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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2013 8:09 p.m. PST

I would have:
2 Sassanid Persian 25mm armies.
2 15mm British Napoleonic armies.
1 25mm Aztec army
2 28mm Trojan War armies, both sides
1 25mm Indian army
1 25mm Carthaginian army
1 Airfix Roman army
1 25mm Republican roman army
1 25mm Orc Army
1 25mm Goblin army
1 French SYW army
1 British SYW army

Tons of "other" stuff and tons of books and rules.

Do I miss any of it? Well, I bought all of them meaning to play with them. I was heavily into Ancients, but have not played with any of those in over 5 years. So, if I need to pay the mortgage or put food on the table… Triage is sometines necessary.

Meiczyslaw07 Jan 2013 8:17 p.m. PST

Sometimes it's fun to revisit old friends. I'm probably going to paint a third 15mm British Army someday.

But there are some things you don't let loose of. I paid too much and put too much work into my Rat Marines to ever let loose of them. That, and it's the army that gets GW reps to give me free minis.

(Skaven in Space Marine armor, in case that's not clear.)

cavcrazy07 Jan 2013 8:32 p.m. PST

I hate to think about it.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian07 Jan 2013 8:48 p.m. PST

Are old minis really worth that much?

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Jan 2013 8:50 p.m. PST

Yikes. I don't even think I could come close to listing it all. How about all the armies I've sold off in the past two months!

Personal logo Jlundberg Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2013 9:05 p.m. PST

15mm Ottoman both Ren and Nap
15mm Moghul
15mm Egyptian
15mm Trojan war
15mm Bavarian Nap
20mm WWII still selling off

sillypoint07 Jan 2013 9:10 p.m. PST

How about sold off, then re-acquired, although the models are better.

Gonsalvo07 Jan 2013 9:25 p.m. PST

I never sell anything I have painted!

No longer a member Inactive Member07 Jan 2013 9:26 p.m. PST

80's citadel undead army
80's orc and goblin marauder army
Numerous Battletech lances
15mm Grenadier Undead army
Grenadier Dragon's Series I & II

Personal logo Waco Joe Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2013 9:37 p.m. PST

Franco: And now my friend, the first-a rule of Italian driving.
[Franco rips off his rear-view mirror and throws it out of the car]
Franco: What's-a behind me is not important.

words to live by.

DeanMoto Inactive Member07 Jan 2013 10:16 p.m. PST

No figures per se, just my Roman Seas paper ships – they went to an out-of-state TMP (at pretty much a loss). I wish I had donated them to the local crew instead.

Korvessa07 Jan 2013 10:21 p.m. PST

I wouldn't have near as many armies as I have now.
I often sell one to fund the next two.

Fonzie07 Jan 2013 10:37 p.m. PST

I only sold to my closest friends so that my troops would stay in our club and I would still get to play with them. :-)

The Dozing Dragon07 Jan 2013 11:40 p.m. PST

I wish I had the old Minifigs Sword & Sorcery minis I melted into a paperweight 30 years ago……I still have the papaerweight…..

Wolfprophet Inactive Member07 Jan 2013 11:59 p.m. PST

Rat Marines

Oooooooh. Photos? Definitely would love to see.

Allen57 Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2013 12:18 a.m. PST

I wish I would sell some stuff but I can not part with it for what I can get for them.

So, the answer for Bill is no, they are not worth much.

Khusrau08 Jan 2013 4:25 a.m. PST

I have always regretted any figures I have sold. I paint all my own stuff, and it takes me a long time, so the money is not an issue.

Worst was back in 2002, when I sold (pretty cheaply)
15mm Neo-Babylonian
15mm Later Carthaginians
15mm Sasanian Persians
15mm Ottomans
15mm Scots Covenanters

few other bits and pieces…

skinkmasterreturns08 Jan 2013 4:30 a.m. PST

Too many LoTR figures to count,WFB,40K and Seven Years War I do not regret.My 15mm Ancients either,since they were for the most part scuzzy,and I have replaced them with better stuff.My 15mm Napoleonics were given to my best bud,and we still game with them.I do regret the 28mm WWII Soviets,though,since Bolt Action came around.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2013 6:41 a.m. PST

I have always regretted any figures I have sold. I paint all my own stuff, and it takes me a long time, so the money is not an issue.

That's ther reason I don't sell – the worlds slowest painter (on the worlds longest painting break) daren't part with anything.

doug redshirt08 Jan 2013 6:43 a.m. PST

Not my precious toys. No must not lose precious . My precious. The bad man wants Precious.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2013 7:11 a.m. PST

I'm picturing the OFM in a weird leather outfit with black ostrich feathers and an enormous wig, singing:

"If I could buy back mine,
If I could find a way…"

This is not a pleasant mental image.
Which, of course, is why I share it with all of you. evil grin

Sumatran Rat Monkey Inactive Member08 Jan 2013 7:34 a.m. PST

Out of all the armies I've sold/given away/had stolen/lost to circumstance, there're only a couple I really regret the loss of:

My ridiculously massive dry undead army for Warhammer Fantasy (4th edition, back when undead were simply undead, and you could buy whatever monstrous mount you wanted for characters, mostly). 14,000 points worth of skeletons and wights (both foot and mounted), a zombie dragon, and 4 Necromancers (one of each mastery level, 1-4)- one on foot, one on a skeletal steed, one on a gigantic spider, and my level 4 Nec Lord mounted on a zombie griffin converted from the old all-metal High Elf Griffin, a plastic skeletal chariot (for the exposed ribcage on one side, and some other bits'n bobs), and various other sundries. Damn near every skeleton in the army was converted, as well (the original Citadel plastic skeleton horde, I loved that set).

