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Tangentville, New Jersey

I had a few Eldar white whales I finally caught (like the original pointing Farseer, the unhelmeted female Guardian with plastic arms, and the original infantry-sized Avatar).

When I started my Brood Brother (traitor Guard) army in 5th edition, I lucked out and got a ton of Hyrbid models along with some female RT models I always wanted. But there's one I always wanted that I was never able to get: the Ork Genestealer Hybrid Freebooter. Every time I had people stake out eBay for me, they always got outbid in the closing seconds.

So yeah, I always wanted the Skullz Techpriests and a few other little things, but I never went full Ahab until I saw the Ork Hybrid occasionally popping up on eBay.


 
   
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 Mad Doc Grotsnik wrote:
I’ve got most of the rules for 2nd Ed Epic, with a set of Titan Legions proving prohibitively expensive.

Think I need to eBay camp to snaffle up models when they show up for a more reasonable price. See, I’m something of a jinx. Typically just as I get a nostalgia collection going, the prices start to rise.


This was mine for a while - but I've finally managed to get just about everything I've wanted for this game - my favorite GW game of all time!

I'm still searching for this limited edition/tournament pack exclusive (?) Infinity model:



Thought I was close once here on Dakka Dakka, but it turned out to be a grude-holding user with a Sockpuppet account trying to scam me.

The search continues!

   
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Gathering the Informations.

She was an ITS prize Alph, so good luck...

Mine was the male Wood Elf Spellsinger(which didn't really see release here in the US during Storm of Magic) that had a very Druidic look. Ended up getting one off of Amazon of all places--from a storefront in Vegas that didn't know what they had.

Now I've been off/on hunting for a Thunderbolt Pilot from FW to replace the one that a squirrel stole out of my spray booth one day many years ago.
   
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Basically any super old forge world stuff for orks. I’m thinking the kill tank they showed in that one book with Elysians vs Orks. That was a good book.

"Us Blood Axes hav lernt' a lot from da humies. How best ta kill 'em, fer example."
— Korporal Snagbrat of the Dreadblade Kommandos 
   
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Alabama

Cool idea for a thread! I started in the hobby when I was a young teenager with Eldar. I fell in love with the Vostroyan range of the Guard (hot off the presses at the time), but settled for second hand Cadians for being significantly cheaper.

Fast forward 16 years and four editions and I managed to secure a Vostroyan army on eBay! In the process of stripping and painting now.
   
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SoCal

 Just Tony wrote:
That's easy: 20 more Warhammer Quest Minotaurs, and several Talisman/Warhammer Quest plastic characters.


My white whale is related to this: I’d like one of the old monopose plastic dwarfs from any era before battle for skull pass, but especially the Warhammer quest dwarf with the winged helmet. I’ve got old monopose elves and lizardmen. Just need a dwarf or two. I don’t ever see them for sale, though. I’m not sure I’m searching under the right name.

   
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Macragge

My White Whale: I almost got my hands on a factory sealed box of rogue trader beakies. I think there were 30 of them in the box. Got outbid at literally the last second. The worst part was I saw them re-listed by the guy who must have won them about a week later at triple the price. He didn't even want to play with them... I still keep an eye out for something like that to show up again, but I doubt I'll ever find them at a price point that's not beyond my reach.

   
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Pleasant Valley, Iowa

For me, it was the Necron Lord that you got in the army box (or free with WD, I can't recall which). This guy:


Spoiler:


I didn't get into the hobby until a few years after this happened. At the time I was desperate for him, you only saw in on ebay in two ways: the people who knew it was rare and wanted big money for it ($40ish, lol "big money"), or the people who didn't know it was rare and sold it cheap ($10-ish). For some reason, I decided that I could only get him cheap and paying more than $30 for him was cheating. I had every Necron lord except this guy, and that hideous first one that I refuse to buy.

This took years. Years. All to save like, a lousy $10 bucks. Finally, after about 4 years of this, I found him and split the difference. I submitted an offer at $20, and got him.

What did I do when he arrived? Immediately glued horns to him and made him a Pumpkin Lord.

Spoiler:


I don't know why i am like this



 lord_blackfang wrote:
Respect to the guy who subscribed just to post a massive ASCII dong in the chat and immediately get banned.

