Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Counts-As: is it Good or Evil?
Since our wonderful 40K community finds it necessary to fill our thoughts with a specific jargin and lingo, lets define what a Counts-As model is. Before I lay my thoughts out on this digital paper, I thought it necessary for everyone to be on the same page in terms of understanding. A count-as model is one that is meant to represent a model that the current Games-Workshop product line does not offer. Typically this is done to represent a unique Independent Character from any given codex or the like.
Recently at the Feast of Blades tournament at Black Knight Games in Littleton, CO there was a player who had a footslogging Grey Knights army which consisted of a total of ONE model from the Grey Knights range. This is not meant to tear away the accomplishment or the way he played, I am very happy to have met this gentleman and watch him take it to us all without hesitation. But, the thought still comes to mind of how over used counts-as models are these days. I mean come on, this Grey Knights army was completely made up of EPIC 40K titans that counted as Strike Squads and Psyfleman Dreadnoughts.
Don't get me wrong, I am all for that one badass conversion to lead your army or that one highly converted Dreadknight which has been taken over by the demon gods which you use for a Demon Prince. But at what does someone take it over the top? Some may say a Bleached Bone clad Lysander counts-as Belial is too much and others may say that Chaos Space Marine army counts-as Space Wolves is blasphomy.
Personally, I think each army could use a unique centerpiece. Whether it be a highly customized Land Raider to take your death dealing Terminators to their gory retribution or that one off chapter master that no one has ever seen before which was comprised of bits from 12 different kits and manufacturers. But from my experience, granted it is limited, too many people take the counts-as concept too far. Two examples come to mind of counts-as being taken too far. First was a "Space Wolves" army that consisted by of nothing but Chaos Space Marines, I mean come on in what universe would the emperor allow that. Next, is the "Grey Knight" army from the feast of blades that consisted of approximately 10% Warhammer 40K models, that one really takes the cake.
This leads me to my final point, how do these injustices affect your gaming experience. I think most of my Forgotten Chapter brothers will agree that having one or two count-as showpieces is almost necessary in our friendly games. But what about the tournament scene? I think the concept of counts-as degrades a tournament when it comes to not only playing but scoring. When most of us attend a tournament we have more than just winning on our minds. Nervous jitters, tactics, your army's rules, general rules, and other codex rules should be whats on your mind. Players should not have to memorize what each of your counts-as model represent in your army list. Not to mention that a lot of tournaments are basing part of their painting scores on how much your army is converted. Where in the Codex Astartes does it say that a marine has to be mutated to get brownie points on the battle field.
What is everyone else's thoughts on this?
Posted by Unlikecrashzach at 7:28 PM