Hi all thought I'd bring my thoughts on the new LW points level to the discussion table.
Firstly this appears (at time of writing) to be the new points level - at the Welsh open in June they said this is their plan for 2015, and corrivalry are going to 1800 too.
But, is it too much?
Whilst an increase from 1750 ( points value two years ago iirc) to 1800 may not seem like much I think it is deceptively big. Take for example one of the new Remagen big cat lists, whilst 50 points might not buy you anything, 65 points could get you that static AA you were missing, or 70 points those RT nebs to chuck smoke at the opposition - personally I like having an incomplete force, the decision to decide which base not to cover can make a tournament far more interesting and exciting. Last year at BA2, I could not get AA for my Volksgrenadiers, in 4 of the 5 games that decision paid off, in the other game I was punished!
Yes for some people the extra points may just be 'another bazooka' etc, but I think 1800 gives some lists that extra space to optimise whilst disadvantaging lists which max out at other points levels (look at those LW Italians - you can not pay for any better support much after 1650 for instance!)
The other issues though I think are more important. Firstly table size, when I was at the Euro GT I noticed a 40K apocalypse game on a table, it had about 6 aside, and was played over 3-4 6 by 4 tables - but with so many models it was just two lines shooting each other (with the odd flyer in the middle) no manoeuvring at all! I fear the larger the game of FoW the larger the table we need to allow forces to move and react - otherwise what's the point in even having a movement stat?
The second one is game time, at the recent BAMW 1 day, I played three games with my finnish infantry, against tankovy, panzer pioneers and Italian infantry - or lots of tanks, elite infantry, hoard infantry - every game almost went to time - same at many LW events - when using an infantry force (especially against another infantry force) 2.5 hours is pretty tight to get a game in, you need to press as the attacker from the start - with 1800 points I think you really need 3 hour rounds.
Then finally there is the cynical reason - is this increase there to make us buy more models? Logically higher points = more models, but most people have more models than in their 'tournament list' and even if you buy another unit - I don't think that's a problem, it just gives you more options - I'm looking forward for example to the next LW book, as with a blister or two extra I'll hopefully have a whole new German force to play with.
Anyway, I would love to hear you guys thoughts on 1800 points for LW, and how you think it will/won't affect the game.