Something's been bugging me lately, and really ruining the overall fun, immersion, and enjoyment of the gaming hobby for me personally.... and that is the prevalence of "Miniature Abuse" that I see every time I visit the LGS in the form of playing with unpainted minis! It's time that we, as a collective gaming community, come together and set a new standard bar of what is an acceptable level of painting before a miniature can see time on the tabletop. Otherwise, what's the point the hobby aspect of this hobby? Maybe I've just turned into a "paint snob" after my 25+ years of gaming experience...
|Nothing personal. They're nice guys I'm sure, but, no paint?|
Exhibit A: Look at these poor, neglected minis from a local 40k tournament. I'm sure these guys are nice guys and all, but come on, where's the paint?!?! Keep in mind, these are not noobs to the hobby either, these are veterans! What happened to painting requirements, especially, at tournaments? EDIT: A buddy that was there informed me that out of 24 players, only 6 were painted, 18 were not. And no, it isn't just something in 40k, but in all games it seems. Even my beloved SAGA and other historicals. You do realize that you can do the bases on an entire marine army easily in 1-2 hours. Basecoat another 1-2. All the shoulder pad trim, 1-2 hours. In other words, from sprue to general basecoated in a weekend. Don't believe me? I once took a small army from the sprue to 100% fully painted including the bases, all face details, highlight, etc, in 3 days because I had a game set for the following Tuesday and wanted to offer my opponent a FULL GAMING EXPERIENCE in we played.
|An honest fun guy to play against, in his defense he's only been in saga a few months....|
|Current gaming mood...|
|New to SAGA. New to painting, finished in a week. 10/10, would play again!|
|Seriously, where is it?!?!|
So again, I ask, when did all this unpainted stuff overtake the hobby? Personally, I think it is partially our responsibility as part of the collective of this gaming hobby to set the wheels in motion towards fixing it for the betterment of everyone within. Otherwise, where is the incentive to paint? Do other people in this hobby even truly care?
TL;DR - PLEASE, PAINT YOUR STUFF!
|expecting some hate-mail...|
EDIT: This is mostly a tongue in cheek post, and is not meant to truly "shame" anyone or any specific group gamers. (i.e. 40k players) I play against unpainted armies all the time, each played by nice people. I'm merely making an observation, and throwing out a wish that one day unpainted armies would become less accepted by gamers everywhere, and become the minority instead what seems to be (to me at least) the majority. I'll gladly accept all forms of yelling, name calling, chastisement, etc in the comments. (fair warning though, if you really ARE super butthurt by this post, and yell at me in the comments, I'm going to assume you are one of those people that never paint their stuff!)
Until next time,