Is Warhammer losing its individuality? Is it becoming ancient 40k or slightly cartoony Middle-Earth?
The new Warhammer rules have been taken largely from War fo the Ring and 40,000. don;t get me wrong, it also has a few rules that aren;t and a few that are based on it’s original self, but the randomised charge distances (which seem to be able to get to huger amounts: a flyer could go 32" for example!), as are the upgrade effects of the command models (which I like the idea of, although the application in both could be done a little better, but WH more so). Combat has become largely 40k based, since you get “a bonus” for charging, but it’s not striking first any more, combat is ALWAYS done in initiative order, unless ASF is there. You can fight in two ranks (add in horde and spears and be a high elf and it gets up to 5!), which seems closely linked and related to 40k’s method of being within 2" makes you able to attack.
Then there are the models: a lot of odd things have been brought in, one of the weirdest (and, IMO, most ridiculous) was the “clockwork horse”, which looks like a Terminator-horse to me. Empire also received a static Space Marine Whirlwind for Heaven-knows what reason and the new daemon prince is clearly a cross between the armour of the metal 40k one and the flesh of the fantasy one.
On top of all of that, 8th edition seems to be a bigger money-grabbing attempt than I first realised. The new daemon prince model is obviously a lazy way of getting a new model: it’s literally cut the two existing ones up and glue them together, then mass-produce. The rules: the game is now designed for 3,000 points games to be the average, meaning more money has to be dropped in for an average sized army (then more money than before on additional options for making the army flexible in composition). The new composition rules means that people are more likely to take characters, specials and rares (a lot of which are metals), although that’s up to individuals (but the pressure is there because they will usually be stronger armies). Then, the biggest point of all, in GW’s own words (not quoted exactly, but the intent is still there), they didn;t think new rules were necessary at all: they have said that they were quite happy with where the rules were,b ut wanted to make a new ook that expanded and covered the whole WH world. My response to that is to do one of two things: EITHER make a book that has all of that stuff in/make Black Library novels canon/both/expand BL with such books OR make a new rulebook int he way that they ahve, but with the same rules. The rules ahd a few holes, which could be filled over time, but why fix that which isn’t broken (for the most part), especially if you like it!
Sorry all, but I had to rant and wondered if anybody agreed. P.S. The examples as above aren’t all of them, but I tend to forget a lot of my rants mid-rant, lol I do admit that some changes are good, but largely (completely), it’s been unnecessary.