I’ve put up a lot of articles about just playing the game the way you want to. Talking about finding something that works for you, not what everyone else tells you to do. That all the advice in the world is worthless if you aren’t having a good time. Well, some times you need to heed your own advice.
I recently had a enema…err, I mean an epiphany. Long story short, playing my Marines has been an ongoing struggle to find a fit. To find a style that suited me and I enjoyed. I started finding some elements that were working and slowly making progress. Then the other weekend I attended a tournament, Battle for the Burbs, and my Orks were curb-stomped. For the tournament this past Saturday I decided to use my Marines, not having the heart to try the greenskins again. I put up a test list for my Marines that was rather sad but it got me thinking, and with the help of Ming in some indirect way I really can’t explain, I was on to something.
The culmination of recent events got me to realize something, I need to play aggressively. I’ll save you all the crazy ride that is my thought process, but that was my big revelation. I need to play my Marines like my Orks. I usually do well with my Orks when I keep to that simple concept. The times I lose with them is often attributed in some degree to forsaking aggression for a more cautious approach. Now, I’m not saying I do the same thing every time and just cram my army down someone’s throat. Aggressive game play is no less strategic than any other approach, or it doesn’t have to be anyway. So, if I do well with my Orks when I play aggressively then why not do the same with Marines?
I had found a few key components to my Marine lists that I kept falling back on prior to my mental breakthrough. These elements are aggressive, so why not build on that? That’s exactly what I decided to do for the tournament this weekend. I wrote the list, got some feedback and decided to run with it untested. Now, I did do well this weekend, getting a 3rd place tie, but it wasn’t how I ranked that opened my eyes, it was how much fun I had playing it, the rank was just affirmation of a realization.
I’ve said it before and now I’ll say it and adhere to my own advice, play the game the way you want to play it. Screw everything else, go have fun and when you’re having fun everything else will fall into place.
++Exert of Epistolary Librarian Orien Legatus’ speech to the First Wing aboard their Strike Cruiser ‘Bloody Talon’++
“Brothers. For a decade now our path has been unclear. We have performed with honor in countless wars. We have served the chapter and the Imperium for the betterment of mankind with all the fervor and loyalty that is expected of the Emperor’s angels of death. Yet, despite all our success we have been adrift, our course ambiguous. The tarot refusing to guide us completely. That time is over my brothers.”