For 2016 I decided to focus on a single army and set a goal to turn it into a painted, use-able force over the course of the year. I took the pile of Eldar parts I had sitting around, acquired some more as the year went on and I am pretty happy with the outcome. It wasn't a 100% pure effort as I took some short side treks with the Iron Warriors and the Blood Angels but it all worked out really well.
(That's why the header for the blog is what it is - it was a theme!)
Now of course I have to decide what to tackle next year. The Eldar are handled. Leading candidates right now are:
- Dark Eldar - take them from allies to full army. I think I have finally figured out a paint scheme I can live with for them.
- Dark Angels - finish a completely modern space marine army. I already have the army, most of it is built, and most of it is base coated. i just need to focus in to finish it and play it.
- Blood Angels - another partly-built army with lots of almost-ready parts. They're not as big in the current meta but I rarely let that drive my long-term decisions.
- Iron Warriors - They're actually pretty close to done anyway. The combination of simple but effective paint scheme and limiting expansion units to stuff that's already painted means I do not have a huge backlog here. There isn't a year's worth of work here unless I go nuts with expanding the army. They may stay a "side" army.
- CSM Nurgle - I started these guys what seems like a long time ago and I never quite finish them.
With rumors of an 8th edition coming next year and that it will include significant changes to the rules I am not terribly concerned with game performance as much as getting an army sorted out, built, and painted. Playing it would be nice too.
Dark horse candidates:
Dark horse candidates:
- I have some uncommitted marines, basically the Black Reach force plus a few extras. Do I need yet another marine army? or is it time to bring the Howling Griffons into the new era with new additions?
- Orks? So much "almost finished" but they are so terrible under the current rules. This is the one army where the state of the game is holding me back. They are that bad, especially compared to where they were for so long.
- "The Year of Terrain" - maybe it's time to focus on building up what we play on and around rather than one particular army.
I'll probably ponder out loud in this space for the rest of December so more to come on it for sure.