Hey everyone! Adam, from TFG Radio, here to brighten your 40K day, or at least brighten mine.
There has been a lot going on lately in the world of 40K. The new Space marines codex and supplements have catapulted them to the top of the power rankings. Well, at least one of the supplements at least. There are many a space marine model that is now being taken off the selves, dusted off, and put back into the service of the Emperor on the tabletop. The other shoe dropped, for some, when it was announced that there will be a new rule for Socal Open that limits how vehicles with the “fly” keyword interacts with ruins. Essentially the base of the model must fit completely on the ruins. No part of the base can hang over the terrain. If the model measures from the hull, then the hull must fit within the ruins. Suffice it to say, this has caused an ocean of tears, mainly mechanical tears, amid a number of players, but I have also seen a number of players happy about the new ruling for the SoCal Open.
As I mentioned, this new ruling has caused a bit of a stir. It immediately caused people to spontaneously break into sobbing tears as they looked at their armies and realized they now had to rely on actual tactics to win games. For some their main issue was that this was announced after the refund date. In many cases they promptly sold their tickets and continued to complain about an event they are no longer attending, because internet. For others, it did make certain builds for their army almost unplayable. The heart of their army and strategy was now gutted and they now have no other options in their army that can fill the gap. I really do feel bad for all those Eldar players, who have been struggling from the end of 7th edition to this current edition. They can’t seem to get a break. Hopefully Games Workshop will think of something to make them better. They really need the help. Only winning 60%* of their games makes them sad, and you don’t want to see sad eldar players**
On the other end of the spectrum there are those that think the ruling is much needed. In the last few months we have been seeing a long of units with the fly keyword sitting on top of ruins in a precarious fashion. It creates issues where the opponent cannot have any chance of surviving first turn, if they go second. Many times the height is so great that an opponent has no chance to assault them or even get in range with some weapons. It can even allow players to snipe characters by being a level above those characters and , because the base is equidistant to all the characters below it, the opponent is able to pick and choose which character dies. Only the most heinous players would do this as I would never do this myself*** Thankfully this new rule cam just in time to keep Space Marine armies in check. I honestly don’t know how they will be able to compete now that they can’t pile their repulsers, executioners, and impulsers on top off buildings. The era of Space Marine dominance is over before it really began, right? Nothing but good times ahead for non-marine armies, you heard it here first!
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** Yes you do
*** Unless it would help me win