As many of you are aware by now, the game store I play at has an annual hobby event in November called the Standish Standoff. This is an event where painting scores are a healthy portion of the overall scores so there’s incentive to bring a well painted army. Knowing that most of the other attendees will be bringing well painted armies adds to that incentive. In the past I have used the Standoff as motivation to hammer out a painted core for one of my armies. In 2011 it was my Reavers, a counts-as-Space-Wolves army. In 2012 I went with a hybrid Ork force. This year I am looking at the Rebel Grots.
I am currently in the process of selling my house and buying a new one. Small home repairs, packing, and all the other parts of this process are consuming a hefty portion of my time, and probably will do so well into September. On top of this, the Rebel Grots are a fairly time intensive army to build. There are no fully appropriate models for them so pretty much every piece must be converted. Great fun to work on but not a very fast army to build!
To hedge my bets I’m planning to ally my Grots and Orks for this event. I initially planned the Rebel Grots (counts as Imperial Guard) to be mercenary support for my Orks, and that’s a relationship they’ll maintain for as long as GW allows it. This is the list I am working on at the moment:
It’s a straightforward list with Orks providing the main bulk of shock troops and the Grots bringing long ranged support. I’ve played with similar lists and had good results. To field this I’ll need to finish up the two command squads and a squad of sentinels. I believe this will score well on army composition and it’s a reasonable amount of modelling/painting for me to accomplish by November.
If I have time I can start pulling out Ork units to add in more Grots. I would like to bring a full Rebel Grots list to the Standoff because it would be a really cool looking army. After I finish the units I mentioned above I’ll start working towards this:
That’s a tentative list of things I’d like to build and try out. It brings a ton of shooting and a ton of infantry as one might expect. There are enough chimeras and tanks to provide some decent mobility. It also uses a Devil Dog and Ratling Snipers, two units I very rarely see on the table. This is just a quick concept list and will probably evolve over the next couple of months. Most likely though I’ll end up with something between the two.
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