makes some very good points, fantasy battle has some serious cruxes, i have always considered it the "advanced" GW game, played by adult veterans who wanted a more mature game, nothing wrong with that, but that really isnt GWs bag but they stuck with it until peoples loyalty waned, much of what people are complaining about loosing are the same issues people have said prevent them starting the game, a massive 40+ man block of troops is ,generally expensive to buy, takes ages to build, longer to paint and lasts seconds in battle, mass ranked units are awesome in say a game of Ancients or Napoleonic battles where there are no "fantasy elements" , but chuck in wizards, massive deamons and dragons and those massive ranked units become tedious,lack character and individuality and are off putting for people wanting to start the game, when i used to play Empire i almost lost the will to live just putting models onto the board, even with movement trays and a perfectly smooth level flocked board my state troops would be face planting everwhich way if a fly farted in the garden.
other things people mention that put them off is cost of the rule books and army books, plus the size of the warhammer rule book, they are gone, they have made the rules simple and free, people in this very forum have preached the benefits of playing other systems because those companies have offered free downloadable rules , well here you go, a cheap to start, free rules, free army war scrolls, you can still use the model you own to play or you just carry on playing 6th/7th/8th or what ever.
There is a real positive buzz about this launch on social media, alot of people who dont play fantasy are really up for this because of the new minis, the lack of rank and file and the fact they dont have to hand over £80 for a rule book and army book before they even think about models, there are alot of people who are going to convert the shit out of those models because they love them.
I can see this being a run away success, i can also see a few other manufactures having a few sleepless nights over this new direction for GW.
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