One very clear reason I cannot wait to have children! Teach them the lore of 40k (when they are old enough). My nephew has taken an interest, but is obsessed with cricket at present, so much he plays county, so I will wait until the off season, then introduce him to the grimdark!
As for my wife, she does encourage me to paint/ make my models, but there is a rule, no buying more until I have finished what I have bought. Which is fine, as I buy one, make one, technically it follows the rules
My new girlfriend thought it was nerdy/dorky for me to play with little toy army men and gave me crap about it playing with my little 'toys'. I said ok I'll stop playing with my toys but I'm going out getting drunk and getting a hooker for the night but don't worry honey I'll use a condom with the hooker. Suddenly my toys didn't seem bad at all
Totally agree with this, I always use this as an alternative- 'would you prefer me to be a drunkard and hand around lusty women all evening, rather than my fellow wargaming fellows discussing tactics and bantering over a well-placed lance strike?'
End result: me-1, wife-0
It is also very satisfying to find out I had a very old school frienc who enjoyed the hobby years ago, and during a conversation find out we both have armies, but have never fought each other- cue excitement and instant trips to Warhammer World at the weekend