Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Reader Question Time - Count As and You
I was writing up a short editorial on competitive play and count as, and well, it got a bit wordy.
A couple of articles recently have gotten my attention, as a lot of blogs recently have become a bit stale. Its not surprising since 5th Edition has been explored quite thoroughly and 6th is around the corner. It certainly is effecting me, as I've pretty much slowed my army progress down to a crawl with one eye on what 6th Edition will mean for army list construction.
However, one of the articles that did catch my eye was over at House of Paincakes
In summary the article is basically referring to the "great model, terrible rules" conundrum that many people have, and how many might approach the situation.
This obviously can be broadened into the whole concept of count as.
WHERE DO YOU STAND?
The concept of Count As is a very polarising one in our hobby.
You have players that love it, no matter how it appears, there are some that hate it equally. More often than not you find players that appreciate the models, but dislike that you have the element of "justification", "oh your just playing it with the best book", and then the players that hit the nail on the head, right theme, right models and right units, and it all works. And then everything in between.
I have my opinion on the issue, which I won't put forward just yet, but I'd love to hear what others think about Count As.
Is it always wrong?
Is it never wrong?
As long as it matches the theme?
My examples above are more closely linked to examples such as players doing Adeptus Custodes or Mechanicus count as. Something that exists strongly in fluff, but has no representation in the game.
ONE ARMY TO RULE THEM ALL COUNT AS
This is the truly controversial one, and the one I am more interested in.
Do you care what your opponent puts down on the table, as long as its modelled accurately and clearly?
As long as he's not playing Ultramarines as Space Wolves, is it that bad?
What if its his own DIY Chapter, can you REALLY take offence?
Should you just pick a theme and a book and stick to it?
Again I am holding back my opinions, I really just want to see what our readers feel on this one.