This week’s installment of polls is an attempt to understand what makes players choose a particular army. I tried to include every response I could think of as a deciding factor of why gamers in my group have chosen their armies, but I recognize the list isn’t exactly all-inclusive.
I’ve had so many armies myself over the years, and have picked them for assorted reasons. Presently, my key forces are Tyranids and Ultramarines. If I answered this question for each of those armies, I’d really say that the Ultras were chosen almost exclusively because they were Underdogs. I started playing them at the onset of 3rd edition, since they were the premier fighting force of the Imperium, but I noticed they were only being played by young kids who were first getting into the hobby, or grizzled veterans. This was understandable, because they lacked the pizzazz and special rules of any of the other chapters of marines, and were really quiet boring in comparison. Since I’d already played most of the other armies in the past, I figured it was time to elevate my status to “grizzled veteran,” and don the colors of the Emperor’s varsity team: the Ultramarines.
The Tyranids were more of an army of convenience. I started playing these sometime in 3rd edition as well, with the idea of playing a mutable swarm. Genestealer cult had long been my favorite army of all time, and this gave me a chance to relive some of that in another force. They also were intended to be quick paint jobs, since my Ultras were taking too long to hit the table as a painted force, and lord knows nothing beats dipping for quick paint jobs.
So there you have it, the rationale behind why I play the armies I do. How about you? Do you have an interesting story to share? Please take a moment to vote in the poll (either below, or in the bar to the right), and if you care to elaborate in the comments below, I’d love to hear it.
As always, Mahalo for stopping by…
Image Credit: Everything Happens For a Reason drawing by Sam Brown of Explodingdog.com. I just love me some stick character artwork…