It's , at times, odd to be playing Warhammer. I think it's fair to say that players of this game have a slightly 'funny' idea of this 'thing of ours'. Where wargaming is a hobby that has long-standing origins and spans a variety of genres and approaches, many players of GW games seem to happily (and unironically) speak of 'The Hobby'. As in 'The Warhammer Hobby'. I note this as context for the next bit: there seems to be quite a bit of doom and gloom about 'The Hobby' (ie not this 'thing of ours', the GW one) due to the recent financial reports of that company. I don't know if anyone genuinely believes the company itself is going anywhere soon (except possibly, gasp, to be snapped up by Hasbro) but I think the feeling is that the relentless focus on return on investment will lead them to narrow their offerings to focus on the bigger sellers.... Will Bretonians (ie French Arthurians) get the axe? Will Beastmen (ie Broo)? Will the entire Warhammer game go in favour of 40k?
Who knows, but if so it won't be the first GW game I've played that got dropped from under me... I know that when support for WOTR began to go I pointed out to other players that it doesn't seem to have killed Epic, Bloodbowl or BFG. Fan support has rescued all of those. If only WOTR could be so lucky.
Anyway, I've been using the fan-made DOW list the last few games of Warhammer, vs Jason. It's a great list but lacks a certain something. That something is a War-Alter. I know something has gone seriously wrong with the little project when I've lost interest in painting the cool Perry Caroccio because, in my heart, I know I'll never field it.
As a digressions: anyone remember me raving about the Out-Rim Smuggler and Tycho (for values of 'raving' that equal 'noting they might have been under-rated')? Well if a model is 'ok' then surely combining two of them in the one list is a good idea? I know, looks as stupid as it is when I type it out. Here is my Tycho getting an early bit of hull-damage (ie stealth device and all shields gone) vs Jason. I got nailed that game. Just not enough attack dice. Tycho is a keeper but needs some shootier friends.
Diversion aside, now that I need to field a force with a Caroccio in it, I have been thinking of the Warhammer Empire list once more. It's a cool list and the sole flaw that put me off it was the distinct lack of Pike. Back to spearmen for them. It also has a Steam-Tank in the list.
Even if WHFB goes the way of WOTR I'm sure I can get a lot of fun out of the Fantasy army, regardless. So if anyone knows some good Fantasy warmachines that could be a tank, I would be keen to know. Mantic does a sweet goblin mincher but I am not running goblins. Old Glory has a thing. There are a few Da Vinci tanks out there, but I think we can do better?
If you made it to the bottom of this meandering thought stream then, congratulations and thanks for reading.