Not exactly, but I am pretty sick of Initiative 2. I have been playing a bit more lately and it seems like my models are always striking at I2. I stopped and looked at my current armies. Practically all of them have core troops who fight at I2. For 40k, it is Orks, Nurgle Daemons, and Necrons. Imperial Guard is I3 which isn't much better. My new Ogre Kingdoms Fantasy army is base I2 as well. I even have a WHFB Dwarf army that I have tried selling multiple times and have recently considered trying out in 8th Edition, but it too is I2.
I did not set out to collect all I2 armies, it just worked out that way. So I got to thinking about why this is. What do all these I2 armies have in common and what does that fact that I have all these I2 armies say about me as a player?
The first, and biggest, thing that all my armies have in common, with the exception of Imperial Guard, is that they are all Toughness 4 and higher. It makes sense that tougher troops should strike last. It is good for game balance.
The second thing that sticks out is that they are all armies that are not particularly fast. Orks, of course, can be very fast, but I rarely use trukks, bikes, or deffkoptas and tend to favor battlewagons and walkers instead. Chaos Daemons, just like Orks, have the potential to be fast, but I favor Nurgle daemons who all have the 'Slow and Purposeful' rule. Necrons, despite having one of the best Fast Attack units in the game (Destroyers), are still a relatively slow army. Ogre Kingdoms, on the other hand, is one of the faster WHFB armies out there.
There is not really anything else that is common among all these armies that I can see. Orks and Guard are Horde armies, where the others are not. Necrons and Nurgle daemons are heavily armored (I count their 5+ invulnerable save and Feel No Pain the same as being heavily armored), where the others are lightly armored. Orks and Guard have lots of vehicle and daemons have powerful Monstrous Creatures.
Does this say that I prefer durability first and foremost in my armies, and that I am willing to sacrifice speed in favor of it? What do you think? Is there something else here I am not seeing?
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