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This has probably been done before, apologies if so, but I find it fascinating how many members here have large numbers of armies, sometimes as many as seven!
Itís not a criticism, folks engage with the hobby in their own way, but it just makes me wonder, I donít have the time, money or room for masses of armies. I have my Imperial Guard, I have recently got rid of My Eldar because I just wasnít playing them anymore. I seem to stick with just one army at any one time, I have the urge to build more but I just donít seem to get around to doing it (for the reasons above) and I probably wouldnít anyway even if I had the resources.
Am I ultra loyal or just boring and stingy? I might stretch to two armies at a push, my latest urge is for a Space Marine scout army, I have had the urge for a while so who knows I might actually break the wallet open and see how many paints have gone hard through lack of use.
Are others like me or do they see my way of playing 40K (I only play 40K but the question is open to WFB as well) as somewhat boring? Would you get sick of playing the same army week in week out?
Well, there's nothing wrong with you, first off. We all have our own ways of pursuing the hobby. I think some people like the challenge of something different. You get sick of marines, you go chaos, or try eldar, nids, etc. Maybe they hold on to their armies because they think their tastes will drift back to what they'd been "bored" with before. I've seen people talk like that here on the LO boards, so I imagine it happens. Then there are folks like you, who stick with one project all the time. It makes some sense. If you can get someone to buy your "boring" army off you, that's seed money to begin building new stuff. *shrug* To each his own.
As to the sheer volume, I'm with you as I sometimes shake my head in amazement at some people. Considering how outrageously and prohibitively expensive this hobby is in the first place, I am continually stunned by how much cash people are plunking down. I saw a guy at a store recently who was picking up his third (!) Baneblade. Granted, it's the plastic one, but still... what can he really hope to use those in? I don't know how long apocalypse games take to play, but I imagine it takes a while, so he can't be playing TOO many of those, yet he blows $300 on stuff that he definitely can't use in tournaments or league games (which that store does a LOT of), so what's the point? You wanna build tanks for show, there are plenty of other ranges out there who offer models that are just as impressive and MUCH cheaper. Doing it his way, he might as well be setting a stack of bills on fire.
But I'm forced to remember it's not my money. I'm sure from his perspective it's no big deal, so who am I to judge?
Another quick example. There's a thread on another forum where a guy who, by his own definition, apparently works in Web development, is not married, has no other hobbies and no debt, therefore he has an insane amount of money to spend on 40k. To this day I wonder if that thread is for real or a hoax, because by my very conservative estimation, he's spent a few thousand dollars (US) on an IG army. That's right, folks, a single IG army, with no other races or other stuff. He has stacks (literally) of Cadian battleforces, something like 30 Leman Russ tanks, and I won't even get into the stuff he got from Forge World! There is simply no way, even in a big Apocalypse game, that he could possibly field it all at once. He also will, he says, spend months, if not years assembling, converting and painting it all.
Again, to me this is crazy, but it's not my money. Only thing I can really get mad about is that people like this make GW perfectly secure in charging a fortune for this stuff, so regular people like me who can't afford to spend the value of a cheap used car on models drool at the massive amounts of stuff some people have to play with, then come back to Earth and scrape and fight to eke out enough dough to buy a blister or a $30 box of warriors or something. Makes me sick sometimes.
I have a fair few armies - wood elves , empire, dark elves , eldar and am thinking of starting bretonnia. With all my armies i put the effort in ( painting , converting etc ) i think that is fair enough. But there is one kid at my local store who has bought nine lotr mumakils out of thoes nine he has only bothered to stick together 4, out of 4 he has only painted 1 .
Last edited by chris 101; August 21st, 2008 at 15:05.
Wood elf player- 2000 points worth, Autumn theme
Empire player - 3000 points worth, Green and white
Eldar player - 1500 points worth, Blue and white
Well we all need to have our priorities on stuff like this. With no wife and no other hobbies, a couple thousand doesn't sound that bad... Consider when somebody buys a really nice car they don't really need, they could be spending upwards of ten thousand more than what others do. It's all a matter of perspective.
Of course, you must also realize that it is hard to see it from others' viewpoints, and that some people may seem to spend ridiculous amounts of money on this. However, consider this - though the number is decreasing, there are still large numbers of people who would find the amount YOU spend on the hobby ridiculous, even if that's only 30-50 bucks.
