The Emperor loves skulls

The Emperor loves skulls

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Writer_smallerSpace Marines!

We’ve seen dude-bro Space Marines before, and the characterisation of humanity’s ultimate warriors as meathead jocks just feels right. And they are so much fun to write, I think we will see them again, eventually. Two things to note here: his fantastically awful hair was all Aileen’s design, and I love it. Also I mostly stole this joke from Ger. Thanks buddy!

As for the skull thing, if you’re not familiar with the game and its universe, a look through Games Workshop’s website will show a fearsome, dedicated army whose accessory and decoration needs are catered for in the local ossuary (Bones ‘R Us, up the street from Bones Brothers, and opposite Bargain Basement Bones).

We actually have a Games Workshop store opening in our city (town, by American standards) in the next month, which is great, but my gaming doesn’t intersect with Games Workshop’s range any more. Their stores no longer support specialist games like Blood Bowl and Necromunda, which is where my interest lies. Smaller scale games that allow for more character, and for proper campaigns. A larger scale war game is too much of an investment time-wise, and financially, of course. In the case of Games Workshop, the money involved is a big, scary factor and barrier to entry. But even time-wise, I would love to be playing the Imperial Assault skirmish game, and collecting a little Imperial army. But there are just so many other games to play, that I don’t know how realistic that will be for me.

The X-Wing miniatures game is a constant reminder of this. It is a small scale, fun and affordable miniatures game, set in the Star Wars universe with amazing models, and a pretty quick playing time.

It’s also mostly unplayed. Hell, I have a few days off starting tomorrow. I’m going to shorten this post, dust off the X-Wing rules, and get it to the table tomorrow. See you all next week, when Tiny Wooden Pieces returns to one of our favourite places.

For the Emperor! (Palpatine, that is. I like to play as the Imperials.)

12 Comments on The Emperor loves skulls
  • JK

    I definitely recommend the new 40K game by FFG, Forbidden Stars! It’s everything great and horrifying about the 40K universe in a great board game format.

    • I was pretty excited when that was announced. The reviews were very positive, but a long downtime between turns due to a lengthy combat turned me off it. I’d still love to play it, though, it just came off my buy list. You were impressed with it?

      • JK

        I managed to play 7 games in the last two weeks!
        https://www.boardgamegeek.com/plays/thing/175155?userid=269240

        The downtime during battles are long but it’s still fun. As a rule, I refuse to play games that are longer than 2 hours. Eclipse was an exception but FS is much better!

        • Better than Eclipse? I Really love Eclipse… I must try and find someone with a copy of this then, at least try it out.

  • Emily

    To admit defeat is to blaspheme against the Emperor. There’s always room for more skulls!

    • Ha ha! That’s the fighting spirit! Although if forced to draw any more skulls Aileen might actually go crazy…

      • Emily

        Hmmm, I shouldn’t encourage insanity in my web comic creators. Unless insanity makes her draw more comics?
        I feel like playing Warhammer on Steam now…

  • Stephen M. Schaefer
  • johncenafan55

    I’m really enjoying age of sigmar, I find that the clean rules keeps combat fast and unlike WHFB, AoS scales down to small warbands very nicely. Try it out with whatever models you have lying around, even imperial assault guys couting as whatever 🙂 It’s loads of fun imo

    • While I have no intention of getting back into GW (as mentioned above) I am quite curious about AoS. Actually, a skirmish-sized game is quite appealing. When our local GW opens up I will have to get a demo in, see what it plays like.

  • David

    This immediately made me think of this Mitchell and Webb sketch:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToKcmnrE5oY