In a game as vast as Warhammer 40,000 has become, there’s always been a need for different ways to smash your plastic pile against someone else’s plastic pile in ritual combat. Full-on legions on either side to squad based skirmishes, they still persist in the the next new edition of the game– just with the revamp of a simple idea to make the game easier to understand than before.
In the ninth edition of 40K, Games Workshop introduced the “Combat Patrol” box sets. Replaced previous starter collection kits for the various factions of war hammerthey were all designed with the goal of giving newcomers to the game or a given faction a cheaper, game-legal, and fairly varied box of models worth around 500 points, the smallest game size in Warhammer 40Kits different scales. They were a way to give people a single box to start playing the game, one that gave them the flavor of what a given faction in war hammer made in a size that made it easier to learn.
It was not Perfect– like nine editing matured, it became necessary to replace combat patrol boxes of some factions with new or modified miniature loadouts, and some boxes would have strong advantages over others in a match if they included massive creatures or heavy vehicle units. And with the rise of smaller-scale games and alternative formats like team-based spinoffs kill team or the recently introduction of the “Boarding Actions” formatthe need for a particularly balanced small-scale type of game has become less relevant.
A new edition of 40K means attracting new players to war hammer as a whole – and so Combat Patrol makes a return as an even more specialized game mode designed towards newcomers taking a given box in the range and getting begin. As detailed by Games Workshop in new post todayCombat Patrol will have a very specific set of limits in the recently updated rules of Warhammer 40K10th edition when it comes out this summer. Unlike its current setup, Combat Patrol will use a specific army list made up of the models found in each faction’s current Combat Patrol box, with a set of weapon and loadout options, and a lite version of the rules. of included units specific to Combat Patrol. games, including ways to balance what used to be unequal clashes if, for example, you have strength primarily infantry clashing with heavy vehicular combat patrol.
Between this and a limited selection of alternative rules enhancements like special abilities for a hero unit or army-wide orders known in 40K as stratagems he takes the already condensed version of Warhammer 40,000and simplify them a little more, removing most, but not all, of the options to a new player so they can learn the rules of the game. And since there’s usually only one battle patrol per faction available at any given time, you’ll get a rough idea of what you’re up against in a match given. It’s great for newcomers in a way that the current system isn’t. enough– it’s an isolated game format that doesn’t overwhelm them with the full scope of 40Kand while some unit rules and abilities are format-restricted, they are not completely different from how they would work in standard system games.
Even if you’re not new to the hobby, the format offers an interesting chance to experience a faction you’re unfamiliar with, without the daunting prospect of committing yourself to a massive force you don’t know. wouldn’t like to play. Combat patrols, like many war hammer these days, are still quite expensive, comes in at $160– but with all 10th edition rules updated and available digitally for free from day one, that’s the only cost you’ll need to get started 40K or with a new army, versus spending more than you would now. And if you are already a 40K player, this new version of Combat Patrol doesn’t suddenly erase all the ways you can already play small-scale skirmishes with your armies in the new edition; all current options for point-limited battles or skirmish-specific formats like boarding actions will persist in the new edition.
There are still plenty of questions about the new format, like whether the current Combat Patrols will be retired and reintroduced to include physical versions of their new specific rules and datasheets alongside the free. digital versions available, how some of the boxes available with options to create units in alternate types will be locked into a singular roster, or if there will be new boxes replacing the current generation entirely at some point. But with the evolution of Combat Patrol for the new edition, Games Workshop speaks at least like its heart in the right place to make your way to 40K it’s as unintimidating as possible, without sacrificing depth that will hopefully turn newcomers into long-term fans.
Warhammer 40,000The 10th edition of will be released in June 2023 with the Leviathan starting box, pitting the Space Marines against the alien swarms of the Tyranids. The box will include, in addition to the main core rules of the new edition, the rules and datasheets for using a selection of Space Marines and Tyranid forces indoors as new combat patrol forces, as well as in other standard game formats.
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