|Only you can control how you act. You're an adult, don't forget it :)|
|Librarian Dreads. Obvious Counts As.|
|Again, a Goatboy creation that is pretty WYSIWYG yet original.|
|Hulksmash's Admech Daemon Prince|
If you are playing in a tournament our even, God forbid, outside the confines of the internet; you should expect to run into a Counts As army or two. They are becoming ever more common and while the good ones are usually quite beautiful to look at there are others that are simply nightmares to play against. I won't deny that a badly done Counts As army is a nightmare to play against. It is even to the point that there are times I have wondered if my opponent did up the army on purpose to gain an advantage by not being able to easily distinguish on unit from the next. So how do you as the opponent of this army fix the situation so you can still play a fair game? Easy. Stickynotes. Ask anyone I play with and they'll tell you I carry a set of small and medium sized sticky notes in my bag. If I run into an army that has units that are completely indistinguishable from one another or are absolutely not WYSISYG I pull out the stick notes. I will write down what each unit or large sized model has in terms of wargear ans weapons and attach them to the model. Of course I explain to my opponent before the game begins that while I enjoy his counts as army it is really difficult to tell what is what in his army and so I would like to attach sticky notes to some of the models or their bases to make sure I don't forget what is what. Should my opponent have a problem with this I will calmly say that's fine and ask if they have an equitable solution. If they have one great, if not I will calmly tell them I want to call over the T.O. to see if they can give us a better way to handle the situation. Generally at this point if the person is getting irate it is because they were hoping to use the confusion their models create to gain an advantage in the game, or in other words cheat. Sorry, I call a Spade a Spade. Another solution in this day and age is to take either a short video of the army with your iPhone, Android etc with the units being described or take photos of the units and add descriptions. Honestly the sticky notes are the best choice and generally get met with a good response from opponents.
Counts As has been around longer than Goatboy and it will be around long after all of us have moved on. The only way to handle Counts As armies is if we can all begin to act like adults instead of whiny Jr. High kids. Use common sense and a little ingenuity to come up with an equitable arrangement to deal with the problems you have and be civil. Also remember that part of a T.O. or League Organizers job is to mediate disagreements between players and this includes mediating problems over Counts As armies. I know this is the internet but striving for a little maturity and civility really couldn't hurt our community, right?