I know of only one person who never moans about his army list. (You know who you are…Urban Knight) Most of us make lists, build armies and spend every opportunity telling everyone who will listen how bad they are and how they will get beaten by any army they face. Why do we do this?
This is not about the lists nor what is in them, it is about why we all think our lists are rubbish! Is it to hide our inadequacies and give us an excuse when we lose? (I’m sure this is part of the reason I take under powered lists and talk them down all the time) Is it so that we can be pleasantly surprised when we win? Is it so that we can join an elite and rare club of players that seem to win whatever army they use? I’m not sure but I know I do it as much as the next man.
Clearly my armies are not always rubbish when I trash talk them, what I really mean is ‘it could be so much better’. If I already know the army is not optimised why do I moan about it? More importantly I constantly hear good players with very ‘top tier’ armies moaning as well. What can they be moaning about and why do they feel the need to do so when onlookers cannot see anything missing from their armies and dread facing them?
I’m more interested in why 90% of us think our own list is rubbish? If we think it is then why don’t we improve it? And when we do, why do we still moan? What psychology stops us improving our lists, or keeps us dissatisfied even when we do? There are many excuses and we have all heard them: I don’t like the models, I don’t want to play on the top tables, I can’t afford new minis etc etc etc….but in our heart we all know these are just excuses.
So if we know what the good lists are and we are NOT using them why, oh why, are we still moaning about how rubbish our lists are? Is it because even with the best list possible we still feel the need to bleat that our army is ‘rubbish’? One final thought, and this is the kicker, perhaps we moan because we would have nothing to talk about if we didn’t!