I spouted off the other day about my terrible luck with my favorite army, Chaos Marines. Well, that evening I put up the article I sat down and did a lot of thinking and realized a few things. One, I need to stop trying to fit the square peg into the round hole with how I approach my lists. Second, I need to finally accept that allies are here and avoiding using them is not doing me any favors at all.
My list approach lately has been to try to adapt to the shooting nature of 6th edition by trying to get as much shooting into my lists as I can with regards to my collection. There’s a few problems here. First, my collection doesn’t feature a lot of shooting units and when I try to make it happen I end up with a haphazard list. The list has a focus and a theme but it still lacks cohesion as the models I own are limiting. There’s also the fact that Chaos Marines don’t exactly excel in the long-range fire department, even with more appropriate models. Second, and more importantly to me, is I simply prefer assault based lists. When I put down a list that has such a heavy focus on shooting I just do not enjoy it as much as a list meant to run up and punch heads in. From time to time to change things up and keep things fresh I don’t mind doing a heavy shooting list but not as my go-to list.
With regards to allies, I’ve avoided them forever. I kept telling myself I wanted to build out my Chaos Marines more; get myself a solid core and then look to bring in allies. The collection process has slowed down, however, due to my indecision with the army and how I want to approach it. All the while I have not been utilizing allies and restricting myself as a result. Having a goal is great but letting that goal hinder yourself is not productive at all. I have Orks that I can ally in and a fledgling Daemon army as well, plus some Imperial Guard I’ve begun collecting for this purpose. It’s time to stop putting it off. Plus, in working with allies I may find some enlightenment to my Chaos Marines collection, how I want to proceed with it.
On that note, with all this thinking I also drafted up some lists. One was a list with what I own and another was a list with models I do not own but can easily, as in it’s not super expensive to buy should I like what I try. Both lists focus on close combat and my aggressive nature. I should note that it’s not just close combat I enjoy, it’s more that I enjoy aggressive lists. Sitting back on the board edge firing for 5-turns bores the shit out of me. Having a bunch of guys drive forward into the enemy’s face and jump out to rapid fire and/or assault is more my nature. That’s where I’m going with my lists ideas.
The ally I opted to try first is Daemons. Being battle brothers with Chaos Marines is a factor and also that I own painted models as well. Plus, they fit the bill of being an aggressive army, working well with my approach and Chaos Marines in general.
The list I want to try is this: http://cmdctr.net/lists/disciples-of-twilight-1500-wdaemon-allies-v2/
It’s a pretty straight forward in-your-face list. It’s almost like how I approached my Orks in that dealing with armor is mostly going to come down to melee. What little shooting I do have is mid to short-range. As I’ve said in the past, making balanced lists has never been my preference. I prefer to have a focus even if it gives me a glaring weakness.
I may lose motivation from time to time with 40K or hit a low point where game after game I’m getting my ass handed to me, but I love this game. I’ll take some time to lick my wounds but ultimately it serves as a time of self-evaluation. If I’m doing poorly then it’s not the fault of my opponent or the game itself, it’s something I’m doing wrong. It’s in these moments of realization that the chance to become a better gamer presents itself and only a fool would ignore it.