Friday, June 3, 2011

DEFICIT HIKE - Noob and generally poor tactics to avoid in Warhammer 40,000

I'm writing this article to go over a few of the big DO NOTS with regards to strategy and list making. Our local escalation league gives me lots of material for this article as there is bound to be a few guys who do the DO NOTS and don't know it. I'm just gonna be lazy and list them in no particuliar order....

1. DO NOT take a dreadnought that you intend to walk across the battlefield. This never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever works. Give the poor bastards a drop pod or resign them to sit in buildings and shoot(like rifle and psyfleman dreads).

2. DO NOT take a generic captain over a chaplain or reclusiarch EVER! A lot of you may read this and thing I'm wrong or try to justify your pretty little captains..I'm not, you are... it's stupid. Honour of the Chapter(fearlessness) and Liturgies of Battle(rerolls to hit or preferred enemy depending on Codex) is much better than any combination of wargear you can give a lame captain even with orbital bombardment. Space Wolves don't have captains so don't troll me. Stop the captain making crap it's noob.

3. DO NOT make a bunch of terminator HQ's unless you are a Grey Knight general. They don't have grenades people. Need I say more?

4. DO NOT take a librarian with Gate of the Infinity or the big pie plate...both of them will get you killed. It's retarded to commit suicide on the battlefield.

5. DO NOT even start a game until you have studied the table set-up and terrain.

6. DO NOT even think about deploying until you have read and understand your enemies' army list.

7. DO NOT finish any of your phases without double checking that all units performed their necessary actions. Put Simply...make sure you move everything that needs to be moved before shooting, then double check that you shot everything or ran everything you needed to before assaulting and then make damn sure that you declare ALL of your assaults at once.

8. DO NOT argue with General Oadius.

9. DO NOT give up on Warhammer 40,000.

10. DO NOT build a list without counting your Kill Points.

Ok...I think that's enough for now. I know this isn't the most objective and constructive criticism you'll ever receive but I don't give a shit. TILL NEXT TIME...PLAY WELL, ROLL BETTER!


  1. Well, most of this is a matter of opinion and the rest of it could be called being super-competitive - I usually play only "friendly" games.

    Now, I don't believe in checking re-checking and taking the whole game WAY too seriously (sorry to put this here, but I quite frankly disagree). I do not and don't know many people who play the game as if it is a matter of life or death... So what if I forgot to shoot that squad, it's just a game that you play to ENJOY! That's what a lot of people get wrong these days.

    Then you say that you must not build a list without counting kill points - you may count them but how does that affect your list - a good list kills more than it takes in terms of casaulties anyway.

    But I do agree with point 1 :D

  2. Interesting post man, I'm new to the game so any advice is good advice and point one will definitely come in handy for me.

  3. Winning is not a matter of opinion,


    Warhammer 40k is Not Just a Game here!

  4. You forgot rule #11: DO NOT care what someone on the internet says about how you play the game :P

  5. About number 2, are you sure you're not talking about a Space Marine Chapter Master, not Captain? Captain's do not get orbital bombardment.

  6. Uh-Oh! I hit a nerve. So which and how many of these DO NOTS are in your painted army?

  7. Same difference captain to chapter master

  8. But thank you for helping me clarify.