Every so often, my text messages go off with an alert. It's the same message every time, and has been for a couple of years now. And it always leads to the same conversation, all in texts these days.
"Come to chaos" it says. "The cookies are better." is the usual follow-up. Now, you may be wondering what on earth this has to do with my toy soldiers, and how it's NOT evidence of insanity. Or paranoia, at least. I promise, you'll understand in a bit.
It's been said that you can tell alot about a person simply by the army he plays. A tyranid player is typically quiet and unrelenting- you'll never catch a tyranid player flipping out (I've tried, make no mistake), while an Eldar player is typically a little wierd (yes, I mean wierd. I'm one of them. I, too, am just 'a little off'. It happens.) But most easily, you'll be able to tell if the person is a 'good guy' at heart, or a 'bad guy'.
One of my buddies, an avid tournament player and co-organizer of one of the biggest gaming cons in the world, is a chaos player. In the game, he's totally efficient about utilizing the rules, and he's completely merciless in destroying opponents. For him, the game is not a matter of good or evil, it's about utter destruction. Who cares about saving babies? Especially when they burn so well... (Neither he nor I are condoning violence against babies of any sort. So, for all you sue-happy hippies out there, suck it!)
In all our days, he's shown me his proud Word Bearers army. In our trend-setting year at competition, he played them beside my Daemon army. In all these years, he's been completely dedicated to that army, and the Chaos it entails.
Remember how I said that you could tell alot about a person from the army they play? Well, anyone that knows me will tell you that this is how I am. I am a regimented, responsible, insanely obsessive person. (but I'm also lazy, so it's a great war of my very own...) I am the Ultramarines. I don't need a deep story, even when there is one. I don't need fancy icons and decoration, even if they're in every box. I don't need 'creative freedom', as long as the job gets done and I survive.
And still I resist.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Now for my army. Why did I create a Deathwing force? Well, mostly because an all-terminator army is just cool. If you disagree, then you're an Eldar-loving sissy girl. Also, because I was charged with building and painting a whole army in a month. Anyone that knows me knows that I can do that as a matter of habit now, but my job was based on this task. So why take chances? Easiest army to paint? The smallest. Smallest army out there? The Deathwing. Problems solved. (That's also why I don't claim any credit for finishing this army so quickly. My wife could've done it. It wasn't that big a deal. But don't worry, I'll be fishing for compliments with my next army. :-) )
So then it became these squads. I did one Deathwing unit with the standard storm bolter/power fist buildout and issued an assault cannon. This squad lays down massive amounts of bolter shells and rending bullets, and is best used when deep striking. I did two more Deathwing units with three armed with lightning claws and the remaining two veterans armed with thunder hammer/storm shield. One of the lightning claws had the honor of carrying the cyclone missle launcher. Overall, the new rules made THESE units much better, as well as the Land Raider. The FAQ above doubled the firepower of the missle launcher, while increasing the survivability of the storm shields. Yay!!!
But now that GW has actually given me rules worthy of the current game, maybe I'll warm up the bleached bone paint and start that expansion. Finally, I can be proud to have the Deathwing again. Maybe, just maybe, they'll live up to being the First of the First again.