Motivation

New_eldarWell, Faeit 212 is back online, Eldar have been released, with not only a codex but a supplemental for Iyanden too and I still can’t summon any enthusiasm for working on my 40k.

I went and bought a pot of snow basing to finish off my current Necrons. I’ve got a few Lords, Crypteks and half a squad of Tesla Immortals that just need basing.

To say I am disappointed with Eldar would be a bit like saying I would be ‘a little unhappy’ if someone walked up and stabbed me in the heart.

When I get some free time I’ll do a quick codex analysis but for now I’ll just comment on a few of the particularly damaging aspects of these releases to my hobby interest.

Dire Avengers – Suddenly these guys became $55 a box (FOR FIVE). Now as someone who has probably bought four or five Eldar Battleforces (yes, from the UK, back when you could) nothing about five Dire Avengers comes close to deserving that price tag. $7 (AUD) more nets you a FULL squad of Space Marines (that’s 10 models), $14 less gets you a 5 man squad of marines, or scouts. $48 is the price you pay for Dark Eldar troops, which are of much better quality in greater numbers. Sure their rules are rubbish but are we paying for the intangible now? To me the closest comparison is CSM Cultists who have a similar level of detail, and are $14 for five.

jesgoodwin_JBEldar Jetbikes  - The price change is welcome, but was probably only done to match the same changes for Marine bike boxes. Obviously $25 each was a ridiculous amount, the models just aren’t very good, any self respecting player would need Guardian or Avenger chests to get rid of the frankly pathetic leather jacket ‘biker’ look.  We’ve all seen the new Eldar jetbike sculpts too, they have been around for years and were the basis for the DE jetbikes. Where are those? I wouldn’t be surprised to see that GWS needs to sell off massive numbers of backstock of the (terrible) old jetbikes and will phase them out when they all sell.

Codex prices – This is an ongoing gripe. $83 AUD is just not a reasonable price for a codex, even a hardback. If the contents was amazing I would probably fork out for one, but it isn’t, it’s just a slightly updated copy paste of the old Eldar codex. I had a good laugh when I saw the Limited Edition dust cover costing an additional $77.

The Iyanden Supplemental – Also $83, for what is apparently very minor wargear changes… Not to worry it is also available in a Limited Edition version but at the great price of $140, that premium buys you a yellow dust cover, almost identical to the Eldar codex but with the Iyanden rune symbol – and obviously yellow…

WraithguardA nice surprise here, only $55 for five.

The Wraightknight – $125… I mean sure it is a cool model. The rules to me seem rather pathetic, but I’ve heard of people using them with success in games… I’m keeping an eye out in discount sellers to see whether I can pick one up without needing to take out a mortgage. Realistically this is a bit like when I bought the Storm Raven, I didn’t want to use it, the rules are/were rubbish. I just wanted the cool model.

What struck me the most was the fact that the Iyanden supplement is not available in stores in Australia. You have to order it online, which a cynical collector would say is because it is such bad value that you would never buy one if you actually saw it before handing over your money.

Anyway it is time to blow the dust off the Necrons and finish basing them.

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Faeit212 Gone and with it any interest in the hobby!

I’m not sure when I’ll update this blog next, as the closure of Faeit212 has really hamstrung my Warhammer interest.

I was looking forward to the Eldar release with some trepidation, but now I can’t even summon any interest in my Necrons, let alone any future releases.

I’ve got plenty of Necrons sitting on my desk waiting for basing and finishing touches, but really just can’t be bothered.

Kind of sad but it isn’t really just the single thing. Everything has been building up with the ongoing campaign to just curb stomp any kind of community spirit or support by GWS.
The hobby is too expensive to invest in if you aren’t motivated and quite a few friends have  dropped off the proverbial cart in the last six months too…

I’m not looking to sell my armies yet, but it’s a close thing.

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Meta, Flyers and the Game

Heldrake-artSixth Edition has brought many changes, from what codexes are considered T1, to basic rules of the game changing massively, even what kind of units there are and how they interact.

Meta, which was huge in 5th is in a state of upheaval. People who used to swear by it are now making fun of people who still mention it. Ironic really, meta will always exist in some form or another. In 5th it was largely talked about in a competitive sense, most people around the world had figured out the easiest methods of building armies and that is what they did.

There are always outliers… people capable of playing with great skill with a different toolbox, people who are just tactically superior to other players who can make even a relatively poor toolbox work within the mission or terrain.

6th has seen such massive changes, with a constant flow of codexes that we haven’t seen the meta reassert itself, as the internet and general logic starts to dictate how people build lists.

Meta will still exist in local areas however, people figure out what works within their local gaming group or area, and build from that. They’ll often cop rubbish on the ‘netz for their perspective or list for this reason. Detractors don’t understand that their playstyle is based on their gaming. The ‘best’ netlist won’t work if a local person has the perfect (possibly unbalanced) counter army that trashes such lists.

The concept of meta itself is actually one that relies upon stability, it can’t exist in times of massive change.

This ties into flyers because people are struggling with them. The concept for some rankles, ‘WHY MUST I TAKE FLYERS OR FLYER DEFENCE?” they scream.

Well the simple answer is because you probably want to win.

People are making out that flyers are the ultimate game-breaking evil. I find it ironic, collecting Crons, I have access to very good flyers. People say they are OP, but it’s pure ignorance to judge them now before we see skyfire and such introduced into the majority of codexes… Necrons don’t have any of those nifty new rules, they simply have their flyers and regular choices, which do I grant, place them in a good position.

People act as though this is some massive new issue with the game, that somehow they have been betrayed. GWS has ruined this edition for them. But I ask, what do you think happened to all the people in 5th who didn’t want to play MSU, or adhere to the list building themes which made an army competitive? Some armies just couldn’t do it effectively, some couldn’t do it well and some were just so boring that people didn’t want to.

The same issue is present now, except that vocal minority of players who are used to being king-pin are suddenly in a poor position and can’t understand why the game shouldn’t be changed to make their life easier.

“REMOVE FLYERS! NERF THEM, INCREASE THEIR COST!” They cry.

The game has always rewarded people who put aside the fluff side of things to build the most competitive army the rules will allow. It’s more complicated now, harder, list building has more aspects, which can only be a good thing.

These people complain that games are scissor, paper, rock.

anti-stormravenSo what we seem to have is people building armies that use the extremes and as a result there are very bad match ups. Not because the game is broken but because people are still experimenting and haven’t come to the point were the really good players and list builders start to make small tweaks which invalidate the unbalanced lists, while still remaining balanced. When this happens everything will stabilise to an extent.

Of course the thing about the scissor, paper, rock argument is that at the end of the day in tournaments the people who win in this environment really are the best players. And from what little I have followed it is the same names still doing well.

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