“Tactics? We are the chosen of Khorne, tactics are decided at the end of a chain-axe!” Khord The Unbroken, Chosen of Khorne.
As my opponent is unpacking their army I like to take a look at what they have on the table, not only in terms of cool paint jobs and interesting conversions, but to also ask the question – based on the units in their list what is their plan?
Are they running a hard hitting deathstar unit?
Are they looking to exploit one of the phases of the game: Movement (speed)? Shooting? Assault? Psychic powers?
What units are they running that become even more powerful when buffed with a relic, psychic power, or perhaps an included IC in the unit?
What are the real value units in the list and what is there as fodder?
And finally deployment. I would argue it is one of the most important phases because countless games have been lost due to bad deployments.
Practice, Practice, Practice
It can be a lot to take in at first – It’s a long list to run through but with practice it can become almost reflexive. This process can help you get your brain in gear and pointed in the right direction. Your dice might not cooperate but at least you can look back on the game and know you started the game off on the right foot.
What do you think? Do you have any pre-game questions you ask yourself to get in the right head-space? Let us know in the comments below.