Sunday, October 31, 2010

Money and the Hobby

Well, it's been a hectic week.  The gash from the knife is still infected, school is picking up, and there are a ton of other things going on these days.  I haven't been able to get any pics of the IG or 'Nids, but I do have a little rant for everyone, about spending money in the hobby.

As a miniature wargamer, we already suffer from a lot of problems.  Bad companies that make overpriced products who are only concerned with making a profit, trying to find that ONE PART that you suddenly need but don't see in your bitz box, and just finding people to play against.  But what seems to be the biggest problem is how others think this is so expensive.  They are justified in their thoughts, as this stuff can definitely be lower priced, but they seem to overlook the price of their own hobbies as well.

A little backstory: I run a Warhammer 40k club at my school.  This is our second year, and we have about ten or so members.  A lot of people are interested by the name, or the concept of a science fiction game with cool models, but are always turned off by something.  Most of the time, it's the price.  Yet when you look at other hobbies, Warhammer 40k is actually cheaper than the other things out there.
Just a few examples:
So your current hobby is reading books.  Book reading isn't exactly cheap.  Assuming you read a book a week, and that book prices average out to about $10, save up your money for a month and then get a box of minis.  In a year, you still spend about $520.  Okay, so maybe you enjoy bargain books or only read a book every other week.  That's still $260 there.  Sure you could go to a library, but the trade off is that you don't get anything in a new condition and the selection can be limited.

How about video gaming?  So a basic Xbox 360 system costs about $250 now, plus a one-year Xbox Live membership for $100.  So that's already $350 spent, no games included.  I know I'd get about five new games a year, when they come out at $50.  So that's $250 a year, not including the main system itself or the membership.

Collect stamps?  How about coins?  Paying $50 for a scrap of paper to complete your collection is just as unreasonable as paying $50 for a model tank.  And then you spend even more money just taking care of your collection, with booklets, cleaners, mounts, and the like.

Computer games your thing?  It's just as reasonable as video games, just that you pay a lot more for a computer that can do just as much.  Still, with all the games and subscriptions you buy a year, you still end up blowing about $250 for a few discs.

The thing is, a miniature wargame is a hobby that can never get old, and when you finally give it up, you still have a tangible collection of models that you can pride in building and painting them yourself.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Sorry

Well, I haven't been able to post too much recently.  Don't worry, I'm still here though.  This can be attributed to my finger, though typing is getting easier; my Acid Reflux Disease suddenly picking up, and school.  Rest assured, I'll be back by the weekend (I hope).

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Public Service Announcement

Okay everyone, here's a fun and friendly PSA...

Don't cut too hard, or you will slice right through the piece of model and right into your finger...
I'd show pics but they are a bit bloody and gory.  Meanwhile, I did cut myself with a new x-acto knife I got, lost a good cup or so of blood, and got it infected.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Who I Game With

I get let out about once, maybe twice a month to play.  For the most part, I'm at the LA Battle Bunker with their Apocalypse Club, run by Alec Peters.  On the last Saturday of every month, each player may bring up to 5k of any one army and play in a giant Imperials vs. Chaos battle.  It's lots of fun, and goes on from 10 am to 12 am (the next morning).  We have an Apocalypse Forum (it's in the links section, on the left), and anyone with any amount of points can jump in.  If I'm not at the Bunker, then I'll be at my LGS, Pegasus Hobbies, as there are some gamers who like to play in their back room on Saturdays.

Friday, October 15, 2010

My Space Marines

So here's some pictures of the Space Marines, starting off with my Battle Company, and then some:
Next up are three pictures, detailing my scouts, 1st company, motor pool, and everything else:


And a few more individual unit pictures, because in the sea of models, you may have missed some stuff.
First off, my Terminator Squad:
Then, a Sarge:
And finally a Dreadnought:



And I'll toss everyone a bone by providing a picture of an Imperial Guardsman from my company:



Of most of my models, only about 10% are self-painted, everything else is either incomplete or done by someone else.  Obviously, I need some skills for photos and a good lightbox.

The next post will either be on my IG, or the 'Nids.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

My Armies and Their Backgrounds

Well, continuing from yesterday's post, I may as well talk about my three armies.  I currently run a Space Marine, Imperial Guard, and Tyranid army.  They're worth about 10k+,1.5k, and 1k respectively, points wise.  Even though I said that most articles would be on tactics and gaming, I did take some time to make some background on them.

So first off, the Marines:
The force consists mainly of Salamanders and Ultramarines, but also includes a small detachment of Crimson Fists and other squads of other chapters.  According to the fluff, they were a crusade force during the Third War on Armageddon, who have decided to band together and continue to cleanse the sector, occasionally separated to assist their own chapters (for smaller games).

Next comes the IG:
These are the Guardsmen featured in the GW Lucky 13s Campaign from 2009.  This is considered to be the first company of the Mordant 13th regiment, AKA Jaggo Kalloween's personal taskforce.  Here's the background that GW has on the Mordant 13th

Finally, it's the Tyranids:
A splinter fleet of Leviathan, Hive Fleet G'noth has drifted to the Galactic Northwest in recent years.  Mostly dormant, the fleet was awakened by the Orks of Alsanta and has begun to grow its biomass in recent years as it heads into the Mordant Zone, drawing closer to Attila, signifying a great battle to come.

So, what do you think?

Monday, October 11, 2010

How's this for a first post?

Well, what can I say?  I was bored, I have this hobby, and I wanted to share it with the rest of the world.  I've been playing Warhammer 40,000 for the past year and three-quarters.  Already, I have a giant Space Marine army, and is working on an Imperial Guard one.  My painting skills are sub-par, but aren't half bad, provided I put in some effort.  This blog will most likely vary in content, but will most likely focus on tactics and gaming as compared to painting.