A comedy of errors
I had actual work to do today, so the Jezzail conversion will have to wait. So that means today you get a news and stuff day.
Here is an interesting article I came across dealing with Games Workshops new line of plastics. Being a professional print designer I was actually hoping the piece was about new GW packages, where as it is actually about the contents of new plastic kits. Sounds ludicrous, being interested in someones cardboard box, but it’s like any job. You do it for a while, and soon it’s all you can see. Architects look at how buildings are built and what they are made of, police officers always check people out, cooks always thinks about ingredients.
Anyway. Basically the article tells us in the hobby nothing really new. It will be interesting to see how intensely focused this box integration is. For instance, will new plastic Skaven build Clanrats, Stormvermin and Plague Monks? Or is it more along the lines of Plague Monks and Censer Bearers from the same box? I’m just curious how this will work for Warhammer, as it is 40k that offers a vast array of options for each troop type.
I have also been trapsing around the internet gawking at other people armies again. Today I thought I would highlight another type of themed army, the ‘comedy army’. My two examples are thus. Aaron Chapman’s Holy Grail army and this odd Orc warband for Mordheim on a site I cannot read the language of.
These are both what I call ‘comedy armies’, armies themed around a subject that could be considered comical. These are odd beasts. On the one hand they often show a lot of passion and dedication from the creator in achieving their vision. On the other, the bulk of the time they aren’t really that funny and they detract overall from the Warhammer game.
Don’t get me wrong. If I went to a tournament and the Holy Grail army was plonked down in front of me, I would fight against it no problems. It’s just that, and to regular readers it will sounds like I’m flogging a dead horse, they aren’t that original or creative. The creator of a comedy army is essentially transplanting an existing unrelated idea into a tabletop army. I will even take the extra leap and say that they never even attempt to make it fit into the Warhammer background somehow. I agree, why would you want Hello Kitty written into your Warhammer time line, but that is part of my problem.
I like seeing armies that people have created from the background. They have read through the army book and thought about what characteristics they like in the army and built something to reflect that. Even those who build armies purely for power normally at least have an underlying thread that is pulled from their armies history or character that they apply to the models. Thus the army still retains a strong cohesive character.
It it noble to spend your time building an army that you think will amuse people, but most comedy armies just exist as parody. I have seen armies that have made me laugh, but by subtle distortion of Warhammer background through conversions, painting and general hard work.