An End to our Tale of Gamers

An End to our Tale of Gamers Challenge

Our Warhammer 40k Tale of Gamers challenge has now officially ended. It took us a little longer than expected, as we had to review and update our 6-month goal to a year-long one when it became obvious that none of us was anywhere near meeting the initial deadline.

We all agreed that the Geekend would make a fitting end to our challenge to each put together a brand new army for the new edition of Warhammer 40k. It would also offer us the chance to get a few games in with our armies.

Chris’ Death Guard

Looking back at my own progress, I initially focused on getting a load of foot troops painted up and out of the way. I tasked myself with painting up at least double of what I had initially included within my list for Poxwalkers and Plague Marines. Having them already done helped me out at the later stages when I was required to bulk out my troops. As it allowed me to focus my painting time on more interesting units like Bloat Drones, Plague Burst Crawlers and characters.

I do really like how the army plays. The slow steady advance and sheer durability really epitomise who the Death Guard are. I like the fact that they can take a lot of punishment and can dish it out at medium to short range. I also have a well and truly cemented a love of Plague Spewers after not originally liking them.

I managed to hit the 100 power level limit in time for our trip to Warhammer World. Following which I just continued expanding the army and adding more units to it. The army currently comes to about _ power level, which equates to around 2,500 points worth of fully painted models.

I do still have quite a few models left to finish, which includes a couple of Decimators, three Greater Plague Drones, two Rhinos and another a squad of marines. Mainly because I had them left over sitting in a box from a previous Chaos Space Marine army. My wife bought me Mortarion and Typhus as gifts that also need to be built and added. At which point I think I will be calling the army complete. Although am tempted to also pick up some Deathshroud in the future because I love the models.

I think that the Tale of Gamer’s Challenge was a great way to encourage us to get our armies built and painted. Although we could definitely have done better on the playing games front. Going forward I think if we were to do it again we’d all have to make a more dedicated effort to get the games in.

Myphitic Blight Haulers

Finished Myphitic Blight Haulers

 

Over the course of the Geekend, I decided to catch up with each of the guys and find out how they felt their Tale of Gamers progress had gone.

 

Euan’s Craftworld Eldar

Euan - Playing Eldar

Euan – Playing Eldar

How happy are you with the progress that you made?

I am fairly happy with the building, but the painting… not so much. Given I got married, went on a honeymoon, got a dog and moved house over the course of the challenge I guess it wasn’t too bad? At least that’s my excuse(s) and I’m sticking to them!

What power level of force did you manage to get completed?

I got 55 power level worth of my army bought and assembled before I stopped. Completely painted? In all honesty, I managed about 6?

Do you still have much left to build/paint?

I was able to get everything built easily enough. As for painting, I managed to finish 5 Striking Scorpions, 2 Dire Avengers exarchs and basecoated 10 Dire Avengers.

If you were to take part in another Tale of Gamers challenge what would you do differently?

While I liked how the Eldar played, the variety of colour schemes really killed any progress I could make as I wasn’t able to do any large scale batch painting. I found that I spent a lot of time doing fine detail work (so many gemstones!). I also underestimated the cost and time the army would take to build due to being mostly finecast, so costing out in advance and trying to avoid finecast would certainly help.

For any future Tale of Gamers challenges, I’d pick an army that was quicker to paint and less expensive to build. I’d probably aim to get a Start Collecting box to begin with as these are usually a good starting point with a lower initial buy-in cost. I think growing the army from a smaller size over the challenge would be better too. Adding to it over time and completing it in smaller portions instead of just jumping in at the deep end.

Were you happy with how the army performed/played?

I really enjoyed playing with the army, I liked how maneuverable they were and the specialised approach having highly specialised units for the right situations.

Lots of re-rolls were helpful for mitigating my usual terrible luck too!

What are your plans on continuing/expanding the army?

I haven’t decided if I will expand the army or sell them. While I enjoy playing with them, the challenge has made me realise that I don’t get enough time to play 40k games anymore due to the time required to travel to a venue, set up and get playing. I think I will probably focus on smaller games like Underworlds, Necromunda and Killteam going forwards.

