In the end, I managed about seven months. I just know too many people who still play GW games, who can still walk into a GW branch and get their game on. I want to be a part of that. But I’m doing something a bit different this time.
My previous armies have all been a bit… samey. Big trudgy grindy walls of melee stuff that has a minimal presence in shooting and overburdened magic that has to defend AND buff AND ‘shoot’ AND achieve board control/mobility. This time I wanted an army that could do something competently in every phase of the game, and that was aesthetically and thematically different from my previous efforts. I also wanted an army that could insure itself against some of the worst magical excesses of eighth edition WFB – the mad miscasts, the enormous doom spells and so on and so forth.
I was tempted by Tomb Kings for a bit, but they fall too much into that ‘crap without the spells going off’ bracket. Regardless of how much fun they look, a Skeleton statline is still a Skeleton statline. I contemplated Daemons but I’d like to keep my friends. And then something happened, something which I did not expect…
… Storm of Magic makes me want to play WFB again. It might be the objective-focused nature of the scenarios, the access to crazy monsters, the allies! the ability to fit my beloved Vampires into some other army that doesn’t share their limitations. So I started thinking about things that I could ally with Vampires… and I came up with this piece of backgroundy-type stuff that I’ll be happy to share with you later… and then I scoured The Warhammer Forum and read a great many really fun-sounding battle reports…
… and then I remembered playing one army, just once, back in the days of fifth edition (to which I believe eighth owes much), and sort of… enjoying it. And then there were loads of cheap fifth edition era models on eBay. And the short version is I play Lizardmen now.
I do have a few tentative army lists sketched out, based on the experiences of others that I’ve read about, but before I really settle on ideas that want trying, I need to actually sit down and get to grips with WFB8 as a new system without inherited baggage from WFB7, and I’m hoping it’s been that long since I played that I can do that. I think changing armies will help. The Lizards certainly seem very different.
Wish me luck, folks.