I've posted about this before. The topic comes up somewhat regularly on bulletin boards. You know, using Forge World stuff in regular games of 40k. I've decided I'm going to start using it in my Deathwing army.
I have three reasons.
1. I had a few spare points to spend.
2. I want increased options and variations for my army.
3. I want to see what people really think of Forge World.
I know I may be painting myself into a corner here but that's perfectly fine with me. The more I stay in the hobby, the more I find myself appreciating stuff that is different than the mainstream stuff you see out there.
Whether it be a conversion, a paint scheme or different rule, I find the stuff that is outside "regular" play (as most people describe it) to be a refreshing change of pace.
Now I'm not talking about "homegrown" stuff... that stuff almost always leaves me a little leary. I'm talking about Forge World stuff in particular and other stuff you might find published by GW that could be considered "official."
This won't be without it's problems though.
Forge World stuff is not used at my FLGS regularly outside of Apocalypse games. I've only ever played one game of Apocalypse and that was before the rules ever came out (I think we were guinea pigs and didn't know it at the time but I can't prove that). Besides, I don't have the points for Apocalypse games.
I like to stay with 1500 points. Sometimes I'll go as far as 1750 if I'm feeling really adventurous.
Forge World stuff is not allowed in regular tournaments at my FLGS. I've asked before and it's a no go. And I understand too. Books like Imperial Armour aren't that easy to get ahold of (due to price and availability) and tournament organisers have a responsibility to make sure the playing field is as level as possible for all participants starting out.
Now, I have an obligation to at least provide the Forge World rules for my opponent should they want to see them. This won't be a problem. I've got Imperial Armour II and the FAQ. I made copies of the relevant material so I should be good to go.
We'll see how others view my list now.
And for what it's worth, I'm using the Land Raider and Venerable Dreadnought rules from IA2. So that means all of the armour (over half the points) in my force now uses FW rules.