Collecting A Wargames Army.

Posted: January 27, 2012 in Warhammer 40000

When it comes to collecting a army it all boils down to personal taste of “what do you want?” from the army. As over the years I have collected most of the 40k armies I have always followed one simple rule, follow your gut instincts.

When I started my Blood angels back in 2010 i was drawn to them because of the 2nd edition boxed set and the memory’s I had from reading the back ground in that set.

The same goes for my Catachan Imperial Guard army from 1998, I had been watching some old war films based in Burma and decided that my guardsmen would take the form of the regiment featured in the film.

If you see a model that grabs your imagination then follow it up, read up about them. The internet is full of useful and not so useful bits of information. Ask fellow gamers about the army, old veterans can be a useful source. Pick up the codex/army book this is a must, but don`t jump in feet first and buy the book and enough models to field a 2000 point army. This can lead to you losing heart with the army and not wanting to finish it and end up boxing it up and not using it.

I will always remember an old friend of mine that wanted to get into Warhammer 40000 when I was at school he had a look at my White Dwarfs, and decided that he wanted to do a Space Wolves army. A few weeks later was his birthday and he had asked for some Space Wolves, well he got what he wanted but the army never relay got that far out of the 40 odd models that he got maybe 5 got finished the rest remained in their boxes. never to see the light of day…………

Once you have chosen your army, follow it up. If you bought one model that grabbed your imagination pick up a basic squad like , tactical marines, ork boyz, fire warriors, etc. work your way through the squad and then move on to something else. A good way of collecting  the army is to work to a plan, work out a core army list of 500 points and then set a deadline to work to. And then when you have finished that section move on to another.

Building your army like this allows you to work on “manageable” chunks. Work you way to a set goal and set your self a time limit, so a 3000 point army in 6-7 months (that’s 500 points a month with one month as a back up). You could save something special until last just to top the army off, be it a conversion, special character, or a large war machine like a super heavy tank.

Always remember its your army, you choose the units, you assemble the units, you choose the paint scheme, and you sit back and look at them  and go



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