I mentioned this briefly when I posted about the Jan. 28th meeting of the Old Timer's League. Wouldn't you know it, within 24 hours, I see this post on Psychology (Psychosis?) of a 'Wing Player by Sons of Thunder. That's what some people call a sign.
You see, I have the best job in the world... at least for me. And I tell people all the time that I hope that they too have an opportunity in their life to have the job they really want. I think everyone should be able to do what they want for a living. Everyone should at least be able to give it a go so they have no regrets in the end. But this isn't about me being a life coach, it's about 40k.
What I'm saying is this applies to 40k armies. Everyone should have the chance to play the army they want to play. And everyone one of us have that one army where we say to ourselves, "Man if I had the chance, I would build..."
I play Deathwing and it's for all the reasons listed in Sons of Thunder's post. It's the army I knew I always wanted to play the moment I saw it.
Of course I've spent my "gaming life" playing other armies like Black Templars, Eldar, regular Space Marines, etc., but none of those have given me the pleasure I get when I play my Deathwing. You'll actually be seeing more of my Eldar in the coming weeks as I need to finish the force. You see, I managed to get a game in with them the other night and I knew right about the end of Turn 1 that they weren't for me. So I sold them.
For me, there's no point in having other armies, I'm not going to play them anyway.
A while ago, I built a "counts as" Lustwing force that was all footsloggers. It was my first attempt at a Deathwing force. It had too many bodies for me. The army was fun, but I really wanted less models than the 26 it had. Not epic enough. The odds against me weren't high enough yet. Now I'm down to 15 total models with my current army composition. I'm actually trying to figure out ways to make it smaller too.
Card from Wizards of the Coast
It's the challenge for me. I've taken the army that I love the background to and built a force that fits with it and I've made it fairly difficult to use in the end (deliberately). If I look back, I compare it to when I used to play Magic way back when and I ran a multi-colored deck with only two creatures (two Serra Angels) and it did amazingly well once I finally learned how to play it.
FoxPhoenix 40k recently posted about developing simple strategies for your army the other day and while I don't agree with all of his points, there are some really good ones in there. It's not about the list, it's how you play it. Gamers World posted the other day about taking sub-par lists and trying those out next time you go gaming.
This hobby costs a good amount of money to get involved in... why not make your investment in something you really want to spend your time building, painting and playing? Fortunately, it only took me a few years to figure that one out.