Experimenting with Terrible Lists!

Howdy everyone, Severus here.  This week I came up with an awesome/terrible idea, depending on your point of view.  I got it from a fantasy podcast, Garagehammer.  The idea is that you write the worst list you can with your army.  You and your opponent switch lists (meaning you lend him your army, so you need a little trust here).  Then you have at it, see who can succeed with the terribleness.

So, Shorereaper, the Lord Primarch, and I all wrote up bad lists and had at it!  I decided to limit it to 1000 points (makes running an unfamiliar army easier at a small point level).  In terms of armies, I decided to go with orks.  They are a softer army, and I have lots of options when it comes to units (you do not want to see my storage closet).  Here is what I came up with.

  • Boss Zabstruk – Warlord
  • Weirdboy – lvl2
  • Burna Boyz – 5 man
  • Nobz – 7 total with slugga and choppas
  • 10 boyz – slugga and choppas
  • 10 boyz – slugga and choppas
  • 10 boyz – slugga and choppas
  • 10 boyz – slugga and choppas
  • 10 boyz – slugga and choppas
  • 6 Stormboyz – nob with ‘uge choppa
  • Deff dread – 4 close combat weapons
  • Killa Kans – 2 with rokkit launchas
  • 3 Bubblechuckas

Now, I could have been meaner with this list.  Zagstruk gives a leadership re-roll within 12 inches.  That will help with all the ork low leadership and lack of nobz in the boy units.  This list has a few answers for armor as well.  Deff dreads and kans can take those down.  I wanted the list bad, yet playable.  Case in point, Shorereaper could have made a nid list without any synapse (which is crap), but he threw one synapse creature in.  Kept it sporting so to speak.

I ended up playing Shorereaper’s nids against my ork list and later the Lord Primarch’s blood angels against Shorereaper’s nids.  It was a lot of fun.  With such soft lists, bad units do well.  Those unarmored nobz literally walked through an entire flank of the nids in one game.  A basic librarian ended up killing old one eye.  Plus it is fun to try out a different army.  Gives you a real challenge as a general.  Playing nids with only one synapse creature is REALLY interesting.

Overall I think this was a great change of pace.  I thoroughly enjoyed my games.  It also was a really fun list building concept.  Trying to make a bad list is not as straight forward as some may think.  I will totally be playing this format again.  Until next time this is Severus saying have a good one and take it easy.

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