Howdy everyone, Severus here. Today’s article is pretty simple. I hate the green tide. I had a chance to play a game this weekend against a friend. I have two tournament lists that I wanted to try out. One is trukk based, the other centered around a green tide. I have run the trukk one a few times and liked it. I figured now was the time to give the green tide a try.
I will never play that army again. It is not a bad army, in terms of competitiveness. It is a SUPER tedious army to play. We played on a terrain dense city fight table (mistake number one). My opponent was playing sisters of battle with tons of bolters and flamers (mistake number two). We rolled up dawn of war deployment (mistake number 3). All of the above made for a very un-fun game. Let me explain
Due to the the terrain dense table, I was always rolling for difficult terrain. Due to dawn of war deployment, My boyz were stretched out nearly 6 feet long. Due to the high number of flamers I had to make my boys spread out as much as possible. This meant moving models small distances through terrain. Trying to balance them in awkward spots. All while mainting as much distance between my boyz as possible.
Here is the part no one thinks about with the green tide. If things go well, you have to move that mob of boyz 5 times a turn. First your standard movement phase, then you run, then you can charge (since the formation has a free waagh every turn after turn 2). If you make combat, you pile in at initiative. Finally, if you win, you can consolidate. Rinse and repeat again and again and again.
Even with my opponent boltering and flaming me to death, I still had boyz left. He quickly ran out of room to run. He was corned and we ended up calling the game early. It was a powerful army even in this circumstance. It was just way to annoying to play. Trying to keep my nobz spread out, making sure there were plenty of boyz around each character to soak up any wounds, all of that made the movement of the mob more complex. And when you are moving up to 5 times a turn, it drives you nuts.
So in short, strong army, horrible to play with. I can not speak for my opponent, but it was not an enjoyable list for me to play. Ultimately, that is what it comes down to for me. Did I enjoy my time with the game? In this case no. So, even though the trukk list is probably the weaker list, that is what I will be taking to the tournament. Until next time, this is Severus saying have a good one and take it easy.