Thursday, June 30, 2011

Marshaling your forces

One aspect of 40K that I have never bought into was one list to rule them all. I am not saying that people who build one list for an army are wrong but that is not for me. I think this has to do with the fact that I view 40K as almost a narrative of ongoing battles. What works against one army doesn't work well against another. I have been accused of list tailoring and such but I say those gamers are just hating on me for having so much stuff!

The way I look at it when a Space Marine strike force is sent out it does not just draw the most "well rounded" equipment on average. They bring the whole damn kitchen sink. The commander looks at the intel and sees what he is up against and everyone draws their weapons accordingly. After the battle they are able to refit as necessary.

This is where playing in a campaign is right up my alley. After each battle is sit back and assess what did well and what did poorly. I also look at my next opponent and modify my list accordingly. Playing Orks? You better believe you are going see heavy bolters and flamers. Got some Death Guard marines coming my way? Break out the plasma cannons and plasma guns. Each situation requires different weapons and tactics.

This flexibility also lets you use units you never thought you would use. And units that "experts" say are terrible might surprise you and your opponent and help you pull out the win. This is where it helps to be a collector!


1 comment:

  1. I whole heartedly agree! In the army list Im planning on bringing for the Bay Area Open ive included deathcompany in my competitive list. Now MOST BA players on the net will say this is a no no as they cannot score and suffer from rage. However Ive have learned that they are the best "crack" unit money can buy. And to further annoy those interweb nay-sayers ive also given them jumpacks. "Why in dear gods name?" simple Im now turning there weakned "rage" into an advantage. Point is in everygame ive played with them they just wreck and destroy and they do it very fast.