Like a lot of 40K players who have been in the hobby for a while I have more than one army. As the article title says, I have four of them. There’s an inherent problem with them all though, none of them are truly complete.
Now, I think it’s fair to say no army is ever complete but some armies are far more complete than others. Duke over at BoLS put up an article the other day talking about how. I definitely consider myself a collector as well but the problem is my collections tend to stall out and my mind wanders with thoughts of starting another army. So, I end up with a reasonable assortment of choices in any given army but not a full-blown collection.
My largest collection so far is my Ork army, though I couldn’t even give a reasonable guess on how many points it is. I have one of nearly every unit. I think the only unit I do not own is Flash Gitz, oh and some named HQs. My next largest is my Space Marines. I’m far from owning every unit but I have a majority of them, barring all the named HQs again. Then I have Chaos, still at a starter size but playable up to 2K, and finally my Necrons. My Necrons are tiny and hardly worth calling an army at this point.
The one thing all these armies have in common is they are far from complete. I may own a fair amount of units in each army, except Necrons, but it’s rather hodge-podge. For example, I own one Predator and one Vindicator. My Orks have one Battlewagon and one Boomwagon. In short, I lack redundancy. When you only have one of something there’s only so much you can do. I often end up throwing in non-ideal choices because I have no other options. Sure, I’d like to field a second Predator but instead I have to settle on a Vindicator if I really want another AV13 tank on the field. As you can imagine it can lead to some interesting army lists that don’t always blend well.
I need to get one army truly built up. I need an army that has redundancy, an assortment of unit choices that actually work together and is large enough to be diverse. My choice for this is going to be my Chaos Marines. They’re my latest army and have quickly become my favorite army despite having an old and horrible codex. Of course the codex should be out soon and I can’t wait. It’s really waiting on that codex that has held me back on expanding the force I have now and creating a full-blown collection. It’s one thing when you have an existing collection and a new codex comes out, you roll with the punches. When you’re in the process of buying the army however, you want to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.
For now, while I wait on the new codex and new models, I need to wrap up what I have. I haven’t posted progress shots lately but I have been getting a fair amount of painting done. I’m actually over the hump and have more of my army painted than not painted, which is always a good feeling. The codex though will hold up some of the work. I have a converted Obliterator ready for paint but if the rumors are correct on them becoming shooting only then that means I need to redo it and remove the fist. That’s not so bad, it’s the three painted ones I’m not looking forward to possibly needing to remodel and subsequently do some touch-up on. I have a few such units like that, rumored to be altering, so I just need to finish what I know is safe, like the second Rhino I have.