Last week, I’d posted that my latest moment of weakness was when I’d purchased a Demon army from a local player, that wasn’t exactly true. You see, I’ve been out of touch with my blog for a while, and I have some catching up to do. To be honest, when I’d written that blog entry (a week prior), that was truly my last moment of weakness; however, by the time the blog post went public, I’d had another.
But I didn’t spend money on this, so perhaps it’s a mistake to call it a moment of weakness?
What happened next was I traded off my Skaven army (or at least the bulk of it) for more Imperial Guard. I’m going to refrain from ranting about just how much Imperial Guard one guy can possibly need (hint: far less than I own), but again, I’m a sucker for a good deal. When I’d purchased the demons, I told the guy that if he was ever looking to unload another army, to give me a ring. True to form, I got an email from him about selling/trading off his Imperial Guard force.
He asked what I had to trade, and I answered honestly—which is to say, most things I own are up for trade. He was looking for a force that was either bare plastic or very close to it, which limited the scope of what I had to Imperial Guard, Demons, Skaven, & Goblins. Since he had just given up a bunch of demons and was looking to trade away his IG, it seemed obvious that he’d want the Skaven or the Gobbos. Matter of factly, he wanted the gobos, but I had too hard of a time parting with them (that’s the hoarder in me).
While I don’t play fantasy now—nor do I have any real interest in doing so, I do own a pretty extensive goblin army (to be more precise: Night Goblin army). This is because I knew there was a possibility that I’d one day be interested in playing fantasy again, and if I did, I knew that I’d most likely want to play Night Goblins. Since the 6th edition starter set (Battle for Skull Pass) contained a slew of them that people were selling dirt cheap, I decided to stock up on them anytime I could find them at blow-out prices. Really though, I’m diverging too far from the point. Suffice it to say that I was more comfortable parting with my Skaven than the Goblins.
We each did an inventory of what we had, and I did a comparative spreadsheet to check the values. Since I intend to use the Skaven as demons in my 40k forces (mostly of the Nurgle variety), and the dollar value of the Skaven exceeded that of the IG, he agreed to let me keep a few units. What I got to keep was:
- Plague Monks & Plague Priests (to be used as Plague Bearers)
- Storm Vermin, Queek, and some Island of Blood Champs (to be used as Bloodletters)
- Rat Ogres (to be used as demon princes)
- A hellpit abomination (because hey… it’s cool)
- Some Ratling Guns
The rest of it, I packed neatly into ziplock bags and traded happily for an Imperial guard contingent. While I did give up an absolute ton of rats, I was happy with the trade, as I got most of them relatively cheaply (I estimate I was into the Skaven for about $500). Since I was likely never to play them as a fantasy army, and I got to keep anything that I valued for use in 40k, so I was happy about the exchange. To top it off, he even through in some Motor Pool cases from Sabol Designs (aka Army Transport).
As an oversight, he forgot to pack up the Leman Russes and Basilisks that were part of the deal, so I’ll hold off on posting pictures of my half the loot, but the pics in this article do show the rats I gave up (well, excepting those that I kept—listed above).