Anyone who knows me, knows that most of my favorite things are British, including the Zulu Wars themed (and festooned with pith helmets) Imperial Guard army - the Praetorians.
I had a Praetorian army when the Armageddon book was first released but due to a shortage of funds and mounting student loan payments, I sold them off. It was one of the worst decisions in my war gaming career. I'm known to have ADD when it comes to army selection and I regularly buy and trade away armies but losing my Praetorians was a huge mistake.
Afterword, I bitched. I moaned. I whined to anyone who would listen. I loved those models. I loved to field them, I loved to paint them. I would even use my various English accents as I played them to the consternation of my opponents.
It turns out, they are quite popular and there weren't a lot of the models made. Anyone with a middle-school economics understanding knows that makes these models expensive. So pricey, you could spell expen$ive with a dollar sign.
I've been on the hunt for replacements for years, but single trooper models were going for as much as $10 - $15. I already have a large Valhallan force and growing Squat IG army but for my birthday this year, I treated myself when a lot of moustachoed metal men appeared on eBay.
I checked the auction nearly daily and sat online as the minutes winded down. In the last two minutes, there was a furious flood of bids to lay claim to the models. In the end, I was the victor and I now had the base for a sizable IG army - unpainted as well!
I've been picking up a few more overpriced models along the way to help fill things out as I need, like melta guns and I've been plotting a few conversions to get the list up to snuff.
I have decided that this will be my masterpiece army. Not only will I paint each and every troop model to a high standard, I will also build the strongest and fiercest IG list possible. These are the models I always wish I played, so this is my Moby Dick.