Sunday, November 7, 2010
Multiple Army Syndrome - Getting out of Control
Hi, my name is Sons of Taurus, and I'm a Chaos Marine addict.
Hi Sons of Taurus.
I suffer from Multiple Army Syndrome. Not only different codexes, but an urge to build multiple armies from the same codex. Same available rules, but I feel the need to build different completely distinct forces.
I may want a different look, or a different extreme of playstyle (as different as it can be within the same book), and instead of just adding units to an existing army, I want to make a new one. My Project List will show where I'm currently dealing with this, with IG (traditional guys & guns Merkan 76th vs. The Scythiak Usurpation), Space Marines (Silver Skulls vs. potential Space Sharks), but especially with Chaos Space Marines.
With CSM I have my old Sons of Horus undivided force, with regular CSM and various cult elements. A few years ago I added my "Hell Hounds" Word Bearers force, a straight-up undivided/Icon of Chaos Glory type army. I'm also looking seriously at making an army for my Sons of Taurus renegades, using Slaaneshi rules, and potentially a whole 'nother renegade alliance with the Heralds of Oblivion, starting with an army of Tzeentchian renegades. I also have about half the stuff I'd need to eventually make a Death Guard army.
As mentioned back when I was thinking about variety, I tend to build armies to a certain point with no or very little in the way of spare units in most cases, so when I want variety I tend to just pull out a different army rather than fiddle with a list.
I would like to try to change that a bit, and move a little more into the "completist" type of army builder and collector. CSM would be the obvious place for me to start. Why make up a bunch of HQ choices that I "can't" (obviously I'm the only one stopping me) use with the other armies I have from the same book? Why buy, build, and paint X Rhinos and Y Defilers for each of four armies? Wouldn't it make more sense to find a way to make it all one force?
But which one?
Some potential options:
Black Crusade - Just throw them all together, regardless of heraldry and say that they're allies. Simple, lets me use them together with no delay for repainting, etc. and lets me add units faster without much regard to color scheme. While it certainly would look Chaotic, I'm not sure I'd really like how it looked on the table.
Sons of Horus - My Black Legion-lite, I already saw them as a Stripes type conglomeration of various traitors and renegades, guys who've left other legions, etc. so it would be an easy transition. I even already have a renegade SW as one of my Lords, so stripping and repainting the Word Bearers to be his followers would fit pretty easily. I could also just set aside my distaste for Abaddon and just call them Black Legion. Either way, no problem taking and using anything in the codex.
Sons of Taurus - Could just scrap current plans to make them solely Slaaneshi-rules and Hashut-worshiping and make them a more all-inclusive group. Not sure how I'd like the paint scheme I have planned across different cult type units, but I guess I could vary it up a bit.
Heralds of Oblivion - Another renegade conglomeration, would be functionally the same without the advantages/disadvantages of prior associations.
Part of me is having a cardiac event thinking about stripping my Word Bearers down and starting over with those figs, but part of me is glad to be thinking seriously about this now before I get too deep into more CSM armies.
Thinking about this in relation to my CSM also makes my decisions about my Space Marines easier - I think that all my Silver Skulls will eventually transition over to Space Sharks. I'll probably build a new Space Shark force and then gradually repaint the Silver Skulls, depending on how I end up wanting the Space Sharks to play out.
For my Guard forces (the loyalist Merkans and the Chaos Scythiak) I don't feel bad keeping them distinct. They're very different models, and by the very nature of Lost and the Damned type armies I wouldn't have much problem dragging some Merkan units into a Scythiak list if I felt the need, just considering them to be recently turned Guard or PDF.
One step at a time...