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 ;-)