“The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche
After quarter of a century in the hobby, growing up with the 40000 imagery and still continuing to love building and painting this gothic visions of the far future I’m left in shock for the first time. The cosy, rich and legendary game of Fantasy battles that was Warhammer is gone. And I hated the way it was done and much of the new deign aesthetic.
Then I changed my mind.
I never got into Fantasy Battle. Using a bow when you can pick a shuriken cannon, painting a dragon when you can build attack craft capable of space flight , being stuck in a world versus discovering the grim dark universe of the far future was never even a choice.
Enter the Age of Sigmar. Awkwardly communicated event that is at the same time one of the most important decisions for Games Workshops business since entering the Middle Earth and the biggest change in the paradigm in the history of their games. And something that clearly needed to happen – painful as it is.
Landing in the form Adeptus Custodes without the Aquila and fire arms, with awkwardly sitting insignia of Sigmar and the Empire of man a new era begins. For hobbyists like me, who in the past decade have built more models from Fantasy Battle kits than 40K, what follows is an awkward wait to see how the new aesthetic takes shape – if the grandiose will entertain the mundane, the sad, creepy and utterly gothic that flagellants, great swords, undead, with elves and the like brought with them.
An unfortunate side effect of the summer and the age of sigmar has been losing my excitement about the hobby for a little while now, but nothing like the power of changing one’s mind to get creative again. So today I spent a small fortune at the GW online store, buying the last of the simply gorgeous new Mechanicus range and the two new Marine Codeci – And Age of Sigmar!
If this sort of risk taking and bravery keeps radiating from the creative heart of Games Workshop, soon they will redo the entire Space Marine miniature range to be in scale and detail with the storyline and artwork, and their sales and stock will go through the roof with the utter enthusiasm of hobbyists everywhere!