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#5638
The Frugal Gamer 9 Years, 10 Months ago  
Rabidfox flat out asked me how much money my friends and have I spent on our gamming stuff. I think this is a fair question seeing I’m the one posting photos to the public, and one might ask himself this question. I would.

So that being said, first, I consider myself the title of this thread. I’ve been gaming for twenty years and seriously collecting for the last decade. I was fortunate to be in a band in the middle 90’s and traveled from coast to coast. On many occasions especially in the mid-west I was able to acquire literally 10’s of thousands of dollars in RPG books, miniatures, and the like for pennies on the dollar from old game stores and used bookstores. Every time I entered a new store it was like a goldmine. Secondly, throughout the years I always wait for the local game store’s clearance sales and really clean up, or we wait for a new games popularity to drop off and say a year later it’s all in the discount bin at 50-75% off. (Currently waiting on Star Wars miniatures)

We also really enjoy making or own custom items, or conversions (we call them re-do’s) from items from the local toy stores discount bin or even the dollar store (you’d be surprised how many cool items that can be used in a game that can be found at the dollar store :shock: )

A few things we haven’t been able to skimp on are our Armorcast pieces. Yes, their pricy, but these models are amazing and for around a thousand bucks (I think that’s about what we’ve spent on the stuff over the years) you’ll wind up with a hell of a lot of cool models. We’ve also purchased a few of the larger buildings from the Miniature Building Authority. Again pricy, but a few do the trick especially mixed in with a nicely painted Armorcast town.

DF is a different story. Honestly; most of our DF stuff, except our first order, we bought from local DM’s who bought 2, 3, 4 sets thinking they would like using the stuff in their games and wound up not. They sold us their DF cheap. This happened on a few occasions especially after the locals new we we’re in the market.

So, I still haven’t answered Rabidfox’s question, and honestly I have no real idea, but if I had to guess I say under 20 grand. That’s one small price to pay for the fun these “toys� bring us. I hope you agree. :) ;)
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#5639
The Frugal Gamer 9 Years, 10 Months ago  
I think I'm in the same ballpark, if not slightly more, but the bulk of my collection is in books, for some reason I can't help myself when it comes to reading new campiagn material and world building ideas < grin >
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The Frugal Gamer 9 Years, 10 Months ago  
Only 20Gs IO. Wow! That is some excellent shopping! So probably closer to 100Gs at suggested retail price, yes?

I love the fact you hit up all of the game stores while on tour. I always wanted to get a good bit of money together, rent a motorhome and hit up every backwater game store in the U.S.A. and Canada. I thought it would be one heck of a gaming roadtrip. I just never had and/or took the opportunity.

Armorcast is gorgeous, but I just have spent the funds elsewhere for now. I am sorry about that because they just discontinued a bunch of stuff last month including the spike cactus and the sandbag emplacement I really liked. I guess I had better get going if I do not want to lose out on anything else.

My wife wants to put together a group of Armorcast's medieval village buildings with wood & stone bridges, a cathedral, a graveyard, their rock walls & wood crates, a 2" & 3" river & their dead trees and make a medieval Christmas village out of all of it. Her sketches look good to me. It is just the $1,500 or so dollars for all of those items that make us wait to do it. Anyone here done something like that?

I am in some of the same position as you IO, but it is mostly in miniatures, not books. Having worked in the industry the opportunity to get the latest and greatest for a "song" or of course, the latest from the company I was working for in trade for the latest from the company the other guy was working for resulted in a miniature collection that not many could beat by 1998.

