So I’ve reached that point where I feel like something has got to give in regards to 40K and my gaming ability, such as it is lately. In short, 6th edition is kicking my ass. It’s not the rules I have a problem with. I’ve got those down pretty well. It’s everything I’m facing in combination with what I own and my ability as a gamer. I’m not going to sit here pissing and moaning about it, instead I’m going to make a conscious effort to improve as a gamer instead of making excuses.
A game of 40K begins with list building so it only seems appropriate to start here in my road to redemption. Now, not to make excuses, but there is only so much I can do in this arena. Chaos is my favored army and again getting on the table more lately, so it will be my focus. My collection of Chaos is pretty limited however. I’ve forever been waiting on the new codex so I can begin investing in the army more. For the moment I’ve stuck to the safe purchases like troops and HQs. I don’t have the models to change-up my lists much at all, if at all depending on the game size. That being said, I can still work within my limitations and that’s where I have to begin.
One thing I find that I do very poorly at with list building is accounting for how many kill points (KPs), I’m giving up in a list. I know this only accounts for 1 in 6 missions in 6th but at my FLGS we often practice during the month for the monthly tournament and that often means using the tournament missions. The tournament missions have KP, some even victory points, in varying degrees and so it needs to be something I pay more attention to. For example, last night I ran a 1,750 list with 2 x 5 Lesser Daemon squads. At that point level having two small squads like that was just giving up easy KP and I should have made it a single unit of 10. Likewise, I often run a 5-man CSM squad for home objective stuff and lately without a ride (my two Rhinos are being used by Plague Marines). The 5-man is fine in smaller games but again, at 1,750 having five dudes without a ride hanging out is just an easy KP.
Another element I often struggle with is appropriate choices for appropriate point levels. The two examples above regarding KP are examples of this as well but not exactly where I’m going with this. Take Daemon Princes. I love them. Big Daemons flying around smashing things just appeals to me. However, I’ve found in larger games having a Prince or two bouncing around doesn’t usually accomplish much for me. In games of 1,500 or under I find they do amazingly well but once you get beyond 1,500 their effectiveness diminishes. At that point I should be looking into other HQs that I can hide, like Sorcerers or Lords (more likely the former). It can just be damn hard to curb your hobby/nerd desire to put down models you really enjoy. Every unit has a place and I need to learn where that place is.
Those two things are by far my biggest weakness with list building and where I’ll start this process. I do not expect this one change alone to turn it all around for me, it’s just one step in the process. It’s time to re-work my 1,750 list and see next week how it goes and evaluate from there my next steps.