Our most recently closed poll was concerning why people chose their army. More specifically, the question was:
What are the main factors that lead you to choose your current army?
Now before we get into analyzing the results (or the underlying question), let’s take a look at those results:
As you can see, there were a myriad of options available, but not everyone agreed that the list was complete enough. Hurricane Girl from Craftworld Iybraesil suggested that she’s playing her current army (mechdar) largely because she didn’t want to paint another horde style army. I hadn’t considered the Monty Python “And Now For Something Completely Different” mindset as a factor. While Tom (guest poster of Warhammer39999 and proprietor of Longbeard Painting & Modelling) shared that he’s purchased a WHFB army just for the comedic value of “Boing, Boing, Boing!”
There was also some question as to whether I’d worded the choices properly. I had phrased the response as “Modelling: they seemed easy to assemble and paint.” Angelic Despot (who needs a blog so I can give him a proper link), reminded me that not everyone’s after the easy win: some people go after a project for the exact opposite reason. Whether it’s a matter of being able to personalize a force, or overcome a hobby challenge (for instance: those sadists who are converting Tyranid Harpies from assorted kits–like Faolain’s impressive creation here). Certainly a good point. I did try to include this in the poll with the option “Rarity: I wanted a force that was unique, so I hunted down rare bits/models,” but maybe it could’ve been worded a bit better.
With the options that were given (however they were worded), fluff and style were the clear front-runners, each capturing 73.6% of the total vote (remember: people were allowed to choose multiple selections). It should come as no surprise that people can get behind an idealic story or cool looking models, but I honestly expected more people to say they were influenced by how powerful their codicies were.
To my surprise though, more people stated that they chose their force because it was underpowered than powerful. Granted, I was one of them, so I know where they’re coming from, but still. There’s got to be a reason why the most powerful armies seem so popular, right?
Perhaps people aren’t as likely to admit they chose an army because it was powerful? I would’ve thought the anonimity provided by the poll would change that for the most part, but it’s something to consider. More likely, I think people spoke from the heart. So the remaining question is: What is so cool about the Imperial Guard models/fluff? They’re 15 year old tank models and the infantry are straight out of SpaceBalls!?!
For more interesting reads on the subject, you might want to check out the maple-based programmer Dave G’s blog: N++ Wargaming and his thoughts behind what goes into army selection.
As always, thanks for voting. There’s another active poll to the right of the site, please take a moment and share your thoughts on that as well.