First step…the list!

Had a good look through the various Codex books I own and started on the roster for the army.

Best approach I’ve been recommended is ‘Start small, build small’. Doing a full 2000 point list would just mean a big list, a lot of stuff to buy and a sense of not knowing where to start!

So, simplest thing is to start with a usable 500 point force suitable for small games of 40K.

As with all Warhammer 40K armies, that means the traditional choices from the relevant codex as a minimum requirement:

1 HQ

2 Troops

I’m putting together an Imperial Guard army, so you tend to get a lot of ‘bang for your buck’ as while most armies have a ‘one choice means one squad’ approach, the Guard treats entire platoons of men as single choices. Another bonus is that they’re pretty cheap on points (if a little bit fragile on the battlefield).

After a little bit of playing with the points values I think I’ve managed to get a usable force, which fulfills the basic requirements for the army, but also gives me a few extras:

1 HQ

  • Company Command Squad

2 Troops

  • Infantry Platoon
  • Veteran Squad

 1 Fast Attack

  • Sentinel Squadron

The full breakdown with the points is:

Company Command Squad

Company Command Squad 50
Commander Power Weapon 10
Heavy Weapon Team – Lascannon 20
Carapace Armour 20

Infantry Platoon 1

Platoon Command Squad 30
Sniper Rifle 5
Infantry Squad 1 50
Flamer 5
Infantry Squad 1 50
Grenade Launcher 5
Heavy Weapons Squad 60
Autocannon 5
Autocannon 5
Autocannon 5

Veteran Squad

Veteran Squad 70
Sergeant Power Fist 15
Flamer 5
Melta Gun 10

Fast Attack

Sentinel Squadron Scout Sentinel 35
Autocannon 5
Scout Sentinel 35
Autocannon 5

Grand total – 500 points

Next step, work out which models I want to use to represent the units.

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So what’s this for then?

I’ve been a wargamer for many (many!) years, but I have yet to complete a full army for many reasons.

After a semi-enforced break from gaming, I’ve decided that now is the time to get back into it.

My intention is to use this blog to set some goals, track my progress and hopefully show what I can produce to other gamers.

I already have a large amount of Warhammer 40K stuff, but decided that in the spirit of this blog, a fresh start was needed.

So, having armed myself with a copy of the new 40K rulebook…

Warhammer 40K Rulebook

Warhammer 40K Rulebook

… a copy of the Imperial Guard Codex…

Imperial Guard Codex

Imperial Guard Codex

… and the fact that I’ve always been a bit of a ‘treadhead’, I sat down to produce an army list…