Im sitting here, reallocating shelf space to my Cryxian horde, and somehow I get to thinking about just how much of that force would be allowed under various theme lists (not very much). Somehow I get to thinking about army building.
No, not shelling out a chunk of your wages and taking home models to build (though that is involved). I mean more along the lines of whether you make an army list, then buy models and only build what you need to run that list, or whether you buy a lot of what looks cool, and sort out an army list after its all assembled (or maybe even before!). I guess there is a happy medium as well, in that you get some stuff, build it, then decide what to add to make a viable army.
Myself? Definite buy lots and then sort out a list. Occasionally Ill add something further along for the tactical advantage, but I really do "suffer" from Oh SHINY!!
So, looking at that, I have an insane variety of models for the Dragonfather (and most of my other armies). Not as many as Id like, but I am getting there. Of course, having variety means building an army list is a bit easier (I likely have a tool for any job), and a bit harder (one tool? try three!). So, I really like the idea of the theme lists, as it limits what I can look at... I just have to settle on a Warcaster in the first place... *sigh*
So, how does everyone else do it, buying one unit at a time, with an overall plan in mind, or do you not have any idea what you are adding until after it is assembled?