Being a Victorious Player by Chaplain Centuris

9 Dec

In order to accomplish your goal of being a victorious player you have to decide the kind of play style that you like and are comfortable with.  Are you a charge across the field and beat face or are you a sit back and shoot or are you a strategist?  Once you figure out your style then pick an army that complements that style.

I play space marines.  They are resilient, versatile, and reliable. Space Marines are good (well not good. Maybe ok) at everything. While most other armies are great at one thing. And struggle in the other phases of the game.   I suggest picking up or borrowing the codexes you are intrigued by. To study and get a sense for the armies play style.
Next, how to build a list.  What you put in your list is not important if you don’t have a battle plan in mind.  Or don’t know how to use the list.  If you put in the best squads from your codex and they don’t gel with the list symmetry, they will die and you will lose.  Do you know the objective/ mission?  Do you know the army you will face?  Are you playing in a comp tournament? These questions can help you steer your list into an advantage for you.  The best thing you can do is build a list that is good against all comers.  Know the area Meta and plan accordingly. Grey Knights are the big shit on campus at the moment.  So have a contingency plan for dealing with their shenanigans.  I like to keep my vehicles cheep.

Remember, it only takes one shot to destroy a vehicle.  So, expect vehicles to get destroyed.  I lost 5 vehicles (land raider crusader, vindicator, and 3 rhinos) in one round of shooting during a tournament on turn 3.  That was over 550 points in 5 shots.  If you plan on fielding big squads, just remember they are cumbersome and are often a large blast magnet.  But because of their size you have a better chance of holding an objective or making it to your opponent’s line. Try to have a theme that flows and also has that unit that compliments your style and delivers a hammer blow.  Currently the sternguard are my choice.
Deployment: Regardless of your list if you deploy badly your goal of victory just got harder.  Simple things like, placing your heavy weapons so they don’t need to be moved, putting a he in a squad, and don’t deploy in the open, are often forgotten when the thrill of playing a game hits.  Take a step back.  Look over the table.  I personally don’t like reserving my entire army.  The thought of giving my opponent the advantage of facing only small portions of my army against the whole of theirs is suicide.  Two or three units maybe.  Can your battle plan make reserves useful?  Yes!  Using Drop pods help because you instantly get half, rounded up, first turn. Other armies have similar first turn deep strike potential.  If you got first turn and plan to sit back, choose the deployment zone with more cover in it.  If charging forward choose the one that provides the best line of sight blocking along the way.  If you didn’t get to choose, you have to deploy in a way to counter what your opponent did.  I like to refuse flank and deploy to the weaker side of my opponents force.  Making almost half of their army useless until they move into a better position.  So now, I have my whole army only facing about half of theirs.  When I deploy first, I like to place my big guns in the centre of my line.  This causes my opponent to split their army and maximizes my heavy weapons targets.  Deployment is key.  Figure out what works for you and your play style.
Play your list a lot.  The better you know your list the easier it becomes to know its strengths and avoid its weaknesses.  If a unit doesn’t perform well once, don’t swap it out yet.  Give it a couple of games.
Being a winning 40k player doesn’t happen overnight.  Keep at it.  And the W’s will start to come your way.

Chaplain Centuris

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4 Responses to “Being a Victorious Player by Chaplain Centuris”

  1. Mike Marlow December 9, 2011 at 08:57 #

    The choice of army is key i believe.

    You can be fantastic using 1 army but terrible using another.

    Solid blog!

    • The Voice December 9, 2011 at 15:21 #

      I for eg, cannot play a guard army to save my life, though they are arguably one of the best codex’s out there.

  2. Steve December 10, 2011 at 19:33 #

    Paragraphs!

    • 40KUK December 13, 2011 at 01:11 #

      All sorted, it was HTML code thing. D

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