Whether it's fedoras, pop art, colonial wars or Nickelodean, retro is back. Old is the new new, and where else is this more true than the grumbling masses of ageing GW fans*? My gaming group have already rejected a lot of the changes that Sixth Edition brought**, and we generally play from memory (mostly Fourth).
But Kieran recently, and generously, let me have a copy of the Second Edition Guard Codex, and I have fond memories of the Third Edition one. So, when idly browsing Ebay I came across some absolute steals...
The Third Edition book was very emotive, since it was in vogue at the time of my conversion at about the age of ten. I still clearly remember, during a family trip to Cleethorpes, excitedly rifling a dog-eared, borrowed copy and falling in love with the Mordian Iron Guard (hence the special place my own Mordians have in my heart). The rules also mean a lot more to me, since I never knew the Second Edition and I could identify with Third a bit more.
The second treat was this lovely boxed set. I'm not entirely sure what it is - clearly some kind of Second Edition starter set, but there are all sorts of other models and books, and I'm not sure if they were thrown in or part of the pack at the time. I saw this as it was newly-listed on Ebay, and whacked an auto-bid on it for £6. Never expected to get it, but then a week later I got an email telling me I'd won!
The vague plan is for me and KB to experiment using our modern armies to see if we can bring back 40K at its peak. At the risk of going off at a tangent, I think that sums up the best thing about our hobby. In this world of ragequits and opinionated rants (I've had one or two myself), we need to remember this is all voluntary. If I don't like something GW does from now on, I'm going to bally well ignore it and make up my own rules/use my own models. Hurrah for isolationism!
We'll keep you posted as to how these games go!
For the moment - thanks for reading, and until next time,
* Despite my youth, I am still strictly speaking an 'ageing' fan; I am getting older.
** Not out of principle, I just can't be bothered to learn a whole new set of rules in order to continue doing what I do at the moment.