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16-02-2011, 10:13
I have several fully painted armies and play with all of them at various times. My primary army I play is Imperial Guard followed by Black Templars.

I would say I switch between my obsessions at least 3 times a month. I will start loving and working on my IG - buy new items and paint + build new army lists and play - then a week or two later I get a hunger for Necrons or Black Templar.

I am now onto my Ork Killa Kan wall list and have most of what I need and a base coat set. I haven't even played with them yet and have had urges to work on my Tau who have been sitting for awhile.

Moments later I am reading about the GK and I have several GK models and inquisitors etc.

How often to you guys go crazy and are unable to focus?

16-02-2011, 10:29
My first love are my Nids. I also have decent Marine and Tau armies as well as a lizardmen army.

I switch every month or so, depending on my mood. I find I crave Tau after playing nids for a while. Nids generally struggle with popping land raiders...so I feel much better when I then field a few boradsides that make those same raiders go bye-bye.

I don't often gat around to fantasy, but the magic and stricter movement system give me a pull after a few 40k games.

I think that for me, a lot of my switching has to do with internal and external balance issues between armies and that there are aspects of 40k and fantasy that are good, but they are in different systems.

In food terms if GW could make a range of pizzas with a good variety of toppings and a desert layer then we would be no need to switch.

16-02-2011, 10:33
How often do you switch Armies?

How often to you guys go crazy and are unable to focus?
As often as I change my pants.

16-02-2011, 11:16
This is tactics how? lol

16-02-2011, 12:09
I've always been an ork fan and have collected them religiously. Recently i was toying with the idea of starting a new army, and after a few days of flicking through army lists i eventually looked online to check out the battleforces available to the different armys... I ended up buying the ork one.. cough'.

16-02-2011, 13:29
This is tactics how? lol

Dangit! Does working my first graveyard shift in a long time cover as an excuse for it not being in the Discussion forum?

16-02-2011, 13:41
Whatever, a mod will move it.

New armies are a rarity for me. I've been using Iron Warriors for 15+ years at this point, and only bought a rather over-complete mech IG army this past year. The only things I'm vaguely interested in beyond those are Grey Knights and Deathwatch - and the latter doesn't even exist.

Grand Inquisitor General
16-02-2011, 13:59
As a college student I attempt to limit my W40k spending (failing to limit at the moment). I only have Tau, so this choice is already made for me. :chrome:

16-02-2011, 17:29
Quite often.

I have three different codex guard armies- full mech, strakern CC, Outflanking mixed- builds. Plus IA 1(armoured company list), and the Kreig PDF

I'm currently slowly adding bits for full airborne ( codex or elysian) lists, and have storm trooper and rough rider platoons for unusual builds.

Yes, it is all Guard, but all the armies play differently.

16-02-2011, 18:47
Well, it depends on what I feel like. My Iron Warriors can be Chaos (not that I've used them as such under the latest book), Vanilla Marines, Wolves, or Blood Angels. Basically it comes down to where I want to use Thunderfires, Thunder Wolves, or a Thunder... I mean Stormraven on that given day.

16-02-2011, 18:57
I tend to switch after a big loss, mostly. There's also the big stress that comes before a tournament, when I flip back and forth over what army to play. And sometimes I get the urge to play Tau, but that's just lasts until I get slaughtered.

16-02-2011, 18:59
I change almost every week. I have 4 armies I switch between. I'll just grab whatever I fancy using on the day.

16-02-2011, 19:09
My primary is eldar, been playing them for 8 years. My 2nd is an all infantry thousand sons themed army which is suprizingly doing phenominal for me. Then I got a farsight army that is too fun to play. All in all I switch between eldar and thousand sons almost every other game. toss in farsight here and there.

My favorite aspect of this game are psyker powers, hense eldar and tzeench, and I can almost for sure going to start grey knights...

16-02-2011, 20:34
I don't tend to switch armies; I just add new ones periodically, but keep going back to my old favorites (specifically for 40K, Imperial Guard).

Lion El Jason
16-02-2011, 21:47
I got the first edition of Space Hulk when it came out.

I still play Deathwing and Tyranids.

So 1988 till now no changes.

