Much will be answered soon and I’ll be able to form concrete decisions but until that time I can’t help but ponder a few things with my Ork army in the new codex. It’s not so much about what the best units are going to be or which have become trash as it is how I plan to approach the codex. Let me explain.
I basically have army collection ADD (ACADD?). There’s usually so much about a codex that I enjoy that I tend to buy up one unit of this, a unit of that and ultimately end up with a very hodge-podge collection of units that often times aren’t very cohesive beyond just being cool units to me. I then work on painting up the new units, trying to not buy new toys until those are ready, and by the time I have those new units all painted up I have become frustrated with my army on the tabletop. I become frustrated because my ADD collection method has me all spread out and lists just aren’t working. Instead of then trying to focus my attention, to reign myself in and form a solid list, I find myself not caring any longer and moving on to play a different army of mine while my aggregation wears off. This, as was the case most recently, can be years.
Obviously this is something I’m aware I do since I’m sitting here telling you all about it. My plan this time is to finally break the terrible trend of ACADD with my Orks and the new Ork codex. I know I will want to try every single unit out and scratch-build cool Orky stuff, stuff I don’t need, when I feel inspired but I have to curb the urge and stay focused. I love playing Orks and I do not want to burn myself out on them as I have so many times in the past. I’ve had my gripes with Ork codices in the past and how the army has played in various editions of Warhammer 40K but ultimately it’s been my own doing that has put them on the self.
As for my actual direction and collection focus, it will be on fast units and mechanized units, what I call Speedmek. I really like Boyz screaming up the field in Trukks, Deffkoptas, Wartrakks…the fast fragile stuff. I also like backing that up with artillery (no shortage of that coming out), Kanz and Dreads. This is lead by a Big Mek, historically, and now with the option of taking Meks on their own things will just come together (I hope). I own these units but, as mentioned, I have one of each unit (except for Boyz of course!). It’s time to step it up and create redundancy and realize that redundancy doesn’t have to equal spam.
Lastly, I’m not one to play the same list repeatedly and I never build an army for a particular list I have in mind. I don’t like to pigeonhole myself like that and I’ve seen so many people who do and then think it’s the army failing them when it’s their list. However, I will be building to a style of play because it’s what I enjoy and it will keep me focused. If I stick to my guns (should I say sluggas?), then the other benefit I will see will be generally doing better in games. I won’t be rebuilding lists week to week to mash in units I want to goof off with because my ACADD had me buy some new toys that don’t fit my collection. Basically, I will gain a familiarity with my list style and in turn become a better gamer. That’s the hope anyway and the plan. Let’s see if it works!
How do you go about collecting an army? Do you spread yourself around like I’ve done in the past or do you remain focused on a style or list and build towards that?