The 8th Edition of Warhammer Fantasy Battle is due to be released in a few weeks and it poses me a conundrum: Do I get involved or not?
I’ve been playing Warhammer 40k for a good few years now, and painting the models for even longer, but I’ve never really been massively tempted to play WHFB. There are many things I like about it (great models, interesting magic system, races that are not available to me in 40k) but also a few things that have put me off. I find the greater importance of unit facing and positioning quite tactically daunting (I’m not the greatest tactician, only just coming into my own in 40k, and I still tend to make silly mistakes), and occasionally the sheer number of models you need for an army.
Another negative factor is I already play 40K with the associated building and painting of armies, as well as occasionally painting a few Bloodbowl models. Do I have time for another system?
I think the answer is yes.
I already have Ogre Kingdoms and Empire armies that I bought ages ago, when thinking about trying out WHFB on another occasion, so I don’t really need to lay a lot of money out in that department. I’ll probably start with my Ogre army, as you don’t need as many troops to make up a decent sized army, saving time assembling/painting and transporting them to and from the FLGS will not be the headache it could’ve been.
As it’s a new edition everyone is going to be on a similar footing in regards to rules knowledge. Sure, things we’ll be a bit more familiar for seasoned WHFB players, but I’ve heard enough has changed in this edition that we’ll all be learning together. It’s probably the best time to get into the system if I am to do it at all. Also a bonus to this is everyone that plays at my FLGS is already a good friend or at very least a good egg, so the potential for squabbling over rules is at a minimum.
To be honest, I think I had already made up my mind before starting this article but I thought I’d share with you.
Grand Arch-Wizard Bevis.