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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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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This list is designed around the concept of a nearly unkillable blob holding midfield against all comers.  The core of the list is a massive blob of guardsmen using Azrael to grant the entire blob a 4-up invulnerable save, along with two primaris psykers to try and score Endurance from the Biomancy table.  There simply aren’t many lists that can deal effectively with 50 guardsmen with 4++ invul. saves and feel no pain locking down midfield.

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Welcome back for another installment of The Rules Lawyers’ NOVA 2012 Results and Analysis.  This time we’re taking a look at the 1750-point NOVA Invitational Finals.  Once again the final matchup featured Tony Kopach, and once again the battle was between two 100% footslogging armies.  Anyone noticing a theme developing here?  The final game was an epic struggle between Tony’s Space Wolves w/ Guard Allies (the same list he ran in the GT scaled down to 1750) and Alex Fennel’s famous Pink Necrons, this time with Pink Grey Knight allies.  You can check out the 11th company’s coverage of the Invitational final here.  We’ve got the army lists of NOVA Invitational Winner Tony Kopach and Runner-up Alex Fennel for your viewing pleasure!

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