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I just barely started 40k, and I have 1500 points of Nurgle CSM, all Greenstuffed up, with only seven guys painted.
And then I find out about Pre-Heresy armies, and true-scaling...
And now I'm this close to starting an Early Heresy Iron Warriors list. Between the Truescale and Heresy parts needed, I'm looking at an ungodly amount of cash, and I already have an unfinished army. But it would be so COOL!
* smack, slap ! *
* Shakes ganmeyde around *
for the love of holy terra and the god-emperor of mankind, stop this madneeeesss!
Spending such amounts of cash is Heretical!
I've also nearly been tempted, multiple times, to start a new army with some epicly awesome idea in mind, because it would be so frikin' awesome! but just try to restrain yourself for a while ( preferrably a few weeks ) and think it over a bit more. After a while it will eventually start to lose it's shine. I wanted to start dark elves ( elves, whyy, whyyyyyyyyy?! ) and had some fun ideas. We went on vacation first, so I got to think about it ( and stare at the armybook ) for two weeks and decided against it.
Something new looks utterly awesome, but you will be using, building and panting it for weeks and by then it has lost the crispy flavour of being new.
Except dwarfs, they remain epicly awesome no matter how long. They are the incarnation of awesome poured over by awesomesauce.
I do this time. I have five or six unfinished, unpainted armies (along with a handful of painted ones) on the shelf just desperate to get some love, but instead I keep coming up with funky new and amazing army ideas. It's frustrating and expensive, but I can't help it!
Trust me, this is a normal syndrome for us army collectors. Even the most strong-willed of us occationally succumb to new army syndrome, which is probably recognized by professional doctors these days considering how common it is. I have way too much random stuff lying around that I really need to finish up but I just don't have the will to do it in some cases.
I have the tremendous luck of having three boys into the game, so each with two armies (a 'good' and a 'bad') gives me lots of vicarious living (and painting0 of other armies! You should see our display table - 9 WHFB and 2 Wh40k armies.
Bearded One!! ...dwarves...awesomesauce...OMG that's LOL funny!!!
Just go ahead and start it I say!
1 of 2 things will happen.
1) You get your first squad/character/toilet seat cover ready to be assembled and made awesome. Soon after completing it, you run out of steam and the project dies off.
2) Same as above, but instead of the project getting shelved you complete it and end up with an awesome army.
I'm curious just exactly what "true-scaling" is. I'm assuming it's fixing the "Heroic" scale parts like heads, hands, and weapons so that they look more realistic. I guess that's cool.
I have the same ideas, all the time. The trick that I've found is to save the money long enough to do it all in one go. Yeah, it sounds crazy, it sounds stupid (now you have to build/paint them all at once) but it works for me.
For example- right now, I want to build a Steampunk Empire army for WHFB so badly that I can taste it. However, for 1500pts I'm looking at spending roughly $350 on models, before paying for conversion bits. So what am I doing? Saving up to buy all the models, and it's going to take FOREVER. During this time, I can wait for 8th ed to come out, wait to see what other armies strike my fancy, and all the while, I'm lumping cash. So if the army loses it's shine and I decide to expand my dwarves (because I hear that they make Chuck Norris look liked a bearded wannabe), I have the cash to do so. If they lose their shine and I don't have a better idea, hey- I get to go on vacation next year. And if I buy the whole army and then it loses it's shine- well s***, I have all these lumps of metal and plastic, so I better get to work doing something with them.
Worked for my Chaos Warriors, and it kept me away from all the other horrible projects I wanted to try (preheresy marines, biker marines, Ork bikers, Eldar Jetbikers, drop-guard, cocaine, mech guard, drop marines, under-age girls, catachans, dark elves, skaven, starting a methlab)
True scaling is converting space marines to make them scale better with "regular" humans, ie. making them look like 2.5 meter tall super-humans compared to guardsmen.