Lords of War…
So…we have all heard about the impending additions to 40k. Superheavies. Now, FW has released them all, opening the floodgates or, as I see it, Pandoras box. They are out now, reigning this in will be nearly impossible. The hugely imbalanced set of models have been unleashed upon 40k. It’s not even just S D. S10, 10″ blasts or even larger (15″ is the max I think…either way, freakin’ huge!) It’s the money needed to counteract the brutal onslaught. Superheavies will be countered by superheavies. Well, that means that the arms race of 40k has stepped up so now to meet the new threat means hundreds of dollars for a single model vs. 50 or 60 for a new awesome squad.
Aside from this, it changes the entire game. Invuln saves can be cut clean through, AV 14 is no longer the best, and the rapidly disappearing cover saves take another solid blow. Hoardes are now king and having huge numbers of models are the only thing that can save you. Which means armies like deathwing and grey knight lists are doomed. How will they counter titans that can move too fast to catch?
Either way, I feel as if the 40k community has been bombarded by new material. The community is beaten by the torrent and flood of models and codices and now the future for many gaming communities balances on the brink with every avid hobbyist holding their breath for how this pans out.
Ultimately GW has shifted it’s gaming policy from “Here is some for regular 40k, this is how you play 40k” to “Use everything, play how you want with these rules, use what works for your groups” and it will be up to local shops and communities to find balance in their shops. This may work, but the act is sudden and very divisive. It will take a while to pan out and I suspect that when the smoke clears, the tournament scene will be as before: No formations, no superheavies, no fortification complexes. But until then, the best of luck to all of us!
Thanks for reading,