I have considered getting this game but Im not totally convinced its a good idea. Id have no one to play with here and I dont know if buying another Miniatures game is worth it. Can someone list what they see as pros and cons compared to 40k and at-43?
I've played 40k for quite a while, my friend and I first started playing around 15 years ago. I've collected a few different armies over the years: started off with Necrons, eventually started a Chaos Space Marine army, and finally I started Imperial Guard as my third army. As of now, I have sold off my Necrons and Imperial Guard, and I currently have my Chaos Space Marine Khorne army on eBay. It saddens me to have put it up yesterday considering its almost completely painted/based to a high standard, but the fact is I just never play it anymore. The models just sit in boxes collecting dust.
The reason why I dont play anymore is I find Dust Tactics/Warfare and some of the other miniatures games to be far superior in almost every facet. The only real advantage Games Workshop has over Dust is the higher detail quality of their models, but considering that you pay a much higher price for those models is it really worth it?
For around $200 you can build an amazing Dust Tactics/Warfare army. What will $200 buy you if you're looking to start a Warhammer army? You can buy the core rulebook, your armies rulebook, and maybe 2 boxes of miniatures consisting of around 200-500 points (depending on the models/army you buy). 200-500 points in the Warhammer world is nothing, you'll need around a $1000 investment in models to field anything competitive.
Time is another issue I have always had with Warhammer. It simply takes too long to play a game. The rulebook is jampacked with endless rules, so much so that you get into several arguments during a game with some rules-nazi (I apologize if "nazi" offends anyone) about some vague rule hidden within the 300-page rulebook. Then before you know it, your legs and back are throbbing because you've been standing up for the past 5 hours to play a game that you haven't even enjoyed because you realized you lost on turn one when you saw his Grey Knights setting up across the battlefield.
Which brings me to…BALANCE! Warhammer armies are completely unbalanced. There are definite and distinct army tiers that set the standard for powergamers. If you want to play in tournaments competitively, you know you'll have to play one of these handfull or armies. If you own something else, sorry, but you will not win. You may beat someone playing Witch Hunters in round one, but you wont make it far. Eventually the Grey Knights, Space Wolves, or leafblowing Imperial Guard will eat your army up.
So, if this was TLDR: Dust is a more balanced, cost effective, time conscious, friendlier game in which you dont have to spend a huge amount of money to enjoy. It also has a great theme, the Weird War II pulp fiction style is amazing…and there are SUPERHEROES!