It's Warhammer 40K 7th Edition launch day, and every Games Workshop is overflowing with new gleaming books, the excited chatter of fan-boys and the mumbling of Beardys as the new rules are dissected.
Well it's not the only release today, White Dwarf #17 also hits the shelves and it's a really good accompaniment to the WH40k release, especially if you're trying to get your head around Tactical Objectives and how they'll work practically.
The other exciting news is the re-emergence of the Golden Demon in his old guise as the cover guy for the Citadel Miniature Paint Sets. Seeing him again really brought back some fond memories.
This issue also lets you get to grips with the new Allies Matrix for WH40k - and can I just say - "WHAT THE FRAK?".
It's madness, utter canon-skewing madness.
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It seems only fair.
Warhammer 40K has become very Marine-dominated over the past few years and I would think getting an aliens box out would make sense.
The box is reasonably unremarkable apart from an exclusive figure - something I think all these boxes should come with frankly! The Dark Eldar one was especially lacking.
Mind you the price is good - you get $556.00 value for $470. That's not bad if you're want some serious Terminator troop building.
And Paint Splatter this week is reduced to one page because...
The boxes look pretty good, but be prepared to pay for them, they're not super-cheap. Still, it's paint and you will use it eventually!
If you're like me and have a collection of paint that spans some years, this is actually really handy.
Good work GW.
It's really great to see this all put into practice and how they then award Victory Points etc. Seems like a pretty good system all up, especially if you have a Land Raider you can park on top of an objective!
Look, I get that Games Workshop are trying to bring the backstory into the actual game, and I heartily applaud them for it - great idea, kudos to you, pats on the back!
But I have some serious concerns about this Allies Matrix.
First of all, I get that if they are Desperate Allies or Come the Apocalypse, then they have to be a certain distance from each other when playing, but check this out...
Tyranids? There is no way! (a) they can't communicate (b) they're Xenos (c) they are completely opposed on all grounds (d) their colour schemes clash horribly!
In fact if you look at the Matrix the friendliest race are the Dark Eldar. THE DARK ELDAR!
This Matrix just seems full of holes.
I get that there needs to be away of bringing all the disparate canon together from the books - but the best way to stop this happening is to have a better editor who can just say that can't happen in the universe! The game is now providing a solution for an ancillary part of the canon - this is backwards!
Am I wrong here?
The Tau are all wrong too - how can they be Desperate Allies of the Orks? Orks are their mortal enemy! The same with the Necrons. Tau must be Come The Apocalypse with Orks and Necron if allied at all!
And why aren't Orks Allies of Convenience with the Dark Eldar? That could work!
To me this just doesn't ring true.
If you have other thoughts, please let me know - but what the frak is going on?
Not the prettiest issue, nor the most exciting, but as we enter this new Codex, this issue really will help gamers and hobbyists alike.
Oh... and did I mention the Golden Demon?