I started this series the other week to try to put my thoughts into words and in turn get them to stick in my mind more. I’m very much a creature of habit and this includes doing things that don’t work. I began with The List to try to fix some issues I have in list creation. It’s still an ongoing process but I’ve done a lot better with it and don’t feel my lists are now contributing to my losses. Well, any more than an old codex can at least – Chaos.
With that out-of-the-way, relatively speaking, it’s time to move on to my deployment issues. Deployment has always been the weakest part of my game and bad deployment can get you a loss before the game begins. Where I seem to struggle the most with it is taking into account my enemy’s plan. I routinely fail to acknowledge what my enemy’s target priorities are going to be and when I think I’m setting up well I’m in fact feeding him/her the units they want.
The other thing I have a hard time with it setting up across from a heavy shooting army. I will, in a vast majority of games, be outgunned. My lists focus on the mid to short-range area and getting there in one piece has always been my bane. I think I struggle the most with it because it’s a style of play I do not use myself. If I face another short to mid-range army, or an army who focuses on melee, then I can setup well and deal with it as it’s my preferred method of play. By not playing a long-range shooting army I’m not intimately familiar with its shortcomings and tend to see it as a threat that I can’t possible come to grips with, literally. I suppose half of it is psyching myself out before a shot is fired.
Learning what my enemy’s priority targets are going to be, I feel, is the easier element in this to work on. It just takes a moment to sit back and think ‘What would I want to kill if I were him/her?” I simply need to force myself to take a moment and not fall into the routine. The latter, deployment against a shooty army, will take more time. I can read a hundred articles on the ideal deployment with Army A vs Army B and still struggle. I’m generally not one to take someone’s word on something, no matter how qualified they may be to give the advice, until I try it myself and make my own mistakes to learn from and in turn formulate my own plan. So, I need to make a solid effort to try something different when facing that gun line. Through trial and error, as I’ve always found that the best teaching method, learn what I need to do and not psych myself out to early. As long as I’m actively making an effort to improve in this area then those mistakes become teaching methods instead of areas of shear aggravation.