One of the first steps of my plan for getting back into 40K:
In reflecting on my previous experience with 40K, I realized that some of the difficulty I had probably stemmed from a lack of minis. I had a decent-sized painted Tyranid army before these new acquisitions, along with a bunch of unpainted minis. I could field 1,000 – 1,200 points comfortably, but even getting to 1,500 points meant that I had to start padding it out with sub-optimal upgrades. At the 2,000 point level, I was using almost every bug I had, painted or not, including wasteful upgrades. Furthermore, I only had three monstrous creatures in my collection, which meant that they would be used almost invariably in any list I created.
So, after some planning and a few purchases, I now have a significantly larger swarm. Fortunately for me, a lot of people seem to like the studio colors for Hive Fleet Leviathan, and I was able to find a bunch of gaunts and a carnifex painted up and ready to go. They weren’t cheap, but they were priced competitively with what I could expect to pay with a commission painting service.
Getting 52 painted gaunts in one fell swoop to combine with my existing troops choices means that I probably won’t have to paint anymore for a while, which removes a big obstacle for me being able to get back into the game. This also means that I’ll be able to focus more on painting my new MCs. While painting troops starts feeling like a chore after the first dozen or so, monstrous creatures are another story and I’m looking forward to painting the big guys.
More minis means more options and not having to use the same things every time. More monstrous creatures means I’ll stand a better chance against vehicles. (At least I think so; I’m simultaneously trying to get caught up on the meta as I build up my army.) I feel like I’m off to a good start and I’m looking forward to getting some games in with my new nids.