I hate to complain. I really do. It’s something I avoid here because I like to keep the blog positive. However, I’ve also felt compelled lately to try to be more real in my articles; to inject more of me into them. Sometimes that means a bit of complaining.
The frequenters of the blog will have noticed a distinct lack of battle reports. As a general rule, battle reports are a weekly regular from me. I play 40K once a week, and try my best to get a battle report for each game. That has dropped off a lot lately, and the reason for that is my frustration.
For the past year I have struggled to win any games at all. I will avoid placing blame anywhere but on myself. It’s damn easy to blame a 6th edition Chaos codex, but at the end of the day it’s the person wielding said codex. I have gone through a lot of slumps in 40K gaming, we all do, but this one is so long that’s it’s hard to call it a slump any longer, and more appropriate to call it the new normal.
I love the hobby side of 40K. I’ve tried to look to that to help alleviate my frustrations, but the problem is that the gaming
slump normalcy impacts my motivation there. I get to game far more than I get to hobby these days. So, if the thing I get to do the most isn’t going well, then that has an adverse affect on what I do the least. The thing with 40K being such an all-encompassing game is that it’s a circle that leads from one element to another.
How do I fix the problem? That’s rhetorical, but feel free to comment. Something I’m likely to do is work more on my army. By that I mean fleshing out my army more in terms of fluff. That’s the thing I love about creating my own warband/chapter/whatever, is establishing army fluff. I have done some of that over the years, but it took a backseat a while ago to trying to physically build my army and expand it. I made some failed attempts at being a bit more competitive with the army, nothing serious mind you, and now I think it’s time to step back and bring my army to life on paper first.
The most fun I have with games is when I play it fluffy. That could be having Soulgore charge into a combat I know he’ll lose because it’s something Soulgore would do, or fielding my Warpsmith list because I love daemonic engines and Grimtech enjoys unleashing his pets. Getting more of that type of stuff written down and solidified will let me play the army fluffy, and that’s just fun. The fact is that if I’m going to lose my games, I may as well have fun with it, and have a story to tell.
I will say though, I can’t wait for a new Chaos codex. Pissing and moaning about the current codex aside, I just want something for Chaos to be excited about. I want some new units to drool over, and to determine their best use in game. I want new wargear and artefacts to create my fluffy characters in Disciples of Twilight. I want to see formations and new benefits to try to determine what would suit my play style, and just be fun to use. Simply put, I need something new to breathe some life back into Chaos Space Marines because I feel they have been neglected and overlooked by Games Workshop for far too long.