Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Crusade of Fire Review



So I ran up to my local (and by local I mean an hour and a half away) GW store to get a copy of the new Crusade of Fire book. I did so because this book sold so fast I nearly missed it, it is in fact no longer available. If it wasn't for Josh I would have been screwed, he is the king imho and I owe him.

That aside this is such a great book! But let me qualify that, because this is not a great book unless you meet some criteria:
  1. You play Warhammer 40,000.
  2. You like Games Workshop.
  3. You like books.
  4. You like looking at pictures of models.
  5. You like campaigns.
Otherwise this thing blows. Seriously it holds no value to you then, move along and don't hate post.
It is a book with the story of how the GW staff played a kick ass campaign with absurdly well painted models on wonderfully built game tables that will make you jealous and drool. That part is meant to be inspirational and I did find it inspirational although I can easily remember a time in my life I would have found it intimidating. The armies in it are fantastic, just gorgeous or really cool looking and I look at my Ultramarines and (soon to be posted) Grey Knights and (also soon to be posted did I mention I finished a ghost ark?) Necons and while none of mine are of their quality, they aren't too shabby. Reading this book and looking at all the great models has encouraged me to paint more and try a few new tricks. 

Also this book contains rules options for fliers (to make it more dog-fighty) and arena rules (for some pit fighting fun) as well as other optional rules to spruce up your games of 40K, if you happen to be part of a group that plays that much! My group does not, I average one war game a month which is sometimes 40K and sometimes isn't. I will say earlier this year I played a Battle Mission with James and it was tons of fun so maybe giving these alternate rules some priority is a good idea. If one waits till they feel they have a "firm grasp" on the basic play they will probably need to learn a new edition.

As for quality the book is top notch. I really like the hardback high quality approach GW is taking with its books. They are expensive, I will not argue, forty bucks for a 100 page book is high. But I do understand they are low production and I recognize I don't have to buy if I don't want to. Hell, I can go back and play 5th edition WHFB if I want. I think this book and the recent army books/codices are worth the sure wouldn't have hurt to make them say 35 or 30. But I'm splitting hairs there. I will say I am a bit sore that the limited edition stuff runs out so fast. I understand it from a purely business point of view (which ultimately is what it is) but the hobbyist in me is sore that there is no chance for me to save up for the Wall of Martyrs or anyway to get Blood in the Badlands.

Well, that's it for now. I'll try to get the Grey Knights added by the end of this week. I hope you all are having a Merry Christmas and have all your shopping done!

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