Well, after playing a 1500pt Empire vs. Tomb Kings game tonight with Andrew, we sort of co-decided that it is soon time to shelve our various Warhammer Fantasy armies, give the game a rest, move on to something new, and come back to it in the future. Probably some time next year or so.
Actually, we had sort of decided this previously, but today’s game helped us figure that the timing of this hiatus is going to come sooner rather than later.
Now, don’t get us wrong, the game is fun. I came to 8th Edition as a n00b, and enjoyed it right off the bat. But, for me, I’ve run into a few problems.
- The game is big. This isn’t a bad thing in itself, and in fact seeing a 6×4 table filled with terrain and cool armies is awesome. But that’s A LOT of painting. Technically half of this hobby is painting. And for me, who likes to play more than paint, half can be a little too much sometimes. Even with the Tale of Gamers I’ve been taking part in (or in spite of, or becuase of, I’m not exactly sure), my early fervor dwindled quickly as the amount of models I had to buy, build and paint became daunting. Which relates to two more problems…
- In order to play fun games of WHFB I have found that you AT LEAST need to be playing 1000pts. And even then, I long to play more. 1500 is a good number. 2000 becomes quite enjoyable. And yet to play at these numbers, you need A LOT of models. And that requires a lot of time, and patience, and money. And time. And patience. And money.
- Also, my early excitement not-so-slowly turns into relative boredom. Or at least complacency. How does it go? “Familiarity breeds contempt”? I’ve got Gamer Distraction Syndrome. You know, what many people call Gamer ADD. I like shiney stuff. Not just in this hobby, but in real life. Like I attempted to explain it in a previous post, maybe it’s because I’m Libra? Maybe it’s because of a lot of things. But in the end, the fact that I have three Warhammer armies, none of them finished, is no surprise to me. It seems to be my M.O. to start, and not finish, one or more armies/projects/games/whatever. I have two started-but-unfinished Warmachine armies from back when we were playing that. I have five Malifaux crews, with only two of them being NEARLY finished. I was so proud of myself back then, almost finishing stuff. And now I was under the impression that of my Warhammer armies, my Empire army would be the One to be completed. But, as our Tale went on, I got discouraged and distracted. Discouraged because at times it seemed like I was the only one taking part. Of course that’s not an excuse, but to my irrational reasoning, it makes all the sense in the world. And I got distracted by other games (see below).
Anyway, so what does this all come down to? Well, after a year of Warhammer, it’s time for a little break. I’ve got a couple of little upright storage units whose slidey-bin-thingies should be big enough to hold my Warhammer armies, one army in each. Perfect. This gets it out of the way (but what am I going to do with all that Heroscape stuff that’s currently in the bins?! Again, see below), but close enough for whenever I feel the need, or am asked, to bring it out again. I’m even considering making sure everything is built and having the armies kept at Meeplemart, the FLGS that I play/shop at regularly, as in-store armies to be used by patrons. At least that really gets it out of the way at my place. That should make my wife happy.
Which brings up the meat of this
ramble, er, post (Ooh, I never used that strikethrough..that’s fun): What’s next?
1) Well, I recently got re-interested in WarmaHordes. Again, we used to play. I ran Rhulics and Pirates. I like the game. I wasn’t good at it. But I like it. I love the models, the theme, etc. etc. I picked up a Cygnar Firefly to test out colours for a Nemo-led Lightning-themed force. “Got Lightning?” I might call it. I had always wanted to do it, and then they announced the Storm Strider, and I knew it would have to become a reality. So the other day I sat down and painted the Firefly, and after some finishing touches I’ll share it with the world. Will I go through with this plan? Maybe. Maybe not. Depending on what else I get into, I might pick up a model every once in a while and slowly work on Got Lightning? (now to be referred to as “GL?”, for no reason other than it’s silly). I’m also eyeing the Gator Minions of the Blindwater Congregation, and the Constructs of the Circle of Orboros faction (i.e. “Sticks & Stones”…”S&S”).
2) Alkemy. Now that you can find the sets for this game at very low prices, I’m considering picking up the cats, the faction I’ve always eyed. I do a lot of eyeing, it seems. Friggin’ Gamer Distraction Syndrome. I need a t-shirt that reads, “Distracted Gamer.” Anyway, it’s perfectly formulated for slow-grow. I may buy the cats and the Jade Triad, to have two armies (like my friend Les tends to do), in case I have an opponent that doesn’t have an army. But then I’ll have a lot of models to paint. And I’ll get into the same old rut. Yeesh.
3) Battleground: Fantasy Warfare. I bought some decks years ago, when the game was new. I loved the “miniatures game without the minis” aspect, as this was before I began the hobby aspect of gaming. Might need to bring it back out and see if it can scratch the itch that shelving Warhammer will leave behind.
4) Arcane Legions. Both Les and Andrew have this. It’s a) something that is already owned, b) does not requires painting, and c) is similar to WHFB. Like B:FW, it could work as a light replacement.
5) Heroscape. Nothing similar, other than minis and dice-rolling. But I’ve got a bunch of it, and it could work.
6) Countless other games I own. I was going to list games that I’ve started and could come back to, or game systems or whatever. But there are too many. Too many, too many.
Too many, and it’s near midnight and I’m tired. So I’m going to leave saying that, with all of the potentials and possibilities out there (one day I will sit down and list them all properly), one thing I am DEFINITELY doing in the new year (beginning January 1st, if able), is miniature-izing a GMT C&C game, either C&C: Ancients, or Napoleonics. Or both. But that’s a project that I will touch on more as the end of this year comes and goes.
Until then, hopefully I’ll have more to post that’s not just ramble-blambles like this was.
Thanks for reading,