DONT BUY TOO MANY!
Here is why:
See above? The rows of tanks have more rows of tanks behind it, there are 2 more shelves you cant see with MORE MODELS. All of them various Imperial Guard.
See any problems?
Well how many are painted? Most of the models are drastically different to the next!
This is how bad it was...
400+ Basic guardsmen. 40 horses. 9 sentinels. untold amounts of different nationalities. The list goes on.
I will admit it was awesome to have all such variety. But anyways ill start with the post:
Is it worth it?
In short. No. Why? Well Nobody could match the force in points unless I faced 4 or so players, so most gathered dust. There was no way to paint them all feasibly. I had no space to start another army. Heck transporting them was a pain. It also looked aweful when people came over and saw it.
It became more of an obsessive collection rather than a hobby.
Start fresh. Bite the bullet. Clear it all. (or at least most of it). I did and it was at that point I decided id never let it get that bad again. I will admit I still have unpainted models but its nothing compared to the above.
I still today come up with cool Imperial Guard ideas weekly that Id love to do. But the nature of the hobby is patience. So your collection should reflect this. So if you are like me, and have no feasible way to paint your large collection. Then I urge you to sell off most of it and start fresh.
So if you are just starting out or are in the situation where you just sold off your collection I advise the following.
Dont impulse buy. See a cool model? Only buy it IF YOU CAN COMPLETE IT properly in a short time. Its easy to just add to your list, its not easy to shorten the list.
Have a clear goal. If you have an army in mind, DO NOT ASK GW OR ASK PEOPLE ONLINE what to get. Ask them whats effective or roughly what units do but the very first thing is make a list. Build that list and stick to it.
Paint it as you go. Try paint whole squads at a time. Once you see a finished squad it really looks good. Compared that to 3 out of 10 models painted here and 6/30 there and so on. Painting whole squads will really show you what the end result will look like and you definately will feel motivated to finish.
- Less space
- Easy transport
- Nicer Display
- Your wallet will grow fat and smug
So this is my over all advice to any gamer. Control your collection. Dont let it get out of hand. So plan, knuckle down, finish the job and admire your work. Dont Hoard models. Its really hard but once you start fresh and notice results you will not look back (well much).
Even now, despite still having enough work to do on my models, see stuff I want. Like these guys that are coming out soon: Here and I fall too. Unfortunately I purchased a Reaver Titan. But I have ended it there, I will finish what I have (except a few more models for my Grey knights) and then move on.
I will be selling my Eldar as I cant possibly finish what i have its just not satisfying. So:
Break the addiction! Control your collection and reap the results. Head this warning before its TOO LATE!