Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Establishing Different 40k Formats

With the addition of so many new supplements, formations and dataslates 40k is getting more complicated. Taking a page from Magic The Gathering, which has different formats like vintage, legacy, modern, standard and so on why not apply it to 40k?

Everyone has their own preference of what they like to play, disliking different elements and so on. So why not work together and discuss establishing 40k formats to suggest to TOs or group play?

Note: This isn't a discussion about making 40k perfectly balanced. It was never designed for optimized competitive play and honesty probably never will be.

This thread is about establishing different formats to make events approachable by different types of players and optionally eliminating system abuse builds like screamerstars. IE someone might say "I prefer Expanded+. I have a few FW units but Lords of War aren't my bag." or "I like things simple, I try to attend events with just the Aliies allowed. All those dataslates and formations supplement do-dads are too much for my taste." or even "I love all of 40k, come as you are, World format for me."

The drafts for formats I had in mind are as follows:
  • Codex: Army limited to one codex and one codex only. IE no allies, formations etc.
  • Allies: Army building limited to codex+allies.
  • Expanded: Allies, dataslates and supplements. No Lords of War, no D weapons.
  • Expanded+: Allies, dataslates, supplements and Forge World. No Lords of War, no D weapons*.
  • Escalation-lite: Allies, dataslates, supplements, Lords of War and Forge World. No D weapons*.
  • Warhammer Word or "World": Everything goes.
*Weapons that have multiple profiles that include a D weapon only use the non-D options.

Possible Errata/Restrictions for Codex through Escalation-lite:
  • No Grimoire of True Names
  • 4 Wave Serpents per Primary FOC
  • 2 Baledrakes per Primary FOC (I personally don't think they are that big of a deal but hey)
  • Conceal/Jinx does not stack
  • Drop pod doors effectively don't exist and are for aesthetics only.
That should get rid of all the power build/system abuse builds/funky rules I can think of.

Thoughts? Expanded ideas on formats or restrictions?

Red Brethren WIP 2

They hunger...

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Imperial Knight Final WIP: Damage Control

So I applied a bit too much micro sol and it ate the paint on the shield and I tore the skull and aquilla... blarg... I painted it as battle damaged so I can play it at least. Well until I get new transfers this will be the final WIP shot until the completed photo shoot.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Imperial Knight WIP 7: Weapons!

Ohhh man it's getting so clooooose. I still can't decide if I want the bare face, half helm or full helm... hmnnnn...

 Name this reference!^
 The day his world fell
 Hmnn... This...
Or this? Or perhaps the lower half of this?

Monday, March 3, 2014

Imperial Knight WIP 4: Basing and Leg Beginnings

This model qualifies for my basing requirements so it has begun. It shall be strolling down a city street/warzone.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Imperial Knight WIP 3: More Painting and Fluff Origins!

I have also decided on his origin and motif. Long story short, he stayed behind to protect a planets last city after the nobility used the
landers to evacuate riches instead of people and the LotD showed up they saved the people. The LotD gave him an imperial tarot set
as he would no loner serve that house and decided to follow a "Higher path". He had heard stories of the LotD and how they were thought to be the Emperors fury made manifest. SO he uses the tarot to commune with Emps and seems to show up along side the LotD or in places he is needed. So he has painted his knight to reflect a new oath to the people of the Imperium and the how the LotD saved his people.

Oh did I mention it was a mining and megasaur meat planet? Nurgles rot tainted the meat and corrupted individuals and created a plague zombie outbreak that included, that's right, plague megasaurs.

Zombie Dinosaurs.

I'll let the awesome sink in. Ha, until next time, and thanks for the support!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Imperial Knight WIP 2: Color Scheme and More Assembly

Assembling this kit I realized... This kit is modular. There is a peg slot on the top of the hull that would be perfect for mounting say... a Carapace Mounted Missile Launcher. As well as the ability to freely switch out the arms... I'm excited for what the future holds for these kits...

And now, Pictures!

My friends Knight left and mine right. We swapped arms around for fun. He also did the default pose.
Does this look like the face of mercy?