Happy New Year everyone! As we leave behind 2018 it leaves us a chance to look back at the things we have done and what we have seen. It has been a great year for 40K players and fans as we have seen the game get expanded in so many ways. I wanted to take a look back at some of these releases and my personal favorites of them.
Kill Team is by far the release of the year that has meant the most to me personally, especially since I have had so much fun with it. Not only has it given increased value to the forces I already had, but it has inspired me to get my foot into forces that I would otherwise never go anywhere near.
My Blood Angels, Death Guard, Eldar, and Dark Eldar were forces that I had already assembled prior to the release of Kill Team, but the release had caused me to examine my models closer than ever before. Now I was picking out my favorites, giving them more backstory, and putting more emphasis on getting models painted. This also meant that my Grey Knights, who I had only a squad of, were given extra purpose as they could be used to their full capacity now. It wasn’t just the ones I already owned that were given extra value, but it opened my eyes to new forces that I could sink my teeth into on this smaller front. This would lead to me collecting Genestealer Cult, Thousand Sons, Death Watch and Tempestus Scion teams. It serves as an excellent entry into other armies that I otherwise would have never gotten into at all, without this smaller stepping stone. This is why to me Kill Team was the greatest release we would see in 2018.
The release of Kill Team would also bring us the Rogue Trader box set which gave us access to two new forces to play with the Elucidian Star Striders and the Gellerpox Infected. I appreciate these two new forces, as well as the suite of new play options the box gives us.
Commanders allowed us to use some of our old favorite HQ and Elites slot units in the smaller scale field of Kill Team games. I relished the opportunity to take my Foul Blightspawn or Archons to this smaller field of battle that gave them more characterization than ever. Commanders also did highlight some concerning things, like the complete lack of regular Space Marine commanders, perhaps signaling the complete distancing from anything non-Primaris for the Space Marines. Though it is just conjecture, it is something interesting to really thing on. Overall Kill Team gave us many things and for me is the best thing that 2018 brought us.
Tooth and Claw, Forgebane and Wake the Dead are the big box sets we saw some out in 2018 for Warhammer 40,000. These kinds of sets are always really nice to see as they bring with them great monetary value as well as a different kind of value. They serve as great entry points into the game allowing you to be able to get a great start on one or both of the forces in a box set. Dark Imperium is what got me back into 40K and 8th edition in full force, so to me these kinds of sets are always a treat to see. Seeing the Necrons and Adeptus Mechanicus paired together for Forgebane was my favorite of these sets to come out.
Wake the Dead does hold some real importance to me as an Eldar player, and serves as another great example of a great way to enter the hobby. Tooth and Claw allowed for people who were fans of the Genestealer Cults to find their way into the game fairly easily, as well as providing a new way to obtain Aberrants for the Cults. These two boxes again presented to me the issue of how the Primaris were being put in the limelight a little too much, as it would have been nice to see other armies take their place. However, I am hopeful that 2019 will bring us many more box sets that put well deserving armies center stage.
Speaking of box sets these Battle Force sets provide an incredible method to acquire units for the forces featured in these boxes. Again seeing the Eldar having one of these box sets is quite appreciated by me and again the value of these boxes cannot be denied. I really wish the Deathguard Battle Force was around when I was assembling my Deathguard army, because being able to access all these units for the price is too hard to pass up. The biggest and best surprise was the Imperial Fists specific battle force as it pays homage to a chapter that was due to have some recognition. I know I go on about having too much Primaris being around, after all two of the six battle force boxes are Primaris, but it is nice to see the Imperial Fists get some love at least. Because let’s face it there are way too much Ultramarine representation lately, and Space Wolves are starting to get there in their own right.
Blackstone Fortress is a hell of a lot of fun and after having played it a good deal I can say it is definitely worth getting. The game itself isn’t a direct adaptation of the full game, but could be seen as a light version that lets someone start getting into the world itself. The game allows up to five people, having rules that even let a person play alone, and is something I could easily recommend to any fan of board games as well. Simply put Blackstone Fortress is a really fun game, that also has some really cool models that any fan of 40K should consider picking up.
I will have some more of my own hobby progress to share in the next week or two as I have many models I have been working on over this holiday. I am very much looking forward to the things 2019 will bring us and am very excited to talk about them in the future. I have resolved to better manage my time for posts to be more consistent with them, and to actually get painting my models that need it. Anyways I hope everyone has enjoyed their holidays as they come to an end and wish everyone the best!