In this episode of Building the Case we’re helping out with a list a reader is preparing for an upcoming tournament with an interesting twist – only battle brothers are allowed as allies.  He’s hit on a fantastic combination in SW/IG and sent us a list to review and make suggestions.  From what we could gather, anonymous wants to make sure the list includes a fast-moving assault unit, lots of troops, some long-range fire support, and an airborne objective-grabbing unit.  Read on for his original list, our suggestions, and our new suggested list.

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Imperial_Guard_Vol_1_1GiantKiller here with another episode of Building the Case. This week’s edition is a response to a build request for a Pure IG build at the 1000 points level with “some kind of blob and air support”. I think this will work out well, as IG has an efficient enough codex to pack in both durability and mobility at the 1000 point level and still have some room left over for a few useful toys. After some tweaking and playtesting, this is what I came up with.

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Welcome back!  Sorry for the lack of posts recently, I’ve been playing a ton of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 lately and have had a tough time tearing myself away long enough to write anything worth reading.  On that note, I have noticed some striking similarities between 40k and Call of Duty that I may have to devote a separate article to. If, you know, I can stop playing long enough to write it.

In the meantime, the Da Boyz GT has come and gone.  This year, the Da Boyz GT featured no comp scoring.  That’s unusual for the event, which is notorious for its comp scores.  I believe going to no-comp was the right call, given the relative infancy of 6th edition.  The TOs were proven correct when despite the lack of comp scores, a wide variety of lists showed up on the top tables.  The top 10 overall finishers included: GK/IG, Daemons, Eldar/Tau, Chaos Space Marines, Eldar, IG, Tyranids, and Necrons.  When the dust settled, Andrew Gonyo had pulled down yet another 6th edition GT win with a Grey Knight/IG army.  Today we’ve got the army lists of the Da Boyz GT 2012 Best Overall winner Andrew Gonyo and 2nd Overall / Best General Ben Mohile for your viewing pleasure.  Enjoy!

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BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD! LISTS FOR THE LIST THRONE! LET THE GALAXY PLAY THEMED KHORNE ARMIES!  Alrighty then, now that that’s out of my system, today we’re bringing you the second installment of Szafraniec’s series on Mono-God themed army lists from the new Chaos Codex.  Today’s theme, as the astute among you may have already guessed, is Khorne.

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As we’ve gone through the lists that have seen success so far in 6th edition tournaments, and the lists we’re having the most success with in playtesting, we’re noticing a definite increase in the amount of infantry on foot – both the MEQ and horde varieties. Last edition, just about every enemy unit started the game in a tin can of some sort – a rhino, a razorback, a chimera, etc. The changes to scoring and transports in 6th haven’t made transports useless, but they’re no longer an auto-include in most lists, so we’re seeing a rise in boots on the board. This list is prepared to handle those onrushing hordes of infantry models on foot by putting out a significant amount of anti-infantry firepower while retaining mobility thanks to deep-striking GKs and airborne necrons.

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After some considerable playtesting on both sides, it’s safe to say that the daemons list declared “unbeatable” by BOLS author Big Red is far from unbeatable. But it remains a very strong, very competitive list in 6th edition thanks to its incredible mobility and offensive power. In this episode of Building the Case, we’re bringing you our version of Chaos Daemons at 1850. It’s simple and streamlined without any fancy bells and whistles. What remains is a mobile, efficient, and deceptively durable board-clearing engine comprised of flamers and screamers, coupled with some fairly durable scoring units to hold objectives.

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So NOVA 2012 was an amazing success and drew hundreds of players across several very well-received events.  It was so well received, apparently, that despite the fact that it has been over for a couple of months now, we’re still getting a bunch of requests by email (and PMs on dakka) to post more NOVA lists and our impressions.  Well, we’re your rules lawyers, and we’re here to deliver what you want.  So today we’ve got three more nova lists for your viewing pleasure.  We’ll call this set “liststyles of the rich and e-famous”.  Today we’re bringing you the NOVA Open 2012 lists of well-known 40k bloggers Stelek (from Yes The Truth Hurts), Danny Internets (from Bald and Screaming), and Chumbalaya (from Blackjack and Hookers).  Enjoy!

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In today’s episode of Building The Case, we’re looking at Grey Knights with IG allies in response to a build request from a reader.  Holy crap, we have a reader!  Anyhow, Peter from Germany is gearing up for a tournament and wanted to see our take on a shooty GK list after reading our comments on Alex Simon’s list in this article.  So today we’re bringing you a 2000 point GK/IG army designed around the concepts of board control, durable scoring units, mobility, and of course, moar dakka.

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This weekend was the Feast of Blades tournament in Denver, Colorado.  Over 100 players who won qualifying events all over the country battled through 7 rounds of the Feast of Blades Invitational to crown a champion.  The Feast Invitational used its own tiered missions featuring various combinations of kill points, objectives, and quarters.  You can check out the mission packet used for the Invitational Tournament here.  Cheers to 40kNation for their live coverage of the event, which came off incredibly well!  They’ve mentioned in chat that they’ll have recordings of all 7 top table games, along with interviews and commentary and such, available within the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye out for those if you missed the games live!  This was a weekend for Daemons.  The top tables were dominated by the dastardly denizens of the warp, with 3 of the top 4 armies being Chaos Daemons.  The final game featured brutal daemon-on-daemon violence between Gareth Hunt’s Daemons and Alex Bessinger’s Daemons.  Today for your viewing pleasure (and, for the next few minutes at least, as a 40k blogosphere exclusive!) we’ve got the army lists of Feast of Blades winner Alex Bessinger and runner-up Gareth Hunt.

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I love Hordes. And no, I am not talking about WarmaHordes. One obsession at a time.

Since I started 40k I have been drawn to foot lists. Gaunts, Orks, Guardsmen, etc. Something about legions of troops wading into fire, and coming out on top. What this means is that 6th edition is my favorite in a long while. Strong, durable scoring units rule the day, and vehicles got weaker. Sure, they are shootier, and have a place in lists. But it is easier for me to make a list without GK telling me “Mech that shit up”. What hordes have traditionally lacked, however, is mobility. Guardsman blobs count on that ‘move move move’ to help get them to center. Taking a rhino for a tac squad is still a good deal, even better when you add spikes and a havoc launcher.

Still, a well-built horde army has its place in competitive 40k thanks to 6th edition. Ork mobs are one of my favorites, and the faceless legion of Necrons has always had a place in my heart. While it is no secret that Necrons are a strong Codex and often a great place to start, lets ally in a mob or two of these green fellas, and see where we get.

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