Interesting. I think I've become one of GW's mythical collectors that none of us know.
Over the past few weeks I've been watching quite a few hobby videos on YouTube, most of them aimed at painting 40k models. These are generally airbrush tutorials, but not exclusively so. They have really enthused me to start painting the bare metal/plastic 40k models I have downstairs in the Dunn-geon.
So out have come the 40k Iron Warriors and I'm currently building them, ready to paint.
But the really interesting thing is that I have absolutely no interest in playing 40k - just in finishing the army!
The reason for this may be a diminished attention span but really it is the perception that the game is a complete dog's breakfast.
A lot of this seems to be driven by the introduction of complication for no discernible purpose. Notice I don't say complexity. None of the added material is necessarily complex, rather just veneers of added rules. The last two 40k competitions I've viewed - Call to Arms and Maelstrom had people nose deep in their rule books trying to decipher some unnecessarily elaborate rule.
The second thing that sticks out is the introduction of allies into the mix. This "unbound" nature has created forces that have no semblance of a reasonable basis - Tau armies with allied Space Marines, an Imperial Knight and maybe an assassin or Inquistor. I'm sure you can tell me a story how they all got together but in my eyes "Cool Story Bro, it doesn't look like an army". Maelstrom last year looked like "Bring Your Imperial Knight to School" day.
The final thing is the power creep introduced by GW's release schedule. So you've had two Tau releases (and one on the way) since the last Chaos Space Marines. Because GW has to sell models these releases have to see some sort of power creep as by their own admission GW gave up any thoughts of balancing their games at least as long ago as 2013. This was evidenced in WHFB with the release of Doomfire Warlocks, the Host of the Eternity King and no FAQs in the last 30 months of the game. They followed this with Age of Sigmar where you just "bring your collections" because balanced points are so last decade. Roll on Q4 when GW throws out any
I'm sure some TO will tell me I'm wrong and the game is great and I should give it a chance. However just like I know I wouldn't enjoy being subjected to prison rape although I haven't experienced it , I don't have to play 40k to know I wouldn't enjoy it.
Thanks GW....you made me into a Collector!