Thursday, 8 November 2012
Aesthetics vs. Viability
The super glue is barely dry on less than half of my recent Forge World order but I am already looking to the future. Having poured through the army lists in Betrayal I've worked out that I've got 1,800 points already, admittedly this includes three HQ choices so in real terms I have a viable army of about 1,500 points - give or take a few melta bombs. Since I don't know of anyone at my hobby story doing a 30k army I'm at a bit of a cross roads. Since I have a legit army that could be used, do I continue in the direction of competitive army lists or do I stick with the aesthetic and buy stuff just because it looks cool?
A great example is the Legion Tactical Squad which can have up to 20 tactical marines in it. In game terms this unit can dish out a horrendous amount of firepower for comparatively little points cost. Yet I've already got ten tactical marines and for the same price I could get a squad of boarding marines, another set of terminators (Tartarus pattern next) Or with an extra £10 a Land Raider Achilies! The terminators are cool because they're like mini-contemptors but that would then leave me with 4 elite choices and the Achilies looks AWESOME but only carries 6 models so is somewhat limited on the battlefield. But in game terms, the extra 10 tactical marines is almost a no-brainer, who doesn't want to pump out 80 (rapid fire plus 'fury of the legion' which allows you to fire twice in one turn but forfeits all shooting next turn = 80) S4/AP4 shots!
At the moment I'm leaning towards aesthetic choices purely because I haven't got any opponents nearby and partly because there are some fantastic models out there...but not until the current batch are built and painted, well, built at least.