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How much have you spent on the hobby so far (in us dollars, if you dare calculate!)
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$0
$1-$100
$101-$300
$301-$1000
$1001-$3000
$3001-$6000
$6001-$10000
$10,001-$20,000
$20,001-$30,000
$30,001-$50,000
$50,001-$75,000
$75,001-$100,000
$100,001+

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Deadshot Weapon Moderati





Newcastle NSW

I worked it out not long ago and it came to $500,000 AUS, no that's not a typo half a million spent on hobbying.

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Matthew Ward



kenya or uk

I dread to think, once I got beyond 3000 I start not not count paint or even the rental space to put all the boards


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Sacrifice to the Dark Gods




Canada

Just getting started put me in the $200 range. Start Collecting! CSM cost $80, then the Codex (soft cover) and art supplies... then the taxes pushed me up to $202 at checkout.

But that's Canadian, so... $155 American.


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 Rolsheen wrote:
I worked it out not long ago and it came to $500,000 AUS, no that's not a typo half a million spent on hobbying.


... How?

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Deadshot Weapon Moderati





Newcastle NSW

28yrs of collecting, 21,000 pts of Eldar, 18,000 pts of Nids, Every model that Forgeworld released.

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Regular Dakkanaut




Too goddamn much

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Courageous Questing Knight





Philadelphia

Wargaming $3000-6000 bracket

Cycling as a hobby/sport is around $3000-4000

   
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quite a bit come to think of it XD

4000pts Tau
2500 pts Dwarfs
2000 pts Deathwolves
:1300 pts Orks
1000pts Harlequins
 
   
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Fresh-Faced New User





23 years of collecting, with a good deal of disposable income (rich parents) while young... I'm probably in the 20-30,000. Wich is not alot if you compare it to goalie equipment for hockey, or off-road motorcycling, both of wich had a tendency to cost that much each or every other year.

Warhammer is cheap.

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Sacrifice to the Dark God Tzeentch




800+€ mainly on LotR

 
   
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Phanobi






Canada,Prince Edward Island

 Rolsheen wrote:
I worked it out not long ago and it came to $500,000 AUS, no that's not a typo half a million spent on hobbying.


Ah but if that's all GW stuff then that would only a few hundred in real money!

Without going through my many boxes of hobby stuff it's hard to calculate how much I've spent in the 8 years or so that I have been collecting, definitely no more than $10,000 CAD. Considering I have enough marines to keep me busy painting for another 8 years that figure shouldn't (I hope) go up much more than that for a while...

   
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Torture Victim in the Bowels of the Rock




Alberta, Canada

Well... Starting in 1984 with Battletech, then to Rogue Trader I shudder to even try to calculate it. Buying and selling over the years... likely a mortgage down payment at least...
   
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Wild Wyrdboy with Minderz




Italy

A little bit more than the equivalent of 2k US dollars for my 16000 points of 40k miniatures, including lots of conversions and scratch built models, but they're 99% unpainted.

Orks 7000
Space Wolves 5000
 
   
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Huge Hierodule






North Bay, CA

no idea, but last year I spent $4K USD on Forgeworld orders alone. $200 per month, each month, for 20 years comes out to close to $50K.

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Fresh-Faced New User





Something like 1k. But i count the paints, the airbrush and all the other hobby stuff. The army itself must be like half of that.

3500pts fully painted
2000pts WIP 
   
Made in ru
Virulent Space Marine dedicated to Nurgle





Not counting the losses on the store I once had as a hobby project, I spent... oh my... almost 30k on models and more than 70k on painting services.
Gosh, no wonder my wife hates warhammer.

But I stopped playing (and paying) at the end of 5ed, so there were several idle years and there is a spike from 1 year ago up until now, while I catch up.
I hope next year spendings settle at around 1-1,5k per month, but there are rumors about Hrud release, and they might release 40k rules for FW Custodes units.
It will apply pressure on my budget no doubt.

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Seven Year War Afficianado






Chicago

Dang near impossible to figure, but over 20 years in the hobby, I estimated 3-6 grand. Probably closer to the top end of that.

Also, that's not net spent since for much of my hobby I was buying alot of figures that I later sold for more than I paid, sometimes deliberately buying big lots stripping them and then parceling them out.