 Flinty wrote:
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Started playing around 1997. At first I thought, "I could never play Chaos, they seem too detailed." ...and then I fell in love with Chaos. Still cant remember how that happened. Eventually I found copies of Slaves to Darkness and The Lost and The Damned in the early 2000s. Then about 6 years ago I had to sell them to buy Christmas Presents for my kids. I'd love to get them again, but haven't had the spare funds to begin looking.
   
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bbb, talk to the Mad Doc - if you're OK with reprints, at least one of the two (if not both) has been available to people going to Warhammer World. MDG might be able to help you source someone to pick them up at cost.

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 Kanluwen wrote:
This is, emphatically, why I will continue suggesting nuking Guard and starting over again. It's a legacy army that needs to be rebooted with a new focal point.

Confirmation of why no-one should listen to Kanluwen when it comes to the IG - he doesn't want the IG, he want's Kan's New Model Army... 
   
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There's probably things I've wanted, but at the moment I've mostly let them go. To a degree I think maybe the PP Sea Troll kind of reigns as the thing I'm just proud to own and have painted to a level I'm really pleased with and I'm not aching for big impressive centerpieces since. There's little models that are neat, but I've painted a lot of them as well. I guess I've chased enough whales to reach the point where I've realized that if it won't be available in a few months, its probably not any more special as the shiny that will be available in a few months.
   
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Versteckt in den Schatten deines Geistes.

It's very strange reading through this thread looking at all the things people are searching for or have searched for - the Necromunda Farseer, Warhammer Quest stuff, the Limited Edition Necron Lord - as for most of them my immediate reaction is "Yep. I have that." or "I've got one of those.". I really have been doing this for a long time...

I look on eBay every now and again and see the prices that 1st Ed Space Hulk expansions or Warhammer Quest hero packs go for, and it just boggles my mind. And I thought that I paid a lot for those things when I got 'em 15-ish years ago. My biggest White Whale was the Skullz Tech-Priest set. Picked them up ages ago, and for about half the price they were going for on eBay.

As a result, my White Wales are things that really never were; miniatures that were never released and are therefore next to impossible to find.

The first doesn't quite fit that category, but it is rare nonetheless: A Veteran Space Marine available via WD subscription. Getting him would let me complete the Veteran set from that era, or rather I though it would, but as it turns out there's an even rarer Veteran that was never released. Can't imagine I'll ever see that one.

I'd also love to get a bunch of the original Cities of Death sprue:
Spoiler:

There was a selection of Scavvie models for Necromunda that were never released, including a fantastic Scavvie King and a Shaman model. Saw that Shaman on eBay a few months back. I think it was at around $400-500. I want him, but that's a lot of money.

Then there's the one that got away, something I had almost secured in an eBay auction back in the early 2000's, but distracted and missed it. I'm talking about the Imperial Guard Command Tower:
Spoiler:



Finally, there are two Inquisitorial Acolyte minis that I desperately want. Again, saw one of these on eBay for stupid prices:
Spoiler:







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Mine was the original Regiments of Renown Harlequin set - I had it back when first released, still have some of the minis I painted back then but most of the set and box long gone. I got a fairly worn copy of it not too long ago and it satisfied the nostalgia bug pretty well.

I would say now my "whales" are that I would love to get the box of Skarloc's Wood Elves and the original Terminator Squad box. I had both back in the day (1989 ish I think - god im old) but long gone....
   
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 H.B.M.C. wrote:

I look on eBay every now and again and see the prices that 1st Ed Space Hulk expansions or Warhammer Quest hero packs go for, and it just boggles my mind.

Actually that does remind me of my other big one... I would love to get the Wizards of Morcar expansion and the US-only hero packs for the original Heroquest. But by the time I even knew they existed, they were going for absolutely stupid money.



 
   
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This is a dangerous thread. I keep thinking of more White Whales. Like 10mm Warmaster armies. I managed to score a 1000pt High Elf army for a great price a while back, but that's as far as I got.

BobtheInquisitor wrote:
 Just Tony wrote:
That's easy: 20 more Warhammer Quest Minotaurs, and several Talisman/Warhammer Quest plastic characters.


