Have you ever faced off against Warriors with Empire and wished you had cannons instead of Halberdiers? That’s all part of choosing the best units for your army and for your play style.
The army featured in the picture at the top of this article is my husband’s Chaos Warriors army. It was a Christmas gift I got him one year and as I was trying to do it without him knowing I had to put a lot of thought into what units to choose and weapon combinations to give him. At the time I consulted with a variety of the local gamers who asked a bunch of questions that came down to one general question: what does he want to do with the list. The questions they asked are the same you have to ask yourself before you start building an army list and I always recommend you know what you want to play in a list before you start buying models.
- What do you like or not like about certain unit types?
- Is there a unit type you definately want included?
- Do you want the army to be offensive or defensive?
- Do you play for fun or for tournaments?
- don’t want a cavalry heavy army list, if I wanted more cavalry I would stick with my Brets.
- don’t want to be too magic heavy but wanted the option of bringing heavy magic if I so desired
- want to try something different from the meta but effective
- I want to like the models because I find I don’t put the care into paintinng if I don’t like the models
Things that look good. — Jordan
Personally I start with a list that could be fun and then tweek it until its filthy. Look at my chaos. I started with an all Khorne list, no big things. Now I have a daemon prince and 3 chimeras. — Big Pat
Points efficiency. Does the unit acheive something you need it to and does it do it effectively for the points spent. –– Lil’ Pat
It’s all about the fluff — several members
I think it comes down to environment. In our environment if you take sub-par lists you get raped. — Scott
I pick units based on how they best counter Peter’s units and sometimes it means those units aren’t so good against Lil’ Pat’s units. But it’s important to not lose focus. Of course after what Lil’ Pat did to me I might have to swap the meta. — Chris
To summarize all that: what units you choose are contingent on your opinions and priorities so there really is not one best way to choose.
When you are choosing your units you must consider what kind of player you are: are you playing only to win, only to have fun, to follow the fluff or somewhere in between as a combination of those. From there you can then choose units that are as cut through or as fluffy as you want them to be.
Hobbyist: Paints because he loves to, uses sub par choices [in his army] as he loves the models and fluff. Would rather both players have a great game and win if possible.
I came to the conclusion after reading 14 pages of opinions that came about from my question that, at least in our meta, there is a general consensus that this definition is pretty accepted–they even went so far as to single out who fits in each category.
I am a Hobbier, and Proud of it.
After you have chosen the units you want you can buy them a few at a time or you can splurge buy and get everything at once (I suggest that your parents/spouse/partner is less likely to throttle you if you break up your purchases), remember that most tournaments have a painting requirement. Check back next time for my Getting Started article all about painting.