Warhammer 40K – If you're anything like me you have boxes of unassembled miniatures all over your game area/hobby room. My drug of choice for models on sprue is Space Marines mostly. It's one of those ubiquitous things that I always have on my wish list for Christmas just because there's always another variation to build, another squad load out to try, or just a cool idea to kit base and covert a unique pose.
Of course these boxes of sprue take up a ton of space. Every so often I like to go through stuff I have still on sprue and trim it off to sort out in my bitz boxes. With space marine kits the parts are so interchangeable that it doesn't often matter what kit they came from originally.
The big exception to this is vehicle kits of course, putting them together as you remove them from the sprue is a necessity for the most part. I had several land speeder kits sitting around (apparently when I added Landspeeder Storms to my wish list they sent regular speeders instead) which with the new formations I prefer to take the landspeeder as my fast attack choice because it's more durable and cheaper typically.
With the two I just built I opted to do multiples of single weapons. I don't know how many times I've have my auto cannon melta speeder miss with the melta shot and not be able to do anything effective with the cannon. I figure with two of them that second shot should hit more often than not.
The other version I built has two heavy flamers. It looks sweet as hell and I can't wait to rain death upon hordes of cultists or anything that relies on a jink save. Of course then I realized that if i jink with it I can fire anything because they are template weapons. So the survivability of this one is significantly lower. But for those times it causes 12 no cover save wounds it should be totally worth it.
Also in this round I had several sprue of heavy weapons left over from the Devastator kits. With a few bodies from the Calth set mixed with the extra weapons I was able to make use of everything. Heavy and special weapons are one thing you can really never have enough of. With my goal for a full chapter I guess I'll still need more of these, but I have enough for a few companies at least.
Next step is to sit down and re-sort my bitz. I have several bags of parts that need to be organized that are left of from client jobs.
Keeping this stuff organized is a huge help but that is only half the battle. Remember where you put things is also a big deal I might need to borrow my wife's label maker to keep this stuff organized.