16-02-2011, 21:48
Unfortunately about two or three times a week. :(

17-02-2011, 02:00
Over time I've collected and played every army going in 40k, so I don't see it as switching armies anymore, it's just going back to them after a break. However, I swap between them whenever I feel like playing them.

17-02-2011, 02:54
How often do you switch Armies?

How often to you guys go crazy and are unable to focus?

I started out with the Marines and stuck with them for years, gradually collecting every unit they had available. Even though they looked awesome and they were easy to play I eventually started collecting Tau.

I liked their fluff and they were such a breath of fresh air when they were first released, but they didn't stay out of their boxes for very long. I wasn't into many of the alien armies so this might be why they didn't seem as exciting anymore.

I finally found the Guard and I've been collecting them for about five years. Not your typical Cadian or Catachan either... Tallarn all the way! I love them... maybe because they're just average humans (for the most part) that I find familiarity and can't seem to put down the codex. :D

So three armies over the course of eleven years

17-02-2011, 03:05
I have a very large Tau army.

I have Orks that I play. Still adding to it though. Need to build my MegaNobs and buy more Kans.

Finishing up my Night Lords as BA now and will be going back to the aforementioned Orks next.

I will play any of these on any given day.

17-02-2011, 04:24
I must admit to being a bit of a magpie. Let's see,

I started with Imperial Guard using the old codex.
Next it was Black Templar
Then Grey Knights
Then back to Imperial Guard
Then Space Wolves for a special themed force.
Now I am switching between Ultramarines and Thousand Sons.
Between all of those I have toyed with Tau and Necrons. And that doesn't even count my fantasy armies.

My point? keep a variety and play what you like. Still, keep it to a level that you always know what you have without looking at it. If you can't remember where all of your stuff is then you have too much. I just finished selling and giving away a lot of stuff to get myself back to that level.

17-02-2011, 04:55
Started playing 40K just as 4th edition came out. Started Tau, still playing Tau (although I don't play much anymore).

I am gradually working on a Kroot mercenary army, allies of my Tau
Also a Tau(Imperial) Guard army, more allies of my Tau.

I did break for a year and collected Eldar because my friends and I conducted a little experiment to see if you could collect a 40K army on a reasonable budget and I needed to start an army from scratch for that (Yes, you can, BTW)

17-02-2011, 05:12
I alternate between my Eldar, my SM, my DH and IG.

I try to play with each one at least two months of the year.
I've switched to fortnightly meeting attendance at my club (from weekly) to give me more time to do other stuff like socialise with non-gaming friends.

I collected all of these because I liked their models or they gave me more options for conversions. If I didn't like the army enough to collect it, I would also not be playing with it.

17-02-2011, 05:16
Far, far too much.

I'm looking for an army to be Grand Project.

The eldar I'm workin on sure ain't it.

I'm betting on Grey Knights, failing that, falling back on DE.

17-02-2011, 05:22
Let's see... various contexts...

In a tournament or campaign?
Obviously only as much as the rules allow. Generally never and once a month respectively around here.

In friendleez?
I'm usually playing 2-3 armies at once, and switching one of them out every month or two.

In theory?
Hooooooooh boy.
Assuming say 1500-2k point values or so?

Well... I currently field at least 2-3 full Marine armies with what I have...
I have the additional models floating around to up that to maybe 5-6...
Using what close friends have around I can borrow on a moments notice that goes up to... I bet I could field my marine list 12-14 distinctly different ways.
Note: Around here we're pretty cool as long as your list and the way you play is by rules and your list at play time comes from only one codex. So we don't care if you use the same marines as different armies as long as you're not a douche and you're acceptably WYSIWYG. So I can use the same Tac Marines, Asslt Marines, etc in multiple lists and only have to exchange/rebuy 1 or 2 models not a full squad each list. In places with players more anal about that and "Yellow Angels" and "Green Wolves" are taboo, cut that down to maybe 4 or 5 total.

Then add in additional armies... What I own...
Hmmm... now add to that 2 ways my Eldar can go, 2 ways for my DE, enough Necrons for a solid list at that value... my old GK's are around somewhere...
throw in borrowing from friends if I want...

