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I often wonder of the more experienced 40k players how they prepare their army lists. What do you do: 1) Have one list for various point levels (1000, 1500, 2000 for example) and that one list is what you use for every army, 2) You have list as in 1), but you change that list depending on what army you are currently facing, 3) You make a new list up fresh before you play every game, 4) You have one list that you add or subtract from to make the points you will be playing, 5) You have a list for each army you usually face, or 6) some other method of creating a list. I have the Games Workshop roster sheets that I fill out with my most usual configurations and then a page or two of alternate configurations. I have a master list that I use for every game regardless of opponent for point levels 1000, 1250 and 1500. I only tweek the list after my game if I feel something went wrong with it and if I want to try something new, I prepare an alternate list. I may make some small unit adjustments based on my opponent, but not often. But I often wondered how others make their army lists just out of curiosity. (And yes I know what curiosity did to the cat!)
For competitive games, I usually have an idea of what I want to play at each point level. In friendly games, I tend to just wait and see what I'm in the mood for, and then just load my case up with those units, often not putting together a list until I get there. It all depends on what I'm in the mood for.
i ussually sit at home one day and think to myself, 'hmmm that army sounds really cool and fluffy (writes a fluffy list) hmmmm now i'm going to go out and spend money (spends money) now i'll see how good it is (it's crap, buys more models) hmmm what's this like (still crap) ah lets try a different army..... '
I primarily write a list for the typical points levels I play at (say, 1k and 1500 ) based around what I want my army to look like.
From there I will often write other lists using the other models I have available partly as thought experiments and partly to try out unusual setups/loadouts/strategies etc.
I never change a list based upon what my opponent, though depending on the specifics of the game are, I may pick a list i've written more suited ot the scenario - though I rarely do this (it mostly applies when we randomnly decide to play battle missions or whatever - you need the variety).
Last edited by The_Outsider; December 22nd, 2010 at 18:31.
Do you guys think that it is poor manners to change your list at the last minute to suit your opponents' army?
I would never change my list based on what opponent I'm about to fight. That's terrible etiquette, unless you and your opponent agreed beforehand to tailor lists to each other.
That said, I might keep in mind, while writing my lists, of what opponents I'm 'most likely' to face with them. Meaning, that if half the players at your local club play Imperial Guard, I might keep that in mind while making the list. I wouldn't, however, change it at the last moment based upon what specific units my opponent brought to play with.
Yeah I build lists to deal with the (mainly) local metagame and I rarely change the list. My old list I started using in mid june, I changed it about a month and a half ago and now as of yesterday i've started changing it again. So that change won't take place until the new year so i'm averaging about 3 months between list changes.
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