8th Edition Warhammer 40K has arrived, but before we roll up our sleeves and get into it, we have some unfinished business here at The Equatorial Rainforest. Namely, the third (and now, final) battle of the Ongoing Narrative of War campaign. The campaign began as a way to test-drive the latest codices (as we had done in King of the Hill and KotH2), but this time, crafting the batreps as stories. It was a big hit with visitors, and we'll definitely do something similar soon, but with 8th Edition upending 40K as we know it, there was little point in continuing.
But because we had already played Battle #3 and had drafted most of the story, it seemed a shame to let that go to waste, especially as how Pat and I knew that there would be some downtime while we acclimate to 8e. So, for your reading pleasure, here is the tale of a "last alliance" of humans and Eldar desperately, courageously holding the line against hordes of reptilian aliens, accompanied by a monstrous beast that smashes everything in its path. Enjoy!
We hope that will hold you while we work on new material. We'll offer our thoughts on the new rules, compare and contrast the new indexes with the codex versions that came before, and get in some games. But if you want more, visit our Facebook page, and my sci-fi and fantasy blog.
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Unless you've been lost in the Warp for the last month or so, you probably know that 8th Edition Warhammer 40K is on its way. Like me, Jungle Guide Patrick Eibel is eagerly awaiting the new version of this game we've been playing for the last 30 years (!), and he has a Jungle Top Ten list of changes he'd like to see, some of which have already been confirmed in the daily sneak peeks that Games Workshop has been releasing lately. Go take a look at what Pat's wishing for.
From what I've seen, 8th Edition looks to be as much a literal gamechanger as 3rd Edition was with 2nd (if you weren't around then, take my word for it: 3rd was much, much different than 2nd, including the part where old codices weren't compatible with the new edition).
. Forget almost everything you know about today's game, because it's going the same place that 2nd Edition (above) did in 1998, when 3rd drop-podded in
With 8e's imminent arrival, Pat and I feel that there's not much point to posting any new material to the Jungle until we've seen what the incoming game brings. Sure, we could add installments to some of our ongoing series (like Deployment for Dumbasses), but who knows if those will be relevant in a few months? For example, in the case of DfD, maybe 8th Edition radically changes how you place your models on the board: it's happened before.
The only exception is that we'll post the battle report for the latest game in the Ongoing Narrative of War campaign, wherein my Kurindans (Space Lizardmen using Tyranid rules) took on Pat's combined force of Imperial Guard Astra Militarum and Eldar. We fought that battle a while back and already have most of it drafted, but we haven't put it online yet because Pat has been massively busy with real-life stuff (nothing bad, just hectic). It would be a shame not to post the batrep, but with 8e about to make all the current codices irrelevant, there's no point in continuing that campaign. Maybe we can pick it up again later.
So, the Jungle will be on hiatus for a little while (hopefully, not for too long), but fear not: we'll be back with analysis of the new rules, new lists for the various armies Pat and I feature here (including, of course, the Fighting Tigers), new batreps, new fluff, and all manner of rants and such. While you're waiting, feel free to explore the Jungle, particularly the really good stuff from days gone by. I would be remiss if I didn't mention for your enjoyment our Facebook page, and my sci-fi and fantasy blog.
Thanks for visiting! Pat and I are looking forward to a new edition and new opportunities to play this great game, and I hope you'll come along with us.
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We're firmly in the darkest time of year, when the hopes of millions are in ruins, and evil reigns once again. I mean, of course, that the villainous New England Patriots have once again won the Super Bowl, and while the horrid abhumans who are their fans celebrate, the rest of us gnash our teeth and wail in the loathsome darkness of defeat. But there is much that a player of 40K can learn from (American) football, and I--an unrepentant Steelers fan--will attempt to share it with you as we wait for next season. Righ this way, my friends: settle in for a lengthy read, and please to enjoy.
These were probably not the tiger-striped warriors you were expecting to find on this site....
That's all for now: I have another batrep in the Ongoing Narrative of War campaign that I have to write up for next time, plus more Jungle Top Ten in the pipeline. For more 40K stuff between updates, please follow our Facebook page, and please also check out my sci-fi and fantasy blog.
Here we are, back for more 40K brutality. And to kick off the new year, we have a batrep wherein Wicked Uncle Kenton tries out a new list for his Dvergar Space Dwarves (proxied Orks). This time out, I'm taking on my brother-in-law Drew and his son Freddie. Both of them are beginning players, so we'll see what happens when the Steeljacks clash with Drew's Greenskins and Freddie's Tyranids. Step right this way and scope out Happy Newb Year, 2017.
Jungle Guide Patrick Eibel has been reviewing the 2016 releases from Games Workshop, and as part of his ongoing series, he gives you the Top Ten. For show-and-tell, Jungle Visitor Max Wyatt brought some photos of his way-cool "Liger Exiles," which you can find with other miniatures inspired by the Fighting Tigers. Go see now!
No, those aren't my guys, but they look even better
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