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Howdy, gang. I'm just a month into my overseas deployment and I'm going a bit stir-crazy. Even though I've never played a lick of Warhammer, I've always enjoyed the painting aspect and thought that'd be something I could do out here to keep me sane.
I've been looking at the available minis and trying to figure out which army for which system I like*, but am having a hard time figuring out how to get the actual painting and modelling supplies. It'd all have to be mail-order, so I've eyeballed a couple starter sets at various online stores, but I don't have the experience to be able to say "I need this color and this brush and this file and..."
Any advice? Is there a good starter kit worth buying? Should I buy all the pieces and colors I need piecemeal?
* For Warhammer I'm leaning towards Empire (maybe Bretonnians). For 40K, as much as love the Daemonhunter and Witch Hunter miniatures, they're kind of pricey. I'd probably go with Tao for sheer variety.
Overseas deployment to a combat zone or not a combat zone? If the former, you might want to consider the AOBR and/or BFSP sets, so that you have matching armies to play with someone else.
You're in luck. GW have (what I deem to be) an excess of starter sets. Take the painting sets, or the Citadel tool kit, to link to a few I picked up from a few seconds of surfing the GW site. There's also a metric ton of gaming sets, often with armies you can pull out of the sprues, glue together, and game with right away. Have a look around that travesty of a site (catalogue is the better term here), and see what takes your interest.
I encourage asking questions and using the Search function here on LO if there's something you're unsure of. I don't think there's anything in those guides they sell that can't be found here.
Thanks fellas. I'm in a special ops camp in the Philippines (if you can believe that). Actual gaming space is minimal, but I'm sure I could find a corner somewhere to paint in.
I had eyeballed those starter kits AFG mentioned. I don't know a lot about paints, though, and since I've heard a lot of people talking about better and/or cheaper paints (Vallejo or Adiken or whatever), I wanted to see if anybody knew of a better deal.
I just got a good eyeful of the new state troops minis. What a bunch of dunderheads! It's like a free company mugged the actual army swordsmen and stole their uniforms.
Which is a shame because I used to really like the way the Empire armies looked. I'm a painter first, gamer second (if ever), and I enjoy painting rank and file, uniform troops. Unfortunately, these guys look like such dimwits, I've lost the urge to put any together.
I've never been a big fan of the elves' fluff, but maybe that'd be my next best choice as far as fun-to-paint goes.
Any thoughts? Any hidden rank-n-file gems in the Warhammer catalog?
If you want a LOT of Rank and File you should look at the Imperial Guard for 40K. If your also more into the converting then it is a great army
If you do things right people wont be sure if you have done anything at all.
Thanks, but I already have my eye set on Tau for 40k. I was just looking for a personal favorite for the fantasy version and thought Empire would match my mindset and aesthetic.
I had considered the Imperial Guard, but they just look so...mundane. The Cadians and Catachans, at least (i.e., the affordable plastic models). I did salivate for a bit over the Vostroyans, but not only do the metals make it a really expensive idea, but there aren't enough variety to the figures to make it fun. By my third squad I imagine I'd be moving on to something else. Probably a second job...
Over at Fantasy, I was also looking at the Bretonnians, but wasn't a big fan of all the clashing colors. All those uniquely-heralded knights don't create a united regiment of soldiers.
Actually, I'm kind of eyeballing Dark Elves at the moment. Not only do I like the fluff, but I get a kick out of the majority of the models and can see myself collecting a wide assortment of them. Some of the molds seem kind of old, though. The warriors, for example, seem kind of dated compared to the corsairs or the hydra. The metal witch elves and dark riders seem positively archaic.
Still undecided for Fantasy, but I'm pretty stoked about ordering some Tau. I also found some good recommendations on paints that I can order on the cheap from an online craft store.