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Time for another heavy topic..... Now that AoS has been around for a while and is building momentum with some great figure releases and a fairly well established lore and game, I want to reflect on the differences between the two. Who here loved WHFB? Just to put things in context, i switched from WHFB to 40K before the end times was a thing. I had literally never heard of it until the last year. When I went to return to WHFB last year I was rather surprised to see it had already ended and I missed "that whole drama". I personally am loving AoS at the moment but have been reading up on the end times and am blown away by the 5 end times books and by the lore. It looked like an epic series of campaigns. And there is a tremendous amount more detail in those books than a lot of the AoS books so far. It's kind of a shame that the whole thing ended and that a lot of truly excellent characters are gone. I feel that if I had got into WHFB during the exciting end times period, I probably would have been a bit mortified that it ended. Now I'm in a strange position of loving AoS and looking back on something I knew little about, which has a literal wealth of great content to read. Anyone want to share their experiences of this transition? I'm sure lots of you can tell me a lot about what the end times were like as a collector/gamer (lots of new story and models? heartbroken or pleased it ended? etc). I did hear complaints that the 8th edition game was in a real state with its balancing. Any truth to this?
JontyGoesGaming posted a blog entry in Back to the Old World - End Times ReduxFirst things first - I love Age of Sigmar. I love its batshit crazy style and the evolution of new stories and new opportunities, as well as the new takes on the races of the world-that-was. Most of all, I absolutely love the rules, and the massive wealth of narrative scenarios. Since I started, about two-three months after AoS dropped, I've not played a single 'line 'em up and push it forward' pitched battle. Instead, we've had breakthroughs, battles fought over shifting magical ice, rescue missions, a LOT of awesome rituals, monster hunts; the works. I'm even going to my first solo gaming event in November, something I'd never done in all the time I'd played 8th. While I'm fully immersed in the lore and style of Age of Sigmar, I've still got a real fondness for the Old World, and the old background, and for quite a while, I've wanted to actually get a bit of use out of those End Times books I bought, especially as I've actually got quite a few of the armies featured - especially from the Nagash book, and a lot of old 8th style scenery left over. So, inspired by Darth Alec's frankly amazing work here I thought, hey, why not let's give it a go. Most of these, to begin with will probably be solo games. That's not because I'm an unsociable ******. More that, if I have the house to myself but noone's free for a game it's a fun excuse for getting stuff out of storage and plonking it on the table. But also because I have a feeling it's actually a really good way to learn your warscrolls to make actual games against real people as good as possible. By the time (if) I get as far as Glottkin though I happen to know someone with a lot of Nurgle, which I don't have, and which might come in useful... So here's what this 'semi' regular blog is going to cover. My aim is to... Play as many games from as many of the End Times books as possible, using some of the excellent resources people have made, and Use it as an excuse to finish off some 8th style armies and terrain projects Feel much more confident that I know the rules for the stuff I have in my collection, especially my Death faction which I'm using at Realms at War in November. Take some photos, document it, and feel like I've got my money's worth from some of the End Times books! Mad? Yes. Ambitious? Well sort of. At the worst it'll just be a nice painting log for some 8th style stuff! Should be fun though. So first stop, La Maisontaal Abbey, a chance to rock out the Bretonnians and Vampire Counts..