Thursday, February 24, 2011

Make army lists easy!

Writing an army list by hand is a lot of work. You have to select the units you like, select all the wargear and options you want your units to have, calculate the points total. When calculating the army's total points cost, you will almost always have gone over the points limit, and you have to go back and adjust. This can be frustrating and take a lot of time. Even worse, with a lot of adding and subtracting from the points total, you often end up with a mistake somewhere. Then you have to do it all over again!

All the way back to 3rd edition I've used a brilliant program called Army Builder. It makes army list creating more about the army list and less about calculating points cost. It supports Warhammer Fantasy Battles, Warhammer 40k, Battlefleet Gothic, Blood Bowl, Warmachine and pretty much any other miniature wargame I can think of.
Every unit, wargear option, psychic power. It's all here, folks!
A trial can be downloaded for free, but to get the full experience, I fully recommend a license. It's only $39.99 for a license you can use on two computers. That means that you and a friend can split the cost and get it for one computer each!

Please note that I have no commercial interest in this product and receive nothing from the authors for writing this blog post. I just use and like it a lot, and that's why I recommend it.

If you don't want to spend money on making your list building easier, there is a free solution! At least if you have Microsoft Excel and play Necrons or Eldar. YouTube user matteo311GameMovies have made army builders for Necrons and Eldar. He's giving these away for free, and explains about them in this YouTube video. If you support him by downloading the army builders, commenting on and spreading his videos, he might just make the next one for your army.