While the Warhammer 40k Characters are cool, most of them never make it to the table for my games. There are really only a couple of reasons for this. The first is the cost, the second is the point cost, and the third is well they are fluff related.
The dollar amount for most single model characters is just too much. Especially now that they are going to finecast, or should I say fine crap as it is being reported all around the globe. They are just not worth that much money to me. So it is my way of saying wake up GW we don’t agree with your tactics.
More often than not the characters are over pointed for what they do. I and my friends are competitive – we play to win. With that kind of mentality it is much more effective to take another squad over a character. Why? Because most of the time taking a squad over a character gives ten to twenty dice, depending on weapons, for about the same point value. It is really the dice you are paying for, and the 40k game is more about numbers than it is tactics.
Lastly, I hate fluff. Not because it is not good, but because it is not needed to play the game. Actually it is not the fluff I hate. It is the concept that fluff needs to be elevated to point where it should influence your game. Nothing is more annoying than having a player tell you that your army is built wrong because it does not support the fluff. My all time favorite is you can’t beat me because I am playing Space Marines and you have never beat us in the story line. Man did I laugh when I destroyed his perfectly built fluff list.