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langobard Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2019 1:12 a.m. PST

I voted "not at all", but I am not sure that is because I am the master of my universe, as opposed to the idea that I easily have enough figures on hand to paint for the next few years…

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Apr 2019 2:47 a.m. PST

It really depends on what the etc. covers. I have more than enough in the lead pile to keep me busy for a year (possibly even a decade) but I'd need to replace paint, brushes etc.

This coming year is likely to be a frugal year so that I can concentrate my efforts on finishing existing projects and starting on the new stuff I have bought over the last couple of years.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2019 3:30 a.m. PST

I have cut down figure purchases for several years now. My lead/plastic pile is also being trimed. I am only buying figures that fill in a spot in existing armies/rules. Too much wasted money over the years doing the "ohh shiney" thing.

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2019 5:23 a.m. PST

It gives you a chance to finally break out the stuff in storage and have a go at it rather than pursue the latest "ooh shiny"

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2019 6:21 a.m. PST

I wouldn't run out of figures to paint, but I might miss some opportunities, especially at conventions. And one army (6mm WWII Italy) would remain unfinished which might otherwise be ready to fight.

Personal logo pavelft Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2019 6:56 a.m. PST

I didn't buy figures for almost a decade. Still have unpainted lead.

Vigilant14 Apr 2019 7:56 a.m. PST

Since I buy most of my figures at shows that would probably mean not going to shows for a year. That would be a big hit on my social life. Nice for my bank balance but not good for my mental health as someone who suffers from moderate to severe depression.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2019 9:01 a.m. PST

I have enough unpainted figs to keep me busy for many, many years

I think last year I bought a grand total of 36 figs and painted many more than that

Huscarle14 Apr 2019 11:57 a.m. PST

A year of not buying figures doesn't compute. I have enough unpainted figures to last me 2 lifetimes, and at best I have less than 1/2 a lifetime to go. However, "oh shiny" syndrome still hits me regularly. I spent about £300.00 GBP at Salute and another £50.00 GBP today…somehow, I need to stop, don't I?

Fitzovich14 Apr 2019 12:01 p.m. PST

I was away from the hobby for about 15 years and bought no figures, so I am guessing it wouldn't bother me too much.

Gear Pilot14 Apr 2019 1:50 p.m. PST

I missed out on a lot of miniatures I wanted when I was just out of grad school and starting a family (Looking at you FASA Trek). Now that I'm an empty nester, I'm not conditioned to let what I want slip away, no matter how deep my lead pile is.

kodiakblair14 Apr 2019 2:38 p.m. PST

A year without buying figures would be a breeze. Spent a total of £30.00 GBP on figures last year.

Most of that was on 6mm MDF flats from Commission Figurines,rare impulse buy after seeing them in the flesh.

Coelacanth Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2019 2:56 p.m. PST

It has been several years since I've bought any figures, so…


Syrinx014 Apr 2019 5:50 p.m. PST

Finally a reason to vote "this is ridiculous".

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2019 4:29 a.m. PST

I don't think I could go a year with out buying. So far this year I've bought 18 figures. It's a new project and I bought them because last year I got a really good deal on some painted figures that put me close to a complete project. My plan for this year is to buy about 100 figures that will finish off another project.

Brigade Games AWI kickstarter threw a wrench into the plan as I joined and now am looking at another 36 figures being bought.

jefritrout15 Apr 2019 8:47 a.m. PST

I do have enough figures for at least 2 years of painting and not buying anything, but it would be hard.

Micman Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2019 11:23 a.m. PST

While the lead pile is good sized and I paint slowly what I have will last many years. However if there is a kickstarter or 2 that happens that I just have to have…….

Covert Walrus15 Apr 2019 2:14 p.m. PST

Given the voltile nature of some miniatures companies, one can imagine that ayear off buying items might see a perosn unable to complete a force, if that supplier went bust in the ensuign 12 month break; Even with eBay and *ahem* other sources, it would be anywhere from difficult to disasterous.

Timmo uk16 Apr 2019 12:02 p.m. PST

I have about enough for a year of painting but it's fun buying stuff, so I continue to do so.

goragrad16 Apr 2019 8:00 p.m. PST

Way more than I'll ever paint, but not necessarily all of the miniatures I need for various armies…

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