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Yesterday at my local gaming club, I saw yet another group of gamers enter and setup two armies of minuatures. Instead of seeing something out of a White Dwarf battle report, instead my eyes were exposed to a large mass of raw plastic and pewter, dotted with black primed models. That's not even the worst part.
I actually wasn't surprised. This has been the umpteenth time I have seen players come in with raw minuatures. Not only is it an eyesore, but it draws away new players who expect the models to look like what they see on Games-Workshop packaging. Now I understand few can paint to that standard (I only wish I could), but a simple paint job would be much preferred over the dull grey and silver that everyone seems to use. Seeing unpainted armies makes me feel content to sit back and not finish painting my own army. Perhaps if I saw more painted armies that would encourage me too finish mine.
Now my question to you folks is this. Do you usually play with a painted army? Please be honest there is no shame in admitting that you play with unpainted minis.
Thanks for your time.
Oh, and by the way, be sure to throw in any of your comments as well.
I won't put an army on the table unless it's 90% finished. The painting and looking at the nice armies lined up is half the game to me, so playing with/against a mass of ugly unpainted models is really just completely unsatisfying...
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My friends always leave many models unpainted. Generally I have to have at least half of them painted for a casual game. With 40k it tends to be rare I field any unpainted model.
Its not really your army unless you've spent hours toiling away assembling it, painting it and possibly doing a few conversions.
Id never play with anything less, except the odd model proxy or new-bought.
From experience, gamers who are not completely new to the hobby, and who play with pretty much full armies that are unpainted or just clearly rushed with no effort, then they are players who play to win, and not ones who play for the game.
sounds like my best friend... most of his army is painted but if you look halfway close, it looks kinda crappy, even closer it looks like he didnt try.
as far as my models, i'll field anything painted or unpainted, primed or unprimed, however usually they end up primed, basecoated, and with next largest color used. i tend to get rather tedious with my details so when it comes to fighting, i want my army to at least look uniform with 2 colors. i also like the ablility to pick up any model and remember painting it, so i dont assembly line paint them. after basic colors, ill pick a model and get down to business, then go to the next.
I play only with what is fully painted exception beeing if i just started the army as then haven't done much painting on it yet but my other armies will only see the fields of battles once painted.
I find witha fully painted army far more rewarding and people are quiker to take a look at them.
I try not to field anything that doesn't have at least my army's base colors on them now. When I had just started, however, I didn't have much time to paint or convert, but seeing fully done armies across the table I was quickly convinced that my army needed a spectacular paint job. Having that idea quickly toned down to just looking pretty good for troops and a few days of work on the head honchos and large models. I agree with the OP that having fully done armies in the store is a big inspiration to other players to pick up a new unit or paint what they have. I am now obligated to play with my batch of warpspiders because my paint job for these guys had convinced a guy to start eldar and they have drawn in so many spectators just to see what these very well painted guys can do. (well painted for me at least, close examination shows some lack of skill covered up by creative freehand )
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I got into this hobby on both sides at once: I love painting and modeling (as you can see from the forums), and I love the actual games, especially getting an army ready for the battle (which, by the by, you can also see on LO).
So here's the deal. I'm a slow painter, and I don't focus well on one project at a time. Tale of Painters has been amazingly helpful with this. When I first got into the hobby, I was playing in my first leagues with unpainted miniatures, primed if I was lucky. It's taken time to get things painted, and at this point I have about 2000 painted points of Bretonnians and 700 painted points of Space Marines (this is also due to my love of stripping miniatures while I was unhappy with the overall paint scheme or the quality of my work).
There are lots of reasons that unpainted miniatures get played with. The game is a blast, and people want to experience that side too. So when you see someone with unpainted miniatures, they may just want to play the game side of the hobby, or they may be getting into the hobby / a new army / etc and be working on the paint side.
I, for one, was not born with such a nobbish outlook on life as to not play them. I'm lucky that the people in my area, while having some great painted armies, are like me in this regard.
i always try to play with painted models (unless its my marines because i hate painting them and hardly use them).