Originally posted by Jack Blood@Oct 26 2004, 06:20
Because the strategy is less than half of the hobby to most people.
Against an unpainted army a game takes on overtones of humouring the other player - if you play with unpainted minis because you want to play at all costs then hell for those people who can't afford miniatures then why not just play with card counters? Going down that road is missing out on more than 75% of the hobby.
Keep in mind that there are still people that haven't been brainwashed by GW into thinking that a mini doesn't function correctly without paint. Try to keep in mind that the "hobby" as GW defines it is actually a combination of several hobbies:
-creative writing (in some cases)
-tabletop miniature gaming
Now, if someone wants to enjoy playing 40K or FB, but they either don't like bothering with painting, or maybe they don't bother with fluff, that's fine.
The fact that "they" won't let you use an unpainted figure/unit/army is just so you'll feel obligated to buy their paints, their brushes, their flock, their static grass.
Sure, you can wrap up these things into one and call it "the GW hobby", but keep in mind that not everyone does, or is obligated to. I enjoy all of the hobbies contained within, but I certainly wouldn't tell someone "I'm not going to play you because you don't like to paint." I'd be out of a game, I'd look like a pompous ass, and I'd feel like a brainwashed monkey instead of a human being.
Back on topic: I don't mind the special characters from the book, really. I would rather the player was using them for story reasons than for great stats, but either way it's just one more thing to kill.