Swedish Comp – How to get a good score
Swedish Comp seems to be the flavour of the month around this time of year, especially in Aus leading up to Masters. There has been some discussion over it so I thought I would share how I have approached writing a Swedish list and also what I think some of the outstanding choices are from a Swedish points perspective.
For those of you who don’t know what Swedish comp is I won’t go into too much detail here. The below is taken from the comp pack.
This is a compositions template made for Warhammer Fantasy Battles 8th edition. While it might appear very complicated at first sight, most
people find it rather simple once they understand how it works. The main idea is to give each army a ”composition score” of 0 – 20, which rate the
overall strength of the army. A very rough and subjective scale would look something like this:
0 – 7: A powerful army
8 – 13: An average army
14 – 20: A friendly army
Essentially an event will choose a range say 8-13 that all armies must fall between. That gives you goal posts and each point difference between you and your opponent will cost you either VP’s or battle points that affect the final score. Depending on this bonus I normally try to in the example of an 8-13 go at the softer end with good list design.
Building a Swedish List –
When I sit down and start the process I start by looking at a choice or a group of choices that I think are very efficient cost wise under Swedish. I will choose HE’s as an example as I recently played with them under Swedish and finished top on battle. I looked at the Anointed of Asuryan -10 and Flamespyre Phoenix -15 costing 25 Swedish points but when magic items were added costs 500+ points out of your list. This is a very efficient ratio under Swedish comp and allows me then to look at putting in harder choices.
Having picked this efficient choice/s I then look to build an army around it. This is how I always look at Swedish lists. There are however from then a few holy grails of bringing your points score down.
Full commands – for example you are paying the Swedish cost for the unit full commands become a much easier thing to justify. It spends points but without spending Swedish!
Unit Sizes – you look to play the brackets on unit sizes for e.g White Lions 16-18 costs you -14 while 19-21 -19. So If I was looking at that 18 Full Command with a magic banner would be a more efficient choice under Swedish than 19 for example. Not rocket science but knowing these tricks is helpful.
Magic Items - I often run item/character light in normal lists but you find in Swedish you need to spend points without dropping your score so max load outs on characters become more enticing as a Prince on Steed costs -12 but the extra 100 points of items costs you nothing.
Left field choices – units that do often not see the light of day in an uncomped or light comp tournament environment can actually become gold in Swedish. These are units that are good, but are perhaps not optimum so cost much less in Swedish. You often see more infantry in Swedish and at smaller unit sizes so some of these options if you know what to look for can really aid you in get a good score. Grave Guard for instance while I don’t see they are fantastic can really fit in Swedish costing 29-34 -11 for a unit of 34. With more infantry that KB comes in useful and can be hard for smaller elite infantry units to fight them.
Monsters – again monsters get a slight boost in Swedish. For some of the reasons above, more small units of infantry, often less cannons and less death magic and poison most likely! For instance a Mutalith Vortex Beast at -4 or a Kharibdyss -10 are not terrible choices.
Some armies, Beastmen, Brets etc. don’t really need to worry about this as they get pretty good scores regardless. In the next post I’ll try and highlight a few choices I would look at if I was building Swedish lists for specific armies.