I decided to post this because I've finally gotten to the point in my gaming "life" that I'm comfortable enough to build the army that I want to play.
And by that, I don't mean which army (Marines, Eldar, Chaos, etc...), I mean the actual composition of the force. It can be any army, but the question I've always wrestled with is "Am I playing the army I really want to play and not something I feel I must in order to stand a chance on the tabletop?"
It's a question easily dismissed. Sure you think, this is the army I WANT to play... but is it? Look at your army and be honest with yourself. Does Squad 1 have weapon ABC even though you really love XYZ and secretly want to field those? Why don't you?
What's keeping you from doing it?
I can't even begin to count the number of posts with army lists extolling the virtues of this combination over that and why I should take this unit over that one, blah, blah, blah. It's an endless flow of opinions and statistics trying to convince me that this is better than that and that I'll never amount to anything unless I have this unit or that weapon combo and who cares! I have my opinions on list building, but that's another post.
I actually started having this conversation at my FLGS the other week about the new Wolves Codex. I was thumbing through the new Codex and someone asked me a question about the effectiveness of a certain unit... I told him, "I don't know, I'm just looking at the cool pictures."
I don't think he believed me.
But back to the army I'm building.
If you haven't figured it out by now, I love Deathwing armies.
Pure Deathwing too, none of these "other units" that seem to get added for effectiveness. Truth be told, I got the idea for this army a while ago (after seeing something similar) and I've always thought it would be really cool to play.
How effective is it? I honestly don't know. I'm going for coolness now... like I said, I'm at that point now. If I were worried about my win/loss record, I might build something else or better yet, stop playing because I'm not going to win any awards with my track record at this point.
Now before you sound off, I'm fortunate to have the money to afford the units for this army and I can paint them up the way I imagine them being done.
I don't know what to tell you when it comes to the financial aspect other than the hobby is expensive and you can do what I do, save up and buy stuff piecemeal. I'm saving my money right now for the last two models I need. I should be able to get them in the next month or so.
If you "can't paint" as some people say, you shouldn't let that keep you from your dream force either, this isn't about painting or modeling, it's about a completely different approach to army building and the hobby.
One you don't see much anymore.