I had:
-10,000+pt. armies for every W40K army (1997) but Chaos (I have sold some stuff, but have not made a great dent in anything, but Eldar),
-the same for WFB except I had every army (I have sold off a decent amount including my whole Lizardmen force)[I have kept enough of the "Bad guy" forces to have fabulous Warhammer Quest events - the only mini or combat game my wife (Ragamuffin) will still play - believe it or not, she gets murderously angry when folks start shooting at her - one hardened wargamer playing her one time went white out of fear while playing against her in BT at a con - too much Scot and Viking blood in that woman of mine!],
-I had all of the official Blood Bowl teams (~10 - including the Norse team three years before it actually was released {GW sculptor Gary Morley was a great guy}) plus I had created/kitbashed another ~30 teams [this includes 11-16 players {some teams like minotaurs were only allowed 11 or 12 players} head coach, 3 assistant coaches, 6 cheerleaders, apothecary, team wizard and something else I forget right now {Skaven cheerleaders were a Packmaster with whip & knife and some very bruised and cut up cheerleader figures from the elves, dwarves and humans}] (high point was 41 different teams including ones from Kislev, Tilea and the "Spain" of Warhammer plus all Minotaur and all Ogre teams!),
-a dash of Necromunda figures,
-just oodles of Space Marine/Titan Legions/Epic 40K (fortunately I have been able to sell off most of that),
-I had four of every battlemech, eight of every vehicle and four of every fighter that was out for BT as of 1995 and then a fairly good number of the later releases,
-every figure from BattleTroops and MechWarrior usually several times (I have 17 Death Commandos and I think 18 of both the Steiner and Marik security guards)
{Anyone have some Kurita DEST commandos they would be willing to trade away?},
-sizeable forces of Union and Growlers (every species but Firegut) for Vor with a dash of Zykhee, Neo-Soviet, Golems and Pharons mixed in,
-a serious number of aircraft for Crimson Skies plus now for Crimson Skies CMG (3 of everything for the CMG except LE4s which I only have 1 each),
-a variety of bits and pieces from other miniature series stuff that looked cool at the time that never amounted to much in its own game but became a goodly amount of minis as an assorted group of figures. RP's D&D & Shadowrun, GZG's Combat Babes, Star Grunt & Heavenly Bodies, etc. to name only a few of the assorted figures. I had a large amount of AEG's Clan Wars figures, but I have been able to sell off all but two. Some original Lion Clan figs I think are left.

I have no idea how much everything is worth and I am not sure if I want to know. I would have a major fit if anything happen to them probably if I knew how many thousands of dollars I had spent. Safer emotionally and mentally not knowing!

I do not have a great deal of MM but I have almost enough to get by. Personally I have:
*Room and Passage
*Room
*Diagonal Walls
*Octagonal Room
*Wicked Additions I
*Wicked Additions II
*Advanced Builder
*Cavern
*X passage piece
*L passage piece(2)
*Short passage piece(2)
*More AB pieces in indiv. boxes(21)
*More Cavern pieces in indiv. boxes(26)
*Most of the Narrow pieces in indiv. boxes( 8 )
*Fantasy accessories (given to me - I would not have bought them)
*I am aware of an Alpha that my wife is giving me on Monday
(She heard me say to my main gaming buddy that it was the set I liked the best out of the three - my youngest boy "spilled the beans" to me - he cannot keep a secret to save his life - I do not think my wife knows he's "talked" so I need to have my best surprised look ready for Monday)

As you can see I do not have oodles of MM. I would like to have more especially Cavern pieces including passages, but what I would really like to see is that the serious Sci-Fi furnishings set that I hope the Gamma release will be next Summer. Those furnishings could be used in any of the formats - cut stone aka "Fantasy", Cavern or Sci-Fi.

Well, I guess I will shut up now. What does everyone else have? Let us use this thread to tell folks what we have. I know there are some serious Star Wars CMG folks here so spout off.

Everyone, tell us what you have. Maybe someone will have something that they do not value that someone else has been looking for for years.
Worth a try? I hope so. Have a great day!
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#5641
The Frugal Gamer 9 Years, 10 Months ago  
The frugal gamer... Riiiight...

*glancing at Magic: the Gathering collection consisting of approximately 40 full binders*

I have collected miniatures for about 25 years and have regularly gotten rid of stuff when I realize that I will not assemble, paint or play with the stuff that looked oh so cool at the store.

My main interest is in building Space Ork vehicles, playing Space Hulk and now Star Wars Miniatures. The packaging ploy used for both Magic and the recent minis from Wizards (both D&DM and SWM) is my drug of choice. I'm even referring to the people where I buy my MM as my favourite drug dealers...

The minis collection - somewhere between one or two thousand figures, maybe about 500 painted and ready for battle, wiith another 200 or so of DDM and MM.

The MM-collection: Cavern, Cavernous passages, Starter set, Short passages, Wicked Additions 1 and 2 - a Room and Passages set is expected to arrive next week, and then of course about 15 MM-compatible Hirst Arts pieces of my own.

Anything in particular I'm looking for? More of Grenadier's old Future Warrior line, and - happiness and joy! - more of the Kryomek bunkers, now that I have found out they are still being made! :D
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#5642
The Frugal Gamer 9 Years, 10 Months ago  
Willypold,

The Future Wars stuff is still available. I can't remember exactly who produces it, but you could try Copplestone Castings or EM-4.
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#5643
The Frugal Gamer 9 Years, 10 Months ago  
Willypold,

The Future Wars stuff is still available. I can't remember exactly who produces it, but you could try Copplestone Castings or EM-4.


It is Copplestone Castings.