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Ancient Venerable Black Templar Dreadnought





Canada

Ah, that is terrifying.
Got into 40k around 1997 a bit before 3rd edition, so about 20 years.
I shudder to think having every codex from 3rd edition to 5th edition including Armageddon to codex and the large battle books expense?? ~$1200
Every BRB from 3rd edition to now (about $100 each)? ~$600
Every White Dwarf from 2001 to 2010. ~ $1200

Got rid of:
- Full Biel-Tan Eldar army gave to cousin just before they released the "new" wave serpent: ~$400
- Full Tau force when they made the box set way back when (metal stealth suits) sold it all later after assembly, magnets and prime: ~$400

Have:
- Chaos Space Marines (Daemons kinda) since 2nd edition, old terminators, the original 28mm obliterators, the bat wing jump troops, original mono-pose metal and plastic CSM, 3 generations of each daemon type, original metal juggernaughts, metal dreadnaughts, original Rhinos and metal turret razorbacks and Predators, I have all the original metal special characters... This was my first army and I have always at least have one model of each type released (got enough for each army to fight amongst itself): ~$3000
- Black Templar Space Marines: Ouch. 3 Land Raiders, 3 Preds, 4 Vindicators, 3 whirlwinds, 8 skimmers, 5 drop pods, 4 full jump troop, 2 full Vanguard and Sternguard, 20 metal scouts, 8 bikes and 3 attack bikes, 500 or so marines with their various weapons, pretty much at least 1 box of everything else. Looking at about a similar size force as my CSM so ~$3000.
- Grey Knights: Metal guys, plastic kits (4 Termi squads, 1 termi command, 8 "normal" some magnets for jump troop), dakka-dreadnaughts (magnets!) and 3 baby carriers (magnets!), Stormraven, couple razor backs and the various special characters all in metal: ~$1200
- Deathwatch: 3 aircraft, 1 each of termies, bikes and jump troop, collecting box set, Cassius, 3 boxes of the normal squads, watch master, Librarian, Captain, 2 Razorbacks: ~$1100
-Inquisition: All the various characters mainly in metal. Much Kaskirin / Storm Troopers in metal: ~$700
- Imperial Guard / Astra Militarium: Umm.... this may break me figuring out. Baneblade, Shadowsword, maybe 500 troops? At least 8 Chimeras, 8 Leman Russ tanks of one kind or another, Wyverns, Basilisk, 6 Armored walkers, many metal characters and probably one of each Commisar metal or in new release plastic, the various psychers, bah... too much... ~$3000.

Miscellaneous:
- 3 Box sets of Armageddon Shadow War ~ $600
- Bought two of the Imperium triumvirate packs - $300
- At least one of each of the 8th edition release Primarus stuff: ~$900

Not including paint or much of my other terrain (Cities of Death, fortress of redemption, Bastions, Defense lines)

So, grand total(ish): $16,400

Much of this is a flying guess due to price changes over time and so many odds and ends that picked up (like the BT upgrade kits I think I bought 5 of them...) unless you started in the last couple years or kept exceptional records, it would be exceedingly hard to do.
Worth looking at it though.


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Crazed Spirit of the Defiler




Probably a bit over 1k € in a year... and I'm just getting started My wallet's gonna hate me
   
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Heroic Senior Officer





Gone-to-ground in the craters of Coventry

I was around £1000 per year to start with. 3 1/2 armies later, and I only spent around £400 this year. Mostly for Necromunda terrain and new rules and codexes.

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 Rolsheen wrote:
I worked it out not long ago and it came to $500,000 AUS, no that's not a typo half a million spent on hobbying.


Exalted! Well played sir!

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Been Around the Block




I think about 20k if I just take wargaming (40k, Fantasy). Spent at least 5k this last year alone. If I start to include RPG's (which I think is a somewhat related hobby, seeing how it started as a spin-off from a wargame), its more like 35k.
   
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Hardened Veteran Guardsman



Tampa, Florida

24,000+ points of fully painted goodness and still counting. I don't really think of the total cost outlay. I think of it in terms of how much entertainment I got out of my money. For example, if I buy 10 tactical Marines for $50 and spend 3 hours building them, 12 hours painting them, and 2 more hours basing and decaling them I've been entertained for 17 hours for $50, which is about $3 per hour. That's completely disregarding any play time I get out of them, play time probably cuts it down to about $1 an hour. So 40k is actually pretty cheap as far as hobbies go. I also shoot competitively, I can burn through $50 worth of ammo in about 30 minutes without even really trying.
   
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Omaha, NE

Survey is closed... but a low ball estimate based on
$50/mo through highschool
$100/mo during college
$200/mo for the first 5 years of employment
$300/mo for the last 10 years

puts me right around $50k. Now this is mostly GW stuff... there were months lower, and months that are higher - especially when getting into games or grabbing up big lot deals.

But as a few others have written... this has been a 30 year hobby, countless hours of entertainment and hobby time, not to mention an amazing collection of armies ranging from 40k, Man'O'War, Deadzone, XWing, Armada, Imperial Assault, etc on display and a lot of CMon kickstarters and other board games for family and friends to play.

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Probably a little over $300?
   
