Friday, October 10, 2014
Kits for Bits: What to Buy Purely for Conversion Fodder
I've been asked time and time again how my bits collection got so large, and why I keep half of it anyway if I don't play army "X" in the first place. The truth of the matter is that I collect bits for conversion fodder. The latest articles highlighting the Inquisitor conversion is a perfect example of what an extensive bits collection can help you do.
But what if you're just starting out in the hobby? What if you want to kick off a bits collection of your own from scratch?
Edit: There has been an overwhelming response to this, and folks are adding to my starter lists every day now! Keep em coming, and keep coming back to check out the additions!
Before I get into what kits to specifically buy to kick off a bits collection, I wanted to start with a general overview of how my collection got so large in the first place. You see, originally if I didn't think I needed the last few bits on a sprue, I'd toss it into my trash bin and not think twice. I was done, so what did I need it for anyway?
DON'T DO THAT! I regret losing so many bits from 10 years ago.
Of course now my first general rule of thumb is to never throw any bits away. Heck, I'd go even one more step further and tell your friends to not throw any bits away. If they do, at least throw them in your direction! After that, I've bought bits collections from eBay and at local gaming store auctions. That's another way that I get random bits to catalog and store away for future use. The final way I get my bits is to specifically buy kits to clip out and use them purely for bits in future conversions.
So which ones would I suggest buying to kick off your collection? Keep in mind, this is focused on Games Workshop bits, infantry mainly, and in no particular order of importance.
Space Marine Tactical Squad
Space Marine Assault Squad
Space Marine Commander
Grey Knight Strike Squad
Grey Knight Terminators
Cadian Command Squad
Catachan Command Squad
A.M. Heavy Weapons Squad
Necron Triarch/Praetorian box
Empire Foot Soldiers
YOUR SUGGESTIONS! Because I just can't leave em out!
Mantic Zombies and Ghouls
Wargames Factory Shock Troops
Dark Eldar Wytches
Dark Elf Corsairs
Dark Elf Sorceress
Dark Elf Witch Elves
Dark Eldar Wracks and Talos
New Marine Vanguard/Vet kit
Whew! There. That should give you one heck of a starting point for a solid bits collection. Yes, I realize that there is very little, if any, Xenos in the 40K section or non-humans in the Fantasy section. Why? Because those races are so highly specific, it's difficult to buy a box and really get your money's worth out of it in bits.
That's not to say that I haven't gotten ahold of some Dark Eldar Scourges just for their wings, or another like example, but that's just it. All I bought that box for was those few bits, and then I don't really see much use outside of maybe some conversion bits for an Eldar Corsair army. But again, it's limited to it's own race in a way. The same can be said for Tau, Dwarves, Elves, Tyranids, etc. The only reason I won't lump Necrons in there as well is because of many of their bits in use for Mechanicus, bionics, Tau and other conversions.
Now I also wouldn't recommend you just go out and buy everything in the list either. That's between 700 and 800 dollars worth of merchandise! However, I would condone the occasional random purchase is the wallet allows, and it makes sense for conversions you have in mind. Use what you want, then clip and store the rest for the future!
Is this an exhaustive list? Of course not, though it is one that I'd be hard pressed to take anything away from. What would you add to it?