UK Gamesday 2008, thousands of wargamers, loads of games, and a fair bit of new and interesting stuff from GamesWorkshop…..
I was fortunate enough to buy my ticket early enough to get into one of the games development seminars, covering the new marine codex, the fantasy warriors of chaos army book and anything else we wanted to ask. The new Chaos warriors looks very interesting (I had a chance to flick through the book):
- all chaos warriors come with chaos armour
- chaos chosen are now a special choice but are WS6 monsters who get to roll on the eye of the Gods table (more on that later)
- Chaos knights cause fear, have new plastics, and will only cost Â£12 for a box of five
- Trolls and other monsters will be available again, along with a new “warÂ altar”.
- The hellcannon is toned down a bit, but is only a single rare choice
- A whole host of new special characters (including a slanneshi champion who gets 7 S5 attacks and a hero who can bring a unit on from any edge of the board)
- The eye of the Gods table. Heros who kill a champion in a challenge, chosen, trolls which regenerate 2+ wounds in a single phase etc get to roll on a table (2d6) with a range of boosts. 1 in 36 to be stupid, 1 in 6 to get ignored, all the rest are boosts, from +1 S/T/Ld all the way up to cause terror and stubborn with a 4+ ward save and last for the whole game.
- 3 new magics spell lists, including a spell cast on a 15+ which causes 2d6 hits at strength 2d6, and if you roll 11 or 12 for strength, the whole unit disappears….
The new chosen…
It does not seem so long since 4th Edition, but 5th is now just around the corner. GW have a preview on their site and there are copies in stores which the managers may let you look at.
Rules wise I am a bit concerned that “true line of sight” will make things much slower and fiddley, but I guess I will have to play it to find out. I imagine it will also make my favourite army, Eldar, play a bit differently. On the other hand, running wraithguard, scorpions and Eldrad will be interesting…
Then there is the question about which version to get. GW seem to have realised that there is a market for a range of different editions- I am tempted by the collectors edition, but then I would need a second copy to play with, and I just can’t justify that. Rumour also states that there will not be a full mini rulebook- I bought macragge (from ebay…) just so I did not need to carry the big one around. The gamers edition looks nice too, but I probably don’t really need an ammo crate. I may just end up with the basic book.
Well, I went to the UK GamesWorkshop gamesday in September. When I compare it to how it used to be in the early 90s it does feel a bit too commercial- it is almost like a shop that you have to pay to get into. It is quite an expensive entry by the time you add up the petrol, Â£8 parking and Â£25 entry. Still I suppose it is not that much when you compare it to the costs of the rest of the hobby….
On a slightly brighter note there were a large number of pre-releases and and stuff like the conversions competition which is always fun and the Golden Demon stuff was pretty stunning, maybe I will learn to paint like that one day (but not likely…). Plus who can forget the great forge world stuff?
The new reaver titan looks pretty good, but I am not sure about the feet- a bit too angular compared to the original Epic. I picked up the new edition of Talisman, the artwork is great and it looks like they may have fixed some of the balance issues.
Will I go next year? Yes, it is still worth it, but I still miss the much more personal feel when it was held in the Derby assembly rooms.. It was a tiny bit smaller too.