Warhammer 40k

Tim / November 9, 2012 / No comments


I want to talk a little about Warhammer 40k. I got into the hobby side of it about five years ago, what hooked me was the lore of the game. It is crazy over the top in terms of scale and violence, to the point where it becomes a bit of a dark comedy. The game pretty much invented and defines the term “grimdark”. Countless thousands of human soldiers dying on battle fields across the stars. Huge mindless monsters bent only on consuming any organic life. Twisted and unholy daemons from other realities Emotionless living metal automatons marching endlessly forward. Yeah I love all of that stuff.

As far as the hobby is concerned, I must confess I am a bit of a Warhammer hoarder. I currently own three chaos space marine armies, two space marine armies, two imperial guard armies, and an ork army. I love assembling the models in unique poses, and then painting them. The painting is my favorite part of the hobby. I have been told I am quite good at it. I find assembling and painting miniatures to be very relaxing, shutting out all distractions and focusing on bringing my vision of a particular modal to life. Time seems to stand still, and hours fly past. If your looking for a skill intensive, but highly rewarding hobby I suggest trying it out. The downside is the price, particularity of Warhammer 40k stuff. People have gone so far as to call it plastic crack, but if you have the funds, and a spark of creativity, it is a great way to spend your time.

The war game is self is also a lot of fun, but it has a steep learning curve. And requires a whole army of expensive models. But there is something awesome about setting up a force meticulously painted, and lead them in battle against your buddy’s equally awesome looking troops. Even when you aren’t actively playing, you can poor over the rule books and attempt to think of new strategies or unit compositions. One of the coolest games I played it was a two on one battle where a space marine army, and imperial guard army tried to push my huge Chaos marine army out of the ruins of a city. The imperial guard fed themselves into the meat grinder of a frontal assault against my position, while the space marines (Crimson fists) attempted to move around the side and engage my forces from the flank. We abandoned the game turn limit, and I let them recycle dead units as reinforcements to keep the game going. We played for hours, most of a weekend in fact. In the end my chaos marines were defeated, but they lasted a good long time against the limitless resources of the Imperium. Even in a loss, I had a great time, and I can’t wait until my next battle.

Category: Warhammer 40k