Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Are You a Builder or a Collector?
In the beginning, many of us are builders. We kind of collect a few things, but then it becomes obvious that we must build a list and thus buy the models for it; in this case we are builders. Some folks build that first list and have just the models for it and maybe a small selection of stuff to sub in and then move on to another army.
For my first couple of years in the hobby, I was a builder. I built a Tau army based around a list in my head, played it and sold it. I have a Deathwing army for a while - once again, my range of models was really just my list and a couple little guys to switch around for wargear or an extra HQ choice ... Then, much like the Primarchs who came before me, I was lured to the influence of the Dark Gods.
From the beginning, I was just buying stuff that looked cool, losing tons of games and eventually building cohesive lists. Even though, that sounds very Collector-ish, once I started getting good lists together, I simply bought what I needed for the latest Chaos list I wanted and stopped there. Recently, I got into the idea of the 14th Black Crusade and over the last few months have collected enough gear that when I caught my breath and looked around, I realized I could field any unit in the CSM codex to the extreme, with the exception of multiple TSons 20 man squads (that is just ridiculous anyway). It didn't really make me feel special until I saw the benefit of being a Collector.
With the Grey Knights Codex hanging above the heads of the 40k universe, one player in our area (actually one of the best) already has collected anything he might need barring completely new and unique units when the codex drops ... and to top it off, I think it's all painted. This means day one, we will all be feeling the wrath of the GK codex including nearly any possible lists that can come out of it. It was this realization that made me feel very happy about having purchased so many Chaos items!
With that being said, how do you purchase? Are you a list buyer, placing value on the ability to throw down a few hard lists with multiple armies? Are you a Collector, who has his fun fielding any possible combination of units and tactics from a single dex? Are you a collector for your first army and a list builder elsewhere? Let's hear your thoughts and why you do it!