I considered updating my Dark Eldar, in part because the Codex came out right about the same time as we were ironing out the challenge. I was surprised at how budget friendly many of the Dark Eldar kits are - 30 Warriors in 6 Venoms and 15 Scourges checks in just under $350.
I also looked at starting a Knight army, with some Space Marines to fill it out. The issue with this idea was that there would be at least one month where I would spend nothing in order to save up my budget for a Knight kit.
Orks, using the Stormclaw set as a basis, were surprisingly affordable as well. The issue came down more to wanting to paint that many models - in the double up month I had 50 Boyz slated. In fact the numbers became so daunting I didn't even finish planning out the budget, stopping after 4 months and with about 100 infantry models plus six Killa Kans.
In the end, I settled on Tau, who largely have been sitting untouched in my closet since they were first created in Third Edition.
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My first step was actually charting out how expensive a Farsight Bomb is in points (about 800 points with just Farsight, can push 1,000 with Shadowsun). With the bomb more or less planned out, I wanted to figure out what units could round out an army with them considering over half my points would be in reserve. This is also the point where I started costing out everything to determine what would fit in the budget.
In the end, I settled on 2 boxes of Crisis Suits, 1 Commander, Farsight, 1 Box of Firewarriors, 2 Devilfish, 2 Riptides, and 8 metal Pathfinders with an estimated eBay purchase price of $20.
Overall, it's not required to plan out all purchases for the Hobby Challenge, but I wanted to make sure I got everything together and in an order that would allow me to use it as a list while I built up the army. As a result, I've hashed out this likely schedule of purchases:
- December: Crisis Suit box: 3 Crisis Suits and 6 Gun Drones
- January: 12 Firewarriors, Devilfish
- February: Commander, Riptide, 8 Pathfinders
- March: Crisis Suit box
- April: Riptide
- May: Farsight, Devilfish
I opted to put hold off on my Double Up month until February in part to avoid the holidays and also to spread out the number of models. I wanted to begin with Troops (so long as I use Farsight Enclaves for some of it, Crisis Suits count) and doubling up there would have meant more models early on when hobby time might be at a premium. That said, I might bump the February Riptide or Commander up a month so as to have more of a force ready sooner.
I opted to go with the Crisis Suits first in part because I haven't settled on a scheme yet, and the Drones will make for good guinea pigs for scheme ideas that I can try out quickly and redo fairly simply.
Farsight is being left to the end in part because I think named characters probably shouldn't be used in skirmish level games. I also want to be very comfortable with my scheme and be comfortable with devoting particular attention to such a centerpiece model. Finally, it also allows me the leeway to change directions a little should I decide to part way through the challenge - my budget won't be tied down by an expensive special character model.
It's just a couple weeks until the Hobby Budget Challenge kicks off. Has anyone else planned out their entire budget like me? What is everyone thinking to start out the challenge?