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Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2017 5:22 p.m. PST


How would a year of not buying figures etc effect you?

1. Not at all ( I am the Master of my Universe)

2. A little (I always jump up when I hear the postman)

3. A lot (Forget Cold Turkey, we're talking "Cold Lead")

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2017 6:05 p.m. PST


Oberlindes Sol LIC10 Jan 2017 6:11 p.m. PST

I don't think that I bought any figures last year. For that matter, the only retail purchases I made were of paint and glue. That may be true for 2015, as well.

My lead mountain is so big that it's best if I don't buy anything for the rest of my life.

21eRegt10 Jan 2017 6:13 p.m. PST


Titchmonster10 Jan 2017 6:19 p.m. PST


Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian10 Jan 2017 6:32 p.m. PST

1 or 2. Working hard on "ooh! Shiny!" syndrome this year

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2017 6:36 p.m. PST


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2017 6:39 p.m. PST

Not quite a fair comparison because she stopped buying "non-essential" items. That said, a #1.

D A THB10 Jan 2017 6:41 p.m. PST

How many Armies can you carry on a pushbike?

2 The last couple of years I've only spent my bonus which I expected to be withdrawn at the Managers whim or profits from selling items. This year I expect things to be a bit tight financially so will be cutting right back on hobby spending.

redbanner414510 Jan 2017 6:54 p.m. PST


Gonsalvo10 Jan 2017 6:57 p.m. PST

1.5 :-)

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2017 7:03 p.m. PST


Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2017 7:59 p.m. PST


vicmagpa110 Jan 2017 8:05 p.m. PST


TMPWargamerabbit10 Jan 2017 8:05 p.m. PST


Stock pile will last into my next reincarnation.

Dentatus Fezian10 Jan 2017 8:34 p.m. PST

1. I could stop all new miniature purchases tomorrow and still paint figs for the next 12 months.

But will I?

Hellcat F6F10 Jan 2017 10:08 p.m. PST

1. Thank God it wasn't in my budget.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2017 10:34 p.m. PST

Frankly no impact. As I have the ability to 3d print as well as actually cast in pewter. I could actually grow my forces to a ridiculous degree if I so chose. Not that my forces aren't already ridiculously huge. My goal now is to sell off the majority and focus on 3 or 4 things instead of gaming every historical, fantasy and sci fi era, genre.

Grelber10 Jan 2017 10:55 p.m. PST

2 Actually, I have had two years when I decided not to buy figures. Actually, I left myself a couple outs (hence the 2, instead of a 1). The one year, I knew there was a very good chance Askari would be bringing out a gun crew for the French de Bange mountain guns I already had, so I allowed myself to buy them. Very, very strictly limited, though. The actual count of figures was messed up since I'd ordered a bunch of figures the previous November which didn't arrive until January or February of the non-buying year.

It must also be said that I did not save my money and pay off the house or car: I used it to buy scenery and books.


Martin Rapier11 Jan 2017 12:02 a.m. PST

Not that bothered as I have so much stuff already.

Besides, I can always make some more terrain pieces.

Khusrau11 Jan 2017 12:32 a.m. PST

yep. I have about 15 years worth of painting in storage, and about 18 months on hand.

GarrisonMiniatures11 Jan 2017 2:44 a.m. PST


Lots of figures to paint plus I can make my own.

Martin Rapier11 Jan 2017 2:48 a.m. PST

Yes. It would be an opportunity to paint those old Atlantic hoplites I have in the loft, sort out the 54mm MG teams, assemble and paint the exra Egyptian Sagger teams, repaint all the IDF M113s, stick together and paint that battalion of Zvezda Pz 38s and I might even finally paint that 1/6000th scale Spanish interwar navy and do that M8 HMC conversion I've been meaning to do for ages.

I might also rebase all my Napoleonic stuff. Again.

Good grief, I'm feeling stressed already.

Calico Bill11 Jan 2017 3:44 a.m. PST

1. After 50 years of gathering, I already have all that I need.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2017 4:11 a.m. PST

1, in fact that might be the best idea for me! Plan on reducing the pile anyway, don't figure I'll live the next 100 years needed to paint what I have!

Green Tiger11 Jan 2017 4:47 a.m. PST

It is actually my New Years Resolution…

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Jan 2017 5:16 a.m. PST

Probably 1 for me – I did that fairly regularly while the family were younger and I had houses to buy and refurbish.

I don't see why I'd want to though. I have enough income to spare some for small indulgences that I enjoy and time to make use of what I get now I'm (mostly) retired. I still spend more on eating out, holidays and family 'dos' than I spend on wargaming by a big margin so why not ?

