Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Specialism vs Generalism

Hi all 

I'm back with my second article on improving at FoW and this time it's a more practical affair.
I said in my first article I think that I am a better FoW player than I was a year ago, yet I'm not completely sure about that! The reason for that being is that my 'best' army - my British para's I don't use as much now - and when I do use them, don't find them performing as well as I remember!
The reason for this has been my ever diversifying range of FoW armies, and it comes back to the fact I have not played my para's as often as I used too, but perhaps by playing all these other forces I've developed new insights into their strengths and weakness. 
But is either of these better ? Or is it perhaps better to have a friend who keeps changing army. I always remember one of the bournemouth walrus - KP saying that he got good with his first army as (that other walrus) Mr Spence kept changing his army so regularly he got to play every every other army!

I often wonder if I watched Ben play Winner and I didn't know them who would win. Ben is well known for changing his armies as frequently as he changes his pants so has developed numerous insights into different armies and the ways they work; whereas Winner has played his FJ continuously and as you read in his tactics article knows his FJ well.
I personally think that as far as improving as a FoW player you need a bit of both. Trying a new army against different lists will show you not only how the army works but also it's weakness. In fact I keep thinking about getting some yanks for this very reason, I play against them so infrequently I never really have a grasp of their strengths and weakness.
Well I'd love to hear your ideas on this, so let me know whether you prefer to be a 'jack of all armies - master of none' or super specialise in that one army.

Till next time



  1. Well, one army is definitely cheaper!

    I think part of it depends on the range of armies you get to face yourself. I've been planning to diversify my armies myself as I think there are some major types of armies that it is important to understand well; medium tank, defensive infantry list, etc. I'd love to hear what people think the main prototypical list types are.

  2. The 'Hobby Magpie' or 'Hobby Crack' factor is large in this as well. Some hobbyists are happy collecting one force, and playing that exclusively. Others, such as myself, can't resist starting something fresh, and 'butterflying' from one army to the next. As ever, flames of war is a skill - it requires tuition and practice. The more you get of both, the better you'll be!

  3. I have few usa tank armies which need to see the light of day again... But all my armies seem to be soviet tank or similar in structure .... None of these fangle complicated german types with storm trooper and like :)