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Thursday, 21 March 2013

Real Allies

Last week I played a game of 40K  using csm with ig allies for the first time since 6th ed came out & while it was a very enjoyable combination it just didn't feel the same as the csm with ig allies I played this week.
What the hell are you waffling about now Frank I hear you ask, well the answer is simple you see I've got two ig armies one imperial & one renegade.

 The pictures are from my game last night against Kevin's daemons.

Where as last week I used the imperial this week I used the renegade one & while I fully understand that any ig army could find enlightenment in the welcome arm's of chaos the renegade one just say chaos a lot better.

You see for me a lot of the enjoyment I get out of this hobby is if my army has the right feel & look about it.
While I know that lovely fluffy armies will always give you that nice feel I also recognise the need to have a competitive army when playing in a club as competitive as the DGG.

So while I've bitten the bullet & will once again run list with things like two dp's in it I'll still try to get the army to give to give me this feeling of looking right.

One thing how ever that doesn't bother me funnily enough is proxy as long as the stand in model has the right look & feel about it to do the job of the model it's standing in for, as you'll have seen in one of the photo's above there was some renegade ogryn's I was using, the ogryn's where in fact stand in's for spawn's with whom they have a lot of common rules.

Like wise in the same picture you'll notice part of a hellblade again this also is doing the stand in job as I use it as a helldrake which is in my opinion an acceptable stand in & there is also the fact that not only do I want to get the right look & feeling out of my army but I also like to try to give the other player a good feeling about what he is going up against.

Now another thing I should point out here & now is that while I really enjoy going up against a nicely built & painted army it's not as important to me as making sure my own army feels right to me & from what I can gather from other blogs & talking to other players I'm not a lone in trying to get that right feel, that's why when you have players doing armies like eldar with tau allies trying to do conversions to make the tau unit's look like eldar one's but at the same time stand out enough that people will know which is which.

Things like beastmen as penal legion has always been popular, beastmen as penal legion in a chaos army is just so much better.
You see the addition of allies in 6th ed has being great for a lot of players, getting them to feel right & look right as part of your army is for me the icing on the cake.   


  1. Couldn't agree more Frank. Considering doing some IG allies for my CSM for the ABF at NWG (Go Acronyms!). Rather than using my Vostroyans for it I was going to Chaosify some Catachans instead.

  2. thinking i might end up with some dark kin in my corsairs for this very reason.... fun with them last night.

  3. I thing the whole key to enjoying your army is getting it to be what you want it to be.
    Lenny your spot on in using catachans & if you could afford one or two of the FW upgrades I would recommend it.
    Mike do you feel that some dark eldar feel better then tau as allies in your elder army I'm not talking from a power balance mind just from a looking & feeling right angle.