Seriously, this hobby is truly plastic crack.
So let’s talk a bit about my upcoming plans and purchases, and what my line of thinking is for all of this! As you know, my Patreon is my budget, basically, with me chipping in the occasional dollary doo as needed. This helps me limit spending and also keeps my wife from trying to murder me in sleep for spending too much cash hehe
July, I am pretty much set on what my hobby purchase is going to be, and it’s going to be the Blood Angels combat patrol box.
There are a few reasons for this. First and foremost, this is one of the most cost effective options to get a full combat patrol for the game of 40k, which is the smallest sized game you can play. And I don’t want to jump to 2000 point games or anything right out the gate, as I want to learn my force and figure the game out.
Also that box includes a bit of every sort of unit I could need. The Librarian gives me access to the Psychic powers which will let me learn that phase, the Impulsor gives me access to learning the troop transport rules as well as vehicle rules, and the rest of the pack is just solid all around options. Plus, its 15 minis, which is not a huge amount to worry about painting, as I have a personal rule that I will not play with unpainted / only primed stuff.
They don’t have to be “Parade Standard” by any means but I want to get em painted.
But what happens in August and later? Well my hope, my goal, will be to buy that in July and get it built and painted by mid August, and then go and have my first game at most likely my LGS “Campus Cards and Games”.
For August, however, well, things are gonna get a bit more spicy. And this is why I refer to the wargaming hobby as plastic crack.
Recently, Age of Sigmar (the Fantasy version of Warhammer) had its 3rd edition announced, complete with the Dominion Starter Kit. Now, I am not super interested in the Starter Box right out the gate. I have no interest in Stormcast Eternals for one. However, I have always been interested in the Fantasy side of Warhammer. Recall that one of my early attempts years ago was doing an Orcs and Goblins fantasy army.
So to say I have been interested and intrigued by the announcement of Age of Sigmar 3rd Ed is an understatement. I hadn’t really looked into it too much either, but then…I saw this.
And my reaction was this.
I admit I have been watching a series of Battle Reports on Age of Sigmar on Youtube by the channel Seasons of War, so I was already curious about the game. And with a 3rd Edition coming, it seems like a near perfect time to get in. Oh and this recent bat rep by Tabletop Titans doesn’t help.
So starting August, I am gonna learn 40k…but I am gonna look into getting a small “Combat Patrol” styled sized army for Age of Sigmar. And I am leaning towards Orruks. Of course I am leaning towards Orruks. The boyz are great, they got great character, and looking over the line of minis on the GW Store is just full of excitement from the ‘Ard Boyz, the Boar Riders, and of course that big boy right there. And because they split Orcs and Goblins apart (the gobbos are under the Gloomspite Gitz force) I can build a small elite Orruk force.
Yes that means playing 2 games. But this is intentional. I always have intended to get into both games at some point. I like both ranges of models, and I want to see which game appeals to me overall more. Also before anyone starts yelling, it’s pretty standard for wargamers to play more than one game, and frequently more than one faction inside the same game. I know plenty of peeps who have multiple factions. Hell when I played Warmachine I played both Khador and Cryx at the same time (when I got back into it after the Trollblood fiasco).
It also gives me another type of mini to learn to paint (Orruks have a lot of skin and whatnot, unlike space marines) and lets me keep from being bored playing one force. With my ADHD having more than one option is always a good plan.
Obviously I will be taking my time with both of course, and slowly building up a force for each game. Depending on which game speaks to me more, and which force speaks to me more.
How about you? Do you play both games? Only one? If you play both games which factions do you run?