A friend asked me why I decided to play Warhammer: Age of Sigmar over Warhammer 40,000. This is a very fair question and if you think about it, it makes more sense for me to play Warhammer 40K. I mean, I did play the game for more than 20 years; 20 year in which I played a whole host of different armies. However, there are four very good reasons that I picked Age of Sigmar over Warhammer 40K. They are…I wanted to play something new and different. I had already played almost every single army in Warhammer 40K and I wanted to play something that was different. It would probably have been easier for me if I had jumped into Warhammer 40K, as I have more familiarity with that game system. It is probably the game system that I know the most about; I have read a ton of the novels and I know a ton about the lore; I really enjoyed the Gaunt’s Ghost novels in particular.
To be fair, I guess I could have picked an army that I never played before and built up a army rather quickly. However, I just could not get excited about 40K; I did try, really I did. In addition, I am not as excited about the way that Games Workshop is handling Warhammer 40K. I do like the models, but the competitive scene does not seem to be as stable as the one for Age of Sigmar. Beside wanting to try something new, I also chose Age of Sigmar because…I like fantasy better. I am an avid reader and as I was looking at the types of books that I read, I noticed that the vast majority of my books are fantasy books. This makes sense as I started out playing Dungeons and Dragons and reading the Wheel of Time books. When it comes to movies and television shows, I tend to be more excited about fantasy that sci-fi. Don’t get me wrong, I like Science Fiction, but I really like fantasy (Game of Thrones…yes, please!).
Age of Sigmar is a fantasy game. I know this is no surprise to most people, but it is a fantasy game and as such, I was drawn to it. I do wish that the Dwarves, excuse me the Duardin were more fleshed out and that Goblins, excuse me Grots were more fleshed out as well; but you can not get everything you want right away. In addition to really liking fantasy armies, I also decided to pick Age of Sigmar because…I really like painted armies. Traditionally, Warhammer Fantasy armies have been very well painted and they tend to be fully painted. While I am willing to play against unpainted armies, I really like the look of painted armies and you see a lot more of those on Fantasy tables. I always enjoyed looking at the ton of fantasy armies and the awesome paint jobs they were displaying.
Now, I am not that great of a painter, but I do like to fully paint my armies before I play them, so playing against opponents that also have fully painted armies is a huge draw. Locally, it seems like several people do not like to paint, so I have seem a lot of unpainted models. However, there is good news on the horizon; it does seem that many of the players are now using a local commission painter, so I expect to see more painted armies soon. In addition to painted armies, I wanted to play Age of Sigmar due to….The General’s Handbook. I really, really like the fact that each year the game is re-balanced via a single book that contains all the points and scenarios for the upcoming year. In my opinion, this was a very, very big selling point on Age of Sigmar. While they do have FAQ’s for the game, the primary balancing point each year is the General’s Handbook 2017.
This is one of the best concepts for a game that Games Workshop has ever done. It allows them to not only re-balance armies via points, but to re-balance them via the scenarios each and every year. This is a fantastic idea as it means they do not have to release new books, instead they just can update the game via a General’s Handbook. I like anything that saves me money.
Well, that wraps up this post. However, having talked about Age of Sigmar, I think maybe I should discuss why I went with a Sylvaneth army for my first army. The primary reason might surprise you.
Until the next post, Magilla signing off…