On some grim world in the 40k universe.....
Over the last few weeks I have been busy building and painting a Blood Angels army after finding myself being drawn into the world of games workshop. Now I know a few years ago myself and my dad sold off a number of 40k armies as we had just stopped enjoying the games and the rules and the pricing at games workshop left a lot to desired. However I have always kept a eye out on what was happening at Gamesworkshop and the introduction of the 8th edition 40k rules peeked my interest. When my dad kindly suggested going half on the Dark imperium starter box set I thought why not. My dad has already done the space marines before so he said he would collect the Death Guard army and I opted to use the Blood Angels chapter as my space marine army. Over the weeks I have gradually added extras to my army and although it is a work in progress I have amassed enough points for a decent 1500pt army after some late nights of painting.
Blood Angels tactical squad and primaris Captain in Gravis armour
It's of viewing people's games on YouTube..a massive help) First impressions are very favourable, the rules have lost all there clunkiness, gone are angles and different speeds for vehicles, template weapons , deep striking randomisation and so on and so on from the last edition my dad and I played (6th) What is left is a stripped down set of rules which once again feel fun to play. Yes it is still brutal, none more so than when my Baal predator tank almost wiped out a entire squad of cultists in one round of shooting, before the cultists could do anything to respond but that is the nature of the game, you will be on the receiving end yourself in the following turn of some serious damage somewhere, and at the end of the day we are talking about weapons of the future here, plasma guns, meltas, power fists, so you could say it is expected.
Primaris marines move through the ruins in support of the Baal predator
Chaos terminators deep strike behind my marine lines... This is one of favourite changes to the game, the fact you just place the models where you want them to arrive(as long as it's more than 9" from an enemy model, but it can charge if it rolls the right distance on 2d6). Long gone are the days of landing in a terrain area and losing your whole squad of assault terminators before they are even placed on the table.
Flying plague drones lead hordes of plague bearers towards a blood Angels held objective
A Deamon Prince arrives from the skies to help the plague drones over come the marine tactical squad and claim the objective marker
The final picture of the game
The game was excellent and a very tight run affair, I really enjoyed the game and using the new rules. The future looks good for 40k 👍