Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne
As a big fan of Raven Guard, I found it hard to enjoy.
Whilst I loved the overarching plot, a lot of the minutiae really bothered me and prevented me enjoying it as much as I wanted to.
At one point it literally states that Hundreds of space marines have died in a single day. Hundreds? Really?! There was barely even a full chapter strength deployed to begin with. Regardless of how regularly swathes of my minatures are removed from the table top, the idea of Tau massacring the emperors finest with near impunity really grinds my gears, and strikes me as pig ignorant of the prevailing fluff on the authors part.
Nearly every engagement is written as completely one sided, with Tau taking negligible losses, and space marines throwing tactics to the wind and being written as expecting to win by going hulk mode, and on the few occasions where it even looks like they're winning, there's always some mass strategic coup de grace that borders on a deus ex machina in how childishly it's written.
That last statement is probably ironic given how it all ends, which again isn't particularly interesting.
Whilst I do like that the story has actually progressed a little, it's just disappointing when the writing sacrifices a solid storyline for shamelessly promoting new models / units.