I finally had a free day and nothing I was supposed to do during it, so I decided to have some quality “me time” and do some fun stuff.
My first step was to the public library. I managed to, within a straight hour of peace and quiet, to come up with a pretty passable adventure for my 4E campaign. A little more roleplaying than we’ve had lately.
Then I headed to one of the two gaming stores in Dayton, the Bookery. I like both stores for different reasons, but the Bookery opens an hour earlier than the Krystal Keep, and I was racing a severe winter storm. I spent about forty minutes there, looking at all the stuff that they had there.
I will admit to some Games Workshop sticker shock. $57 for the new Warhammer 40K rulebook? What, was it hand illustrated? And while this is old news to most, the new trend of only offering 10-12 plastic minis for ~$25 was a shock. Maybe I’ve been painting Wargames Factory Numidians for too long, but $2.50 for a plastic figure of a sprue that’s worth only 7 points in an army list is crazy. So basically, to get what you used to get in a regiment set, you’re looking at $50, plus tax.
Now and then I get tempted to get back into 40K; I own several small armies and have, through bartering, a bunch of chaos space marines unpainted in the basement. And $25 for the new army codex isn’t too bad, but I think I’ll wait and pick up an AoBR mini-rulebook on eBay or something. I don’t need giant full-color photos at this point–that’s what the internet is for. But it definitely soured me on starting my son with a tyranid army.
I also looked at the Dungeon Master’s Guide 2 for 4th Edition D&D, but the information within seemed fairly obvious or not particularly relevant (like paragon-level campaigns).
So, I picked up the new copy of the Warmachine MkII rules. Pricey at $40, but I own three starter box sets from a Christmas present I was given ages ago, and it wouldn’t be hard to get my ten-year-old interested in magical robots.
When I got back, I got caught up on this week’s Numidians. Right now the dip is drying and they’ll be ready to be photographed tomorrow. I also primed two chaos beastmen, the OOP champion and standard bearer. They will hopefully be a nice break from the ‘Mids.