Hey everyone. How’s it going?
It’s been over 7 years since I last played a game of 40k, due to me moving from England to Japan. Whilst I attempted to continue with my hobby whilst I was out there, I wasn’t very successful. As a result, I’m two editions behind on where the game of Warhammer 40,000 is and I’m hoping some kind people can give me some advice in playing catch up. I've got a bunch of questions, all in bold and in green so they stand out.
When I last played, there were four main ways to play the game; core Warhammer 40k, Apocalypse, Cities of Death, and Planetstrike. I’m a huge fan of playing with these alternate ways so eventually I’d like to be able to play in all of these different ways.
I’ve been looking at the array of books that are available at the GW website and can kind of group them into the following groups. If anyone can help me out with anything I’ve gotten wrong, or anything that I’ve missed out because I don’t have the books, I’d greatly appreciate it.
Warhammer 40,000: Apocalypse seems to be the equivalent of the old Apocalypse book. Would I be correct in assuming that Apocalypse Warzone: Damnos and Apocalypse Warzone: Valedor are supplements for Apocalypse that add new information only for certain armies, unlike how Apocalypse: Reload added information for all armies? Are the two Warzone books worth picking up for someone who doesn’t play those armies?
I can’t seem to find any specific books that are the equivalent of either Cities of Death or Planetstrike. Codex: Stronghold Assault seems to have aspects of both, especially as it mentions “updated rules for buildings and fortifications.” Fortifications don’t seem to be in the core rulebook any more, unlike in 6th edition, so I assume that if I want to use my existing models like Aquila Defence Lines and Bastions I’m going to have to buy Stronghold Assault anyway?
Shield of Baal (Exterminatus and Leviathan), War Zone Damocles (Kauyon and Mont’Ka), Sanctus Reach (The Red Waaagh! and Hour of the Wolf), and Warzone Fenris: Curse of the Wulfen all seem to be campaign books that add additional rules for the armies involved. Again, how essential are these for players who don’t own the appropriate armies?
Escalation seems to be a new way of playing, but seems to be a way to add Apocalypse units to games of regular 40k. I’m going to have to pick up a copy anyway, since I want to complete the CAD in a Quarter section of the 2016 Hobby Progress Challenge and need to find out what Lords of War the Deathwatch have access to.
Likewise, Death from the Skies seems to add more to the core game. How essential is it? And would I be better off picking up the book in the store or one of the recent boxed releases with two flyer models inside?
Finally, I’ve got Altar of War and Angels of Death. Are the missions in Altar of War worth picking up? As a Deathwatch player, and someone with intentions to rebuild his Dark Angels and Raven Guard armies, is it worth picking Angels of Death up?
Thanks in advance to anyone who can offer me any kind of advice on this matter.