Conversion armies are a beautiful sight to behold on the table, more so the more unique they become but that degree of individuality bring with it some challenges when playing especially if against a new opponent or at an event. In other articles we will explore the key elements on the build up to ervents in regards to ensuring your conversions are legal for use in that specific arena, but here we're looking into the etiquette of ensuring your opponent understands precisely what each unit represents on the tabletop.
Pictured is my narrative army list that was taken to the Warhammer World Midnight Tomb event, as you can see it is laden with conversions (infact there isnt a model there not converted in atleast some minor fashion).
Taking the army to the event (with the blessing of the event team ofcourse) meant making sure that each round minimal time was lost explaining unique looking units to my opponent whilst making sure I wasnt inadvertently gaining some competitive edge by confusing my opponent
Since my army is designed to look unique so too was my armylist, bringing with me 6 unique folder packs each containing army lore and identical army lists (5 for oppponents, one just for posterity). Having an armylist in a presentable and tidy way to give to an opponent is both polite and also means if they need to check something about your army mid game they can do so without potentially giving away a planned tactic.
Within the folder whilst packed with lore it was important to mark out which was the important, competitive and match relevant section to clearly differentiate "fluff" from the "meat" of the army. Each units points had to be clearly spelled out within the army, aswell as their warscroll being used after any kind of narrative name
The actual armylist is a pictoral one, that is to say each unit is clearly depicted in an easy to view photo of the actual model I will be using. This way if my opponenty is at any point confused as to what each model represents they can consult the army list and compare to unit choices on the table.
Doing so is not only polite in conversion based armies, but when many players wont of memories the appearance of every enemy unit I'd recommend it regardless of what you are fielding. That visual courtesy to your opponent ensure that any edge you have comes from list building choices and gameplay tactics rather than a potential confusion from an opponent
Pictoral Armylist Top Tips:
- Ensure each unit is clearly visible in the photo next to their army list entry
- Photos dont need to be massive, or include every model in large units but clearly convey what a unit looks like
- Give your opponent a list to keep for the match, they may need to reference it a couple of times
- Spell out the warscroll each unit uses clearly, as used in the app so they can verify rules
- Feel free to give it artistic flair, but the meat of it must be readable, accurate and useful