Before I get back to why comp scoring is just as bad for painting, modeling and fluff as it is for competition, I want to draw your attention to the results of the wonderful St. Valentines Day Massacre GT. Not for any positive reasons*. Heavens no, haha.
This particular GT is a delightful, real-world rebuttal to one of the links I posted last time. What happened at at this GT was so bad, that I really don't have to do much more than point out the shittyness.
It turns out that not only were the comp guidelines pretty ambiguous to the players, they were also ambiguous to the comp judges... who also played in the fucking event. There were lots of reports of select armies getting ludicrously high comp scores, accusations of retroactive scoring to make the pairing look legit and even an outright admission that ALL Tyranid lists automatically scored low because the book is so new. It gets better: it turns out that not only did the TO himself play, but his 6 ironclad dreadnought list - all in drop pods no less - got a 12 out of 20 for comp. While battelforce Tryanids got a 1. That's not in the least suspicious, right?
What. The. Fuck.
I'm pointing this out for two reasons:
1) It's a hilariously terrible situation I came across when doing some research that didn't pan out.
2) The only thing worse than someone telling you can't play with all your toys beforehand is someone telling you after you show up.
God help you if your definition of 40k is different from the organizers'. In a situation like this, its not so much having your creativity limited, but having it outright punished.
*Originally pointed out to the internet by TastyTaste over on Blood of Kittens.