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There is a great deal of discussion on the web about all of the things that Games Workshop gets wrong. I want to start by saying that this is NOT a thread about those things. So please don't mention the things you don't like about the hobby.
Could I request that posts that criticise any manufacturer or games producer be removed from this thread? Is that appropriate?
What do you like about the hobby? Is it the background universe? Do you love reading the fiction and thinking about the rich background material that has been created? Is it the high quality miniatures? Do you love sticking things together, painting, converting or perhaps the social aspect of playing the games? There are a 101 reasons you might be involved in the hobby, perhaps its just imagining that one day you might grow up to be a Space Marine, or perhaps its the rules system that you love?
What is it about the tabletop hobby that brought you here in the first place and keeps you interested today?
After all, we are all here for a reason, what's yours?
The background is interesting, though I seem to be constantly finding ways to make it a touch less... gothic for me
I suppose if I had to sum it up, it's the challenge, for me. It's challenging on a modeling/painting level, always trying to push the envelope, learning new techniques, never settling for being passable. Whether I've become "good" is another discussion
Ditto for the gameplay. I'm always trying to find that "sweet spot" in my army lists, where everything is balanced well. Then, of course, I need to develop my tactical skills to put that list to use.
I imagine if I ever feel it's not challenging enough for me, that's when I get out. Course, there's Warmachine, Hordes, WHFB, etc. Ok, maybe I'll never get out LOL.
Background is a big part for me, and I can go on for hours and hours just reading the army books, always discovering new interesting pieces of fluff to write about and plan on having an army based on a particular fluff piece.
Also I like sticking things together, mixing different pieces and adding some green stuff into cracks and using each single part fro the plastic kits to create new models.
5000p. High Elves
I came for the models and stayed to play the occasional game.
Really, I grew up making model airplanes and tanks, and playing board-based wargames, wishing there was some way to combine the two hobbies. When I learned about FRPGs, I started collecting and painting miniatures, and that alerted me to GW's products. I started dabbling with indiviudal GW miniatures for RPGs, and eventually became hooked on the modeling possibilities of the GW plastics.
The ability to break free of "traditional" military models was a real release. Any level of customization to a typical tank or plane kit required a huge investment in materials, skill, and research. However, with the advent of GW's second-generation plastic kits, everything I loved about modelling came together: The kits looked great right out of the box. Customizing them was easy, as once you became involved in the hobby, you always had a pile of bitz laying around just for the purpose. Research for "proper" or even just "cool" customization was as available as the next issue of White Dwarf or the forums of this illustrious website. And since everything was fictional, the painting schemes were totally wide open to allow a bit of self-expression and visual optimization for each kit.
Eventually, I started playing with the models as well at the FLGS. I've tried other game systems and miniature collections since, but the GW plastic lines have me hooked. I've got 7 active army collections going, with plenty of others just waiting for attention on the store shelves.
It's the metal minitures for me, the extra detail and even the weight makes it feel a bit more special. I would spend about an hour or so on a plastic model but a metal one cannot be rushed and would take several evenings.
I love everything about the hobby and how GW has made it. It gets you modelling and painting but (most of the time) doesn't force you too, gets you painting in own time doing what you want. If want to do some modelling go for it if want to paint go for it! I like how GW have made the games systems there all good fun to play and different armies bring different abilities and fun to the table. I do wish however they didn't abandon the specialist games line. I love the back ground especially in 40K it really adds to the feel of the game and give you ideas for painting and modelling and even gaming. All in all I think GW have done a good job forming the hobby in general getting people to actively do things as well as getting people together in a common interest.
"Should take you a while though because of your sloth like pace"
Click here and watch Gedderz try and cross the road
Interesting and endless background setting
Awesome models that want to make me part with my hard earned cash
customizing those models with different sets and different paint schemes to make a unique army
playing the game with 2 (or more) painted armies is always fun.
Arch Overfiend & Grand Despot
I currently play:
Doom Eagle Space Marines
Hive Fleet Omega Tyranids
Goff Ork Boyz(dead)
Tau of O'me
Inquisitorial Xeno Hunters
and my attempted foray into fantasy
'Dark Angel Green' Dark Elves in need of fluff
The background - teh depth of detail and consideration given to the various forces, the stero-typed swords and sorcery being twisted in unusual ways, and of course the models which are now excellent, albeit somewhat less characterful or quirky than the older ones...
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The background and the general universe are cool, the styling is nice, and the models aren't half bad in most cases...
But for me? It's probably the sheer, ludicrous, over-the-top nature of 40K that's appealing.
Logic, sanity and reason have very little to do with 40K in general - the primary motivating force is the rule of cool. Plain old rifles and such? Of course not - giant, fully automatic RPG guns, monomolecular shuriken blades and laser rifles are the order of the day! Nuclear powered grenades, huge mechanical fists that crush tanks, and CHAINSAW FREAKING SWORDS!!! There's always a cooler gun, a bigger sword, a more demented mechanical monstrosity.
I like historical settings and all that, but 40K is all about seeing just how much awesome and badass you can cram into one universe at the same time, and that's just plain fun.
Plus I also like:
- Assembling and painting models
- Reading the fiction
- Coming up with interesting missions and campaigns
- Kicking arse in the name of the Emperor!