It's human nature to try to compare our way of thoughts with others, and we almost always fail. It is all too easy to believe that other people should think the same way we do, or similarly. The same people who think it's ridiculous for an adult to spend any money on a game like this might be spending that 30-50 bucks on cigarettes every week. As far as buying models you may never use... consider people who build model airplanes/cars as a hobby. There are never ANY models that they will EVER use in games like this, they buy them only to build them.
Now all this is just mostly me playing devil's advocate. With other things to do in my life, I would find it impossible to have 7 full armies. I am finding it hard to just build up one Skaven army. I'm also thinking about branching out into WoC with the new release. From my point of view, it's nice to be able to take a break from one army to mess around with the other. It is nice to get to play around with a whole new paint scheme, try painting guys who are radically different from those you usually do, and also to be able to field an army with opposite characteristics from those you usually do. I find it definitely helps bring you back to your starter army as well, I had a small dark elf contingent for a while, and it made me appreciate my Skaven more when I full force went back to them.
Yeah, fair enough. That's why I said, it's not my money, not my life, in those cases, and yeah, it's easy for me to say it looks crazy.
That's why I just try to stick to my own standards. Right now, I have one army that's almost fully assembled and painted (more than half of it is playable right now), and the better part of 2,000 points worth of marines that is largely still in pieces due to me taking forever to get the color scheme right and waiting for the new codex.
Personally, I have 1 main Fantasy, and 1 main 40K army, and I've got about 2000pts of each. I also have another fantasy army, and 2 more 40K armies, but I've only got 500-750pts of these latter 3, as i (used to) go to a fair few doubles tournaments, and we, myself and my partner, always collected a themed pair of armies specifically for the tournament.
However, I'm currently thinking about branching out into another 40K army. I've (almost) decided what to collect, and whatever it is, it'll be heavily themed. My Space Wolves will still be my main Gaming army, but I'm looking for a fun side project in 40K (my 'main' Fantasy army is Cult of ulric, so I count it as a fun side project).
However, money restricts me.. alot, lol. So all my armies grow slowly.
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Originally Posted by Canew
Then there are folks like you, who stick with one project all the time.
I couldnít handle more than one project at a time, but thatís just me anyway in every aspect of life I canít leave something unfinished and move onto something else because I would be still worrying about what I havenít finished.
I suppose itís good in the sense you get things done, it just takes longer. I have probably been working on my IG army since March; I have it all built and about three quarters painted. I made changes along the way.
I donít play that often, I havenít played a game of 5th edition yet, so thatís probably another reason that I approach 40K in this way. If I was playing every week I would probably find more urge to collect.As to the sheer volume, I'm with you as I sometimes shake my head in amazement at some people.
Iím certain I have seen people in Warhammer World with a different army every week, alright I exaggerate but you understand what I am getting at. There must be entire rooms in their homes chock full of army cases!Only thing I can really get mad about is that people like this make GW perfectly secure in charging a fortune for this stuff, so regular people like me who can't afford to spend the value of a cheap used car on models drool at the massive amounts of stuff some people have to play with, then come back to Earth and scrape and fight to eke out enough dough to buy a blister or a $30 box of warriors or something. Makes me sick sometimes.
I couldnít justify £60 on a Bane Blade, I know it sounds stupid because I have probably spent near a £100 on boxes of Cadians, but spread out it doesnít seem that bad. I suppose in real terms, unless you do throw thousands of pounds a time at GW, the hobby is not that expensive compared to people who play X Box or something like that.
I buy new armies when they catch my attention and hold it for a long time. In the past, I did Chaos Marines and Traitor Guard and sold them, and now I'm revisiting those armies, so that's a lesson in why I shouldn't sell things.
I usualy only get one (or maybe two) armies per game system.
Unfortunatley I play lots of game systems, there is no room in my garage for a car!
Thankfully lots of historical minatures are a fraction of the cost of GW stuff!
Especialy as some armies tend to be a bit on the large side!
I dont spend as much as some folks on my TTG hobbies only about £20 a month.
(But you get about 30 '28mm historical figs', or 40 '1/300th scale tanks' for that!)