Goto www.copplestonecastings.co.uk/

Enjoy!
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#5644
The Frugal Gamer 9 Years, 10 Months ago  
Otherworld and RabidFox:

Great! Thanks! Went looking at the page and will take a better look at the stuff later.
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#5645
The Frugal Gamer 9 Years, 10 Months ago  
I Have No Idea What I have Invested in My Various Hobbies... But I Do Know that it is Likely less than 20K... But by How Much I Dunno, it adds up pretty Fast really...
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#5646
The Frugal Gamer 9 Years, 10 Months ago  
Otherworld and RabidFox:

Great! Thanks! Went looking at the page and will take a better look at the stuff later.


You are welcome from me willypold!
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#5647
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I Have No Idea What I have Invested in My Various Hobbies... But I Do Know that it is Likely less than 20K... But by How Much I Dunno, it adds up pretty Fast really...

You are right; it adds up fast.
So what do you have MLV as far as gaming?
We have left all of the other hobbies out on purpose.
If we did not, I have to go on about my library and my art and music collections which will take forever, so let us spare everyone from what is not directly related to gaming.
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#5648
The Frugal Gamer 9 Years, 10 Months ago  
so let us spare everyone from what is not directly related to gaming.

Well... How about approximately 20,000 pictures taken over a period of 15 years depicting live action roleplaying.

You could consider that as a collection related to gaming... ;)
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#5649
The Frugal Gamer 9 Years, 10 Months ago  
The frugal gamer... Riiiight...

*glancing at Magic: the Gathering collection consisting of approximately 40 full binders*


Got snagged by 'paper crack', did you willypold? I did sort of but I was able to avoid MTG. I got heavily into the BattleTech CCG, Premiere Limited Star Wars CCG, Netrunner CCG and Wyvern CCG. My eldest got into Pok&#65279;émon, but I avoided that. I was not so lucky when it came to Yu-Gi-Oh. He needed a sparring partner at home and then I got into the cards worse than he since there are plenty of folks to play against here.

I have collected miniatures for about 25 years and have regularly gotten rid of stuff when I realize that I will not assemble, paint or play with the stuff that looked oh so cool at the store.

I have only got rid of stuff that I never really collected just for myself because of myself with SM/TL/E40K being a perfect example of that.

My main interest is in building Space Ork vehicles, playing Space Hulk and now Star Wars Miniatures. The packaging ploy used for both Magic and the recent minis from Wizards (both D&DM and SWM) is my drug of choice. I'm even referring to the people where I buy my MM as my favourite drug dealers...

Speed freak, eh? My orks are heavy on artillery and boars. My horde is mostly Snakebites. Then again my forces are based on 2nd Ed. 40K. It was not worth it to me to follow a game through all of its editions that I did not love. I still find people who are willing to play 2nd Ed. rules.

Space Hulk, eh? Always get your victims to play the humans or eldar? The game is just ssoooo skewed that it is almost purely luck when the humans win the campaign.

So you are into 'plastic crack' now with the Star Wars CMG?

You are right, collecting "stuff" is just like a drug habit in some of its behavior patterns.

The minis collection - somewhere between one or two thousand figures, maybe about 500 painted and ready for battle, wiith another 200 or so of DDM and MM.

You really do weed through your minis regularly willypold if that is all you have after 25 years. I do not weed;I am a packrat (I still want to get that figure from Fortress Figures). I still have the plastic toy soldiers I had when I ~4yo. I have not gotten rid of anything from my simple early beginnings except those which were too damaged to carry on or got lost some how. I am still missing the two mounted knights that Mrs. Brown took when I was in second grade at Westminster Academy long ago. I was stupid and was playing with them during lessons. She was supposed to give them back at the end of the school year, but I never saw them again.

The MM-collection: Cavern, Cavernous passages, Starter set, Short passages, Wicked Additions 1 and 2 - a Room and Passages set is expected to arrive next week, and then of course about 15 MM-compatible Hirst Arts pieces of my own.

I am like IO; I have never paid suggested retail for my MM. The closest was at a price increase in 1998 and I bought sets for the old suggested retail price which was about 20% less than the new price. Most of my sets I bought from one store at 35% off. They had been used in store demos, but were still in pretty decent condition. The last stuff I bought on eBay. I spent $325.91US including S&H for $533US worth of stuff - about 39% off.

I thought the Hirst terrain was for the 25-30mm scale. It seems to be a little large for 15mm. Or is there a separate line that I have not seen and/or paid attention to that is for 15mm?

Anything in particular I'm looking for? More of Grenadier's old Future Warrior line, and - happiness and joy! - more of the Kryomek bunkers, now that I have found out they are still being made! :D

You do know that you can order the Kryomek stuff from Scotia-Grendel in the UK. They are at www.scotiagrendel.com/index.html
They even sell those cool doors and interiors that you can use with MM. I believe SimTac in the States does so.
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