...and not as I do.
I wrote a piece a while back about doing wargames projects. You can access my thoughts here, and I think they are still valid.
My central point was that you shouldn't buy new stuff until you have finished the stuff you're working on. That way you are incentivised to finish your current army. I also made the point about avoiding behaviours that lead you to buy stuff that is never going to get painted.
One of the push backs I had was that it was essential to buy all the nice stuff you see before they stop making it anymore.
I've never really had this problem with the sort of figures I buy and also how I plan my purchases. Currently I'm buying and painting 20mm plastics, mostly from Hat, and they produce piles of the stuff.
The broad aims of my current project are wider than just producing an Assyrian Army. What I'm looking at doing is producing a collection of figures in 20mm plastic painted and based consistently that bridge as far as is possible from the Sumerians to Hannibal. Units can increasingly be utilised in different armies as the periods overlap and the armies grow. This means I've got some gaps in my current armies as allied contingents (eg Thracians) need to be expanded to make viable armies. Same for non-Roman Italian Republican period forces.
So this leads me to my next project. It's a major army with lots of useful troop types in it and is supported by a few nice boxes. However these are a few years old and it looks like they've gone out of production.
Some boxes are still available from suppliers, but there aren't many. So I'm left with a dilemma. Do I dive in now and buy a load up, breaking my cardinal rule of army painting? Or trust that they, or something similar, will be avaialble in a year or so's time. What's more, I haven't done the proper research yet, so I'll have to hoover up enough boxes to ensure I have enough for all the various permutations.
Which is the bigger crime here, hypocrisy or missing out on a slightly vague goal?
On the other hand, my contract is due up shortly and I may be out of work for a while so I'll have some time on my hands.
Or I could start work on something completely different.