This represents the look we get at new models, not any part of the male anatomy though I thought the picture was funny.
First let's look at the problem. In 2010 I read the book Malus Darkblade and immediately decided I needed a dark elf cold one cavalry army. I built several lists and went out and bought the models I would need: 25 Cold Ones, 4 characters on cold ones, a battalion box, additional repeater bits to convert some dark riders, glade riders for the conversion. The list goes on but the investment was substantial. Fast forward to 2012 and I had clipped the models off the sprues which is as far as I had gotten. At this point though I was ready for another big spend...I was going to redo my dwarves. I purchased 4 boxes of the new plastic models, harvested some additional old metal war machines from ebay to match the others, I even began to bid on some scibor models for characters and unit fillers. Then I found that Kansas City had a strong following of War Machine players so I purchased two 30 point armies built and used apoxiesculpt on their bases played a few games and was transferred to Chicago...warhammer was back! Next I bought some Tyranids to play some 40k....and this brings us almost up to today.
At this point I had a lot of stuff that I had no intentions to ever use. So the dump began including Khador, Tyranids and Dark Elves. I hope I have learned my lesson but perhaps I needed something to give me the option to start a new army without going over the edge...so when Eldar came out and I witnessed the beautiful paint scheme that is Saim-Hann and the coolest models in the Wraiths I knew I wanted them but I HAD LEARNED MY LESSON right?
On the Garagehammer podcast what works for Witek is to wait a month to let the excitement settle and determine if it's just the new shiny syndrome or if it is genuine interest. I applaud him for his self control but I knew this strategy wasn't going to work for me. So what did I do I set up some rules for myself:
Strategy A: I can buy models of any new army that I want but I can only buy one box at a time and in order to buy another new box I have to have it fully painted and based.
So I immediately bought a Wraithlord model from the local GW. The hobby high was in full swing and I had him built and magnetized within a week. Then in another week he was fully painted. "Wow, this is actually working!" I thought to myself as I then purchased the new farseer model. Another week and another Saim-Hann model was completed. The new strategy was in full swing and although all other hobby projects were taking a back seat I was riding my hobby interest and my new rule was giving me the motivation to build and paint my new models so that I could make a new purchase.
Next up was a box of wraithguard and these too I build and painted in 2 weeks. My force was nearing 500 points and I began to use it in 40k games as allies to my Dark Angels. Then I found a small loophole in my own rule....the battalion box. This was a single box, but contained 3 different units: Wave Serpent, Guardians, and a Vyper. So again the hobby high was on and I finished the Vyper. Then I began the wave serpent and the guardians....this is as far as I have completed this army as I had to finish a Soul Grinder for BITS and then I went to work on High Elves for Northstar. However, I wanted to stick to the plan so I have made progress on the guardians and wave serpent...
The Eldar In Order of Purchase and Completion
How many of you guessed that my Strategy was doomed for failure? Well I would have held strong, but there was a deal that I couldn't refuse. Our very own Magnificent Bastard Rhellion had Jumped on the Eldar train and was jumping out. I couldn't pass up the deal, but I couldn't break my strategy...I was in a bind. In the end the financial (devil) conscience won out and now I have the army you see below (THANKS BRAD!!!)
What goes around comes around in this hobby. I liquidated my hobby assets and with the money that I made I purchased someone else's liquidation. I hope that Rhellion and many others find this article useful. I highly recommend giving it a try the next time you want to go out and buy an entire army based on a 2400 point list you've created. It worked for me...to a point and I am going to follow this rule for the next fantasy army that I start.
- Spend $40 instead of $500 on an army that you never end up finishing. When you go to liquidate you'll lose 40% which means $16 instead of $200.
- Stay motivated longer as you press on to get to that next purchase
- Lose less time rehashing a paint scheme as you will finish a unit or group of models before taking the base coats to the entire army
- You get that hobby purchasing rush more often in smaller doses
- If you do not already own an army you won't be able to play the game for a very long time!
- Less chance to try the models/units out before putting them on the battlefield as you will be playing with only what you have purchased for awhile
- If you do end up scrapping the project you've put more time into the few models that you have purchased (paint/assembly) and depending on painting ability may be worth less on the secondary market
- Lose out on that HUGE hobby rush when spending 3 figures at a time.
Hopefully, gradually, eventually, you'll see more of my Eldar painted up and additional projects underway.