I was reading an Adepticon report last night and one thing that pricked my notice was around “counts as” army requests in the 40k Open tournament.
It appears that the TOs received 40 requests to use one army as another in the Open, and 38 of these were to “counts as” Space Wolves!
I was talking to Charlie last night and he reckoned that a lot of these would be seeking permission to use other units e.g. Juggernauts as Thunderwolf cavalry. I’m not so sure that I’m drinking that Kool-Aid….call me cynical but I suspect the requests were for a little more than that.
The other interesting observation was the relative popularity of the various armies. The big five were in order:
• Space Wolves - 43 (I hope 38 weren’t “counts as” )
• Blood Angels - 40 odd
• Imperial Guard – high 30’s
• Orks/Space Marines – low 30s
Last year Guard were the biggest representation with 60+ so it looks like the two marine variants are army de jour at least in American non-comp events. Interestingly only 6 Dark Eldar (the last new book) were there.