Sunday, May 12, 2013

Road to NOVA: List Building

I am working on a few list ideas and after listening to friends and a number of podcasts I have started working on a few items that lists should cover.  A while ago, I posted a list from a friend that covers what you should build into your lists for Warmachine.  It was a great idea and something that translates well into 40k.

In the past, most of my lists weren't really "all comers".  I think that is the main problem I have been having at tournaments.  My lists do one or two things really well and fall apart if someone can neutralize that or worse brings something that I didn't plan for.  This list below shows what I need to cover to have a all comers list:

  1. Cheap Durable Scoring Units: Usually 1 per 500 points.  I say durable and that is really a key part.  If a well placed baleflamer hits it will it be off the points.  Cheap is also key but sort of relative.   
  2. Something to Deal with Hordes/Blobs: The new norm now for a lot of armies.  
  3. Something to Deal with LOW AV (10-12): Transports, a lot of IG vehicles, and the like.
  4. AV 13 and 14: There aren't a lot but CronAir has 13 until they take a pen.  Landraiders are making a comeback.  What do you have to effectively deal with them?
  5. Monstrous Creatures: Be it Tyranids, Daemons, GK or Tau.  You need to deal with them.
  6. Flyers: Can you deal with them or ignore them?

In the weeks to follow, I plan on taking my lists and seeing how they stack up to this.  Both in the initial building phase and the actual test phase.  If I think of any new items or modifications, I will be sure to add them.  You know what they say, "No plan survives contact with the enemy."

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