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Ask yourself...

"Self, how many models do I have?"

Now ask youself...

"Self, how many models do I need?"

And then, ask yourself...

"Self, now pay attention! This is important. (self gets distracted easily) How many models do I actually have painted?"


Most gamers have huge collections of models, and can count the number of models they have 'completed' on one hand, and only half of their models ever see the gaming table. While not really considered to be a 'problem', it is a waste, especially for a beginning hobbyist.

Now, if you happen to be one of the many that enjoy the collection aspect of the game, and rarely play, then this actually does still apply to you. You may find yourself to have fallen into the trap that most competitive gamers encounter. Too many figs, and not enough motivation/time/give-a-damn to finish the modeling aspect of the hobby.

In many areas, gaming stores actually require the models to have a basic level of 'completion' (usually being a basecoat of 3 colors and a textured base) before the models will be allowed for gaming in the store. Many more areas actually enjoy the tourney style gaming that has become the basis for 'metagaming'. Such tourneys also require fully painted armies. How then do you keep from falling into such a trap, and ending up shunned and despised at your local gaming store?

The answer is quite simple... Before starting an army, get with the local veterans and your fellows here and ask them about the army in question. Ensure that you really understand the army and are motivated to 'finish' the army as it deserves. Then, with your new understanding, make a small usable list that can serve as the basis for your larger army in the future and purchase ONLY those models.

Now here's the clincher... You only purchase additional models once your previous purchases have been completed.

"But But But!!! (Your 'Self' says...) I'll never get those models completed in time for a tourney if I don't buy them all now!"

Never listen to your 'Self' when the fate of your models is on the line! This line of thinking is simply not true. Also, don't lock yourself into an unreasonable deadline for completion of your army. If you wish to have an army worthy of a painting competition then you'll need months (or even years) to convince your 'Self' to devote the time and dedication to such an undertaking. It really is worth the effort. But, if you wish to simply have an army that looks nice on the table top and can be ready for gaming quickly, then your 'Self' will still have to be patient, as this can take as long as a few months as well. Keep in mind that knowing your next regiment/chariot/character is out of your reach until you finish the unit in front of your 'Self' will better motivate your 'Self' to dedicate the effort necessary to reach your goal.

Take your time, and prepare to be patient. Your completed army is in your near future, if you can only restrain your 'Self' from going overboard with your purchases. The more models you have, the more daunting the painting challenge, the longer it will be before you actually sit down and get to it.

Good luck, fellas.
 

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For ages now I've gone out of my way to buy nothing until I get things under control.

I have a nice big display cabinet and 2 of the large GW Army Cases that allow me to assess to a reasonable degree just how much of a massive job I still have at hand before I can justify buying more.

As it stands it's going to be a very long time before I can. :)
 

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My name is Hespithe, and I'm a fig-aholic. I have been 'dry' for 6 months now.

It's true. I still have nearly 230 more figs to paint before I can begin the process of wasting more cash at the game shoppe.
 

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1) somewhere around 50ish
2) 100+
3) 30ish

See my local gaming store (being games workshop) is devoted to *audible gasp* having fun! so this hoohah about "fully painted of gtfo" is not a problem if you're not allowed to play somewhere because your minis aint finished... then my gawdz get a new place!
 

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My local indy store does not encourage painting, really... There has never (outside of my own tourneys) been a prize for best painted army, and often you'll find that games are being played with only movement trays/bases. The area really is more concerned with the competitive aspect of the hobby, more so than the modeling aspect.

Personally, I'm a big fan of both.
 

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Ah Hespithe i am at a time where i needed your advice badly. I hAVE TONs OF MODELS AND THEY ARENT PAINTED. But fdor my part i will try to paint my next army according to your advice...
 

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1) 250+
2) 100-120
3) 180

I still have to paint C company of a (hopefully) full Armored Regiment. I have A, B, and J company finished. :ireful2: Me and my tanks.
 

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4700pts of Chaos, 40-50 models painted
2500pts of Tau, all but one painted!!
2200pts of Tomb Kings, not one painted.

I am currently doing the same thing by not buying models until I get the others painted. Only problem with that is the 4 new Chaos boxes I managed to win at conversion/painting contests just sitting there staring at me. I swear I can hear them calling me saying "oooopeeeenn ussss, assssemblllle usss, plaaaaaaaaay withhh ussss"

Gets quite creepy at times...
 

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It must be a sign from God because I was going to post a similar thead and BAM here this one is.

Currently:
40K Chaos: 4700ish pts painted 1300ish unpainted/some unassembled 6000 total
Dark Angels: 1000ish pts painted 1000ish unpainted 500ish unassembeled
Dwarfs: 5000ish pts painted and 2000ish unpainted
Fantasy Chaos: 2250 painted 250ish unpainted

The above figures are before wargear/whatever fantasy calls it's wargear

I don't really mess with my DA or Chaos Fantasy but am in the boat now of wanting to start a new fantasy army! I have a shelves dedicated to each army in my "warhammer" bookcase but that doesn't help because it reminds me of what I would like to tryout. On that note anyone have a suggestion on a fantasy army that is balanced between shooty/maneuver/magicy. I have each extreme now, want BALANCE! Final note, it's not a problem because I don't attend meetings or support groups for it
 

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I was a bad fig-aholic but moving and the wife were a great way to sell off all the models I was never going to get too. Chosing one army and selling off the rest cut way down on the unfinished models.
I have 6K in orks about 3K painted and converted of corse they just came out with new ork models and a new codex so I had to buy more models. Also I have started a Necron army for 2008 but I only have 6 models in the box none opened until I finish painting the forty primered orks. But I can feel the old addiction kicking back in and soon I'll have my legions of unpainted chaos, tau and dark elder back collecting dust.
 

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I've not bought figures since I completed my last army. But I do have lots of unpainted. But this will not stop me painting another army, starting with some Tau. But with 2 unpainted Fantasy armies, I have a lot of catching up to do.

Just this weekend I was clearing out the spare room which houses all of my gaming stuff, and I found a still shrink wrapped Eldar Viper which is about 5 years old. Need to think if Im ever going to do an Eldar army or not?

Still Im now buying figures in squads, and not getting more till th esquad is completed.
 

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For 2007 I made a resolution not to field any unpainted models, and for the first time ever it was a resolution I have managed to keep :victory:. It has cured me of buying too much, most of the time.

I am carrying it over for '08 and adding to it the intention to do at least 15 minutes painting everyday (so far so good).

I remember when I first got into the hobby with WFB as a poor 11 year old my friends and I just used to draw out the regiments onto plain paper and cross off boxes as 'models' died. Battles used to go to pot if anyone opened a door too fast :grin:
 

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I definitely have over 300 models ... note that at least 250 are unassembled and 40 are metal. I only have like 10 painted because as soon as they're done being painted they go right on ebay.

I am working on completing my 1500 pt DA army so that should be done be some time in 2011.
 
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