When designing new lists I constantly run into several self imposed problems that limit the effectiveness of my armies.
Firstly if I like the models I want to include them nothwithstanding their effectiveness on the table top. Secondly I want to paint models that are easy to paint and build, especially if there are going to be a large number of them. (laziness here I think) Thirdly if I already have a number of models I always try to incorporate them so that I have less other models to acquire. (more laziness?) If you take all that on board it means that very often my lists are made up not using what is most effective but what is simple to build, easy to paint, attractive, and what is already on my shelf.
I find myself designing an army list that I think will be effective and then replacing models and units with what I have or with what I think will be cheap to acquire and easy to paint…or hopefully both.
Am I alone in this? I envy those players who are able to design lists, acquire the models and paint them without regard to what they have or their skill at modelling. Perhaps this explains why I have 24 Ogryns and continue to try and use them simply because they are on the shelf.
What factors amend the lists you come up with, or do you just build the best list you can?