The Road to Da ‘Ard Boyz 2011: EvantheNoob’s Take

Sorry everyone, I’ve been very busy with my job as of late and have let the blog fall to the wayside while I proved I deserved my paycheck. I hope everyone had happy and safe holidays, and that all the bad decisions made on new year’s eve only resulted in hangovers the next day.

So with that said, like Thor, I’ve begun to consider my ‘Ard Boyz options for the upcoming year. I played in 2009, but had to skip 2010 due to military commitments. Hopefully, this year I’ll be able to attend. I have mixed feelings about ‘ard boyz. It is certainly a marketing ploy, and it can bring out the worst in otherwise good opponents. However, there is a certain appeal to the “no whining” element of it. Bringing your best army (or codex if you prefer) and proceding to pummel your opponent to a bloody pulp make me, the Emperor, and Khorne happy pandas.

With that said, I have no intentions of bringing my Tau yet again. I was lucky in 2009 to make it to the semis with them; I have no illusion about their ability to perform this year. I looked at my gaming budget and decided that, if I wanted to construct an army for ‘Ard Boyz,’ I would have to be compact, rock-hard, and use as many pieces as I already had as possible. That pretty much narrowed it down to marines of some sort.

So I held my nose and started purchasing razorbacks. I’ve decided to throw my hat into the thunderwolf/razorback/long fang spam ring. Original? no. Competitive? Hell, yes. I’ve probably got about 1250-1500 points worth of space wolves sitting in sprues and boxes, just waiting to be assembled for the All Father.

It’s an interesting experience when you know you are setting out to build a net-list. It feels a little dirty, but at the same time, you gain a certain clarity of purpose. This army will be designed to get me as far as possible in the tournament (or any tournament for that matter). It’s not there to look “fluffy” or “fun.” It’s being constructed to scare the living bejesus out of people, and I think it will.

Now, just because I am constructing a net-list doesn’t mean I don’t have some standards. I have a hard time fielding unpainted models, so likely this force will be painted unless there is just no way to get it done. I paint slowly, but I can be obsessive about it. It won’t be ‘eavy metal quality, but I think it will be a good table-top standard.

Anyway, there’s alot of things to be done in the upcoming months, and not alot of time to devote to doing them. I’m off to stare at my Space Wolf codex one more time (it’s deliciously cheesy) while I try to figure out how I’m going to buy and convert 15+ thunderwolves.

  • I’d be more than happy to clash my Shrike list with this when you get what you need model-wise. I’ll need all the practice I can get, no doubt you will also.

    As for blog posts, you have half as many as Kamui already and he’s been on my blog for about a year now :P

  • I enjoyed reading about your plans for ‘Ard Boyz and thought your description of building a net-list army was funny. Best of luck to you with the new army and tournament, as well as putting getting together that many Thunderwolves!

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