A smallish "Space Viking/Star Reiver" Space Marine strikeforce. Very thematic, but not the usual space wolves- was sort of a power armoured cult to Wotan, complete with berserkers wearing tiny nooses of braided fuse wire and a small unit of female "Valkyr,", all lead by Hrafn the Black in his glossy black power armour and a stylized raven's head helmet- one of my first really successful attempts at sculpting.

And finally, as strange or silly as this may sound?

I sorely miss my old collection of plastic "Dragonriders Of The Styx" figures/toys. Started with one of those massive boxes of toy soldiers ("little green army men," if you will) they sold around the holidays in the late '70s and early '80s, at major department stores- just, in this case, knights, wizards, ogres, viking-looking "titans," gargoyles, batwinged monstrosities, and a big green dragon, along with a vinyl playmat and blowmolded multi-piece castle and 3-level "mountain," and numerous small, cheapy sets were added over the years- a $.99 USD bag of human-headed, snake-bodied nagas, a bag of assorted recasts of figures from the original set in hideous dayglo colours, a small warband of pig-faced orc warriors traded from a friend, etc.

Those small, green army man-style "Dragonriders Of The Styx" was absolutely my gateway drug into miniatures, even before I knew miniatures existed, and spurred so much imagination over the years of my childhood, and even later got pressed into service as fill-in miniatures in the early days of D&D, Tunnels & Trolls, and so forth through my early teens. They got misplaced a few years ago, when I got sick and the doctors were giving me a timeline, and it's a shame- I don't know what I'd do with them now, but somewhere along the way, they crossed the line from "possession" to "old friend," after a fashion, and I really do hope to find them again before it's all said and done.

And that's enough rambling from me, I do believe.

- Nostalgic Rat Monkey

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Jan 2013 7:38 a.m. PST

Sold a lot of stuff but mostly unpainted. Will be unloading 20mm SCW soon, probably along with a bunch of painted WW2 mircroarmor.

If I don't play with it it's just clutter.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2013 8:41 a.m. PST

That mouse has a will of iron !

Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2013 9:34 a.m. PST

I sold my WW2 microarmor some years ago. As my eyes aint what they used to be it's ok. I do wish I had kept my 15mm Napoleonics, though.

21eRegt Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2013 11:32 a.m. PST

Aw geez, I couldn't count the number of armies I've sold off. WWII French and Belgians, Napoleonic Austrian, British, Prussian and Westphalian, ancient Carthaginians, Romans, Sarmations (really regret that one) and Dacians, sci fi and fantasy; the list goes on. Rarely when I'd lost interest, usually when I needed or thought I was going to need money.

Meiczyslaw08 Jan 2013 12:32 p.m. PST

Oooooooh. Photos? Definitely would love to see.

I used to have some up on my old Mac website, but that's gone because of the transition to iCloud. I'll see if I can post some later in the week.

ordinarybass08 Jan 2013 4:07 p.m. PST

Oh Man, I've sold many, many armies of miniatures. Almost all were unpainted, and though I knew some would probably be resold when I bought them I had at least vague intentions of painting them.

I've sold 28mm armies (at least 40 figs, usually much more…) of:
Space Orks
Spacelords Bunkerbreakers
Spacelords Aliens
Several armies worth of Space Marines
Adeptus Arbites
Kryomek Nexus
Imperial Guard
Void Junkers
Void Viridians
Shockforce Corporation
And more…

Interstingly, the only one I regret selling was the smallish (around 40 figs) Adeptus Arbites force with a Scotia Grendel 6 wheeled APC and an MK1 style rhino. Everything else (and even that if I'm honest) is something I either have more than enough of, or would never have use for.

I really wouldn't want any of the others back.

I don't regret buying any though. I probably made a bit of profit or broke even on almost all, and sometimes it's nice just to own a given batch of figures for a while to appreciate the sculptors work, before sending them along to someone who can appreciate them better or actually get them to the table.

I'm the same way with Bass Guitars. I've got 8 that I'll probably never part with, but I've flipped around 15 others in the last 9 years just to be able to try them out and see what I like or fix them up and give them a new life. Wouldn't want any of those back either though.

14Bore08 Jan 2013 5:45 p.m. PST

Haven't sold any, but tossed out quite a few airfix plastics I had when I was a kid. Wish I had them now.

wrgmr108 Jan 2013 6:17 p.m. PST

Sold, a few, all painted.
6mm British Napoleonic army
25 MM Zulus
25 MM Seven |Years war Russians

No regrets, still trying to sell or trade a large beautifull WW2 28MM army.

raylev308 Jan 2013 10:49 p.m. PST

I once sold off an entire Celtic army for WAB….I've regretted it ever since. I have not sold another army since -- I never know when I'll want it.

snodipous Inactive Member09 Jan 2013 9:25 a.m. PST

I've never sold a figure I've painted. Never bought a painted figure either. I'm 80% painter, 20% gamer, so buying figures somebody else has painted would be eliminating most of the fun I get from miniatures.

vojvoda Inactive Member13 Jan 2013 8:32 a.m. PST

I have given away exactly around 12 foot Ral Partha British Colonials, and about 16 -24 mounted figures. They just did not seem the same scale side by side so I traded them. I do not remember what I go in trade but I think it was ancinets. I did give away a few one of a kind figures I did not want that others had a use for (Old Glory George Washington comes to mind) but in 43 years that is about it.

James Mattes

Meiczyslaw15 Jan 2013 5:03 p.m. PST

Wolfprophet --

In case you missed it, I posted the Rats up here:

TMP link

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2013 6:47 p.m. PST

Sold/gave away a fair bit over the years, especially when I moved to the US.

Regreted none of the sales, want none of the stuff back.

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