While the real world has been particularly hectic recently, it has definitely been a good week or two for games.

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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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SantaMarineThis week’s episode of Reply Briefs is an interesting holiday-related query that’s along the same lines as a question a lot of players have been asking us recently – what 40k army should I buy for 6th edition? We sort of answered the question in this article on netlisting but that was admittedly nonspecific advice.  Now, I still stand by the answer.  I still believe proxying new units and new armies until you find what works best for you is the best way to pick an army that you can be successful with in 6th edition. But this time we’re going to break it down a little more pragmatically. Some credit for this article goes to Szafraniec, as some of it is based on discussions we’ve had recently on similar issues.

The Question: What 40k army should I buy with my Christmas money to stay competitive in 6th Edition?

The Answer: Grey Knights, Necrons, Imperial Guard, or some combination thereof.

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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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Following GK’s lead, I figured I would fill everyone in. But first, to answer the question, where’s the 40k stuff?

Here is my problem: I CAN’T PICK AN ARMY!

Ever since 6th edition hit, I have been proxying, substituting, listbuilding, mathhammering, and lore-mastering more armies than I care to admit. I will go into this soon, and explain what I see as the “paralysis factor” that the possibility of allies can cause for list-builders. But that’s not this!  So read on to see what I’m up to this week.

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This week’s episode of Reply Briefs isn’t a rules question. It is, however, a question we’ve been asked more than a few times now.  We therefore felt it’s probably worth responding to in an article of its own.  So, in true lawyer fashion, we will answer the question without actually answering the question.  Names have been changed to protect the innocent.  Enjoy!

The Question: What’s the best list in 6th edition?

The Answer: It depends.

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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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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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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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This is my 1850-point take on the IG Blob / Grey Hunters list concept run by Tony Kopach at NOVA, which is really Tony’s version of a Blob / Grey Hunters list concept suggested to him by Mike Brandt a short time before NOVA.  (Fun fact: the list Tony was originally planning to bring to NOVA was run by Tony’s brother in the 2012 NOVA open.)  This version of the list is designed around everything we’ve learned from the major 6th ed. tournaments so far: durable scoring units and mobility win games.  Is it arrogant to think I could design a list around this concept better than the kid who won 2 competitive events at NOVA 2012 with it?  Well, arrogant is my middle name (what were my parents thinking?).  Anyhow, we’ve posted Tony’s 2000 point version of the list here, so take a look and compare for yourself.  I’ll explain my choices and talk about how the list works in the why and how section.

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