Yep, sex is #1. Followed by rationalizing. #3 you ask? Well, for us 40K types, that next highest human drive is starting a new army!
#1 is pretty damn self-explanatory. As is #2. But honestly, who of you reading this right now have not thought seriously, as least once in your 40K careers, of buying a shiny new codex and starting a sweet new collection of Grimdark goodness? We can’t help ourselves. Our “friends” at GW sure haven’t helped in the last year or two. Putting out a non-stop stream of new plastic crack of all shapes and sizes. I almost gave in to the urge last year, just a few scant months after my new Nid dex arrived. I had great plans to add a couple of Flyrants, Hive Crones, more Zoeys and a few more buckets of Gaunts.
What happened? Knights happened, that’s what! Curse those scoundrels in Nottingham! Those Knight models looked really sweet, and they were flying off the shelves faster than squad of jetbikes. Man, that dex was very cool (yes, I bought the digital version). I made many passes over that landing zone reading the backstory, looking at painted models, reading on the Interweb about happy customers, rightfully proud of their new toys. I came about as close as I could, but never quite touched down. Crisis averted. Back to expanding my already hefty Nid army.
Seriously? Not again! I mean give a guy a break! Space Wolves? Why Space Wolves? It’s like they knew that Wolves were my first army over 10 years ago. My nickname for years in our local gaming group was “Space Wolves Dan.” So I took the plunge (sort of…again). Got the hardcopy dex this time. Spent hours fantasizing about one crazy list after another. A wolf army with Thunder and Fenrisian wolves. How bout a Wolf deep strike army, with shiny new flyers and lots of Pods? It went on for weeks. I gave in and actually bought a Dread, a squad of Thunderwolves, the Thunderwolf character and some Fenrisian wolves. Thank goodness my wallet ran dry in short order due to the fact that i did all that buying at the end of the month. But now I have models painted and sitting about; never (maybe) to be used because my Bugs ally with NO ONE!
Have I ever actually gone all in? Yes, twice (which is more than enough). I sold my Space Marine army in order give it a go with the first iteration of Grey Knights. Have been a fan since i started reading the Alaric novels, and the dex was awesome. So I played them for a couple of years. Then i got an itch for Tyranids. Don’t know why (do we really ever know…does it even matter?), just thought they looked awesome to play; do you sense a theme here? I now have over 8000 points of little friends, of all shapes and sizes. I purchased two Barbed Heriodules, and even converted a Heriophant from 5 or 6 boxes of Carnifex bits. Still at it with them.
What’s next? Well, I just finished playing in our annual Milwaukee D-Company (dcompanyproboards) Big Game. Had a great time. Was even chosen by my peers as the Best General (out of a group of 15 or so veteran 40K players). But I suddenly have this urge to start a new Marine army. My own chapter, own paint scheme. Buy a Knight too. Those rumoured AdMech would make great allies, wouldn’t they? How about a couple of Forge World vehicles to round things out? I think I am getting a bit tired of painting buckets of bugs. Or is it something else??!! Make it stop, please, make it stop!
How many times have you seriously thought of changing over or actually taken the plunge? How do you fight the urge?