@photoben just pinged me this thread. Oh how I have been through a journey:
It all started with me buying Star Wars rebellion. A friend had a copy and he’d painted up the minis that you get. I remembered that I wasnt bad at painting as a kid and wondered how 40k had come on since I played the first proper boxes game from ‘93-95.
I mentioned it to a friend and he said he still had his old Imperial Guard army in his loft. So we went down to a our GW and tried 8th edition, decided it had streamlined quite a bit of the game and decided we’d give it a go.
£300 and at least 150 hours later I had a painted Tau army.
We joined the local war gaming club and played enough games to realise, it’s still a broken game. It’s like snooker. You can sit for an hour and not do anything but roll saves while your opponent pings unita off the board and rolls 120 dice of fire against you. It’s just dull and there are so many weird combinations of units, factions and weapons that there’s almost always an overpowered side that’ll destroy all comers. Basically it’s not fun.
While we were playing 40k the club ran a blood bowl tournament. And it seemed to have everything we loved: small scale, fast paced and if you play with a timer you’ll be doing something every four minutes. The low model count means you can paint a team in a week instead of months and the game itself is very focussed. Like a lil game of chess with a degree of chance. But most of all it has that very British thing of not taking itself seriously.
I grabbed a box with @photoben and played a couple of games with the club before lockdown and enjoyed it immensely. Since then I’ve been playing online and am painting the models (I’m happiest with my Snotlings pictured) and waiting to give the latest iteration a go in person and online when BBIII is released.