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Personal logo sillypoint Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2016 2:29 p.m. PST

Of course this hobby will always be giving you projects. However, looking at what you have purchased, have stored in small boxes around your location and need NOT purchase anything else.
My guess is that with several 15mm armies, 28mm plastic boxes and 10mm armies, I have about 3 years worth, if I retire 😜.
A) Only one project on the table less than 3 months.
B) 3-6 months.
C) 7 months to 1 year.
D) 1 -3 years.
E) More than three years.

I have a friend, who has several cupboards full of unmade kits, I'd guess he would select E. Even though he states he only has a few stands of ACW to complete.

Mute Bystander20 Apr 2016 2:31 p.m. PST

F. My heirs will finish them?

53Punisher20 Apr 2016 2:40 p.m. PST

I'm currently on a 20 year turnaround.

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2016 2:42 p.m. PST

F….though I'll need to get to work on more kids.

I think a better question might be, "how far in the future does your current *frontrunning* project go?" (mine is 6 months). Since most miniature gamers have at least some stuff they shouldn't reasonably think they will ever get through with.

Phillius Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2016 2:48 p.m. PST

E) although I am doing my best to reduce the projects to something manageable for when I retire!

Royal Liz20 Apr 2016 2:48 p.m. PST

I think I will have my Seraphon done in about 6 months at my current rate. There can be more after these of course but for what I want to start with I think that will be a good one. After that I'll probably start on another project. I'm pretty good at only doing one thing at a time until I realize I don't like it or am finished with it.

GarrisonMiniatures20 Apr 2016 2:52 p.m. PST

I'm afraid I got carried away some time ago. With the unpainted figures I have at the moment, together with figures I'm currently refurbishing/rebasing, it's a definite E at least, probably F or G where G is my son has the problem of downsizing them…

John Armatys20 Apr 2016 3:09 p.m. PST

I retired just over three years ago. I've reduced the lead mountain quite a bit but there is still plenty to got at…

Having just cleared my deceased parents' house the reality is that F (or G) is the toy soldiers will end up being sold (probably for a fraction of what they would cost new), otherwise a house clearer will have to be paid to get rid of them (but I will no longer be is a position to worry about it).

Mako1120 Apr 2016 3:14 p.m. PST

Yea, I suspect I'm with Mute, or John.

Sadly, not everything – perhaps not even half, will get finished, and see battle on the tabletop.

Personal logo sillypoint Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2016 3:16 p.m. PST

New "buzz" concept, "succession plan", does anyone have one?
I left the last option as 3+ years, I think it's an indicator that you need some serious help 😉😀.
At three years, I think I'm on the healthy functioning maximum 😬😜😋.

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut20 Apr 2016 3:21 p.m. PST

I have many unpainted and/or unbuilt models that I have no intention of ever finishing… projects abandoned when friends moved away, a general dislike of the things once they arrived in my hands, the inevitable extras that continue to pile up year after year, things that seemed like a good idea at the time but now seem horrible… the list goes on.

Of the stuff I already have in my posession that I actually plan to complete, I would expect to be done by the end of the year. Possibly by the end of the summer. The problem is, I keep *adding* to the stuff plan to complete, either by cannibalizing previously unused items or even buying new.

In the event of my untimely demise, my wife and kids know who to contact to handle my hobby stuff.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2016 3:25 p.m. PST

1) You may die when you paint your last miniature, so don't be in too much of a hurry. (Mangled quotation of something Kristian Miller said much more elegantly.)

2) Moderate, achievable goals lead to happiness more than goals that are too difficult or too easy to achieve.

With these principals in mind, and given my age and station in life, I have managed my lead mountain to provide enough material to work on at a reasonable pace (like occasional weekends) for at least 10 years. That means that I can actually see getting through all of it -- and that I will be able to acquire cool things now and then and not make the project unmanageable.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2016 3:27 p.m. PST

What! I'm supposed to finish projects?? No 0ne told me.
i have enough to last until 2100 or so give or take a decade.

cosmicbank20 Apr 2016 3:29 p.m. PST

Trying to decide to sell off projects or see if I can live long enough to finish them.

kallman20 Apr 2016 3:39 p.m. PST

To be conservative and based upon reality I will have to go with E. Of course there are projects that are within A or B. I actually compiled a ballpark list of what I current have. Please note I have been attempting to downsize the collection in order to focus more on those things I think I might actually continue to work on. Regardless there are things I have that may never see completion. I do have the satisfaction of having completed many projects over the years but continually reviewing the "list" keeps me disciplined (most of the time) so that I do not stray into new territory or add more. Well that latter bit works most of the time…mostly.

Yesthatphil20 Apr 2016 3:41 p.m. PST

I'm a 1-3 year man but my last few years at work wasted so much of my quality time that I'll be another 5 years catching up.


DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2016 4:28 p.m. PST

I have enough to last me through retirement years

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Apr 2016 4:30 p.m. PST

G. I will be buried in a ceremonial circle of unfinished projects….

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2016 4:49 p.m. PST

I am counting on reincarnation actually. But that is based on armies that I want but know I will never even buy much less paint.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2016 4:57 p.m. PST

If I don't get sidetracked with other things 3 years would be doable but that won't happen so 6 years will be doable if….

fredjg20 Apr 2016 5:12 p.m. PST

F. If I am around another 20 years and I don't buy anything else, it should take the kids another 10 or so years, maybe.

Personal logo MiniPatton Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2016 6:11 p.m. PST

I could probably get through everything in less than a year at this point, but I have too many good ideas to let that stop me from ordering more.

Masturbateisnotvulgarity20 Apr 2016 10:01 p.m. PST


Martin Rapier20 Apr 2016 10:11 p.m. PST

I appear to have embarked on a lifelong project of redoing all my WW2 stuff in 15mm, which will no doubt take a decade or two.

In terms of stuff I've actually bought that needs painting, somewhere between A and B, depending how I get on. I'll need to buy some more transport and artillery after that.

There are a couple of hundred more hoplites I need to do as well, but they are low priority.

Green Tiger21 Apr 2016 1:49 a.m. PST

Yes .. not sure what will happen to them when I'm gone.. they won't be finished that's for sure…

evilgong21 Apr 2016 4:44 a.m. PST

I have enough to last well past the next Ice Age

David F Brown

Toronto4821 Apr 2016 8:42 a.m. PST

I left projects till I retired Now that I am retired I should be OK provided I like to 120 and I don't buy anything else

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2016 10:41 a.m. PST

By the time I finish all my current projects, I will need to have been reincarnated by a priestess of R'hllor!

BelgianRay21 Apr 2016 11:12 a.m. PST

Yes, reincarnation is the way to go.

Whirlwind21 Apr 2016 12:05 p.m. PST

A – not one project, but just odds and ends, mainly in 6mm.

bruntonboy21 Apr 2016 12:09 p.m. PST

E, but in reality probably further into the future than I will.

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