In theory with a days notice I could probably field at least 8 or 9 diff codex armies at least [All SM, maybe CSM, Necron, Eldar, Dark Eldar, DH] and with variants I bet my total is 23 or 24 distinctly differeant potential armies I could rotate between regularly. Again though, about 1/2 those require me to borrow from friends, but since I can do that pretty easy I count it.

So having 1-3 avaliable at a time, and only updating about 1 month or so, is mostly to keep me sane :D

17-02-2011, 06:17
I started playing Eldar in 1995 or 1996 and I'm still playing only Eldar.

17-02-2011, 06:21
I started playing Eldar in 1995 or 1996 and I'm still playing only Eldar.

15+ years with a paper tiger army? And only that army? And that specific army?

I fear you.

17-02-2011, 06:34
Exactly that, yes.

17-02-2011, 06:34
15+ years with a paper tiger army? And only that army? And that specific army?

I fear you.

Yeah, me too. I always have issues with mixing up rules or making moves as if I were playing one of my other armies. One of the main drawbacks to using multiple armies so often...............

17-02-2011, 08:58
Not very. I had an Eldar army exclusively between 1995 and 2009. I then sold them all for some Tau. I was inspired by their uniform look and the landing pad capture photo in planetstrike.
I recently started a small Dark Eldar army as an opposite to my Tau. I do miss close combat a bit.

17-02-2011, 09:18
I'm always thinking of changing my current army for SM or IG or Orks. I had Tau, which didn't work out for me. Now I've got DE and I love the models and they do great on the field. Still I'm thinking of making an IG list with lotsa heavy weapons squads and stuff. Or a Deathwing list with only terminators and dreadnoughts.

17-02-2011, 09:55
I tend to start a new project (usually, though not always 40K) ever two or three years.

I think change is necessary and important and people who stick with/identify with one particular army all too strongly (those that I have met at least) seem to be precisely the type who often lost a bit too much touch with reality and "sunk" into the escapist world of 40K a bit too deeply.

Just my opinion.

17-02-2011, 10:24
I am a creature of whim.

I started 40k with a love of Tyranids in 2nd ed - I never collected an army of them simply because I couldn't do the models justice with my painting. So I opted for Chaos simply because they were choice number two.

What pushed me in the end was an old Troll magazine competition - anyone remember that thing you used to get from Mail Order? It was the Easter one where you had to spot the Easter Egg - it was a trick, basically the egg shone through the page when the back was held to the light. The 'prize' was a free Champion or Sergeant model...as Tyranids didn't have those I opted for a Chaos Terminator Champion and thus began my descent to Chaos.

3rd ed. came about and by that point I had amassed a respectable Chaos Space Marine army - Iron Warriors with some Plague Marines thrown in. Then the 3rd ed. Codex came around and cemented me further in. The Index Astartes article and the 3.5 Codex made me switch to Death Guard in the end as I loved the models themselves. Yes, I do have a 80% metal Death Guard army.

4th edition came out and so did the Space Marine codex. So I decided to try Imperial Marines. I still have them but never did anything more than buy a load and undercoat a bunch. They are slowly progressing but that's more influenced by the 5th edition Codex.

Codex Eldar and Apocalypse encouraged me to start collected Eldar...and after that the 4th ed. Codex CSM had me collecting Extinction Angels (so, more CSM).

5th edition is when I decided on Tyranids. I felt at this point I could do them justice. And I'm glad. A simple variant on a wash based paint scheme and I like them.

Playwise I go on a whim.

I now primarily play Tyranids but dabble with the Extinction Angels and Death Guard for larger games.

17-02-2011, 11:41
Whilst i only collect and play Guard i switch painting between my DKoK, Elysians and Praetorians. But only play with my DK untill the other 2 are fully painted.

I was hoping to go for the new FW winter guard, but was disapointed by what they have come up with so far :( However, thinkin 3 of the new Malcadors would be nice with my Krieg :chrome:

17-02-2011, 12:05
I have multiple armies, but I tend to go through Cycles of playing (ie for an x period of months, I will tend to play one army).

