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I was just reading a post on BOLS and it got me to wondering. Mr Black wrote an interesting article musing why he had bought 'too many' miniatures, he could not, he reasoned, 'use' them all. By use I assume he meant paint and game, but I wondred if you don't paint or game with a minaure, does it mean its useless? This was my reply, what are your thoughts?Ours is a strange hobby, its made up of a few hobbies put together; collecting, modelling miniatures, constructing scenery, gaming, devising fluff and debating. I derive some sort of pleasure out of all of these parts, abit to varying degrees. I own about 8k of marines, 4k of guard, 3k of demons, 1k of orks as well as some old fantasy armies form my childhood. I vary rarely play with any of them, let alone all of them, only about 50% are even painted. Deciding whether I will ever 'use them' is more subjective. My aunty collects thimbles, she wil never sew with them all, but their use to her is just to be owned and collected. I've had the fun of buying, assembling, converting, collecting, and at times painting these models. I know I'm a bit sad, but sometimes I just like looking at them. I like thinking about them, deciding what thier structure is, the history my commander, why my spacemarine home world maintains a PDF etc.
Basically I won't paint or play with many many of these miniatures, but I still use them and I love just owning them.
But then I'm a nerd and I'm ok with that ;-)
I agree, but there is a point where you should sell what you have not used for a long time... plus, the money can help to make a new army .
The only difference between our hobby and your Auntie's is that last time I checked, I don't think thimbles cost the amount of money it takes to loan out on a house...
I am on your side here as well, as you do feel a subtle sentimentality that comes with seeing a completed project that you have entrusted your heart and soul (and wallet) into, and then seeing it do well on the tabletop.
The only thing that I think differently on is not playing with everything that you own. Every model of mine is painted, maybe some not to the greatest standards as the others, and every one of my models has been used. There are a number of reasons that I see this for:
1) That of which you have paid for should be used. It should not be hidden from the world, sitting idle on a top shelf in a cupboard, or lying unassembled in the bottom of its box.
2) I would not have bought a particular model if I was not interested in it.
3) I would not have bought a particular model if I did not think it would perform well. Even if it does not perform well, hobby and gaming wise, at least I can say that it was still used, and that I would definitely use it again in friendly matches if I wanted a laugh.
I trust that you can see where I am coming from. Our hobby is a complex one, and what it all comes down to is how you yourself play the game and what you think will work best for you.
Also, I think everyone who plays 40K would have to be a nerd. No mere mortal would be able to comprehend so many rules. That being said, some of us still can't...
Light a fire for a man, and he will be warm for a night. Light a man on fire, and he will be warm for the rest of his life.
Don't get me wrong, I've used every model, just not for gaming, some are collectors items to me, some display items etc. My rough riders for example were fun to plan and convert... but I doubt I'll use them in a game again, they die, but I'll not sell them, they represent part of my fluff, a few hours of fun (similar price to a cinema ticket) and one day they will get painted and will sit in my glass cabinet for me to look at. Maybe my orc and high elf armies sitting in the loft are different though, perhaps I should sell them... but then again I'm a hoarder, all my He-Man and lego toys are in the loft too and will never grace ebay ;-)
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