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.