Tomorrow one of many abandoned projects will be shipped to its new owner and this made me look back on all the projects in the recent past and I wondered where my hobby motivation hid the last months.
The year started promising with a Grot Rebels kill team for Heralds of Ruin – one of the first fully painted and therefore completed projects for some time.
Also the HoR gretchin were a hell of a lot fun to build, paint and play. Definitely my highlight this year so far. 😀
On the not so well documented site I started a full Chaos Space Marines Possessed army led by a friendly fly. Apart from the army itself the project had the primary aim to get a full 1850 pts. tournament army done for under 100€.
With 28 heavily converted and customised Possessed, six Chaos Sorcerers and the custom Daemon Prince I ended up at ~80€ and proved doubters wrong that 40k is always expensive and on tournament level even more so. I played several games with the army, which were both fun and challenging (and I learned again a lot about the 7th edition of 40k with a huge death star and its 18 mastery levels).
But with the release of 40k’s 8th edition the army became both bad and also invalid in some tournaments. As you may have guessed, this army will soon have a new owner. 😉
One of my biggest wargaming loves – the Dark Mechanicum – didn’t see a gaming table this year due to a dwindling gaming community for the Horus Heresy and an incompatibility of their rules with new edition of 40k.
And although I had finally found a colour scheme for them that I liked, the army neither saw a drop of paint nor got any of the additional models on its “to buy” and “to build” lists (including a four-legged Thanatar, more Castellax, as well as Anacharis Scoria and his Homunculex).
Back to 40k I had high hopes for my Renegades of Vraks in the new edition. I already liked how they played in 7th edition, but to resolve the army’s ~70 blast templates was really time consuming and rightfully annoyed many of my opponents. 😀
Therefore the foretold death of templates in the 8th edition didn’t hit me as hard as other veteran players and indices by GW and FW on the same power level could have meant more acceptance for Forge World stuff.
Unfortunately my expectations weren’t met at all. Instead of faster games I had to roll dozens of random shots and my main gaming group incomprehensibly banned FW again on their tournaments. The 8th edition is fun, some things like psychic powers got fixed and I somehow don’t like it. It just feels off and even though 40k had been my main wargame for 17 years, its days of supremacy in my hobby may have come to an end…
Off to fantasy settings and even more nonstarters. Hinterlands and my AoS28 project started off fine, but lost a lot of steam early on and finally ended up in the drawer after one game only.
Another candidate was Frostgrave, but never really took off even though many players in my gaming group wanted to start with a Frostgrave warband as a gateway drug for Mordheim.
And last but not least my elaborate map-based Mordheim campaign in the Border Town Burning setting died end of summer and left me without any regular gaming events.
So much for all the stuff that was going on (or not^^) this year and a little insight into the reasons behind my lack of new posts lately. In the next post I will show you some of my current projects and what kinda got me back into the hobby again. 🙂