Good Morning battle brothers, and obviously sisters lest we not forget, Waaaaaghh to all the Orks out there and 0100100001000101010011000100110001001111 to all the Necrons! So what hobby am I doing today? Well ladies and gentleman I am at the design stage of a new army, I am venturing into the unknown and I’m hoping to take you all with me, not only that…. you’re going to be the ones who are going to make all the decisions (the crowd responds with bated breath in anticipation of the endless possibilities). So the only thing I’m going to pick is the initial army, I know I know but I have several boxes already and a mega battle force as well… so empire it is! However the rest is going to be yours.…
So how are we going to do this? Firstly I’d like to work on a theme, the reason for this is once we have a theme we can start work on the Lord that is going to be the center piece of the army. I’m going to list around ten themes but feel free to leave a message with your own theme or idea. Try to think of something that isn’t going to be to comical and a little more something that’s going to fit the world of Warhammer as a whole. So think horror or medieval for those of you who aren’t fluent in Warhammer.
Themes: bare with me and if you would like a little more on each just let me know.
- Intensely fanatical zealots marching to war
- A rag tag band of survivors – The last of a Town Militia
- Mercenary’s in the employment of the empire
- Veterans traveling home to their children after a long war, horrified by visions of defeats and scars of daemons on their souls
- Pirates educated in the art of war by the empire
- Knights of an order that have not been seen for a thousand years.
- Ghosts of veterans souls lost in the mists of time now in the employment of the priests of Sigmar
- Troubled times, men women and children drafted into a war they neither wanted nor needed to fight.
- Thieves, vagabonds, poachers, posers and peasants
- A chaotically twisted army (been done a lot)
So like I said some strike better images then others. I personally like the idea and feel of Thieves, vagabonds, poachers, posers and peasants. There is something about an army of peasants coming together to defend their homes and nation that riles the hobbyist in me (especially when we have some scurvy scoundrels and a few drinkers in there as well!)
Then we’ll talk a little about the codex as well as the theme we have picked and I’ll throw up some photos of miniatures as well as photos that could inspire you and the ideas you would like to see bought, built and painted and as an extra bit of fun at the end of the army I will also hand the army over to Craig at bitzbox for him to do a little bit of a giveaway (this will probably sound like news to him as I haven’t told him yet but I’m sure he will love it! So get ya laptops opened and ya thinking caps on and get your votes and messages in so we can all take part in this legendary little hobby experience!
Remember you’re the ones driving this project so tell me what you want to see!
For those you who don’t wish to carry on reading feel free to mosey on home, for those you who wish to stay I’m going to explain a little about
why I’m picking a theme.
So a lot of what I’ve just written is what we do everyday in our heads when it comes to the hobby as a whole, we try and think of something cool we can base an army around it might have been taken from history, it might have been taken from a single model such as “oooooo wow I love that dragon I’m so having a fricking dragon army that breaths firefly death over every one!” or it might be that we want to push our skills set out slightly further.
I know a lot of people in the middle to last category, The problem is thinking of a theme you can do through a whole army and still keep it looking great can be really tricky, for instance I’m currently working on my own personal army for 40K called lions defiant but the problem is its fairly tricky to make a tank/vehicle heavily converted in a space marine army and still keep a classical look, its very easy to do to much or not enough, so you can fall at the first hurdle if you don’t think the theme through, you may have converted a few tanks and gone wow this is an awesome idea and got to the infantry and gone oh that doesn’t quite work. Esp if your worried about your skill set, the best advice I can give is to practise and to ask other people how they did it, go to your local gaming store and ask, email people, I’m always emailing guys online who’s work I love and that I want to learn from, its a hobby where there isn’t an end goal of “oooo… I win I’m level 90!” its a hobby where we keep learning new skills and have new ideas we’ve never considered before.
Now I’m fairly lucky as I kind of doing this all as a job, I’m now writing three blogs and also putting together a website reviewing miniature companies as well as there products as well as doing custom jobs and I have the space to have shelving that’s currently has on it around £1000 worth of plastic crack just from Games Workshop alone that’s un-built, and I guess that’s given me the confidence along with my skills set to let you guys pick what and how were going to build this and how were going to paint it as well so I’m not to worried about what theme you pick, but its definitely something you need to consider before you put that hobby knife to the model.
All the Best and I look forward to hearing from you all, esp from Ork players! (there crazy!)