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Hi all, yesturday i was staring at my imperial guard army for 40k and basking in it's glory when it hit me, its all just plastic and metal, i mean really my army, which i paid over $1000 worth, slaved over painting each model, and fantasized about leading my army to victory over untold evil is just what, like $25 worth of plastic and metal? On one hand i love to play the game but it seems every month i just hand out countless amounts of bills in exchange for less than a pound of plastic. I find it really discouraging so i was wondering if anyone ever has thoughts like this or is it just me?
i really, really sympathize, i ordererd a bunch of CSM bitz and when they arrived they came in this tiny cardboard box... i spend 100$ for a box that looked like the box my remote came in.
It's really disheartening....
But just say to myself "collecting trains is evenmore expensive, a good fish rod costs a fortune"
Often it doesn't work and i just feel like an idiot "i just spend 30 bucks for a killa kan and 1 ork"
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i think most people go through a similar thought process at one point- in fact i often think that exact same thing when looking at the years of accumulated stuff i have.
A lot of gamers also give up for a number of years -usually in their late teens/early twenties, some never to return
Just concentrate on the sense of achievement you got when you looked at your massed ranks of IG and that should get you through the difficult periods!
PLAN CLAN MAN!!
He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man- S. Johnson
i suppose but what really gets me is that i bought a vulture from forgeworld, cost about $150, i couldnt wait to get it then when it finally comes its in a regular cardboard box, with no instructions and parts of it are warped and im thinking "if i spent 150 on this, they could have atleast put in a few transfer sheets or something!" lol but hey, a hobby is a hobby.
I'm with HeZu. Yes, this is an expensive hobby. But it is far less expensive than many other hobbies (trains, rocketeering, fishing, golfing) that one might take up.
That, and once I've spent my money on the equipment (models), I don't have to spend to play as well.
My army may just be bits of plastic and metal, but their my bits of plastic and metal. As you said we usually spend hours converting, modelling, painting and coming up with fluff for our armies. Sure some people might not understand why a few bits of plastic and metal are so important, but then again it's not their army and they probably don't have this hobby.
That being said GW is charging ridiculously high prices for its models, but let's not turn this into another rant thread.
"DICE FOR THE DICE GOD!"
And the almighty Dice God said to his followers "Thou shalt not speak ye words "anything but a one" For thou whoever'st speaketh this blasphemy will be cursed with thy rolls being of one".
The worst it got for me was when I spent about $120 on bits to make a blood bowl nurgle beast and, like others who have posted, got a small box with some random scraps of metal inside. Also when I ordered a BT venerable dreadnought from forgeworld for my brother, opened the box and had a clear moment of "that's it?"
But that stuff is very fleeting to me. As soon as I start painting or start playing a game, my reasons for loving this hobby come back with crystal clarity. I would be afraid to add up how much money I've spent on it, but I wouldn't trade it back. If anything, I still kick myself for getting rid of all the figures I had when I was 20.
You just have to think to yourself of the time that you spend enjoying the slaving away painting, and those maagical hours when you lead your army forth to what end. Short of spending a rediculous amount of money on a pc to run strategy games at high spec, you can't really get the same imput into leading an army from any other game. I had the same feeling after buying my unit of ironbreakers, 21 of em about 3 years ago, £36 of little lumps of metal in 7 blister packs. I walked into a pc game shop later and saw a game I wanted for around the same price and had my doubts. But after the painting and modeling is said and done, I think I have more pride in my big block of armoured dwarf than I would have had 3 years on over a poxy video game.
I did give up for about 2 years, only started again about 6 months ago, and I'm glad I did, the painting of said ironbreakers was only finished 4 months ago anyway :shifty: , I'm fairly poor at it, but I'm happy
Last edited by Nachtjager; May 10th, 2007 at 17:55.
aut viam inveniam aut faciam / I'll either find a way or make one.
For me, it's not about the models, or the painting/converting, or playing the game. It's about the universe of 40k.
The models, painting, and playing are just an extension of the universe.
I read your book!
you say you enjoy the hobby so just remember that that's the important part. Money will be coming and going your whole life.