Two questions here, why did you quit Warhammer 40K, and did you REALLY quit or are you just protesting?
I hope to straighten you out and get you back on the table with this army.
It’s easy to get a bit overwhelmed with 40K these days with not only how fast the army codex books are coming out- compared to even 5th edition, and that isn’t to count all the supplements, data sheets, and expansion books, oh and while you are at it throw Forge World into the mix.
Compounding this feeling also is the issues of allies- now I can have my Necrons brofist with Blood Angels (UNTHINKABLE just a short edition ago), add some inquisitor dudes, and for no real fluff reason add in some Tau battle suits and big-gobots.
And you are under the assumption that 40k even HAS a force org chart anymore?
GW is pushing this of course since it sells and makes collecting just one army kind of obsolete- now buy any models you like, but is it all really doom and gloom.
Let’s take a step back and examine not only why we play the game but also the social contract behind it- it’s easy to forget that the rules are OPTIONAL.
Let’s harken back to more than a few years ago when a young Fritz started playing 40K with his buddy Naps and Miguel. Naps was rocking Space Marines, I picked Eldar not knowing that they were space elves under the helmet, of which funny story, I actually HATE elves in most RPG settings, to the irony that I’ve built my 40K gaming life on them isn’t lost on me, and Miguel played squats just before GW dumped them.
Playing in Naps’ basement the rules were a little…hard for us- we played where you would roll to hit, and then the opposing model would take an armor save. We couldn’t understand stuff like AP value, and the wounds chart was a bit mystic at the time like a magic square so we dumped it.
IMAGINE playing 40K like this now, you would be branded a cheater, but guess what, it didn’t stop our games and we had a blast playing!
TOURNAMENTS seem to drive 40K these days, and perhaps sadly so, even non-tournament players are influenced by them- even worse when a hobbyist player goes to an event thinking it will be like playing at their club and they hit the wall of a WAAC player.
It’s also easy to forget that there are LOTS of other ways to play 40K and remove yourself completely from the codex-crazy-best-at-the-moment scene, or remove yourself form the you-need-every-GW-download-to-use-your-models.
What about playing Combat Patrol?
What about playing Kill Teams?
What about playing with Apocalypse rules, just no super heavies?
What about playing RPG games like Dark Heresy with your models and scenery?
Don’t let the internet and current GW policy change why you enjoy the game, and if your group has changed, work on changing it back, or finding other players that enjoy what you enjoy.
You love the models, you love the fluff, and you love the social aspects of hanging out, building and painting- so WHY are you letting silly stuff like the “rules” force you out of the game?