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06 Jul 2020 11:02 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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wmyers06 Jul 2020 9:50 a.m. PST

4 Million Yen Gunpla Collection Destroyed!

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ashauace6970 Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2020 10:03 a.m. PST

Couldn't replace most o.f it as a lot is OOP and gone forever

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa06 Jul 2020 10:31 a.m. PST

Most of my stuff is actually in production one way or another despite mainly being from older ranges. However the time lost would be enormous.

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2020 10:36 a.m. PST

I would take up golf as the least offensive hobby I could think of at the time.

mildbill06 Jul 2020 10:42 a.m. PST

start painting. WWII in 10mm instead of 15mm. The only question is which period to paint first. ACW 25mm, maybe?

dick garrison06 Jul 2020 10:50 a.m. PST

Sit and cry!

Cheers Roger.

Lucius06 Jul 2020 10:58 a.m. PST

To be honest, I'd be a little relieved.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian06 Jul 2020 11:06 a.m. PST

My nephew found my cache of toy cars I was planning to convert for car-combat games a few years ago.

Fortunately, he didn't actually damage any of them.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2020 11:19 a.m. PST

I'd be very sad, and would then just start over.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2020 11:20 a.m. PST

Best comment to the YouTube:

Use the Marie Kondo method: get rid of the relatives that no longer bring you joy…….. 🤐

Saxondog06 Jul 2020 11:24 a.m. PST

In 1974…I came home from school… found a cousin…aged about 4…had taken a hammer to the hot wheels and matchbox cars. Lost 200+. So…some of my favorite toys were lost all at once. Entire collection all but destroyed. These days when the "toys" are carefully painted and sometimes build from scratch. Paid for myself. More years building the collection then I had in my entire life with the cars….. yeah, sit and cry.

Redcurrant06 Jul 2020 11:28 a.m. PST

I would be absolutely devastated.

Whilst the vast majority of figures are still in production, and could be replaced, the thousands of hours spent preparing them for painting can never be recovered.

My painter does about 1000 figures a year for me. On that basis he would be busy for the next 32 years. I doubt that he, his eyesight, or me, will last that long.

Brother Jim06 Jul 2020 11:42 a.m. PST


I would be even more depressed than I already am.

Personal logo D6 Junkie Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2020 11:54 a.m. PST

Start again but this time in 20mm!

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Jul 2020 11:59 a.m. PST

I'm fully insured so would cash the check and just start over.

14Bore06 Jul 2020 12:01 p.m. PST

Start serously drinking

dapeters06 Jul 2020 12:12 p.m. PST

I wouldn't feel bad at all starting a new pile of shame

SBminisguy06 Jul 2020 12:14 p.m. PST

Yikes! I think as d6 Junkie said, I'd restart my WW2 collection in 20mm -- large enough for skirmish games, small enough for bigger battles.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2020 12:28 p.m. PST

Insurance check, then Las Vegas, and start collecting all over again.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2020 12:36 p.m. PST

I would be sad but would start over in a few different scales

I have over time given away a lot of minis to friends and family so have gotten used to minis vanishing

Chimpy Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2020 1:42 p.m. PST

Dust myself off and then continue painting the lead and plastic mountain. Sadly you can never replace the time spent on painting the original collection nor the style in which you painted them.

If the whole lot was gone then I'd probably start again on a smaller collection but no Napoleonic figures.

Andrew Beasley06 Jul 2020 2:35 p.m. PST

Would not mind. I've enjoyed the time painting, time building and time hunting down the odd figure or two.

Not sure if I would start again or try something new and TBH the space would be handy huh?

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2020 2:57 p.m. PST

Well, I wouldn't live long enough to replace them. Probably buy some 2mm forces as a stopgap. Then WWII microarmor and 1/72 horse & musket. After that, if I was still alive and healthy, I'd start rebuilding 28mm horse and musket to about 500-600 castings.

The important thing would be not to repeat my mistakes--too many periods and scales, and starting new projects faster than I was finishing old ones.

Zephyr106 Jul 2020 2:58 p.m. PST

As long as I'd still have my inventory sheets, the 40K stuff would be the most expen$ive to replace, but the fun in collecting it back then was in the hunt… ;-)

Dadster Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2020 3:00 p.m. PST

It would mean that my wife didn't get to toss it out at the curb when I died. LOL :)

coopman06 Jul 2020 4:45 p.m. PST

I would be devastated. I don't think that I would have the heart to start over & do more than maybe a pair of opposing forces for just one era.

45thdiv Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2020 4:48 p.m. PST

I have insurance for the collection. It would be a kick in the pants, but it would help me focus, I think, on the size and eras I want to game in.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2020 5:26 p.m. PST

I would probably have a limited rebuild with more direction and focus.

Warwick1306 Jul 2020 5:58 p.m. PST

Sigh with relief. That huge pile of 3,000+ unpainted metal and plastic makes me sick. I'll never paint it all. So I would start over without being so scattered in my purchases. I would paint more and purchase less. It all seems so overwhelming now.

BTCTerrainman Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2020 7:32 p.m. PST

For those who have their collections insured, who are you using and will they insure it for replacement cost painted?

Chuckaroobob06 Jul 2020 7:40 p.m. PST

I would be devastated, not sure if I would start over again.

Militia Pete07 Jul 2020 3:00 a.m. PST

Cry. Then put everything in 10mm. But, not so many perioeds

FusilierDan07 Jul 2020 3:36 a.m. PST

After getting over the initial sadness I would order some more figures and continue on. The lessons learned from the past would be applied. I think the biggest challenge would be which period to begin with.

tschuma149807 Jul 2020 5:24 a.m. PST

Go fishing

Sundance07 Jul 2020 7:15 a.m. PST

I probably wouldn't replace most of it. Some of it, yeah. Or not…It's like an albatross trying to move it.

Grimmnar07 Jul 2020 6:58 p.m. PST

Sorry, happened to me already.
96 flood. All my possessions including my 15+ gaming collection. I salvaged a few things. But after the flood I was personally and literally down to the clothes I was wearing.


KSmyth08 Jul 2020 9:50 a.m. PST

I'd be pretty devastated. On the other hand I have way too many projects, too many figures I don't get to game with. I'd start over but limit my interests.

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Jul 2020 1:56 p.m. PST

I'd probably quit. TBH, I have neither the time, nor the desire to build a new collection once again from scratch.

Jeffers09 Jul 2020 11:57 p.m. PST

Go into 1/35 models and do more birdwatching.

UshCha11 Jul 2020 1:12 a.m. PST

Cry, claim on the insurance, switch the 3D printer on, buy lots of spray paint and get playing again.

They are after all toys and what can beat playing with new toys!

Maybe it would teach me that at 4ft detail is superflous and a waste of time painting it.

Insomniac11 Jul 2020 4:06 a.m. PST

If my collection was destroyed, it would mean that the house had been as well because my collection is everywhere.

Assuming it was just my collection… it would be a massive weight off my mind.

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