The new Stormcast Eternals are a lot like....(wait for it).....Space Marines!
|For the Emperor amiright??|
I wonder if they are trying to make a new army that is broadly appealing?
It's a bit shocking really - I mean if Space Marines are their best selling line of models, and they are effectively killing WFB and launching an entirely new game....why would they take that opportunity to introduce ANOTHER strong selling line of models for that game?
Ok. I'll stop.
I'm cranky today. I think I spent too much time soaking in the relentless negativity in places like Warseer and Dakka about AoS on my iPhone. Just like this tsunami of wretched cynicism washing over me as I tried to save some shred of interest I still have in the tabletop hobby. It has really brought out the worst in parts of the community. I look around and I'm just like "fuck this". I was literally thanking people for posting positive things. Like....actually thanking them.
So yeah. It was getting me down.
Then I remembered this quote:
Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounding yourself with assholes.
So - light-bulb! - I will probably stop reading those forums for a while lol. And try to frequent places where people are actually enjoying themselves.
ANYWAY - back to the topic at hand.
Yes, the Stormcast Eternals are like Space Marines. Sigmarines. It's a very convenient name actually.
|Some think this guy is over-designed. He is. I still think he's completely badass and can't wait to paint him.|
But in addition to the fact they have big shoulders and therefore are exactly like Terminators, they are similar to Space Marines in other ways:
- they are easy to assemble
- they are easy to paint
- you don't need many to make a force
- they are easy to paint a different color and "personalize" them (ie "mine are silver with black!" type of thing)
- they all look like they could kick a demon's ass
- they are more likely to appeal to the average dude than a line of guys in red long underwear. Sorry, but it's true.
Most of the negativity about these guys ends up with a line like "these only appeal to 12 year olds". Piss off. Personally, I really like them. I've always been that way though - drawn to cool things. I like the expressionless, implacable looking helmets in particular. They make me think of this guy:
|Yes he was horrible and evil but still, pretty distinctive style.|
I dig the idea of the gates of Azyr opening and these guys pouring out to exact vengeance on Chaos. Finally an army that actually looks like it could fight Chaos and maybe win.
I've mentioned this before but they also remind me a bit of the Diablo 3 aesthetic. Y'know...the PC game that has sold like 20 million copies. Could probably pick a worse look to emulate.
Anyway - snarky Jarrett doesn't come out very often. I'm usually really affable - honest. But I've just been getting so freaking fed up with the way the community has been acting lately, and questioning if the hobby overall is even worth all the money I seem hell-bent on throwing at it.
Meanwhile, I have a table coming together downstairs and my AoS starter is assembled and in various states of painted...ness. So I'll probably have photos to share at some point. I'm also buying both those new terrain kits they announced recently as they are also exceptionally cool looking.