It can be really fun to think of counts-as armies and units for 40k. There are so many great gems in the long-running background of the game that are crying out for imaginative modelling. When I was younger I used to enjoy the wholesale invention of units and rules, but nowadays I prefer to work within the framework of the existing rules for a few reasons.
Firstly, it gives you more freedom to use your awesome counts-as force competitively or against someone you’ve never met without having to worry about balance or accusations of cheating. Secondly, I find it hard to know when to stop modifying a system – at what point does it stop being Warhammer 40k and start being My Totally Awesome 40k-Derivative Sci-fi Wargame? Counts-as solves all those problems, plus I find it fun to try to fit old or untreated ideas into the existing material.
So without further ado, here are a few counts-as ideas I’ve had. Some are more original than others, and some are for units rather than armies. I should probably add that they are all themed, not counts-as for the purposes of competitive play. So there’s no Space Wolves as Ultramarines or anything like that.
Feel free to use any of these ideas or add your own, I know I’ll never get around to making any of them (probably): Continue reading