The second part to the trinity of posts based on my time collecting the hobby models. Last time I posted my early experiences of my first time joining the hobby when 7th ed was still around. But now I’m going to share my highs and lows of 8th ed, and how my perception of the hobby changed during the five year run.
Marines, 7th ed, and a bombshell next year!
Christmas in 2009 was like the apocalypse, things weren’t like what they used to be. You see, Poltics used to be funny, the Tv used to have something decent to watch and a mediocre Doctor who xmas special. During this time, I was collecting my Dark Elves since the summer holidays (all unpainted, ah those were the days when I was less enthusiastic about painting).
However, I was going to start the Tau battle force for xmas, since I wanted to get into Warhammer 40k. However, by a strange turn of events, I got a mega battle force of Chaos Space marines instead. A whopping great big bundle of marines in one big box!
But the question came to me, what’s what? This was the start of a terrible decision to kit bash all my marines without first consulting an army book, as well as properly painting the models. Looking back now, I was a total noob.
As well as having a mighty abomination of Chaos Space marine models, I’ve also gotten myself a copy of Warhammer 7th edition. This was actually a really good book to read at the time, the faction section was an exploration of fantasy that never gets old even to this day. I’ve always liked the A4 colour illustrations of each faction, as well as the brief lore helping to bring these illustrations to life.
But alas, my gaming skills and mental capacity for the rules weren’t great, in fact most games I’ve had for 7th edition ended up being me losing. However, it was meeting different people for games at my local GW that always inspired me to keep on playing Warhammer fantasy. I remember such players as the ‘Chaos kid’, erm the ‘Tree man’, umm, ‘Dwarf grudge bearer #1’, and err ‘Dwarf grudge bearer #2’. Yeah, my memory of my opponents names has faded into the sands of Nekherra.
A few months later, having been playing my crew of Dark Elves (which were boosted with new shiny metal models, god damn that metal hydra model was an awesome sculpt, but difficult to put together!), the news arrived that 8th edition was coming. My reaction to this news was quite disdainful, as the new rule book would cost around £50! (I can imagine the dread as parents would slowly realise their child will be spending bucket loads of money for a hobby that’s very expensive).
A new rule book, a new era for many and most importantly, a new faction for me. This was the start of my love for the hobby as I started investing into my second collection, the Skaven!
The Purple Warp tide and my first visit to Warhammer World (2010-2011)
The purple Warp tide, probably the cringe-ist name I’ve ever made up for a faction. But, in all fairness, I was young and still had barely read the full Skaven lore back then.
My first visit to Warhammer world was a memorable time, seeing the models in the museum that was featured in White Dwarf and products was like a holy pilgrimage. I can remember to this day of one of the displays featuring diorama pieces that were contributed to the museum. One particular piece was the Clovkwork egineer, which won the Golden Daemon 2009 (or 2010, I can’t remember which year it was) Seeing that really inspired me to be a Wargamer and painter, eight years later, I’ve still been following that dream to this day.
The faction started out with a box of Rat Ogres as my special choice. Fun fact, these were my first plastic models I’ve brought from the main GW store in Warhammer World. Back then, I had the choice of either buying a Chaos Rhino or a kit of Rat Ogres. Thankfully I made the right choice!
Later my force would be bloated by two box sets of Island of Blood, a starter set that ties into the 8th edition release. Another fun fact, I’ve actually got to see the board that shown for the Island of Blood at Warhammer World. In person, it was quite big board that was professionally built. I just wish I could have played my skaven on it!
The force was swollen even more by kits, including the infamous Screaming Bell. This would also mark the end of my Dark Elves, as the Skaven took over my table top gaming. Looking back, the one thing I regret to this day is not finishing the collection, as well as play their 8th edition army book before the End Times ended the Old World.
Decline of gaming, and the end of the World-That-Was (2011-2014)
After a few years of gaming with 8th edition (still not getting used to the rules), I’ve become less enthusiastic with the hobby by 2013. I felt as though my inability to absorb the rules, and quality of painting not getting better has fatigued me. At this point, I was truly getting to the point of quitting the hobby and move on. No longer did I attend my local GW to play games (as well as a particular person wearing a black polo shirt insulting my intelligents with their ‘Maths degree’ smart-arse. Trust me, I’m like a grudgebearer to people who boast at me like I’m a dumb peasant).
The only time I would engage in the hobby was painting models and playing games with my friend, apart from that not a lot of progress was made. Originally we were going to start a campaign using Storms of Magic expansion, but that never got around as life got in the way.
By the summer of 2014, the End Times came, something I didn’t realise was a big thing until I looked into it properly. It became apparent by book two that the world of Warhammer was going to end, and I wanted to play one more game before the world I was immersed in was going to end. So to mark the end of the world, I was going to have one final battle with my Dark Elves and Skaven against the High Elves. To prove once and for all that I can defeat the Elves of Ulthuan! But sadly, another time I regret was not having this final battle, and a bitter fruit to swallow.
Then as 2014 ended, 2015 would arrive with the biggest shock, the Age of Sigmar had arrived. A controversial beginning, but nonetheless, a change that would not only bring me back to Warhammer fantasy, but improve myself at gaming and painting. But that’s a story for another day
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