I reckon three might be the magic number you know (speaking generally, not about the sentinels - threadwarp inbound). It suggests army but wouldn't dominate a smaller display. Three stormtroopers, two behind Vader and another, just suggests presence without being overwhelming. Four means two pairs, which might look odd. Somehow, three suggests more to me than four. Two isn't enough, it just looks like a duplicate.
Ah wargaming would be different because the figures have a value in terms of the game, so you'd need actual armies in that rather than the suggestion there are fifty more stormtroopers round the corner in a toy display.
I know EXACTLY what you're getting at, chaps. What constitutes an 'Army' is a very individual and delicate concept that requires much thought. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT.
I agree three can be ok in certain situations, but I'm a FIVE or a SIX man, in terms of a small Army.
BUT, for a visually impactful Army, well, I think you have got to go for it and go bigger, and create what I call The Sea Effect, a Visual Wall.
I've army built three times in my collecting carea: Clone Troopers, Cobra Troopers, and Storm Troopers. And to obtain The Sea Effect I always thought in terms of EIGHTs.
Think of parades, standing 'em all out. Six in a row looks impressive, but EIGHT in a row gets you The Sea Effect because it fills your vision. But... you need DEPTH as well, and that's the crucial thing to consider and strive for. And THREE rows of EIGHT.... oh yeah, that looks immense. MEGA SEA EFFECT.
I never got that far with Cobras, but I have a nice army of Storm Troopers, three rows of eight, and it's a SUPERB visual feast that seems to stretch on FOREVER....
You have to be smart about it though. Army building can become... consuming... ALL CONSUMING...
Indeed, it can become... dangerous....
But if you keep your head, and maintain your patience, you can be successful. I sold on my Clones (as I matured my tastes), and sacrificed my Cobras- for the purer Army I came to realise I'd always craved: STORM TROOPERS.
Not much army building to be had in Transformers really, but Sharkticons make for a magnificent treat. Even for an '84er. I resisted at first, but the machinations of my Hub brethren pulled me in. And my Army of six individually named Sharkticons adds irreplaceable play-fun to mine and children's games.
Eight Stormtroopers! That's a lot of Stormtroopers. I've got two currently, but am eyeing up the new one about to come out. WHich looks exactly like the old ones, but has much better articulation for posing. These butterfly joints Hasbro use in the shoulders of the new Black Series figures are very clever. Well hidden - but amazing movement.
Not sure I could go for eight though, even if ID Toys seem to think it's a viable option:
That isn't the look I'm going for though really. If you had eight you'd need something like a Death Star hanger scene to line them up and I don't have one of those. If I had eight stormtroopers hanging around in a display with Vader, Leia, Tarkin, a Death Star trooper and a rebel trooper it would look a bit overwhelming. Three to me says, there is a presence here, but the rest are just out of shot.
I have a similar problem in that the Snowtroopers are back out again this week after a few years of being unavailable and I need at least two of those to go with General Veers in the Hoth display. But more? Hmm. I'd need more Hoth Rebel Troopers. At least with those they come with two different faces, goggles and a neck scarf so you've got multiple ways to make them look different. Fabulous figure though. My favourite SW figures are the rank and file troopers - the rebel troopers from the Tantive and the Hoth chaps. They're just amazing.
The one time I really went mad on army building was with Character Options blind bag Daleks. Bought 102 of them. Got rid of the poor quality building sets but I still have my army, even though the gun sticks have tended to fall off and vanish.
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