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« Reply #15 on: 05 March 2019, 08:54:28 AM »

Can you ever have enough ? In my humble opinion the answer is definitely no. there'll always be unit to add here and there.

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« Reply #16 on: 05 March 2019, 10:14:41 AM »

I used to suffer badly form mission creep.

For example: Napoleonic Army, let's get about 12 battalions, 2 batteries, and 3 cavalry regiments.
  But I'd better keep my options open, so buy in enough slack to accommodate light or heavy cavalry, horse or foot artillery.
    Good grief, Dragoons or Cuirassiers - let's get some of each. Hussars or Lancers.
       I'd better make sure I have a brigade of guards.
           And Cossacks...


Attempts to impose order centered around building an actual formation.
In my case the 12th infantry division form Raevsky's 7th infantry corps.
This worked fairly well, providing a fixed formation to buy paint and base.
I improvised around the edges with supporting cavalry, but largely kept to the plan.

More recently I've been basing purchases on certain sets of rules.
With the smaller scale games it becomes practical to provide several matched forces in a setting.
I find that working with an army list for each force provides me with the discipline to not go completely bonkers when purchasing.

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« Reply #17 on: 05 March 2019, 10:25:06 AM »

Things have changed for me recently. My last two orders have been mainly for tents, wagons, baggage, civilians, flags, and separate weapons.
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« Reply #18 on: 05 March 2019, 06:30:22 PM »

I find that working with an army list for each force provides me with the discipline to not go completely bonkers when purchasing.

Totally! All my historical stuff is based on historical army lists. This does mean you have to choose sometimes not to have the "pretty" regiments. My British Napoleonics will have Light Dragoons, but not Hussars; Dragoons, but not the Scots Greys; and Highlanders but not Guards.

I do feel that when it comes time to expand, I will have something to look forward to. 

My (as yet unstarted, but carefully planned) Russians are just the Guards. A reasonably small corps with a good mix of unit types. 
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« Reply #19 on: 05 March 2019, 07:02:43 PM »


I find that working with an army list for each force provides me with the discipline to not go completely bonkers when purchasing.

I am sorry I do not understand the bit "  discipline to not go completely bonkers when purchasing Smiley Smiley"
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« Reply #20 on: 05 March 2019, 07:43:20 PM »

My Army Lists are things like "La Grande Armee 1812," "Field Army Praesentalis Secunda 395AD," "Army Group Centre Summer 1943," "Field Army of Shurrupak c.2500BCE at 1:1 figure ratio"
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« Reply #21 on: 06 March 2019, 12:29:53 AM »

Wot, pliss, is this "enough" meanink? Em not to speakink good your the Englis.
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« Reply #22 on: 06 March 2019, 01:14:39 AM »

I am sorry I do not understand the bit "  discipline to not go completely bonkers"

Fixed it for you.
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« Reply #23 on: 06 March 2019, 02:12:38 AM »

I'd have been more impressed but for those last four words Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

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« Reply #24 on: 06 March 2019, 08:43:48 AM »

I am sorry I do not understand the bit "  discipline to not go completely bonkers when purchasing Smiley Smiley"

It's a niche corner of the hobby, not for everybody.
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« Reply #25 on: 06 March 2019, 10:47:10 AM »

Depends on your viewpoint:
https://youtu.be/_6FBfAQ-NDE
Or
https://youtu.be/snILjFUkk_A
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« Reply #26 on: 06 March 2019, 11:39:03 AM »

I do not think I have an answer to how many is enough, but while pondering the problem, I have worked out why I have more troops than I need. There are two factors, 1) I enjoy painting. I am very bad at it, but I find it therapeutic. Some people do yoga. I paint. So I need a steady supply of troops for my wellbeing. In theory I could just work my way though history, (I do not do fantasy) and have dozens of small armies a la DBA (but I do not do DBA either) but that brings up factor 2) I do not like starting new periods because I baulk at sitting down to start painting up say 600 figures. Far better to just add 60 to an existing period. That was why I liked Hellenistic or Carthaginian armies so much. Keep adding a unit of mercenaries here and there and soon one finds one has enough to field a full Celtic army or whatever. Now I limit myself to 10mm, and though new periods tempt me, I find myself adding a few more battalions to what I already have. At least until I succumb and get sufficient troops to refight the battle of Yarm
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« Reply #27 on: 06 March 2019, 12:19:19 PM »

I like to give myself the options. For British WWII (1944) I have a squadron of Cromwells one of Churchills, and one of Shermans. There is no way I'm ever going to find a place to field 45 tanks at once, but I have options.

I would say the same applies to the batteries of towed 25pdr, 25pdr SPG and 5.5" howitzers ... but sometime you just have to have the shell weight, and they all fit nicely into an off-the-table artillery box.    
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« Reply #28 on: 06 March 2019, 03:10:50 PM »

Ah well, having spoken about using figures I already have, Iíve now discovered I donít have anywhere near enough 15mm Swiss pike (and I know for a fact I donít have enough Landsknechts, but never mind because Lancashire Games has managed to get almost all of the old Venexia range back into production).
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« Reply #29 on: 06 March 2019, 05:45:57 PM »

For British WWII (1944) I have a squadron of Cromwells one of Churchills, and one of Shermans. There is no way I'm ever going to find a place to field 45 tanks at once, but I have options.

A mischievous person might suggest that you'd fit right in playing Flames of War with that lot . . . Wink
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