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Tzeentch Aspiring Sorcerer Riding a Disc

Orem, Utah

 Ashrag wrote:
Wow including Airbrush, Showing cases, Painting supplies and 17 years worth of miniatures, books, tools, etc ... not to mention especially looking for a flat with an extra room only for the hobby and furnishing it ... I'd say somewhere between 20k and 30k.

That number there scares me - please someone say that's normal ...

When you're spreading it out across 17 years, it should add up.

I've been painting and gaming for twenty three years now. I'm also at the point where I don't know if I could consider it a hobby so much as a lifestyle.

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Hangin' with Gork & Mork

The Ruins of the Boston Commonwealth

still somewhat new to the hobby. And still haven't gotten my 45 lootas. So under $1000 methinks

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Space Marine Scout with Sniper Rifle

Started the hobby with Rogue Trader back in 1990 ish and left it in 1995. in the 90's i had a SM army and an Ork army worth 500 quid or so. Got back into it with my kids in 2012 when they showed in interest in board games. Kickstarter and a few painting projects mean I am into a tune of a K or there a bouts. firmly in the 1K to 3K bracket. Strangely relieved.

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Dakka Veteran

Victoria, BC, Canada

1000-3000 I assume. Could be higher tho haha!! Hard to keep track of everything

40k Orks 12000 points and growing
Ultramarines 2500
Salamanders 3500
Necrons 4000
Skitarii/cult mech 2500
Vampire Counts 3000 Points

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Unhealthy Competition With Other Legions


$3,000-$6,000 range I guess. I don't really know for sure. I felt bad about it for awhile, but then again i've spent around $20,000 on my other hobby.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts."

Current work
50 PP-1500 points

Playable painted armies
40k 1250 points (awaiting point update for 8th) 
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Homicidal Veteran Blood Angel Assault Marine

north of nowhere

Ive got at least 1k invested in models, including paint and terrain id have to be close to at least 1250$

 Azreal13 wrote:
Not that it matters because given the amount of interbreeding that went on with that lot I'm pretty sure the Queen is her own Uncle.

BA 6000; 1250
Really this thread just failed on about 3 levels, you should all feel bad and do better.-motyak 
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Waaagh! Warbiker

Yeh 10 years and a reaver titan later, these numbers are looking big...
Probs in the region of £10,000 (~$17,000)
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Deadly Dark Eldar Warrior

O jeez. Way to much. At least 10000 and that's a really lowball estimation. And it's going up more and more cause I'm now getting forge world things and doing a legion Apoc army. That's just for 40k. Got fantasy, warmachine, and infinity as well. (Probably another 1000). Been playing since the 4th edition rule book came out.

3k (roughly)
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Longtime Dakkanaut


You make the call, my son plays as well...
I have 8000+ points in Ultramarines
2000 in plague marines
2000 in Orks

Son has 6500+ in chaos space marines
2500+ in chaos daemons


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Sneaky Striking Scorpion

Brisbane, Australia

91,000 points of Eldar, 15,000 points of Nids. Eldar are commission painted, custom table, etc.

Plus I live in Australia... Good times. I'm probably the reason GW can report a 10% increase in shareholder profits each year.

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Eldar - 105,000pts (Estimated), Tyranids - 15,000pts

Dras'Volharr Craftworld Project http://wcwdb.blogspot.com.au/ 
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In 40k since 2nd ed, I think I've spent enough to be considered by individuals not involved in the hobby to have
some sort of addiction problem

Of course the loop of buy cool army minis, army no longer fun, sell/trade former fun army for newer "more fun" army,
lose interest in "more fun" army and go back and purchase again original "cool army". GW releases a new-new line
of "cool army" miniatures that will make the "cool army" into the "WAY COOL ARMY" ---- Repeat....

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You there, out of the pool! 
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Ambitious Space Wolves Initiate

Marietta, GA

Over 100 people have spent 100,000+...... ಠ_ಠ
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Fresh-Faced New User


I start adding up everything over the years (I'm 44 and been in the hobby since I was 11) and I'm probably being conservative.

It isn't just stuff. It is the traveling to conventions (I go to a lot) and converting my garage to a gaming studio.

I love my hobby and don't feel bad about the money I spent. I know many people who probably have the similar amounts tallied up on their "drinking" hobby and at least I don't get a hangover from mine.

My drinking hobby is much more conservative
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Veteran Wolf Guard Squad Leader

San Diego, CA

Sadly, I'm over 10k. I had that extra money rolling in last deployment and was spending left and right. Got a ton of stuff and paints and everythinga nd lots are still in box or unpainted because of other hobbies and work and university. I wish I hadn't spent so much but at the same time I dont plan on selling it.

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Fresh-Faced New User

Sunderland, UK.

I kept (for some reason) my GW till receipts from when I started again back in June and 've spent a whopping £1500 approx and thats not including all my other hobby bits and bobs ie airbrushes etc Thats a figure I'll keep well hidden from the trouble and strife!

