I was sitting around the other day, and thought of the following simple tip for Blood Angels. Some of you may already know this.
Don't be sentimental for your named characters. Dante should not be the warlord.
OK, it is really like 2 tips, and it can be applied to the blue guys, green guys, slimy guys.
But it is the sort of critical feedback my gaming buddies won't give me.
Imagine, you have a list with Dante and a Chaplain. And maybe some Sanguinary guard. Stuff like that.
In my comfortable little world, Dante leads. He is the Chapter Master and warlord.
In the alternative competitive world, he is a bubble maker among other bubble makers. But you should never put all your bubbles in one basket. Bubbles can be popped! Spread the bubbles around!
Imagine of the Chaplain was the warlord instead.
Imagine, as in my last game, The Chaplain and the Sanguinary Guard went off on their own mission. The Chaplain, as warlord, chooses a trait. There is a table full of them. He goes off to go lead an assault on the enemy line. Sanguinary guard tags along. Um...
Dante gives all units within 6 inches rerolls to hit as an ability for being a chapter master. His warlord trait is different from that...his trait is to create a fearless bubble.
The Sanguinary guard love the warlord. Sanguinary guard get rerolls to hit automatically if within range of the warlord, who does not need to be Dante. It could be the Chaplain. The chaplain could take something like soul warden. Or maybe +1 damage. Stuff like that.
So, by spreading the warlord responsibility around you can make a better list? Yes. Look for the synergies that you can create by spreading it around.
Imagine a list with Lemartes and a thunderhammer SS Captain with Jump pack. If lemartes is the warlord, he adds soul warden as the auto choose. Imagine making the Captain warlord instead and that Thunderhammer now gets +1 damage as a trait for being artisinal? Sneaky and cool!
Are these improvements?
As always, feel free to leave me a tip. What is the biggest learning moment you have had building lists in 8th?