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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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Speedy Swiftclaw Biker

Glasgow, Scotland

I just sat and, incredibly depressingly, went through my order history from Element Games, Wayland Games, DarkSphere, ForgeWorld and eBay to get a rough estimate.

I've been back in the hobby for about 2 years now, and I've managed to spend about £8000 or thereabouts. A very large proportion of this has been Horus Heresy, from looking at the numbers.

Element - 1258.44
ForgeWorld - 2174.62
Wayland - 804.51
DarkSphere - 240.38
Ebay - 3500

And this isn't including Amazon, where I've spent a few hundred no doubt on texture paints and glues and the like.

10,000 30K/40K Space Wolves, 6000pts 30K Iron Warriors, 3200pts Daemons of the Ruinstorm
3500pts AoS Maggotkin of Nurgle, 3000pts AoS Stormcast Eternals, 2000pts AoS Skaven
1800pts Middle-earth Rivendell, 1000pts Grey Company, 600pts Iron Hills
1800pts Middle-earth Angmar, 1100pts Moria, 1000pts Dol Guldur
Blood Bowl Skaven, Blood Bowl Orcs

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Heroic Senior Officer

Gone-to-ground in the craters of Coventry

I used to have a £1000/year habit. It's down to ~£300 now, what with rules and codexes to buy.
That's been since I restarted in 2011.

4000 pts - 3500 pts - 3500 pts - Harlies: 1000 pts - 1000 pts DS:70+S+G++MB+IPw40k86/f+D++A++/cWD64R+T(T)DM+
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Clubs around Coventry, UK 
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Been Around the Block

I've joked that the number in the name of the game is how much i've spent on the hobby since 1994...
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Imperial Admiral

I've currently got about $2K in cases (the cases, not the stuff in them).

Couldn't begin to add up the cost of minis, books and terrain over the last 30 years.
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Longtime Dakkanaut

I daren't think about it, my largest army is Orks with 12,650 points, with most models requiring several kits to bash out...

Orks in 8th, W/D/L
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Dakka Veteran

NE Ohio, USA

Well I guess I'll have to admit to $100k+.

But that's spread over a 35 year span, many different miniature wargames (not just GW stuff), supplies/misc, & 30 years of traveling around to gaming cons.
Obviously if you wanted it broken down to just GW, or just 40k, the tally would be lower.

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Hungry Ghoul


This hobby? Less than one figure from my other hobby. lol

Vampire Counts 12,000 pts Tomb Kings 5,000 pts
Skaven 6,500 pts Ogre Kingdoms 7,000 pts
High Elves 7,800 pts
Bretonnia 5,000 pts
Empire 4,500 pts Lizardmen 6,000 pts
Dwarfs 7,000 pts Chaos 16,500 pts
Wood Elves 7,000 pts Dark Elves 7,000 pts
Orcs and Goblins 7,500 pts Dogs of War 3,500 pts.  
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Regular Dakkanaut

If I include stand alone games, like Space Hulk, Blood Bowl, etc., I've probably spent between $1000 and $1200. If I include stuff I've bought for my son, even more.

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Eternally-Stimulated Slaanesh Dreadnought

Hamilton, ON

Since 1996, probably about $10,000 USD.

Currently my budget is $200 CAD a month, so it's increasing at roughly $2,000 USD per year now.

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Been Around the Block

it should be ~€5.000 over a period of 20 years for me.

The largest chunk would be my 1/2400 GHQ collection, followed by GW (Terrain, Space Marines, IG, Scions and a few Kill Teams), Flames of War (Terrain, Germans, US Airborne, LW British, LW Canadian), 1/285 GHQ, Sails of Glory, X-Wing and Armada.

If I had to add my Collectibe Card Games (Star Trek, WoW) and Board Game Series (e.g. Descent 2 /w all expansions), that number would go up a bit. Travel costs/housing for tournaments or game fairs aren't included either.

It sounds like a lot of money, but in the end it comes down to ~20-30€ a month. I've spent a lot more into restoring and racing my Escort Mk.1
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Mighty Chosen Warrior of Chaos

The Wastes of Krieg

More for me because of my main two armies, one is FW as partially OOP, and another is FW and completely OOP.
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Regular Dakkanaut

Too. Many. Models. Need. More. Must. Resist. The. Urge!!!!
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Regular Dakkanaut

 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 ...

100 usd a month for a hoppy is really not that bad, though yeah, over time it really ads up, but so does everything, engaging in a hobby activity is a stress relief, consider how much in healthcare costs you have saved and you've actually made a profit!

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Decrepit Dakkanaut

SoCal, USA!

Honestly, I'm not sure how much I've spent on wargaming / hobby.

At the very start, I had a "fun" budget of $100 per month, but then I tapered to <$500/year, then I went to "net zero", and most recently, I've been selling stuff. I'm going to guess that my net spend is in the $1000-$3000 range, but it could be more, it could be less.

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Veteran Inquisitor with Xenos Alliances

Over the last 24 years... ~$66,000 or ~$2750/yr or ~$230/mo.
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Whiteshield Conscript Trooper

Probably slightly over $100 on 40K... Scale models on the other hand- I think I need to get another job to support this... hobby Yet I am still minor leagues compared to a lot of y'all.

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Mysterious Techpriest

I recon i've spent around $8000 since 2011 on GW and FW products.
Models mostly, some books and a few scenery items.

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Stalwart Dark Angels Space Marine


No idea, but I don't want to add it up.

I have over AUD1500 in untouched boxes and starter sets sitting around me. Over 100 pots of paint. At least 10 characters/limited edition models in unopened boxes...

As for painted stuff, there's a large Dark Angels army (5000+ points), a small Death Watch army (1000+), a small Thousand Sons/Tzeench Demons army half painted (1000+)...

Oh, and all the rulebooks I have bought over the years.. The datacard packs, the paints that died up and were binned..

Dark Angels > Purple Death Legion (Purple Vanilla Marines) > Dark Angels > Death Watch > Thousand Sons with special appearances by Tzeench Demons  
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Snivelling Workbot

Poland/lesserpoland/near Crocow

almost 2 decades in hobby...some10-12k$ i think ...muahahaha but I want MOOOORE!
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Dakka Veteran

Over the last 40 years .... about $60k. Many lots....
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Powerful Phoenix Lord

I guess $10K+, but that's from a variety of games, hobby accoutrements, and some complete do-overs (buying stuff up that I sold previously).

Also, a lot of the money spent has been "created" by selling off prior hobby stuff, so the actual net outcome is probably less.

Been gaming for 25-30 years.

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Imperial Admiral

 Elbows wrote:
I guess $10K+, but that's from a variety of games, hobby accoutrements, and some complete do-overs (buying stuff up that I sold previously).

Also, a lot of the money spent has been "created" by selling off prior hobby stuff, so the actual net outcome is probably less.

Been gaming for 25-30 years.

If you've averaged less than $35 per month for more than 25 years then I applaud your discipline.
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Powerful Phoenix Lord

Oh I definitely have.

1) Didn't buy much in college.
2) Shortly after college had a roommate who was a GW store manager so I got everything at cost/weight (the old metal bits were available paying purely by weight)
3) I didn't game for a solid 5-6 years while serving in a desert somewhere.
4) I mainly do non-GW games, so you get far more bang for buck.
5) If we include money recouped via eBay...

Yeah I'd say $35 a month is probably close to correct. This month I've spent maybe $60-70...all of which came from eBay sales of other random gaming stuff, so my net spending is in the negative this month (still got a stash of cash in PayPal).

The only thing that might ruin it was a splurge when I was very well off, where I may have picked up $2K worth of dwarven forge dungeons...

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