Happy Memorial Day to all my American viewers! Since I reside in that mitten shaped state in the US, I will also be taking it easy today.
This Memorial Day I am up in northern Michigan, trying to take a break from the bustle of life. I am now relaxing in the same house I was in when the news about Nagash began leaking back in late August and I can't help but feel a bit of that same excitement about Warhammer Fantasy. 9th Edition is coming, and sooner rather then later, and I for one am eagerly awaiting it.
There is still a lot that is unknown about what the future holds for it, and it's even muddier with the release of those pictures of the Lizardmen army on BOTH round and square bases from the Warhammer World event.
There have also now been pictures of Fantasy character blisters that people have purchased recently that come packaged with both styles of bases. This leads me to believe that whichever base you use will have no effect on gameplay in 9th. This would mean that the ranking system is most likely gone, which would be disappointing, but I'll roll with the punches and I'm sure whatever the system for the game is it'll be fun to play. Alternatively the round bases could just be for the skirmish version of the game with square bases and ranking still being used for the larger battles. This seems unlikely though since they would want to use the skirmish game as an introduction to eventually get people to buy enough models to play the larger games. Having different bases between the two would just be an unnecessary roadblock.
A few of the definitively positive things to come out of these leaked pictures are the inclusion of certain models. Firstly, the Lizardmen are on display, which means they are not dead and gone like a lot of fear mongers have been saying. Secondly, there were several special characters who had been killed off in the End Times who had been rebased to be on round bases. If these characters were really dead and gone I don't see why they would have taken the time to rebase them.
Although there is a lot of uncertainty with what's coming in the near future, I have to say the new displays for Warhammer Fantasy at Warhammer World have left me excited. They are fantastic and apparently at least one of them will feature in the new 9th edition rulebook so it bodes well for the directions of the lore and existence of certain armies. Well I have already written more then I intended to for what was supposed to be a simple "I'm taking Memorial Day off" post, so I'll just leave you with some more pictures of those awesome displays!
Until next time,