"Jesus, has it really been over two weeks since I last posted!"
- Me. Just a second ago, 2011
Life has been busy. Luckily, I took notes. Here are a few of them:
1) Grey Knights Week.
Was a total bust. Tuned out that I just didn't care enough. Not a lot of you did either, if my stats are to be believed. Though I will sum up:
I think its a fine addition to the 40k line. The plastic kits in particular are genius seeing as how you can build almost every GK model out of two kits. The army design is good too, if I'm honest (and I pretend that I don't own a Daemon army). There's this whole 'three armies, one book' thing going on that gives you a ton of options for list construction without kicking over the sandcastles of the people who were still struggling under the old book. Plus, the internal balance is great - none of the force org charts are invalidated by one overly good unit. A good codex, though one I'm not entirely sure is for me. But then again, terminator spam.... But then again, everything is silver...
2) Writing for 3++
Kirby dragged me kicking and screaming into the 3++ fold. I've gotten two posts on some theory (which people hate) and the response has been good. Though it looks like home base may suffer even more now that I've added responsibilities on top of the HoP workload. Though I do have some ideas for doing 'supplemental' stuff for the Kirby posts here. Which could be a great way to funnel people into my personal e-space to stroke my own e-peen in a more... intimate venue.
3) Finecast Reviews
One of the big topics for today. A lot of bullshit has been spewed (spewn?) over the GW price increase. Now that it's become a fact of life and the gaming world as we know it hasn't been destroyed, the next big bitch fest has started - the new Finecast models.
Positive reviews I've seen have tended to be a little limp-wristed. It's not that they're fanboys (which the anti-finecast crowd loves to claim), its just that the reviews seem to be done under best case scenarios. Which is all good and fine, I just need a bit more objectivity.... and technical detail.
Speaking of which, the negative reviews have been about the sorriest collection of words I've ever seen. One guy makes it a point to tell you that you don't have to wash the mold release off and then bitches about the paint chipping. Another guy is shocked and amazed that direct sunlight melts plastic. And then there's the crowd who don't even fucking own a finecast model and are trying to tell me its a bad material. How the fuck would you know? Any 'good' information that manages to sneak in these posts, is quickly overshadowed by the worthless, impotent rage people seem to think there's a need to share.
In either case, (good or bad), there was never a side by side with original metal and no one was bothering to take decent pictures.
Thankfully, the Massive Voodoo writers were there to do what it's authors do best - be rational, objectively thinking human beings who give good information. Their review is, hands down, the best one I've seen. Go read it. And the comments too - they're surprisingly rational considering the topic.
4) Privateer Press
Speaking of all the GW outrage, everyone's favorite lie they tell themselves has been back in force lately - you know, the one were people compare GW and PP and then decide, astonishingly, that PP has a better business model. Despite the fact that they're the exact goddamn same.
The ONLY difference is that PP has bothered to pretend they cars about the internet and hosts a forum - full of the exact kind of bullshit you'd expect from a forum. The perfect place to let rampant and aggressive stupidity to take root. I wonder why, GW gave up on that front?
PP's main game got caught in rules bloat, they switched to an army book format, ditched metal models, released equally expensive plastic models, are getting ready to release an expansion targeted at larger games and publishes a magazine increasingly geared as an advertizement for there own games - Wait, which company is this? Oh that's right, its PP. The company who switched to resin first and then had some production errors they had to iron out. Huh... that also sounds familiar. Apparently, if all it takes is a few lines of heartfelt bullshit surrounding your negative announcements to get the nerd rage on your side, then maybe GW have one more thing to learn from PP. Or was it the other way around?