40K Editorial: Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

Don't fear change.

The Gentleman of 40K shares more of his thoughts on what it takes to win at the fine game of 40K!

Greetings and Salutations! this is Luis, Brother-Captain Pancho on the Forums, or the name I prefer: the Gentleman of 40k. I am here to bring another article to the most civilized website on the internet: Frontline Gaming.

I am going to talk about the new Imperial Armor Apocalypse Second Edition Book that those merry old chaps at Forgeworld made. I dare say they made an amazing and perfectly balanced book for all the masses to enjoy, even the plebeians and rough necks. They went and made certain units now playable in regular games of 40k! like the amazing Contemptor Pattern Dreadnought and the Land Raider Achilles. What fine units those are, top drawer, I say!

At first I feared they would throw the balance of Warhammer 40k out the window leaving naught but chaos and turmoil in its wake, but after giving a good read through and actually play testing some of the units I determined it was really quite a balanced book. A civilized gentleman of my caliber saw that it brought fresh air to the game and changed the whole dynamic of the tournament scene.

There are some people who are complaining though, and even going so far as to say these units break the game, however I see those people as uncivilized and uncouth barbarians afraid of change. For example I have played with and played against said Land Raider Achilles which is making such a fuss, and I feel that the unit is neither overpowering nor broken because there are many units in 40k that can deal with it.

Here are some of the reasons why I feel that it is not overpowering: one, it is 325 points! This can be well spent in other slots. Two, my Imperial Guard have many options to not fear it with my Manticores, Las Cannons and dashing good looks! Well, they certainly are deadly with the ladies! Finally three, a gentleman who has mastered the art of 40K should have little trouble playing around the unit.

Furthermore, I feel that the races that needed a boost got it in this fine tome. My first example: Eldar got a tremendous boost with their new tanks, the Wraithseer and Hornet. Tyranids got a well deserved boost with the addition of Malinthrope, as those gribbly little beasties most surely needed. So, all and all everything is well in the 40k universe, many may feel opposed to my article but to those nay sayers I say we can resolve our dispute as gentlemen: pistols at 10 paces!

This is Luis signing out.

I’m of to drink some more tea and be merry! Cheers and happy holidays!

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9 Responses to “40K Editorial: Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory”

  1. Son of Dorn December 21, 2011 2:24 pm

    My problem is that copies are so few and far between. Combine that with FW’s awful prices and outrageous shipping times and it makes it bothersome to use. My local store won’t recognize it until GW establishes a way to deal FW items through independent retailers because my local store doesn’t want to send their customers elsewhere for merchandise. Probably stuck waiting for 6th Ed. before I can get my hands on any of it. 🙁

    • Reecius
      Reecius December 21, 2011 3:23 pm

      That is a common misconception, that you have to buy the books through FW. GW sells them on their site, and we sell them at our FLGS here. Any Game Store with an account with GW can order them.

  2. Son of Dorn December 21, 2011 8:05 pm

    The books yes. They are referring to having the models available through the store. They want to be able to order in FW through GW’s normal order system. I don’t blame them and it makes total sense. Just gonna be waiting a while. Also, isn’t Apoc. 2nd Ed. still on back order? Heard it was really difficult to get a hold of right now.

    • Reecius
      Reecius December 22, 2011 2:38 pm

      Ah, OK. I misunderstood you.

      Yes, it would be nice to get the models through the GW site, for sure.

      The book is on back order, yes. It will be available again in January when the next shipment gets here.

      • Son of Dorn December 22, 2011 2:46 pm

        I may or may not have seen a .pdf of it somewhere, but I think it’s fantastic and would love to have it and use it with my friends once it’s more widely available. 🙂

        Just wish I could throw down an Achilles at a tournament. Not enough Imperial Fists stuff in the vanilla codex 🙁

        • Reecius
          Reecius December 22, 2011 7:35 pm

          I am hearing that Forgeworld stuff will become legit for 6th ed, across the board. Can’t say if it is true or not, but that would be cool!

  3. Son of Dorn December 22, 2011 11:19 pm

    I wouldn’t be thrilled about some of the older stuff, but their recent addings are quite exciting. Just wish the price tag wasn’t so crazy high on their stuff. I haven’t even ordered from them before just because price is so prohibitive. Time will tell. Excited for 6th as I believe the meta for 5th has been strung along as far as it can go. Want some deeper games with more strategy involved other than “I hope I can run more than an inch or the game’s decided with this move” I’ll be first in line to try the new one. 🙂

    • Reecius
      Reecius December 23, 2011 9:41 am

      I totally agree on 5th. I hope they add some depth to 6th ed to make it a more complex game. They don’t have to go too crazy, maybe even just add in some advanced rules, but bring back some of the choices to the game that make it more interesting.

      As for FW, I am an addict! Haha, it is stupidly expensive, but man are those sculpts first class.

  4. Son of Dorn December 23, 2011 12:23 pm

    Well for now all we can do is hurry up and wait. Just hope it’s all it’s being hyped up to be. 🙂