Footdar FTW!

The cat is well and truly out of the bag now!  It's official: Fritz and I are taking Footdar to the BoLSCon team tournament.

You can read Fritz' article here.  The reaction was epic; it was very much the turd in the punchbowl.  Stelek also did a palm-to-face, posting a video describing how he feels about the whole thing.

My response: I feel like Marie Antoinette with a Cherokee Hair Tampon.  People are definitely looking at us funny...

There were some really good points made on Bell, most notably by Abuse Puppy and Sandwyrm.  Here is an edited version of my response.

Suffice it to say, Fritz and I have some tricks up our collective sleeves - also, if we don't win the grand and glorious first place, we're not going to cry about it.

I actually think the primary hit against us and our army will be the fact that Blackmoor and Reecius are running a Footdar list, which we didn't know... a good number of folks will know this and add some elements to their army they wouldn't normally have had.

Still, as long as we beat Goatboy and Jawaballs, I'll do a tabledance.

Land Raider spam or a full tilt boogie Mech Guard will hurt. We've got some plans, of course, but those are the bad matchups.

That deep knowledge gives us the confidence to try this. Folks, we're under no illusions about what an uphill battle this is going to be... that's why we're doing it!

I'll share this: we consider the team event to be a hobby event of sorts... we're more interested in stirring interest and creating a 'grudge match' with Goatboy and Jawaballs.

The weekend 40K event is completely different. I'm taking my baby-seal-beating-toughest list to try and win.

To any new players out there - don't try this at home! Footdar is a nuanced list at best; play something you'll have some success with!

I think that last point is the one I want to drive home.  I would never, ever encourage someone to buy a Footdar army.  I wouldn't buy Eldar at all until the new codex comes out, 'cause there are better places to spend your hobby dollar.  More to the point, I don't consider Footdar to be competitive - just because it can be given the right circumstances and the right general means nothing...

...that can be true of any army. 

Fritz and I are doing this for a host of reasons - not least of which is to stir up the net a bit and shake some things out.  It's most certainly not to encourage a host of Footdar clones!


PS: I know without seeing it that the primary argument will be, "...but they will go out and buy it!"  I can't be responsible for that, especially when I've been clear on my blog and in other forums what I think are the best armies to learn with.


Big Jim said...

Great post, I think you guys have to right attitude heading into this.

I also think that it is good to shake things up a bit. Sometimes things are so radical that you end up putting your opponent on the back foot before deployment.

Good luck and Good hunting, I expect to see plenty of red trophies at the end of BoLSCon!


Chumbalaya said...

No, not FOOTDAR!!

Think of the children!

Herr Fernseher said...

And I always wondered if you were being ironic when you criticized Fritz's Footdar blog entries.

I hope you are shockingly successful with Footdar. I also hope that Guards are 6 points each in the next Codex. (And how dare you mention a new codex--when is it coming? Anyone? Anyone?)

Brent said...

For what it's worth, the Mighty Mighty Carlos saw the conversion work on my not-so-super-secret BoLSCon army and pronounced it 'very good.'

I think it's my best work to date, conversion wise.

But it's not hard to top the Storm Raven...

Blackmoor said...

Reece wrote an article on Foot Eldar a few months ago that was poorly received so that is why we thought it would be funny to play it in the team tournament. It would be ironic if we were matched up against each other there.

I have not settled on a army for BolsCon yet, but 2000 points in 2 hour games, I do not see myself playing my Eldar there. With all of the models/dice rolling, the they army takes a while to play.

Brent said...

Blackmoor - great minds think alike! That article was one of the reason Fritz had for broaching the subject.

It's always difficult to have certain conversations online, but isn't the whole Footdar thing really one way of talking about the list or the man that plays it?

I don't think Footdar are, all things being equal, as competitive as Mech Guard or Las/Plas SW spam, but those are lists. Ultimately, it's a player than wins or loses a game.

I think that's a distinction that's missing sometimes.


I wish I'd thought of that line for the post.

Again, Blackmoor, I look forward to meeting you and a host of other folks I chat with online. That's what I'm looking forward to more than anything.

Herr Fernseher said...

Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing the Bolscon army AND the Storm Raven in person.

And holy crap, have you seen the bickering generated by Fritz's article? What is the deal with Footdar? If John Lennon was right that "Woman is the nigger of the world," then a space elf on foot is the woman of 40k. Sheesh.

(A new favorite!) Anon: I haven’t even bothered playing a game of 6th yet, cause I have read the rules, and actually understand how they interact with units. I know my armies no longer function how they should, and so I need to change them.

Strictly Average: 'cause 6-inches is all you get.

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Brent, preferred 2-to-1 over Not Brent in a recent, scientific poll.

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Warboss Stalin: "You know, if it actually WAS funny, maybe I wouldn't mind."

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...I think I'll call it the Gun Shy Pattern Stormbuster, because after the Internet destroyed my first humble effort, I find I'm a bit worried about the reaction to this one.

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Grimaldi: "Spamming certain units creates interesting possibilities but also fatal weaknesses."

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Thoughts? Comments? Hugs and gropings?

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