Last night I got in two games using my Marines. Both games were against fellow Marines and both games were losses. My record is far from great with my Marines. I love the fluff, I enjoy the modeling and I like the models themselves but I just can’t seem to win a game with them. I’ve been thinking long and hard as to why I’m not doing better and I think I’ve come to a conclusion. The thing that seems to be screwing me up is the fact that vanilla Marines are generalists. My first and preferred army is Orks. Now, like any army put out in the past few years they can be built to do whatever you want, shooty, mech, assault, etc. To me though Orks are all about assault, no denying it’s what they do best, and so any list I build is built with that core principle. I have a defined purpose and goal and I then need to figure out how I’m going to accomplish that. With Marines I don’t have that, they are good at everything but don’t really excel at anything. I don’t think the lists I’ve built are bad but for me and my style I feel I’ve built them too general. My lists tend to revolve around being adaptable, which is not a bad thing, but it just doesn’t suit me. My experience has told me that I need to define a goal and build for it. I’ve fought doing this with my Marines (they’re generalists damn it!), and I want to play them differently than my Orks. Well, even if I build an assault minded Marine list it’s going to play differently than my Orks. I could go for a shooty Marine list too if I really wanted to stay away from what I’m used to with Orks. The catch seems to be for me that I need to clearly define for myself what I want to do and get away from the middle of the road stuff, it just isn’t working for me.
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