Concur; I expect it must also be related to the higher prices in the Southern hemisphere.
Mannahnin wrote:Of course, quite a few good players did field horde armies and win events with them.
Which is why, when we look back at 5th ed, all anyone will remember is how it was filled with horde armies and nobody ever went with mech...
Horde armies did well for many players. Doug Johnson, Alex Fennell, Ricky Johnson, Alex Kallend, and Matt Cassidy are five I can think of off the top of my head who won or placed high at national-level events fielding horde-style infantry armies. Three Orks and two IG
. Fennell won the first ticket to the 2011 Vegas Throne of Skulls with his; and he and Cassidy both went to the finals in Ard Boyz. Doug won best Ork and had the highest aggregate score at Vegas 2011, and went to the finals in the Adepticon Championships this year. As I recall Doug and Ricky did well at or won multiple other big events. Alex Kallend placed high at the Adepticon Championships and Gladiator events with horde Orks. I saw several other players do well with them too.
Of course, the above can be true while we recognize that 5th was better-known for transport spam armies. Transport-centered armies were also very good (although a bit handicapped in events which preserved the normal ratio of Kill Point missions), and were easier & quicker to paint and play. So you saw a lot more of them.
Now in 6th, with Transports being less effective for many units, and usually unable to contest objectives, model counts are going up and horde armies becoming more commonplace.