Saturday, 10 October 2015

40k Army building - an overview

Hi all, and welcome to the first of a new series of articles for my blog - it's a series on one of the key aspects of this hobby of ours, and one that can often put you in an advantageous position over your opponent before you even pick up the dice (let's face it, the way some of us roll we dice we need all the help we can get).

Play Eldar.

The End.

What's that? You want more detail? Ok, ok.

What I'm actually going to do is look at all aspects of building your army, from first steps of why you should choose the army you do, through looking at the key elements that will frame your collection through to how to critically assess a unit's effectiveness within the tactical plan you have in place. It'll also encompass more esoteric subjects such as setting out the fluff background for your army, and then key elements of actually physically building and painting it. So basically, I see this series as being my take on 'The Hobby'. Or in other words, be nice, because for me this series is wargaming, it is not just a series about how to build a great army list, it's about building a great army!

As each article is finished and published I'll be linking it directly to a dedicated page of the blog, so keep an eye out for the army building logo on the left hand side, which will contain direct links to the full series.

So, let's look at the basics to start with then, as I see it there are three key strands to building your army.
1. Writing your army list
2. Creating a believable background
3. Assembling and painting your miniatures.

In my opinion, you cannot have a great army without each of these three strands having been fulfilled, and yes, that means not only building your models, but painting them to the best of your ability, and being able to justify the list in more than simple gaming terms.

The first stage of these articles will be launching over the next week or so, so keep your eyes peeled for them, and please if you have an idea for a topic that you feel would contribute, let me know and I'll have a think about them.