So lets chat. Mainly spurred from the armour compendium discussion and how people are voicing a bit of grievance over GWs business choices. So going to sort bring a main line thread to bear on that concept and GW's currently rather lack lustre decisions in some areas.
Do remember, it isn't all doom gloom and things go boom (and this is certainly not Dexter's lab) so while there are negatives there are positives so don't let it get you down too much but there is fair game in airing some bad blood and seeing if others agree, disagree or possibly can offer a new point of view on a topic.
The big hill right now is the rather odd and fairly negative practices with Forge World lately. Certainly I would agree on this end, with the main spot light on the Imperial guard though I believe marines have some axes to grind while there is a few here and there patches from Xenos. Not exactly impressed myself, while not an avid Imperial Guard player, I found the designs or the Drop Troops and Death Korp incredibly interesting and seeing the former had been completely merced some time ago and death korp by the seems getting the slow and gradual phase out for whatever reason, GW again push one narrative still that I notice and don't like: Play how we want you to play, the armies will look how we want them to look.
So to kick start proper, I will air my biggest gripes numbered 3.
"We will reduce bloat" says GW...I read the numerous captain datasheets and reply "so that was a lie?"
This is what irks me the most. Despite the "choice" of datasheets, characters have never been so restrained in load-outs. This didn't even start with captains to say the least with eldar Autarchs being "use Yriel or nothing at all" for any foot slogging autarch. The Datasheets are literally all for mainly one bespoke model, with 5 notably being for bespoke models: Indomintus Captain, Gravis Captain, Gravis Captain (electric boogaloo), Primaris Lieutenant, Primaris Lieutenant (but without his helmet). Excuse me but we just got 5 unique datasheets, pretty sure there are factions out there with LESS THAN 5 datasheets for HQs by default without anything special.
This annoys me because GW is basically trying to dictate how we equip our models and how to play them. How dare we try to optimise, experiment or make that really cool model. You will be pigeon-holed into a melee monster and like it, NO OTHER OPTIONS...and the weapons you get stuck with won't be optimally combined ether...
Alright, lets move on to another annoyance.
"We got rid of USR to help adjust the rules to each unit"...yet there are numerous units with deep strike that don't change how it works in the slightest with only one exception I know of being the ghostkeel...it can't appear with 12" if you are wondering.
So...the whole rules on datasheet is great but so far...anyone found any actual use of this to help make some units more bespoke or unique? We literally have USR still but now instead of "Universal Special Rules" they could now be called "Unspoken Special Rules". For all that talk yet no action and to top it off...more and more abilities keep going into stratagems. For most parts I like the concept but if we are going to a stratagem only thing...don't that smack of just USR but with more steps?
Finally. Legends...GW...I swear to the Emperor I will slap you (with a lightning claw).
As much as I understand the idea, it really isn't a good idea. I could understand really obscure models, maybe even really old ones that don't see much note but I find how it is being used like a waste bin for units you don't want to even recognise anymore revolting. I personally have a Land Raider Excelsior and Rhino Primaris and love them...but now worthless because they are legends.
Some may ask why the problem, but for someone like me legends is basically a dead pile. Open Play, yes. Some sort of weird Open "matched" play. But true matched play doesn't use it due to the units not getting updates, balance changes and the like. I would ask, how does one use the new land raider excelsior in Matched Play without house ruling. It doesn't work and I personally hate it. This is my most personal one to air but hey, got to air it.
Going to leave those there are as a platform to go from but lets not get too heavy into profanity or just giving one liners. Just trying to give an avenue to express some less positive feelings without de-railing another thread.