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The Reason for the Rats

When I decided to get into Warhammer 2 years ago, I narrowed down my army selection to Orcs & Goblins and Skaven. I went with the greenskins because they had their twisted humour and I liked the way the looked. A few months ago, Animosity became too much to stand. Every time I needed a unit to move, a squabble would break out and trap everything behind them. The became incredibly unreliable and just plain frustrating. I can deal with units being vaporised by friendly fire, wiped out in one go, and any other horrible fate that might befall them. At least they had a chance to move and do something. Spending most of the game squabbling and moving a staggering 8" in the whole game? That's just not fun.

When the Island of Blood Boxed set was announced, a friend of mine said he would be getting the box to bolster his High Elves, but had no need for the Skaven. I leaped at the chance to get my hands on Skaven and we ended up ordering 2 boxes. Before the release, I grabbed everything I figured I could ever want to field and started my adventure down the path of the Great Horned Rat. So far they've been rediculously fun. Yeah, they misfire a bunch and can be wildly unpredictable, but I'd rather deal with that and watch the carnage than just sit back waiting for the squabbling to stop.

But now I have a LOOOOONG road ahead of me. With about 300 or so models to paint, I'm going to be at it for a while. And with the Island of Blood and Points Challenge League tournaments that I'm in, I should have plenty of games with the Skaven under my belt by the end of the year. It's going to be an interesting few months!

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