Episode 63: Building a Balanced Army
In this episode, we talk about building a balanced army in 40K. We start with the basics of what a list should have to be competitive and then go into more detail as you start to consider more and more things as you build your list. We don’t tell you to take specific units, but rather we want to help YOU figure out how to build a balanced list based on your chosen army.
What is a Balanced List?
A balanced list can also be thought of as a Take All Comers list. It is a list with the tools to deal with many different kinds of lists, with the least amount of “hard counters.”
What are spam and “gimmick” lists?
Basic Elements of a Balanced List
How can I achieve my objectives while preventing my opponent from achieving theirs in 4-5 turns?
Movement: need to be able to move/deepstrike/use psychic power into places on the board to capture objectives and/or get into range with weapons.
Defense: have to survive the game, what can you do to ensure that a unit will survive?
Firepower: how will you destroy/neutralize opponents units?
A well balanced list should have:
- Board presence/capture objectives
- Strong firepower with a way to deliver it.
- Protection against deep strike/ways to screen out melee.
- Some answer for melee.
- Psychic support or defense.
What role is a unit best suited for? What are the ideal targets for a particular unit?
Dual Roles: the best units have multiple ideal targets available to them.
By choosing unit which can fulfill multiple roles and then supplementing them with specialists, you can make it so that your list can respond somewhat better to lists that are intended to skew the damage chart, board control, threat delivery, etc.
Searching for Combos
Units don’t exist all by themselves. Often the best way to get started is to look to all the modifiers that can boost units.
Building for the Mission
Progressive versus end of game scoring.
Book and Maelstrom missions.
Testing it Out
The weaknesses of your list will be apparent as soon as you start playing it. No list survives first contact with their opponent.
Building for your Meta: What do your local players run?
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List Analysis with Matt
Sean has recently purchased a Tau army and would like to see what kind of list we can come up with for him. He would like to take Longstrike and another Hammerhead.
Here is what Matt came up with:
Battalion – T’au Sept
Longstrike with 2x Smart missile system, Ion cannon, 2x Seeker missile
Commander in XV8 Crisis battlesuit 4x Fusion blaster, MV4 Shield Drone, XV8-02 Crisis Iridium battlesuit
3 x 5 Fire Warrior Strike Teams w Pulse Rifles
XV104 Riptide Battlesuit 2x Smart missile system, Advanced targeting system, Counterfire defense system, Heavy burst cannon
2 x TX7 Hammerhead Gunship 2x Smart missile system, Ion cannon, 2x Seeker missile
5x MV4 Shield Drones
Battalion – Bork’an
3 x 10 Fire Warrior Strike Teams w Pulse Rifles
2 x Pathfinder Teams, MV31 Pulse Accelerator Drone, MV7 Marker Drone
Vanguard – Sa’cea
Commander in XV8 Crisis battlesuit 4x Fusion blaster, 2 x MV4 Shield Drone, XV8-02 Crisis Iridium battlesuit
2 x XV25 Stealth Battlesuits 2x Burst Cannon 1x Fusion