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Fixture of Dakka






I could probably sit and count up the current prices of all my miniatures (I did that once for my Warmachine and Confrontation collections a decade ago, and those two games alone were a couple of grand), but that won't give a true figure. It overestimates stuff I got cheap 2nd hand, but more importantly doesn't include stuff I've subsequently got rid of, or consumables like paint, glue and brushes, magazines and rulebooks. It doesn't include travel and accommodation for going to wargaming events (or just the cost of attending my games club for the last 20 years). It doesn't include the cost of food and drink for hosting RPG sessions, and doesn't include additional heating and lighting costs for the late nights sitting up painting.

All in all, it's probably several tens of thousands of pounds over the 27 years I've been doing this.
   
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IL

I've been gaming for 30+ years and just thinking of what I've spent over the years is a bit staggering but I think it that would be the case with most people if they added up their entertainment cost over the years, going to dinners, movies, dating it all adds up incredibly fast.

I've been playing 40k since 1990 and a conservative estimate is probably in the $30-40k range, it wouldn't surprise me at all if it were somewhere between $50-60k. I invested very heavily at the time that Apoc first released. I collect a lot of Forgeworld and at my peak I had a pair of Thunderhawks and an Apoc army full of crisis suits and tanks entirely made with FW models. My brother worked at a GW so being able to get things at a very deep discount was like taking the brakes off the addiction train and we both went a bit crazy.

I started gaming with Battletech and while my spending on that was more "limited" I've probably had $10k of those models over the years since I've slowly collected them over 32-33 years.

For non-GW stuff I played MTG and L5R ccgs very heavily for about 15 years and ran a side business buying and selling cards plus I traveled a lot playing on the pro-tournament circuit so If I add that into the calculation I've spent well over $500k on sealed ccg products alone, I'd easily spend 10k+ on each new release as I was buying cases of product in bulk. I have no clue how much used stuff I bought for resale but it was a huge amount. It's a bit skewed though as the ccgs were a money making venture for me so while I spent very heavily on them and going events it was an expense of generating income so it wasn't going into the negative in the same fashion that my personal miniatures collection has been.

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Virulent Space Marine dedicated to Nurgle





I wonder if rental services for gaming club accomodation should be included?
That would spike the spendings significantly, cause I've rented the nice place recently.
But i think it shouldn't, cause rental rates are location based more than hobby based.

Yet it eludes me how to spend 500k in 30 years for just 2 armies like Rolsheen.
Given the current exchange rate for my currency and painting services rates, 500k would yield me every current army in range painted to top standarts for 3-4k worth of points each.

2500 points of death guards costed me around 3000$ to buy and painting commision.
The most expensive singular project to date is when I ordered three 2000 points list to paint for the local AoS Team tournament (Ironjaws, Tzeentch Arcanites and Skryre) - this 6000 worth of points costed arround 4,5$k.

So... 500k shoud approximately yield 200 000 worth of points painted to the very high standards. 0_o
I think this year I won't break 200k, exchange rate fluctuations help a bit, but I estimate Q1-Q2 2019 when I finally reach it (not that this is the thing to be proud of, especially according to my wife).

Still far away from 500k, and I assume I won't even get there anytime soon, because in 6-7 month I will get the core of every army painted, and painting new releases only will significantly deminish the monthly hobby budget requirements.


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The other way to look at it.
500 000$ is around 150 painted Warlord Titans... that's enough to man arround 20 titan legions.

Just imagine the size of the room required to field and play them.
Still, curiously, the time to the play the actual game won't be that long, around 4-6 hours I think.

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Regular Dakkanaut





£200 in the 3 months I've been back in the hobby. That spend rate should drop now I'm starting to paint though.

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Easily in the 20-30k range.

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your mind

 Rolsheen wrote:
28yrs of collecting, 21,000 pts of Eldar, 18,000 pts of Nids, Every model that Forgeworld released.

Every model?
Holy crap...
Wow.
Where do you keep all of this stuff?


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kernbanks wrote:
Survey is closed... but a low ball estimate based on
$50/mo through highschool
$100/mo during college
$200/mo for the first 5 years of employment
$300/mo for the last 10 years

puts me right around $50k. Now this is mostly GW stuff... there were months lower, and months that are higher - especially when getting into games or grabbing up big lot deals.

But as a few others have written... this has been a 30 year hobby, countless hours of entertainment and hobby time, not to mention an amazing collection of armies ranging from 40k, Man'O'War, Deadzone, XWing, Armada, Imperial Assault, etc on display and a lot of CMon kickstarters and other board games for family and friends to play.


300bux a mnth consistently on games for 10 years.
That's the way to do it.
Still, where do you keep it all?
This is like a pretty big game shop in your house...

Here in South Korea,
I hardly have room for what I thought was a large collection.
The table can't be kept up, as it occupies most of a room.
Yeah, maybe we need a bigger apartment, but still.
I wonder what 50k or for that matter a half million USD in models looks like.

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