Kill Team as the perfect miniature game

So now we know why there were never any expansions to Shadow War: Armageddon. Games Workshop saw the clear fan interest in that game and decided to use it as the basis for a new version of Kill Team. That makes sense of course because I suspect that most people wanted to play Kill Team instead of Shadow War: Armageddon. Kill Team has more opportunity for people to use either their existing figures or buy new 40K minis. The background for Shadow War: Armageddon really made no sense when you start to toss in Necrons and Dark Eldar. Having them in Kill Team makes more sense and is thematically easier to justify.

Where I think that Kill Team really shines is how GW is packaging it. There is a core game with miniatures and terrain and what appear to be themed expansions with new terrain and figures. So the first set of expansions for the game include a Sector Mechanicus terrain pack and then two sets of miniatures that include more terrain from the same sector. The Orks team set includes Galvanic Servohaulers and the Space Wolf team includes more Sector Mechanicus terrain. The company rewards you for purchasing all of the expansions by making your initial purchase of the Sector Mechanicus Killzone package more valuable by adding to it with each of the Kill Team packs. Sure they could have included all of the terrain in one pack but that would have increased the base cost and probably stopped people from getting it in the first place. By expanding the terrain across all the products in that series it decreases the initial outlay required and creates a reward for playing who buy in to all the products in that series.

It will be interesting to see how the market reacts to this new game. I won’t be participating since I am investing most of my free time and money into AoS but this has the potential to be even more successful for GW than Shadespire

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Well that was a long wait

So it has been a while since I have posted on the blog. A large part of that has to do with not really having a lot of time for any games or hobby related activity. I have been trying to do more in the past month but compared to June I have not really done much except assemble a lot of figures. Building minis has been something that has been easy to slip into my schedule and I also find it quite relaxing. So my gaming table is covered with assembled but unpainted Chaos, Deathwatch and Genestealer Cult figures. While I might not think that 40K is a very good game GW does make some excellent minis and their recent boxed games have proved an exceptional value (at least compared to buying the figures in boxed sets). And certainly if all you want to do is build figures, you can’t go wrong with GW plastics.

I assembled enough minis to build up some decent forces for Kill Team using either the GW rules or the Heralds of Ruin rules. Even if I don’t get in a single game I have enough between assembly and painting to keep me busy for quite a while. That said, the store I work at will be having a Kill Team event on the 19th so I am going to madly try to paint a Deathwatch force for the event. I suspect that I won’t be able to get them fully painted but I am going to try my best.

I have also been up some other hobby related activities but I will save those for a subsequent post.