Predominantly these cycles revolve around Orks. (Having gone green, it's exceedingly difficult to have quite as much fun with anything else :D)

I'd say every 3-6 months, as the whim takes me :)

17-02-2011, 12:19
I will usually alternate between two armies in regular gaming. One will generally be a friendlier army and one a tourny oriented army. Which is which, will change depending on my models and what models I want to play with, and how well they do. And mostly how much fun I have playing and painting them. Right now, its Orks and Dark Eldar.

I may have more than 2 armies but I generally only play two of them. Also things that will distinguish which armies I'm using:

One will be/the other will be. For example:

1.Fast or vehicle oriented DE/Horde Orks
2. offensive units DE/very defensive Orks (horde currently)
3. Lots of armor (none right now)/foot troops (DE and Orks)
But I plan on getting lots of vehicles for both and using one or the other as my whims take me, though likley DE will have lots of vehicles.

My armies used to be"
1. Eldar/Deathwing
2 Eldar/ Deathwing
3. Eldar/Deathwing

1. SM/necrons
2 Sm/necrons
3. SM/necrons


1. Tau/guard
2. guard/Tau
3. Tau/guard

I also may have a floater army. This were/are neither that fun or effective to play. I'll use it to play against new players. For a time those armies have been:

thousand sons

You'd have to break my fingers to get me to play eldar currently though... lol I don't like the current meta for them and the models I have right now just aren't effective against anyone who knows what they are doing.

17-02-2011, 12:34
I switch between around 5 armies depending on my mood

I often get excited about anything new that gets released as well as new ideas for improving my older armies

17-02-2011, 21:49
I've been playing Black Legion CSM since 1996. I have enough Daemons to do an army but I'm sticking with the Legion.

18-02-2011, 03:15
My first 40K army are the Guard and I still play them though I have a tiny Chaos force that I've only started putting together. Enough for small games.
Except for those the only other army I briefly tried were the Tyranids back when 4th ed came out but hated them and only played them a few times before selling them to a friend.

18-02-2011, 04:05
Ive built FAR to many armies, and I need to cut back, the only ones ive ever really liked are my Necrons, Grey Knights, Doublewing and IG. Though i have many more.

well I've finally decided to no longer build a new army until they give me Arbites.... looking at Elysians, they look kinda like Arbites.... DAMN IT now I gotta go buy some of them...

18-02-2011, 04:18
I started 40K in 2nd Edition with a DIY Space Marine army using the UM Codex. In 3rd, I used BA rules to represent them and also started my own, separate, Space Wolf force. I either played my DIY Marines as BA/Vanilla or my Wolves as Wolves. I also had a small Khornate CSM army for a while in 3rd. I didn't play 4th Ed at all (despite owning almost all the codices and the BGB). Now, in 5th, I am rebuilding a new DIY BA force and I've also got a lot of Orks I need to paint and put together. I chose Orks because I wanted a change of pace from small, hard, elite and figured huge, expendable horde would work. And the Orks are frelling awesome.

18-02-2011, 04:31
Whenever I feel like it, usually when we start a new campaign or have a game day at our club.

Cheers, Gary

18-02-2011, 05:29
I usually play an army for a year or two, then switch to another when I feel I've done everything I can with the army. I have four armies that I switch between, and the Space Wolves took up the first position last spring, getting new shiny toys throughout the year. Still intereseted in painting them instead of Chaos, Guards or Sisters, so I guess their going to be the primary army for a while longer...

18-02-2011, 12:55
too often...

Easy E
18-02-2011, 14:09
rarely. I can't afford it, or have the time. Creating a new army for me is an undertaking that involves lot's of planning.

I am more likely to switch game system focus. recently, I have been more focused on smaller game systems.

18-02-2011, 21:54
Space Wolves and Imperial Guard is really all I play.

I messed about a bit with the Iron Warriors when I felt a bit anarchic.

18-02-2011, 22:06
I switch between Daemons, Orks and Daemon hunters weak in and week out. I also occasionally user my necrons or witchunters. I like to mix it up week to week but then I have the luxury of having a lot of armies on stand by. I don't ever stop using armies completely, though there was a period of 4 months I stopped using gks due to competitive environment and boredom with tri-raider spam to keep up. The sole exception to this rule is if I am painting an army or unit and I tend to shelve it till its varnished.