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With a bunch of new models to try out, Veganman and I planned a short 40K campaign.  The new 9th edition 40K ruleset includes a nice chapter on what they call  ‘Crusade’ rules.  These rules let you to run a short campaign, starting at what they call Patrol level.  Basic forces usually contain a couple of smaller units, a transport if you can afford it and a character of some type.  The force you use then slowly develops as the campaign goes on.  Game sizes start at 25 power per side and can progress upwards to 100 power per side if you are still wanting to play when the forces get to that size.

One of the things that make the new rules nice as well is the smaller table sizes that can be used.  You can play on a 6×4 table as before but if you want to play smaller games a smaller table forces you into contact range from the start.  This makes games that can be completed in a couple of hours where as in the past even our smaller games have felt overly long due to all the moving about while we attempt to get into any meaningful contact range.

One interesting aspect of smaller table games is the impact on initial placement of forces.  If you don’t have 2 turns of milling about while you both get into place you have to get that unit in cover or line of sight right from the start…

Our games were shorter as well to try to reduce the risk of COVID transmission. With windows and doors open, and winter bearing down, thermal undies were a must even in my little shed.

Sadly the lockdown started just as we were getting acclimatised to the cold, so our few and infrequent games again came to a halt…

Maybe we will get another game in sometime in the next few months.  Until then, there would be lots of free time that could be used to avoid any meaningful painting…