Saturday, March 15, 2014
Do the Imperial Knights Break the game?
Ah yes, welcome back to my corner of madness dear readers. I have taken a short break from the blog while I caught up on real life. I have a ton of projects abound, and thoughts that I have been dying to post but I have a direction at this point so I wanted to start with some quick thoughts on the new Mini ME Titans.
This is a very interesting move by "those that shall not be named" at GW headquarters. They released what by all means appears to be one model with some weapon option but instead of being a dataslate, it is an entire codex. This is interesting in itself because it makes the models more playable by over all community standards. The model might normally be banned to only other Escalation events and then we could all move on about our life, however we don't generally ban a Codex. It's honestly pretty rare lately for a unit from a codex to be banned, let alone an entire codex. (There is a joke here about a one unit codex, but that's just too easy.. I think I am better than that)
So what we have is a D weapon, mini Titan that has slipped passed our Airport security and will most likely at least be allowed at several events going forward.
How do I feel about the model? After much thought it comes down to these issues.
First off The model itself is cool looking. GW makes cool looking models and I think for the most part people are happy with this one and most people I know have already picked one up regardless if people will be allowing them to field it or not. The model seems pointed well and not over costed per say (pay attention FW can we get some balance from you guys? lol)
Secondly I am a little sad that we have started a one model arms race? If allowed so many lists will need to run this model to be viable in the new meta is my initial thoughts. It's lame that to make certain lists or armies viable you have to add one or two of these models to them. So your going to see just as many knights as you see Coteaz models here shortly. (I like to assume Coteaz is actually in some of the knights so clearly he is in every army at this point. His influence is all reaching!) The knight does help combat Death Star 40k that we are currently in at the moment, so seeing new lists hit the table or playing games that aren't won or lost because one person rolls a 11 would be cool.
Thirdly I am worried that this will usher in the era of escalation. If the knights are working and we already have D weapons we might as well play with everything, is easily a mind set you are going to see people jump into.. I am not a fan of playing with full blown Escalation and D weapon wielding terrain personally as standard 40k. Not to mention the cost I know this isn't a cheap hobby but sometimes I feel like it's getting silly.
So I feel that I don't mind the knights and if they allow it even though it will mean seeing a lot of knights if it mixes up the field from just pure deathstars I don't see that as a horrible thing. However if Escalation uses this as entry into standard 40k the knights aren't as good. So you'll start seeing titans and the such and I have a stance on titans. Not against them personally, but if I have to field a Titan to play competitively than I am out until that nonsense is over. I will collect and maybe play combat patrol,
Perhaps its getting close to time to switch my primary game system to something else? I hear good things about drop zone, Mali, and even Dark Age.