Okay, so there are some obvious differences. For one, 40K is the primary game at the store; we all play it, some of us at a pretty high level. Better have the goods to back up the statement, yes? We knew what we were doing there, but this is a different animal.
CliffNotes: Brent yaks briefly about some thoughts on learning a new system.
...but this is a different animal.
The 40K build was a huge success. For those of us who stuck it out, we learned an new army from the ground up - in my case, that was Daemons, and there's not a doubt in my mind I can give anyone, anywhere a topnotch game. And I don't care how good they are, they'd better play well or I'll win.
That's arrogant/cocky/brash/egotistical - insert the word of your choice, but it's true. That's what almost a year of hard work and practice did for my game. I was good before; add discipline to that and you've got great.
So we're trying to apply the same logic to Warhammer... and at this point, I'll be happy if I can learn how to play with all the rules. The 40K project put a shine to my game - I just hope this teaches me one! After my first tournament in a long time, all I have to say is:
Crap, how hard is this going to be?
My army has something to do with my mood about it; I've chosen to play Tomb Kings and after today I think that's like saddling a weight to my leg and trying to swim. My decision was based primarily on interest and owning the models... and if I want to be honest, I know there's a new Army Book on the horizon.
Still, I have to admit I'm underwhelmed. Let's look at what I took.
My basic idea, after losing with traditional builds including archers and Screaming Skull Catapults, was doing an Undead Construct build. I took advantage of being able to fit in a Bone Giant, then added two Scorpions. My General is killy
Game 1, Vampire Counts: LOSE... a close loss
Game 2, Orcs, LOSE... a beatdown
Game 3, Dark Elves, LOSE... a beatdown
Game 4, Dwarves, WIN... a blowout
So much for that idea! I'll talk about each game individually at some point soon, but my general idea is Tomb Kings don't have enough in the tank to win consistently in 8th Edition.
Remember, my motto is Competitive is Consistent. I'm not here to win a Rock vs Scissors match. I'll leave that to other Internet Personalities. There are IP's out there who swear that's all 40K is; I don't buy it.
I really thought I'd have an edge in magic, what with having spells from 3 sources that auto work. The problem is my casting values are low and I give up, on average, 5 or so Dispel Dice. That's enough to shut me down in some cases. Even when spells get through, it's not enough quality magic. More on that another time.
More on it all another time. I'm tired!
Now, don't get me wrong here, I'm not quitting on this; I'm stubborn I am. I wanna learn and I'll put in the time and hard work. I'll find an angle.
As a matter of fact, I've got a cunning plan...