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Sunday, 31 July 2011

Not Another Counts-As Article





From Eternity of War




Oh no! What’s this? Another opinionated fool trying to convince people on one of 40k’s most contentious issues?
*Cut to two small children nodding (one is holding a chocolate-covered teddy bear wearing a red paper hat)*
Hey it’s Widthofacircle here again, TKE asked me to write another article or two to help keep his blog afloat during his holidays and I obliged because I’m nice.





Well, amongst the hated things in 40k, ‘Counts As’ has to be one of the worst offenders, causing FAACers (Fluffy At Any Cost - from Dethtron) to turn into petulant children and many unkind things being said about other gamers. TKE and I are of the same opinion, thinking that counts as allows the hobby to have a very varied and dynamic player base. There are however bad aspects of counts as, with some players adapting their existing marine army to fit each and every codex available - a phenomenon I like to refer to as a ‘MATFAC’ (from Marine Army That Fits All Codexes). When in most cases like this, no effort has been made to customise the army beyond merely incorporating new models that are the lynchpin of the newer codexes painted in the most unimaginative way. 
I have seen at a local club a MATFAC which was painted as Ultramarines yet from week to week changed to become Grey Knights, Blood Angels and Vanilla Marines - that my friends is very much the kind of MATFAC I am opposed to. When I challenged the guy jokingly why he hadn’t played them as Space Wolves yet, he said to me looking annoyed:
“Duh, I don’t have enough missile launchers to play Long Fang spam...”
This particular player in the space of one meeting at my now ex-local club played this MATFAC as Blood Angels vs a Tau player with Marneus Calgar acting as Mephistion (poor Tau player), Grey Knights vs a Nid player, adapting his list as he went, tailoring to each game - very poor form if you ask me.
Although potentially consigned to a limited group of people, this is the kind of player that gives the noble artform of counts-as a bad name - I propose we name them MATFAACers (taken from my very own acronym - yes I have a big head, so what? ;) )
I only had the ‘pleasure’ of playing that particular MATFAACer on two occasions when he was sporting a GK army made up of Ultramarines and a Blood Angels army, again disguised as Ultramarines. 
Those willing to defend him against my tirade, will probably say:
‘It’s a good way of saving monies I suppose.’ or
‘Width, stop moaning and get on with your life’ or
‘Haha look at that fool who still plays Eldar - he has shit hair lololol’
But, as I do play Eldar and DE, I have limited scope for performing that kind of MATFAACery (again, see what I did there ;) ) and don’t feel that it is fair.
On the other side of counts-as there are some simply fantastically converted armies representing amongst others Chaos Space Marine armies using other codexes - something I’m not surprised about the Chaos codex *is* one of the most bland pieces of writing ever to come out of GW - if you haven’t read it, consider this alternative for significantly less money than buying or borrowing the book.
Buy a packet of cream crackers and eat every single one of them without any garnish, butter or water to comfort you. Honestly, thats the closest I can come to describing the feeling I had when I reread the codex after my 8 year absence from the hobby.
*ahem* sorry for the mini-tirade...
Back to the point, there are some incredibly converted armies out there as case and point - Vinsanity’s Night Lords (Counts as Blood Angels), Goatboy’s Space Goats (Counts as Space Wolves) and the one featured on the GW website not so long ago. Here are some pretties for you to admire from those examples.
Vinsanity's Night Lords

Goatboy's Space Goats

Christian Byrne's Blood Wolves
Counts-as isn’t confined to these dexes either, there are some amazing Eldar Exodite armies out there, using either of the spelfy (from Space Elves - so sue me). I particularly like this one from ‘Path of the Exodite’ - (this guy is amazing, he was considering using High Elf Dragons as Tanks at one point):
...and now a short musical break...


