Review: First Strike: A Warhammer 40,000 Starter Set

The faint hum of an Allman Brothers Band song is heard in the background, but because this is New Top Bryss we skip the 'tonight' bit and go right to...

Hello and welcome... to Top Bryss. Yes, we're back. Rumours of my suspension for assaulting someone outside of the Fight Phase were mistaken. But we're back now, and just in time, too. The luxury miniature machine that is GMW has done the unthinkable. They have released significant game content... for free. And now, we have an entry-level starter set. But is it any good?

Two Years On...

I really don't know or care how many will read this, but... it's been a little bit, hasn't it?

By this point, it should be clear that I'm not coming back. Different priorities and such. But I feel I should at least give you some sort of 'so, this is what I'm doing now' type deal. So, here's the headlines:

It Should Be Pretty Obvious What This Post Is About

I knew it had to happen eventually. I've burned out. The world is advancing and I can't keep up. Therefore, I think I'm going to retire from blogging for a while. I can't really say much more than that.

I think I properly realised this when the new Daemons book came out. I just don't have the time or motivation I used to for little plastic men. Haven't even thought about lifting a brush for a month now. Even though I do properly like the new plastic Heralds.

Maybe I'll recover at some point, maybe not. Either way, thanks to the four of you still sticking with me. I'll still be keeping the channel going, so maybe I'll get some actual 40k content up at some point. Heck, if I'm feeling especially generous I'll let you hear my real self's stand-up routines. But that's not too likely.

I'll be taking my leave now. I may be some time.

Bryss' Improvised Points Theory: Botheration

As you are doubtless unaware, I sometimes spend stupid amounts of time trying to answer an unanswerable question regarding points. By this point, I've pretty much given up doing so for infantry. But the vehicle one worked OK. Unfortunately, GW has decided it doesn't like me, so threw in an extra new variable. Hull Points. And a new type, Flyer. Question is, does this mean I've completely lost Bryss' Improvised Points Theory? Let's find out.

An Idea or Several

Greetings ladies, gentlemen and Fuzz, this is your glorious anatidine leader, Master Ufllbcan M. Bryss, PhD, DPhil LLB BDSM YMCA (Hons). Otherwise known as aspiring law student and stand-up comedian *********. That's all one word.

Now, this may amount to nothing, this is purely recon work, but I wish to raise an idea with you all. A few months ago, I found the forum game known as Zoofights, a bloody awesome concept in which genetically surgeoneered animals (usually a hybrid abomination with weapons and big muscly arms) fight each other to the death, with the victor being calculated by putting audience votes into some kind of equation or other and doing hard stuff and finding out who won. The battle is then consequently written up.

Oh, and did I mention the competitors are then modified EVEN MORE after each round so that the finalists barely resemble their original incarnation? Now, I looked at this and wondered "Why on earth wouldn't this work in 40k? Jump.

Bryss' Musings: Ye Gads...

As you are doubtless aware, the new Dark Angels book is out. You may also remember I highly considered switching to the new book when it came out. With news of cheaper Librarians and more flexible Tactical Squads, among other things in game sense this seems like a Good Move. My Marine collection is extensive enough that I don't really need new models, either. However, this would now involve buying a £30 Codex. And that's really £10 more than I want to spend. Even considering it would be one of the least expensive reference documents I have bought in a while. Jump.

The Last of The Cultists

To round off the month of January, here are the remaining 5 Cultists what I did, in full 2D, with some silly trivia to round it off.