It's been a busy few days since I last posted, involving the following...
- Sitting on the table next to Bobby Davro when me and my wife went out for a meal on Saturday
- Sitting in traffic on the way down to Essex thanks to work, and doing my best not to ram people due to them being stupid drivers and slowing down the flow of traffic (all I can say was I was very very angry about a two hour trip taking four hours!)
- Sitting in a hotel listening to a co-worker moaning about things not being right with the hotel
- Sitting around thinking what fun I can have with the new Dark Eldar
As usual, when lots of people get excited about a new army the term Bandwagon gets banded around a lot. Lots of veteran players get disgruntled due to sticking with the race through thick and thin and then seeing lots of people playing with the army, thus ruining the 'unique' appeal about the army, but we also see other players getting annoyed as people are jumping on the next 'hard' army. Personally I think the Dark Eldar bandwagon will slow down after the release due to two things - The models look very detailed and the army will run like a glass cannon.
So why do I think this? Well lets look at the models. Firstly, they have to be some of the most detailed models that GW have produced. We have armoured plates all over the place as well as fine details making the models look very nice. The average gamer tends to get put off with things like this as they want to have their models done quickly and look good. Next up is the Glass Cannon. For those of you not familiar with the term, it basicly means for the Dark Eldar that they will hit hard but can't take any damage back. With an army of lots of Toughness 3 models with 5+ saves as well as Open Top AV 10 transports, it's easy to see this. Average gamers won't like this as they want to be able to win after a couple of games practise rather than quite a few games practise.
So because of this, I think interest in the army will fizzle out after a bit. Personally, I'm still looking forwards to them, as I want to improve my painting and I quite like playing with Glass Cannon armies. Then again, I could be completely wrong. Chaos Daemons for 40k were an army everybody said would be brilliant but interest fizzled out after a bit until recently (mainly thanks to Fiends I think) and they are proving to be quite popular.
Anyway, what do you think about this (or bandwagons in general)? Whack a comment up and let me know!