green”.
I decided on a purple (ironic, I know) and scorpy green scheme for the infantry. The vehicles will be mostly white/ivory with scorpy green edging and purple “graffiti”. Bright, bold colors sounds fun.
Tonight, the painting began, with what will just be a speed painted test model. Here is where he is at:
Working on the gun and knee pads now, then it will be time for shading and highlighting his battlesuit. The color palette I plan on using (mostly) is:
So far, it has been an absolute joy painting him. It has been quite a while since I sat and planned how to paint a new model from scratch. Quite a refreshing feeling.
Now, before I close out this post (and since I haven’t hit 1000 words yet), let me say this:
I am not abandoning fantasy due to AoS or any other reason. I just do not have a desire to own any more fantasy models right now. I have more dark elves (including at least 30 of every cav or infantry unit except black guard) than I will ever field, and also have ~2500pts of VC ready to go as well. I wanted to paint something new, and try out a new game as well. In the event that AoS doesn’t pan out, what is important to me is to keep gaming with the people that make it fun. If that means switching systems, so be it. But for now, I am super excited to paint some new stuff, and can’t wait to see this army take shape.
Look on twitter for more updates on my test model as the night/week goes on.
Thanks for reading, take care all!