Monday, September 27, 2010
Why I don't really like modern mech in 40K
Mech IG hunkered down firing out of Chimera hatches. MSU Marine types running around hiding in Razorbacks or sniping out of Rhino hatches. Sticking a 5-man Scout, Marine, CSM or IST squad in a Land Raider to make it scoring. Dire Avengers in Wave Serpents who never get out and are just there to make the tank scoring. Burna Boyz doing drive-by flamings from a battlewagon.
These sorts of armies are undoubtedly effective in many ways and have their advantages. They're just not my cup of tea.
I run transports in many armies, as well as regular tanks. I don't have a problem with them in and of themselves. What I don't like as much is the way that they're being used in many cases these days, and I've figured out why.
Back in the day, transports were primarily used to take a squad and move it somewhere. It would then get out voluntarily and do something. Nowadays the goal of the squad in the transport is primarily to stay inside for as long as possible. Some armies and builds still use transports in order to actually get somewhere and do something outside of the transport, but many are more focused on sitting in their bunkers or doing drive-bys.
Why is that an issue for me? From a pure gameplay perspective, it's not. It's a valid tactical choice, and "realistic" in many ways, as realistic as anything in 40K. But from the perspective of this being a miniatures game, it's disappointing to me. I like infantry models. There's a lot of cool kits out there. I like it when those guys I spent so long building and painting actually hit the table instead of sitting in their foam firing meltaguns by proxy. I want to see the other guy's army, not just the boxes he carries them around in.
There will be times when I'll drive around in my boxes and fire out of the top. My CSM have done it trying to melta-down a hive tyrant, and even my Orks have done it gunning at genestealers from Trukks (weedy Blood Axe gits!). But that's not my goal going into the game, and not my goal when I'm building the army and writing the lists. I should want to buy the transport in order to make the squad more versatile; I shouldn't want to buy the squad in order to gain access to the transport.
Maybe Dark Eldar will provide the best of both worlds if you can actually fit full squads on the Raider models.