Scott has recently started a skaven army (and a wood elf army, but that's another story) and has watched my TOFG with great interest. He was hoping I might do something similar for fantasy. So I put some thought into it, and here is what I came up with.
I have a summer of apocalypse in mind, so was thinking of starting a fantasy version in July. I thought I'd give you guys plenty of notice so that any of you who are thinking of starting a fantasy army can bear that in mind.
Now with Fantasy I thought arbitrary 500 point blocks wouldn't do us much good (a Lord on Dragon would be about 750 in some armies, over budget for the month and very little to paint. A couple units of skavenslaves would be about 40 models, and a mere 80 points. A busy month indeed.) So I thought of a better way to do it. We'll be building towards a 3000 point force, with a plan to have either a mini tournament or a legendary battle or perhaps a campaign at the end with our freshly painted armies. It does mean we'll have less of the interesting little things during the early stages, as it will be entirely down to the gamer to decide how much they paint and it won't likely be a legal army for several stages. On the bright side it will allow some flexibility to the individual painter, to choose to do a large month if they have plenty of free time or a smaller amount if they have other commitments.
People will be able to use this to bolster armies they have already started, and units previously painted will be eligible for the final game/tournament/campaign. Units can be painted to bolster existing forces. For instance, a unit could be painted with no command and just ten models. That will be an eligible choice for that month. If they are then added to an existing unit with full command (painted beforehand) for the final game, that is all well and good.
Will he finally get to lead a fully painted army?
The schedule would be as follows;
Month 1 - July - 1 Hero and 2 Core choices
Month 2 - August - 1 Hero, 1 Core and 1 Special
Month 3 - September - 1 Hero, 1 Special, 1 Rare
Month 4 - October - 1 Lord, 1 Core, 1 other unit (not Lord or Hero) selection
Month 5 - November - Whatever else people wish to make their armies up to 3k.
Month 6 - December - Tournament/Campaign/Legendary Battle
This way if people plan an army in advance they can plan their own schedules and paint accordingly, hopefully avoiding having too much to do in any given month. Want two 40 strong Core units and a 10 strong Core unit? Perhaps do just one of the 40 strong units in month 1, along with the 10 strong unit ;o)
Anyway, this is a long way off yet, just thought I'd put notice out there so if people are looking for a fantasy army to do after ToFG is finished, well if you hold off a few months before starting there'll another challenge to join in on!