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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The 'Poop Rules, Great Model' Dilemma

For all the issues that Games Workshop has, there's one thing that I think we can all agree upon...

Their models are fucking awesome*

*With some minor exceptions *Cough* Stormbrick..I mean Stormraven *Cough*




Unfortunately Games Workshops ability to write balanced rules is somewhat hit and miss. This creates an issue whereby a certain army and unit combination comes into favour amongst the competitive (and semi-competitive) community which with some codices best unit choices can occasionally look quite dull on the table-top. Even those individuals with exceptional painting skill will be hard pressed to make twelve Razorbacks look interesting...



Despite my (probably deserved) reputation for selecting armies and models entirely based on their ability to win games even I find myself looking at a beautifully detailed model with well written and inspirational background and then having that feeling of disappointment when I realise that it's over-pointed by several hundred percent, sucks generally or is just plain unsuitable to be used with the rest of my army in any kind of tournament viable build.

Our options in this scenario are somewhat limited if we really wish to keep our army at the top end of a competitive level.

Option 1.
'For Fun' builds...
So we could build an army using the unit and/or units anyway and only use it for casual pick-up games or prearranged 'fun' match-ups with friends armies that are equal in power level. This is obviously fine if that's your preferred way of playing games but for those of us who tend towards the more competitive gaming environment this will obviously put you at what may end up being a significant disadvantage. This is therefore a solution that only helps certain of the community.

Option 2.
One for the Cabinet, One for the Tabletop.
I'm sure Games Workshops finance department would be overjoyed if this was ever to become the norm. Many people are only interested in the painting part of this hobby and that's fine if that's your thing. However for those of us more biased towards the playing of games the thought of having to spend a small fortune (this isn't a cheap hobby after all) just to have some cool stuff sitting on a shelf isn't going to appeal. As an occasional 'one off' this is fine but as standard practice I'm not sure this is financially viable for any but the most affluent of us due to the fact that there are many great models released that also suck balls on the table-top.

Option 3.
'Counts-As'.

Always pretty much guaranteed to start an argument amongst certain people who consider 'counts-as' to be somewhere in the same list as necrophilia and bestiality...

If the model in question is close enough in appearance and weapon load-out to a model with decent rules then this is an entirely viable option but unfortunately this isn't often the case. I myself once used eighteen Chaos Spawn in a Chaos Daemons army to 'count-as' Fiends of Slaanesh because I can't stand the Fiend models but actually quite like Chaos Spawn (The model, not the actual unit). In fact that entire army didn't have a single unit in it that didn't rely on 'counts-as' in some regard. Should Chaos Spawn in a Chaos Space marine army ever get decent rules I'll be more than adequately prepared...we live in hope...

If I ever see a model I just must have then based on my hobby preferences then I'd have to go with option 3...You lot might have an entirely different point of view however...

Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome**

** except if they're in defence of the Stormraven which is as we know an ugly box...
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