The foundations have been laid. Spite, Patience, Misdirection, Speed, Relentlessness, Truth, Kindness, Knowledge, Pain, Adaptability, Dedication and Suffering. We come now to the 13th Foundation Of Vengeance. The final brick in a well laid plan to exact retribution, whether they deserve it or not, upon your foes. When I was still studying Martial arts my Sensei always told me that you cannot proceed without a firm foundation. He was referring to the hours of drills and such for the basic techniques and stances associated with Shorin-Ryu, but the statement is true no mater the situation. You must know the basics so well they become reflex. This of course means knowing yourself and knowing what you cannot do. It is knowing your limitations and accepting them. This is the 13th Foundation Of Vengeance. Acceptance.
Ultimately you have to face reality when it comes to your army and your army list. You also have to face the reality that opponents are not all going to be baby sheep and will be trying to win at all costs. Accepting your limitations and the fact there will be douche bags out at shops and at tournaments will make you a much better player and a much happier player.
Probably the biggest thing you can accept is that no matter how much hate is thrown at a codex its not going to change. The saying making the best with the hand you are dealt comes to mind. Once you get past things in an army you perceive as overpowered or cheesy, you can then plan on how to deal with them. Basically bitching about paladins or long fangs or whatever does not help you defeat them. You must use the tools at hand to the best of your ability. Accept your faults and weaknesses.
This also goes the other way. Be accepting of other players faults. Basically you are trying to reach a Zen. This is a game and its supposed to be fun. A lot of people forget this and can't accept it. Be yourself and play how you want to play. Revenge is a dish best served cold. Acceptance is the beginning of Vengeance. Your road to retribution starts with Acceptance.
SO there you have it The Foundations Of Vengeance. I hope they have been somewhat informative and possibly even made you ponder your game a bit. Well I am preparing for the “End Of Days”. OST and the boys over at Dark Future Games is hosting their signature tournament November 5th at Evolution Games. Vogrin and I will be bringing the hurt with the combined might of the Eldar and The Imperial Guard. I hope to see some of you out there. Just remember there will be no quarter given.
Also later this week I will be having a battle report. I took the Webway List up against OST's Deathwing for a rematch. Lets just say once again Belial survived and I have a very pissed off Leader of the Cult Of Strife ready for more Space Marine blood. I was not ready for the appearance of the Ravenwing. More on that later.
Blood Runs, Anger Rises, Death Wakes, War Calls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!