What is your next project/what are you currently working on aside from your Tale of Gamers 40k army?

I’m painting a Delaque Gang for Necromunda and need to paint my Sepulchral Guard for Underworlds. I’m also dabbling with the idea of a Tyranid kill team.

Euan's Striking Scorpions

Euan’s Striking Scorpions

 

Ian’s Primaris Ultramarines

Ian – Playing Ultramarines

How happy are you with the progress that you made? 

It’s been a big change for me and was good having some small goals to focus on! This is the furthest I’ve ever got with any project as I tend to get sidetracked or a new release comes out that grabs my attention. Or life gets in the way. I’m sure everyone knows what that feels like.

What power level of force did you manage to get completed?

I managed the full 100 power level for my force in the end, which was great and a huge personal achievement! I didn’t expect that I would get the whole army done but managed to surprise myself.

Do you still have much left to build/paint?

I don’t have much left in regards to finishing off the army. There are a few small finishing touches that need to be completed such as decals and highlights.

If you were to take part in another Tale of Gamers challenge what would you do differently?

I think it’s made me not just a better batch painter but a better painter in general. I would say it made me try to do new things, make mistakes and push myself to try new things. It’s been one of the best things I have ever done.

Were you happy with how the army performed/played?

It was a great start into getting into painting again. It also got me into playing games more as well, which of course was a big thing for myself. I really enjoyed the primaries marines, the only issue I really felt with the was the lack of transport for them, which led onto the next question!

What are your plans on continuing/expanding the army?

I had bought a Primaris Repulser for the challenge but in the end, it never got added to the initial 100 power level and is still in its box. Therefore, I’m planning on getting it built and added to my army soon as some transport solutions will help the manouverability of the army.

What is your next project/what are you currently working on aside from your Tale of Gamers 40k army?

I’m really getting into Warhammer Underworlds, and also 40k kill team, these went down especially well at our most recent event our Geekend. I’ve got several army’s for the underworlds, which I couldn’t recommend enough as life does get in the way and it’s great to have a game that you can pick up easily.

Kieran’s Necrons

Kieran - Playing Necrons

Kieran – Playing Necrons

How happy are you with the progress that you made?

Although I’ve been aware of the hobby for a long time through friends etc, the Tale of Gamers Challenge presented a good opportunity to properly get into playing Warhammer 40k. The monthly goals was a good incentive as it forced me to plan ahead and set some time aside to work on the units I’d decided to add to the army. I enjoyed building up my force piecemeal over time and seeing it come together, this also allowed me to get to grips with and learn the rules for each new unit.

What power level of force did you manage to get completed?

After a little bit of a lull midway through the challenge following our Warhammer World trip, I was able to get the last few units painted up and complete the 100 power level.

Do you still have much left to build/paint?

I did pick up both of the Necron Ctan shards that I intend on getting painted up and adding to the army. These never made it into my initial army due to the high power levels.

If you were to take part in another Tale of Gamers challenge what would you do differently?

I really enjoyed the Necrons but ended up going very Scarab heavy for my initial list. If I was to get involved in another Tale of Gamers challenge then I’d probably try and do a more rounded force with a mix of units.

Were you happy with how the army performed/played?

I really liked the manouverability of the Scarab Swarms and the Tomb Blades on the field, that provided a lot of flexibility. Although in hindsight I’d probably look to field more Tomb Blades and fewer Scarabs in the future. As the Scarab Swarms were decent in large numbers and made for a fantastic tie up unit but weren’t too effective in killing tougher enemies like the Death Guard or Primaris Marines.

What are your plans on continuing/expanding the army?

I’d like to continue working on the army and expand it further. I like the look of the Doom Scythes and wouldn’t mind having a couple and also intend on adding a Monolith at some point.

What is your next project/what are you currently working on aside from your Tale of Gamers 40k army?

I’ve yet to stray into starting other projects thus far and am pretty focused on just the Necrons for now. Although I’ve not had a lot of time to get any games or hobby done recently as I am in the middle of moving house.

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