The armies, they are a changing.

So after 2 years on my ultramarine force I have decided to take  a break. I wanted to start a new army and I had a few criteria. I get this itchy feeling every few months, but usually stay focused. This time I wanted a change. One reason for this is new ultramarine Forgeworld stuff is out soon. If I am working on my ultras, I will just want the lot! I can’t afford it or justify it, so, I am going on a busmans holiday!  Let’s face it £70 For HH book is half the cost a new army! Taking a break will allow all the stuff to come out and for me to properly plan a 30k army. Or at least, the FW bits for my current army. 

So what’s my criteria for a new army?

 1-A bad guy army– wanted to paint something darker and distressed.  Something  more at home in the dark that the glory of the 13th chapter. 

2-something different-my last few armies have all been 40k, often in power armour. Oh, And NO blue! I am tempted to play other games, but I am and always have been a gw fan. 

3-something that will get to fight new players-our club has some great 40k players and I have had some great games, but it also has a group of warhammer players I don’t get to fight. I want an army that will add value to league and get me  fighting new players. 

4-I have no money, so it’s gotta be cheap. Justifying a new army is hard.  Am a public servant, my wife is a nurse, so worries about the future are the norm for us both. Splashing out on my whim is something we can do with out.  I am selling some bits on eBay to make the costs for the start if the army, but I think this will be a slow growing force. At least I have birthday soon! I don’t ant to sound like a pauper, but this can be an expensive hobby if you let it. I want to prove to my self that if your carefull it can be a cheaper hobby. 

5-I am sick of new 40k.  The constant stream of new stuff is slowly putting off the game. It’s only March and the 2nd new force is about to be released! In truth, since the imperial knights, I have not been happy. The inclusion of LoW  is not good for the tactical player and some on the best games of late have been limited to infantry only games. Warhammer seems a far better managed game. If you exclude the end of times stuff at least. 

6-Monsters. I want to paint some monsters!  I am pretty good at the large scale armoured models. Painting something covered in scales, fur or skin will be a new challenge for my painting ablity. 

Now, I know now is not a good time to start a Warhammer army Or an alternative is it’s the best as  the end of times stuff has thrown the whole world up in the air and no one knows how it will land. People are convinced that some armies are doomed, others will just cease to exist.  I think however that there is little to no chance that gw will end races that they have current moulds for. Old forces, such as brettonian that are desperate for new box sets are out of luck, but things like lizardmen with very recent large kits? Not going to be ended totally. The moulding machines are too expensive to to just stop using. The cost to create each mould is high and the life span is long, so they invest heavily into each new kit. We know GW are profit driven and armies that don’t sell get a boost to help shift more models, tyranid 2nd wave any one? They won’t just end whole armies. It will be the squat affect all over again. It’s been decades and they design staff are still being plagued with squat related questions! 3 word can dis ribble the longevity of some less popular armies. sisters of battle! Years of negate, lack of proper codex, no new models, but still they persist. The true fan never leaves them. So, I think Warhammer is relatively safe, no matter what 9th ed throws at them. (But fingers are crossed anyway) 

Ebay however seems to think the world is Ending, so it’s bargain city at the mo. Current Army books for less than £10, new box sets at around 50% off and a whole heap of discounts off used models. So now is a great time to start. 

So which army? It has taken me awhile to decide. The whole range looks great, but stiking to the criteria, I need a bad guys army, so dwarf, high & wood elves, brets, empire and dwarf are out. I have painted chaos warrior and deamon armies before, so they are out.  I do like the undead, but the idea of lots of zombies turns my blood cold, literally. I’d like a crack at nagash, but again its getting into expensive models, so no. £70 for a model that can’t make a small list? Nope. The club has a lot of dark elf players, but I do like the monster heavy armies. The lizards are good for the same reason as are beasts. 

But when it comes to beasts, however, there is only true king of the beasts. The thundertusk is the one Warhammer model I have always wanted to paint. The ogre kingdoms are represented at club and have a good reputation, ed king , our resident ogre player is also a top painter, so no pressure.  They match my ideas and have some great pluses. The whole army has reasons for me to enjoy the challenge of painting this mountain dwelling hulks.   The armour is rusted an pitted, not at all like my marines. The large flesh areas will be a challenge as well. The 40mm bases give loots of opportunity to create a scenic look. 

So, I think I has settled on an army. Next up is to design a force. With ogres, this is not a hard. Units are limited and you can’t really go to wrong according to most sites. Some things are a no brainer, other need some flare. I want avoid the deathstar units and cookie cutter lists and go for some thing fun to fight. I am not looking for the next league wining force here. 

I want to keep it all plastic, so characters will be converted Bulls. That will take some work, but will keep the costs down. I am planning a tyrant and butcher, both based on plastic Bulls and green stuff. To make them a few extra bits will be needed. I reckon I need the following for a 2000pts force. 

8 bulls (unit+2 converted hq )

Ogre battalion box

2 packs of mournfangs



I can source most of this online, and the Bulls (8 of and some bits) are all in the bag. The rest will be a slow burn. I’ll have wait and snap a bargain as the come along. I got the book for £8, so it’s good so far. The magic cards are going for silly prices, so they will have to wait. Basing will be custom, more to follow on them. 

Painting the army will be a challenge I want something distinctive and have taken my inspiration from draxx from Guardians of the Galaxy .  The grey with red detailings should be easy, but not to the level of details in the image below, should still be striking. 

 I want the army to pop on the table and want to present them differently to the marines. These are gonna but a differnt sort of army for me and it’s all about having fun. I hope to be able to show you some early work soon. 

In between I will be working on the ultramarines as I have around 750pts still to be painted. I know, only 750pts. That’s not natural. 

So that’s the plan. Keeping the cost down is the most important element. I want a fun, new army, but I want it on a shoe string of a budget. I reckon I can get the full army for less than £150, but that will be spread over a long time. 

Till then, see you across the battle field. 


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