Damn I hate me. Get an idea into my head and it just wont leave, in fact it grows and wanders about the place making a nuisance of itself and generally getting in the way. In my last post I spoke (typed) of my thoughts regarding a new 28mm army for Hail Caesar. I also mentioned it in a post on the club forum, basically asking the members to stop me and my madness; they were less that helpful. Thanks to them the idea of a new 28mm army has now morphed, become corrupted if you will, to the idea of a 15mm army...and I usually really dislike 15mm. So, once the idea of the 15mm army had dug itself in deep enough it began to eat away at my sanity to the point where I am now trying to decide what army I want!
I am caught between several choices so I thought I would bring you lot in on the debate and see if some sense cannot be made of my confusion and indecision. What are your thoughts on the army types, pros and cons, effectiveness etc of each? I am also happy to fight non historical games too so i am not forced into a period to conform to thers armies.
Option 1. Carthaginian
I am not a fan of Carthaginians, never quite sure what to do with the damn things. This may be a hang over from DBA where there are a lot of different troop types in the army but not enough of any one to be of use; enough to get themselves into trouble but not enough to get out of it. Ordinarily I would never consider this option except....I am being offered and unpainted Essex Carthaginian army for a good price, far cheaper than I could build any other army for. It therefore remains a practical option.
Option 2. Indian
One of my favourite DBA armies was my Indian one...elephants, heavy chariots...very cool; it is what is attracting me to a larger Hail Caesar army. Ah, memories. I like the mix of troop types although it will by no means be a 'killer army'. It will be unusual, at least at our club, and interesting to use/fight against given the armies owned by other members. It will be a little expensive, what with the elephants and chariots, but it doesn't have to be bought in all at once of course. Manufacturers are Xyston, Black Hat, Magister Militum & Essex but the prices vary a lot between them. Xyston look great but the are the most expensive and I understand that they are quite a big 15mm figure.
Option 3. Sarmation/Alan
I like this option because it is something very new for me...I have been a dogmatic Heavy Infantry gamer for ages so the change to a more mobile force does appeal....and who can resist an army with your own name!!?? It is also another very different from anything the other club members have. The thought of a tank like force supported by some very nimble and annoying horse archers intrigues me. Magister Militun will probably have to be the manufacturer of choice here I think although I understand that they can be a little small. Not a lover of the more staid looking Essex figures for this army.
Option 4. Successor
I have always liked the pike armies. Never been a huge fan of roman armies but always had a soft spot for the Greek and Macedonian ones. It would be quite easy for me to choose to build a Successor or Alexandrian army. The trouble is that quite a few members have one, it wont be anything new or bring anything new to the party. Everyone makes the figures for these armies so it will be easy to build. I would be very happy to build and own one but, is this a time for something new?
Option 5. Something really off the wall, like Mycenaean?
Or do I go silly and try something completely different?
Ok, over to you lot. What do you think? Any thoughts you feel relevant are welcome. What works for you, what armies are interesting and effective, which manufacturers should I avoid, which armies have annoyingly complicated paint jobs?