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Monday, August 3, 2009

My years with the Wolves...

Space Wolves that is...

I started this hobby with the dying of Rogue Trader and the birth of Warhammer 40,000. Naturally, one of the first books I got was the first Codex Space Wolves. My youngest brother laid claim to that force, and I let him have it, as Chaos drew me in. Of course, he didnt have sole claim to it for too long, eventually I had a few to paint up and I played them some. Good times...

Fast forward a few years to when I first moved to the Baltimore area and was first haunting the Glen Burnie battle bunker. I had atrocious luck, and my tactics sucked as well, but I still won the occasional game... occasionally. Never against the Space Wolves. Those games were painful. Rhino-rush was the order of the day, and a pack of Blood Claws into my half of the table that early was usually a death toll for me. I was lucky to have models on table at the end of turn three. It got to the point where I swore Id never play against the Space Wolves ever again... And I didnt, until Mikie dusted off their rules within the past 6 months.

Now. Ive played a few games against Mikie, giving and taking in equal measure. Ive lifted my ban, mainly since their previous tactics have been neutered by the changing of the rules, but I am facing the new release with dread and anticipation in equal measure. Obviously I will not rule them out as an opposing force if I am running them, but if they are obviously sickly broken, well... I may say no way until they get "fixed" again.

3 comments:

RonSaikowski said...

Face you want to start Wolves when they come out, so do I...
The question is, how can you do it without looking like you're doing what everyone else is doing.

Ryan said...

Oh hell yeah. No argument there. Space Wolves have some of the sweetest fluff and models out there, but the downside to that is that they are a "done" army. Any significant changes you make would likely throw off the balance and make them something other then Space Wolves. In order to make it "your" army, you have to find that minor detail to twist, that keeps the flavor, but shows they are not the normal... Otherwise, you are playing Space Wolf army #3147.

Big Jim said...

I totally get what you are saying Ryan. It's always nice to field an army that is uniquely your own.

This is why I always use Long Fangs in my Wolf lists. Almost nobody uses them, making my force unique in that I do.

I also only field one pack of Blood Claws for every two Grey Hunter pack in my force. Thusly avoiding the BC spam army.

It's all about the choices you make, I avoid cookie cutter lists at all costs.

That's my two cents.

Jim