Ive noticed recently that, as a piggyback from the Cygnar using mercenaries discussion there has come a small phrase which has become memetic (as in, people use the phrase almost like a word in a specific context to convey cultural information).
The term is, roughly, "use the tools you have access too" and it is aimed at people, usually, who express that they don't like to use mercenaries or certain models within their faction (currently one thread in the Cryx forum is like this, and the response about using the tools appears).
I think there is a small point of clarification which is important for certain people to understand.
Whenever you are creating a list, you generally bring a small list of your own contextual "morals" into the equation. These morals are constructed not just out of your own individual views, but also out of a consideration about your own personal meta, the things people take and the kinds of people that they are.
These morals have an actual huge range. I mean consider the actual term "Using the tools you have access too". Technically this term refers that you can, and should, attempt to cheat. because they are tools that you have access too. You should tool up your list against your opponent, you should fudge dice rolls and many other things which could all be considered "tools that you have access to."
Of course, though, in reality none of you (i hope) consider this to be true. Because there is cheating and there is morality, and it isnt all written in the rulebooks, its usually consensual. Ie. Nowhere in the rulebook does it say you cant use weighted dice. It refers to 6 sided dice and uses the vague term "standard".
So we have a consensual morality rulesset that we can all agree on. There are rules which are written which you follow, and there are rules that are unwritten which you also follow.
So Faction purity or Model Avoidance is an evolution of this, there are models and units which you dont take because they violate your own personal morality within this setting. I personally don't like using mercenaries, not owning any, but I am considering using Wyshnallyr, but because taking that model violates my personal morality, i am considering using Valachev as a *proxy* for him, since the model suits the position that Wyshnallyr takes and is "in faction."
So i'm not trying to condemn, all I am trying to do is explain that every single one of you has a variant gaming morality, and we all have a different conception of what is normal, so try to understand when someone constructs their lists and plays their games with a gaming morality which is different than yours, and if you wish to help them just try to work with their opinions, rather than imply that they are "wrong"
Thanks for reading.