The woman in the article actually spends on non-essentials more than my current income so I'd say it was about time the spoiled brat got real.

raylev311 Jan 2017 6:20 a.m. PST

1. It would give me a chance to catch up on painting my existing mountain of lead.

Zargon11 Jan 2017 6:36 a.m. PST

Don't ask such impertinent questions, you my lad have just asked for a ticket to the Western Front.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2017 7:00 a.m. PST


Retail therapy can be comforting.

nazrat11 Jan 2017 7:08 a.m. PST

3. Although I am getting up there in years and have a LOT of stuff I still love finding new projects to do. I talk myself out of many simply through lack of space to store new goodies but something always pops up that really intrigues me or just makes me want to own and paint it.

Plus I love getting packages in the mail.

Personal logo D6 Junkie Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2017 7:15 a.m. PST

3 I need new!

45thdiv Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2017 8:05 a.m. PST

Wait. She saved 40,000. I wish I had that much disposable income for a year.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2017 8:32 a.m. PST

1. I went a year without buying any figs a few years ago – did get a lot of my older figs painted up

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2017 8:38 a.m. PST

Mostly 1, however, this past year I started to eliminate dead end projects, out of scale toys, and other extras that I have collected over the years.

The results of these sale have provided almost all cost for new figures purchased.

Ottoathome11 Jan 2017 8:46 a.m. PST

1. Haven't bought any new figures for two years.

But that's not what does me in. It's Christmas shopping for friends. I'm working on Christmas 2019 now. I have Christmas 2018 done, and except for ribbons and bows, already wrapped.

Jamesonsafari11 Jan 2017 9:34 a.m. PST

2. I have decided to try and only buy for active projects so I get them painted up, instead of buying on spec. So I limit my purchases.

But I am enjoying being able to buy stuff again after 7 years of low pay and no discretionary income.

Now if I flea market old stuff and use that to finance purchases does it count?

Huscarle11 Jan 2017 10:12 a.m. PST

3. Not that I need anymore miniatures as my unpainted leadpile is more than enough to see out my lifetime grin

Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2017 10:12 a.m. PST

I haven't bought any figures in years. I just pull what I want out of my stock.

Personal logo ACWBill Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2017 11:21 a.m. PST

I buy figures here and there that are missing from my vast leaden host. However, I need nothing. All my purchases are now in the category of "nice to haves". So……1 !

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2017 11:36 a.m. PST

How would a year of not buying figures etc effect you?
I'd have saved $2,622.11 USD in 2016.

Since I expect to have nobody left to game with by 2030, my miniatures purchases are probably going to be shrinking now. The current plan is to start no more new projects (ever), spend money only to finish or improve existing projects, and start unloading unwanted old projects while there is still a market to sell to.

Does money spent on painting services count? In 2012 I decided to start spending money on painting services to get through the mountain of unpainted lead. I still haven't moved a muscle to make that happen, though I mean to…

- Ix

HidaSeku11 Jan 2017 11:42 a.m. PST


Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2017 12:35 p.m. PST


Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2017 12:48 p.m. PST

3. that's unless there's a

4. Lead addict (even Miniatures-Hoarders Anonymous couldn't help me)


John Leahy11 Jan 2017 12:56 p.m. PST

I believe those were Australian dollars. 22000 pounds equals 26,400 US dollars. A still large chunk of cash. Seems like she may have been spending a lot on things she probably didn't need in the first place. 700 on coffee she didn't even drink. That sounds more like a spending problem to me.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Jan 2017 1:05 p.m. PST

1. I would spend it on something else.

Syrinx011 Jan 2017 4:33 p.m. PST

I think I spent more on attending conventions the last two years than I did on figures. My hobby spending is dwarfed though by my kids college bills.

1 in general but 2 for the pulp ranges I collect.

Redcurrant11 Jan 2017 4:53 p.m. PST

3 – I cannot resist the 'ooh shiney' experience.

This year I expect to succumb to Legio Heroicas new Seljuq Turkish range due out in March. There is the possibility of other ranges or add-ons by AB, CGM, Blue Moon, Khurasan and West Wind.

I am trying to spend more on getting figures painted now, so that I can use them, and reduce my lead mountain.

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2017 6:16 p.m. PST

3, although I don't buy as many figures as I used to. I'm mainly interested in buying scenery and accessories to augment my games.

Wulfgar11 Jan 2017 8:33 p.m. PST

Probably #2. I have pretty much all that I need or want, but I'm still susceptible to new and shiny things. The question at this point would be whether the new purchase enhanced an already existing collection, or if it was simply an impulse purchase because it seemed cool at the time and will now serve as a distraction or source of guilt.

For example, Tango posted a link to some 15mm Japanese buildings (Tre Games Inc), and they were exactly what I've been wanting for the last few years. Went for it, and they are amazing. No regrets.

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