Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Goodbye

Well everyone, I have some bad news for you:

My father has always hated 40k from the moment that he saw it.  Two days ago, he decided to snap and destroyed all of my army, books, terrain, and anything that even remotely had to do with 40k in our house.  Therefore, writing this blog would without a doubt, be POINTLESS.  All I can say is that I'm lucky to have made it away with an extra copy of a codex, a few bitz, and some other books.  But because I'm only 13 right now, there really is no way that I can get back on my feet, as even if I had the $5,000 I've spent so far, he would just throw out everything 40k that comes into the house.  So this would be goodbye then, everyone.

Happy Wargaming
-Howard

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Money and the Hobby Part Two

So I have some more things on money and 40k.  This time though, it's about buying stuff with the money you found from the last post.

Let's talk about money-or rather the lack of it.  Miniature Wargames can be expensive.  In the past two years, I've blown about $2k for my armies.  At this point, I can safely say that I have gotten almost 7.5 points to the dollar, which is quite an achievement, as a Tactical Squad box even at a 20% discount is $32 for about 200 points.  200/32 is equal to... 6.25 points to the dollar, pretax.

So how do you get that type of effectiveness with your money?  What I used was Ebay, My local LGS, GW Auctions, patience, and a lot of math work.

1)  Ebay
Using Ebay can be a pain, but also totally worth the trouble you go through.  I've gotten such ridiculous things like a beautifully painted Mephiston for less than $10, including shipping.  Of course, you need to watch your back, as there are people on Ebay who want you to buy at overpriced rates, hoping to sucker in newbies.  There are plenty of sellers convinced that they have a great, one-off, item, but they're really just overpriced models and paintjobs.  When bidding, make sure that you're making it worth the time you took.  Generally, if it's a retail-available model, then shoot for about 35% off.  Forgeworld, go as cheap as possible.  Most importantly, REMEMBER TO FACTOR IN THE SHIPPING.

2)  Pegasus Hobbies (My local LGS)
Pegasus offers a sweet 20% discount on all retail-available GW models, paints, and other products.  If you take the time to find a LGS which offers this type of discounts, you can get plenty of points to the dollar.  It just takes a lot of work.  But if you're lazy/lacking a LGS, you can always go to The War Store (look them up on Google), which also offers 20% off a ton of stuff, just pay shipping.And of course, if you're across the pond, then look up Wayland Games.

3)  GW Auctions
Every now and then, a GW store in your area usually holds a Bizarre Bazaar or Gobbo Trading Post type event, in which you bring in your own stuff (GW Sanctioned of course) and sell/trade it with gift cards.  If you're lucky enough to go to a big store like a bunker, then they may even auction off a few of their own things.  Otherwise, these places are a great place to find deals.  This is how I jump-started my IG army, by buying the LA Bunker's army.

4)  GW Events
Every now and then, GW will also throw an event in which FREE stuff will be given out, most of the time, through a raffle.  This prime time for this to happen are birthday events and grand openings, so keep a keen eye out, as they're a great way for anyone to get some free swag.

Basically, buy from anything that GW doesn't try to you, it's generally cheaper.  In the next (maybe final) money and the hobby post, I'll talk about how to buy things wisely.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

We're Back!

As I said, we're back everyone!  And with a special Christmas present too:

This is my new Honor Guard Champion.  Honor Guard Champ, everyone; everyone, Honor Guard Champ.  Until I can think of a good name, that's what he'll be called.  It's Dark Angel robes that he has there, plus a SW ax (relic blade) and some command squad bitz.  He'll be part of a 5-man squad that consists of him, a Banner, and 3 dudes with Relic Blades.  So what do you think?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Temporary Hiatus...

As we roll into the holidays, I am sorry to say that the blog will go into a temporary hiatus for a few weeks.  Rest assured, We'll Be Back!