Finally! It seems like the last few months have lasted longer than 5th edition has been out. Sixth edition 40k is here and I want to post my State of the Imperium address.
It seems that every time I am inspired to build an army or grow an existing one there is rumor of a release coming soon for that army. So, I hold off. About 2 years ago I started a Tau army, by the time I got to the battlesuit I heard that Tau would be coming soon. At this point I put them on hold as I didn’t want to select a load out for my suit without considering the new codex. Hell, I had a feeling they would change the suit entirely too. Now that 6th is here and it is the beginning of a new era in 40k I can once again plan and build my armies with these rules in mind. Including a brand new one. Here are my plans that should carry me through until 7th edition is released.
Off the heals of the Grey Knight codex launch I built a GK army that I am currently finishing up. My last squad of terminators is about 50% done and I’m building the Landraider now. On it’s way to my home as we speak is a Stormraven and Razorback as well as some Forgeworld bling for them. Eventually I will secure a Librarian and maybe Crowe and this will complete my GK army for now. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of stuff here and will probably take me to the end of the year to finish.
While I am in the process o finishing my Knights GW will most likely release either the Tau or Dark Angel codexes. This will ultimately determine which army is next. My feeling is that DAs are next.
The first army that I’ve collected has been Dark Angels. I have owned them since 2nd ed. Through the years I have purchase one of these and one of those. Most recently I have commissioned GMM Studios to finish out the army with what ever units I was missing from the codex. I now have pretty much one of everything. Not a great way to build an army so with the release of 6th and the rumor that new DAs are a close launch, I intend to optimize this army. I will select the units that I have and that fit DAs new codex and build from that. This will ultimately be my primary force. Any stragglers will be put aside for a vanilla space marine army, which will be built at a much later date.
As for the Tau, I don’t have enough to make an army list yet. Painted, I have a stealth squad, warrior squad, 8 Kroot and 2 hounds plus, some drones. On deck is a devilfish that might need to be repainted, I don’t know. I spent a lot of time painting it one way and while it’s 2/3ds complete, I’m not sure I can paint all the Tau vehicles in that way, it’s just too time-consuming. And when I finish my GK vehicles (with the airbrush) I may have a newer quicker better method for painting them. Oh well. In waiting, I have a suit, a squad of warriors, and another box of Kroot, as well as 4 more from the battle force.
After all these armies are complete and in the background I will be building a new army to field. I haven’t bought any of the models yet or even settled on a list but I came to a conclusion on a codex. While I work on all the other projects I will slowly be building lists as well as research on the net.
So these are my modeling projects throughout 6th. Outside of that, the hopes for my experience with 6th edition are to continually post my progress on this site, game more in the local store as well as play regularly (at least once a week at home), visit stores outside my area and game there. Possibly enter some local tournaments and eventually attend Adepticon in chicago. I expect 6th ed. to take me outside my comfort zone of this hobby.
With that I will say, I look forward to the new 40k. I have adapted since 2nd edition and although there will be things I dislike about it, I will ultimately stick with it. All the nay sayers should remember this is not just a game of rules but one of collecting, hobby and fun.