Forge World Only is on Facebook

The completely awesome Forge World Only project (#FWO) now has its very own Facebook page where participants and those simply interested in the madness can share pics, tips and hobby articles.

For those that haven’t heard about Forge World Only it is the brain child of @richards2507 who thought it would be a rather good (mental) idea to collect an army consisting entirely of Forge World models. Or as many as is reasonably possible.

So keep an eye out for the below icon as chances are if a site is sporting it, they’re just as crazy as Richard.

#FWO – Go Resin or Go Home

Following on from Richard’s Forge World Only post, Shell Case contributor Chris, aka @Darth_Crumble had this to say…

In the last week or so, an interesting new trending in gaming projects has emerged on Twitter. I speak of Forge Wold Only (#forgeworldonly on Twitter), originally mooted by Richard (aka @richards2507) but swiftly adopted by at least a dozen other Twitter #warmongers.
Richard’s full breakdown of the project can be found here: (http://skirmishgamer.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/forge-world-only.html?m=1) and a list of participants here: (http://skirmishgamer.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/forge-world-only-participants_8.html?m=1) but the key points can be summarised thus (emphasis mine): 
1) Forge World models should be used primarily, unless they don’t manufacture a specific part.
2) If Forge World don’t manufacture a specific part, you can use any company in the world. FOR THAT PART ONLY.
3) You can only have 1 unit at a time (combat squads count as a unit, transport is a separate unit)
4) You can only buy another unit after the current one is fully painted and based, and pictures shared on twitter.
5) once we reach 1,750 points we all meet at Warhammer World for a day of gaming, drinking and purchasing our next unit.
As some of you who know me, follow me on Twitter or followed the old Paint And Biscuits blog may know, I have forsworn Games Workshop and am in the process of selling off the last of my old Space Marines. This is motivated not just by the ever spiralling cost of all things GW, but also how much of a stressful, faffy, pain in the neck gaming with GW can be.
That said, the Forge World Only is actually tempting me back.
I have thought for a while that I actually like the stuff produced by Forge World more than a lot of stuff produced my Games Workshop itself. Partly it’s a question of quality, but mainly because I like their style more. Forge World models have always had a simple, straightforward aesthetic which I quite like, in contrast to standard GW models which can be a bit over-bling. For example, I personally like to keep my Astartes squads simple and without too much extraneous stuff. I must admit in recent years, I’ve also started to wish for the ability to create more visually unified squads. Of course, you could spend ages combing bitzbox or similar sites to find the right chest plates, armoured legs and helmets to appease such an obsessive desire, or you could just buy a nicely matching set from Forge World. And as a long time fan of the MkVI armour, the prospect of having a full squad of ‘Beakies’, even with appropriate retro weapons should I so desire.
There is no denying that Forge World stuff is cool, but there is also no denying that it is very expensive. Though as one or two folk on twitter have remarked, at the rate that mainstream GW prices are rising, in another year or so FW could be the cheap option. Also, as FW offer a range of weapon and equipment packs, you can just order stuff separately rather than having to order a whole other plastic squad in order to get a power sword for your tactical sergeant.
There’s no denying anyone embarking on the Forge World Only project would have a very slow burning project on their hands. Possibly very, very slow if your painting time is as limited as some gamers (myself included). That said, the prospect of getting new shiny things could be an incentive to get things painted all the quicker. But this will at least mean that the ‘one unit at a time’ rule will mean spreading the cost of the project, which is absolutely essential when you’re dealing with anything as horrifyingly expensive as Forge World models can be, and I know that many of the gamers involved have used the fact that they are spreading the cost by spending small amounts periodically to justify the project to their significant others. Cost of shipping not withstanding. Plus, it will help prevent anyone becoming overwhelmed by a painting backlog – which as we all know can be one of the biggest de-motivators a wargamer faces. I like that this is very much a project designed with the realities of #warmongers lives in mind. 
I shall do my best to resist the lure of this phenomenon as I don’t have the time or spare cash, tempting as it is. But I wish everyone involved good luck and look forward to the pictures each Miniature Monday.

Forge World Only

Not to be confused with For Your Eyes Only. If you’re looking for naked chicks, you’ll be disappointed.

If you’re expecting a fantastic slice of community focussed hobby then you’re in the right place. But rather than let me prattle on I thought I’d let the chap who came up with Forge World Only explain the method behind his madness…

So I give you Richard Smith, aka @richard2507;

Forge World Only, is something I came up with to persuade the wife to let me make an army made up of Forge World models and kits (as much as possible). As this would have cost an absolute fortune in one outlay and the fact I’m not ready for a divorce I starting thinking of ways to do it, and that is where the plan came in.

The plan was simple, I buy a unit and have to fully finish that unit before buying another one, this way it keeps costs down, keeps me painting and most importantly keeps the wargaming widow happy! For this to work though I had to come up with some rules and a condition to allow the wife to agree on it.
The rules are;

1) Forge World models should be used primarily, unless they don’t manufacture a specific part.
2) If Forge World don’t manufacture a specific part, you can use any company in the world. FOR THAT PART ONLY.
3) You can only have 1 unit at a time (combat squads count as a unit, transport is a separate unit)
4) You can only buy another unit after the current one is fully painted and based, and pictures shared on twitter.
5) Once we reach 1,750 points we all meet at Warhammer World for a day of gaming, drinking and purchasing our next unit.
It initially only had the top 3 rules until my twitter and blog article attracted like-minded gamers!

So the condition set by the wife I hear you all cry out for, this was simple; She who must be obeyed set the condition of the time I break my rules then she has the right to ban me from increasing the army until she sees fit!!

With all this in mind I set about picking an army and making my first list.

In the end I picked Eldar Corsairs mainly due to nostalgia of my old Craftworld Eldar Biel Tan army I had way back in the days of a codex and an expansion codex, this was the main reason. The other reason was simply the Eldar models are possibly the most beautiful sculpts in the GW range. Everything is smooth and sharp and crisp, and serves as much as function as it does as a thing of beauty. The only other governing factor was that the Corsair army is truly a deadly and really exemplifies the way Eldar fight; swift and deadly.

This started as a personal project of mine and something I advertised on twitter in the hope for some motivation and encouragement, little did I know that in the first few days of coming up with the idea I was up to almost 20 people willing to take part also and it has caused quite a stir in the community that I follow on there.
I have been astounded by the following and the diversity in armies chosen (although there are lots of pre-heresy armies being thought out as we speak).

Through the community we have also arranged ‘meet up’ days at Warhammer World to show off what we have done so far and to get some games in, the first big milestone we are aiming for is 1,750 points each and to get the Warhammer World for a Battle Royale of epic proportions, with almost 34,000 points on the table.

It’s an absolutely superb idea and it’s great to see such strong mutual support going on within the #warmongers community. Because of the nature of my Chaos Space Marine army I shall be trying to cram as many pre-heresy Space Marine models in there as possible. So if Richard’s feeling generous I may get included in Forge World Only. I’d certainly love to get to Warhammer World to watch the spectacle of Forge World armies kicking the living shit out of each other.