Repent- For tomorrow you Die 
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Virulent Space Marine dedicated to Nurgle

United States

I am at about $1000....but I started last month :(

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Evil Spirit of the Barrow Downs


Well after this Christmas, its well over $10,000 ughh plastic crack.
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Trigger-Happy Baal Predator Pilot

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Deadly Dire Avenger

About 2-3k USD, although I'm in NZ and its much more expensive for me.
Oh btw i turn 14 this year and it will be my 7th year in the hobby.
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Small Wyrm of Slaanesh

Louisville, KY

Rolling on a little over $400 right now on 4 months of playing.
Would probably have a lot more to show for it points wise if it weren't for my love of Diaz Daemonettes. T.T
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Hardened Veteran Guardsman

Pueblo, Colorado

I received all my 40k stuff as gifts.

Assault on Black Reach for graduating High School.

Dark Vengeances, Dark Angels Veteran Kit and Sniper Scout Kit as a gift from my Landlady because I took really good care of the property and apparently the best tenant she's every rented to.

Sold the marines and chaos stuff, but I haven't bought anything yet. I'm trying to sell various things to get money for Orks, as that's the army that calls out to me.
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Battle-tested Knight Castellan Pilot

vaasen , the netherlands

0$ on my current army I have a 750 points of "space wolves" build and currently I am painting it. And all I used where stuff I allready had

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Regular Dakkanaut

Columbus, Ohio

Guessing north of $6k. I worked at a FLGS for four years and got a nice discount, but that ended, so paying retail has slowed down the collection.
I'm guessing this total includes the books - updated codices is killing me, but love the hobby. Been in it for 13 years and have done several large Ork scratch-builts
that cost me some bucks. Guess averaging it out comes to about $500 a year. Hard to resist the beautiful models they put out. Have some finecast (so they call them...)
Harlequins I was going to use as an adjunct for my DE, and now they're coming out with jet bikes for them and if I'm lucky they won't put out one of those $50 books for them.
Hoping they put it in White Dwarf. The horror.
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Stealthy Dark Angels Scout with Shotgun

Georgia, USA

Wow. This makes me sad to think about.

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Ancient Ultramarine Venerable Dreadnought


OK, I'll go ahead and calculate.
So, the first thing I got when I started the Hobby was 4 ork boyz for $10
Second thing I got were 5 vampire count skeletons for $10
Third thing I got was a box of 3 chaos warriors for $10
And to save you all some time, here is a list.
Ork Boyz (4 models) $10
Vampire Count Skeletons $10
Chaos Warriors $10
Dwarf Cannon\organ gun $22.50
Ork Boyz (11 models) $29
Space Marine Rhino $33
Space Marine Tactical Squad $41.25
Ork Warbuggy $25
Imperial Bunker $33
Gretchin $16.50
Space Marine Scout Bike $15
Lootas And Burnas $25
Land Speeder $30
Ork Trukk $37.25
Battlewagon $66
Sheild of Baal Deathstorm $120
BA Sanguniary Guard $33
Subtotal: $531.50
Add in all the paints we got ($28), your grand total is.....
Cool, right?

INSANE army lists still available!!!! Now being written in 8th edition format! I have Index Imperium 1, Index Imperium 2, Index Xenos 2, Codex Orks Codex Tyranids, Codex Blood Angels and Codex Space Marines!
PM me for an INSANE (100K+ points) if you desire.
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Fresh-Faced New User

Eh, I've spent a ton. I don't regret it though. I'd do it again!
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Just the Bare Metal

Montreal, Qc

I was going to click I don't want to think about it... but then that made me think about :(

Over the last 16 years, a quick count brings me a little over of $25k... Since I didn't count paint and tools and stuff like plasticard, foam core and other mats... I'm sure I'm in the 30k to 50k bracket...
And that doesn't include all the money I've encouraged Significant Others to spend as I corrupted them to the hobby ...


-Eldar (9k)
-Ravenwing (3k)
- Hundreds of Random minis with which I don't play :p 
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Smokin' Skorcha Driver

10K plus Id imagine but I have been at it for over 25 years

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Longtime Dakkanaut

United States

That's scary! I have spent over 4000 dollars on little plastic dolls!!!

Astra Militarum: 7,500 Points
Adeptus Astartes: 16,000 Points
Questor Mechanicus: 13,000 Points
Adeptus Mechanicus: 8,000 Points
Legio Titanicus: 5,500 Points
Slaaneshi Daemons: 3,000 Points
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Stalwart Veteran Guard Sergeant

SF Bay Area

Its hard to say exactly since I have most of my models in cases.

my armies include:


2-3k pts.

high elves


orks and goblins
warriors of chaos

various models

dark elves
wood elves

40K Army

2-3k points astra militarum
include 125+ infantry + various tanks/walkers, 2 vendettas, and special characters

1-2k pts. various space marines and chaos space marines.


a large mercenary army capable of playing a big battle


30+ metal figures


2 small armies

Not to mention tons of terrains, modeling equipment, and paints

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