I suppose all this boils down to the fact that I am considering joining the ranks of the Counts As Team (CAT - don’t think that works as well as MATFAC or Spelfy...) with a counts-as Blood Angels army.
I recently re-read that particular codex - fantastic book, really well costed with some great stuff around there if used correctly. FNP/FC bubbles and cheap transports for Assault Marines without jump packs? Awesome!
Whilst reading, I couldn’t help but think about how easy it would be to write a decent, yet fluffy list for another army - The World Eaters. I mean think about it, both are armies composed of frothing maniacs obsessed with Close Combat and very rapidly rushing towards the enemy to cut them into tiny pieces (according to fluff anyway). The Blood Angels are practically Khornate anyway.


It appears I am not alone in these thoughts, on this very blog in fact, TKE voiced his interest in building a counts-as World Eaters army in these posts, (1, 1 (point five) & 2 (point five)) but doesn't seem to have said anything on the matter in a while, so I will steal the idea.... *nyahahaha*
Looking at both the value for points and considering the ease of conversion to make my World Eaters I immediately looked for a HQ. Chapter masters and Captains are out as they don’t give really boost the squad’s combat ability. A Librarian is simply too unfluffy for my tastes, leaving us with Reclusiarchs who with Liturgies of Blood are too good to miss!
HQ done, I turned to Elites. What could be more Khornate than a bunch of guys with Power Weapons inspiring more killyness in the nearby squads? Sanguinary Priests of course! I’ll take 4 please one for each Assault Squad (I try to have 1 troops per 500pts, yes it goes against the 4 + 2 Stelekian design paradigm)
Too beef the list up with Anti-armour I’ll stick a few autolas Predators in (they’re easy to convert lol, the Chaos Predator kit comes with the armament I want anyway... :) ) I also want something to escort my über-choppy Reclusiarch - a few Vanguard veterans methinks. 
All that leaves me with this list:
Bringer of Blood (Reclusiarch): 145pts
Combi-melta, melta-bombs
Invocators of Wrath (Sanguinary Priest): 260pts
x 4, Power Weapon each
Khorne Bezerkers (Assault Squad): 211pts
Meltagun, Powerfist, 2 x Additional Marines, infernus pistol
Rhino w/ Storm Bolter
Khorne Bezerkers (Assault Squad): 211pts
Meltagun, Powerfist, 2 x Additional Marines, infernus pistol
Rhino w/ Storm Bolter
Khorne Bezerkers (Assault Squad): 211pts
Meltagun, Powerfist, 2 x Additional Marines, infernus pistol
Rhino w/ Storm Bolter 
Khorne Bezerkers (Assault Squad): 211pts
Meltagun, Powerfist, 2 x Additional Marines, infernus pistol
Rhino w/ Storm Bolter
Super Choppy World Eaters Veterans (Vanguard Veterans): 285pts
x 7 w/ 3 x Power Weapons 2 x Power Fist, 2 x Hand Flamer, (Thunder Hammer on Sergeant)
Rhino w/ Storm Bolter
Predator: 135pts
lascannon sponsons
Predator: 135pts
lascannon sponsons
Predator: 135pts
lascannon sponsons
1999pts
So with the list compiled, all I need to is to build it... If the project goes ahead, I’ll let you guys know with a series of modelling posts (yay), but it’s all up in the air at the moment...
Thanks for reading, I'll see you next time!


Super Choppy huh?I like it. {^}
Overall, this article gets the TKE Seal of Approval:

As you all know, Counts As is something I firmly advocate, and I believe (evinced by my previous articles on the subject) that the World Eaters Legion can be more than adequately represented by the Blood Angels Codex.  Moreover, I feel this is a far better way for GW to proceed, to deliberately write these things in for Codexes to have multiple uses like this than to go down the frankly farcical route advocated by many morons of having individual Legion Codexes or even God-Specific ones.  I mean, if GW can't be bothered to update all the Codexes to the present Edition before releasing a new Edition, why the fuck do you think they'd do any better with an extra bunch of books to rewrite every 6 years?

Seriously, the length of time DE had to wait should NOT be normal!

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