My white whale is related to this: I’d like one of the old monopose plastic dwarfs from any era before battle for skull pass, but especially the Warhammer quest dwarf with the winged helmet. I’ve got old monopose elves and lizardmen. Just need a dwarf or two. I don’t ever see them for sale, though. I’m not sure I’m searching under the right name.


There's a few Warhammer Quest plastic Dwarfs on eBay right now, from UK sellers. Just search 'Warhammer Quest Dwarf'... and scroll past all the more recent Silver Tower / Blackstone Fortress stuff that has nothing to do with Dwarfs. (Always a nuisance when looking for the original version.)

Had a look for other monopose plastic dwarfs, and got good results by searching for 'warhammer dwarf plastic oop'. (Again, mostly UK sellers.) The trouble with these, though, is that people usually sell them in big regiment batches, rather than just one or two.

(Note that I'm using the Aussie eBay site and you may get different results.)


H.B.M.C. wrote:
I look on eBay every now and again and see the prices that 1st Ed Space Hulk expansions or Warhammer Quest hero packs go for, and it just boggles my mind. And I thought that I paid a lot for those things when I got 'em 15-ish years ago. My biggest White Whale was the Skullz Tech-Priest set. Picked them up ages ago, and for about half the price they were going for on eBay.


One of the problems-yet-perks with us Aussies is that because of our small population, the supply of rare stuff is limited downunder... but it also means the demand is limited. I've occasionally picked up rare stuff from local sellers on the cheap, because they couldn't find anyone willing to pay the silly prices they could have asked for overseas and nobody wanted to pay for shipping from Oz (like AD&D Planescape box sets).

Actually that reminds me of another White Whale I had for a long time: the third of the old Jervis Johnson boardgames, Doom of the Eldar. For some reason it was much pricier than the other two (Battle for Armageddon and Horus Heresy), and shipping those things from the UK isn't cheap. Searched for years for an affordable copy and got nowhere. My luck finally came in a few months ago when, yep, a local Aussie seller put it up for a much more sensible price than the overseas mob were charging.

H.B.M.C. wrote:
Then there's the one that got away, something I had almost secured in an eBay auction back in the early 2000's, but distracted and missed it. I'm talking about the Imperial Guard Command Tower:
Spoiler:




I know a guy who has that command tower assembled on his shelf.

I love those old cardboard terrain kits and am still looking for one of the earliest ones--the Ork Outpost, which came in a plastic bag, with balsa wood!


insaniak wrote:

Actually that does remind me of my other big one... I would love to get the Wizards of Morcar expansion and the US-only hero packs for the original Heroquest. But by the time I even knew they existed, they were going for absolutely stupid money.


I bit the Wizards of Morcar bullet years ago, after weighing it up for a while and deciding that it would annoy me forever if I didn't. Did it the old-fashioned way: put aside a bit of $$$ each payday for a few months like I was a kid saving pocket money for a Super NES game. But the prices were merely 'exorbitant' back then, not 'utterly insane' like they are now. Never did get the US hero packs.

I think I once had the strangest White Whale of anyone in this thread so far, though: A single monopose Empire Halberdier from 4th edition WFB. I wanted him for Sir Ragnar in HeroQuest. They should have been frickin' everywhere and dirt cheap. And yet I somehow I could never find one. Drove me crazy.

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There's a few things I wish I had/could drum up the spare cash for/justify the expense.

Space Hulk Deathwing/Genestealer expansions. A couple more of the RT Inquisitor models. Space Fleet Tyranids. Full set of Confrontation Elementals. Few more ships for Man O' War. Quantum Zor-Magna for Monsterpocalypse.

Just some random nonsense-shaped holes in the collection.
   
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 Dysartes wrote:
bbb, talk to the Mad Doc - if you're OK with reprints, at least one of the two (if not both) has been available to people going to Warhammer World. MDG might be able to help you source someone to pick them up at cost.


Thanks. International shipping might be a big cost factor. Country flag says Germany right now because I'm here for work, but I'm from the USA.
   
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Cairo, Egypt

I wonder how do folks feel about 3D printing to meet the need? There are sculptors you can commission from for ~$200 and have an unlimited supply of the model of your choice.

Or is more like collecting comics and you want the actual item, not a reprint or recreation.

 bbb wrote:
Then about 6 years ago I had to sell them to buy Christmas Presents for my kids.


That is the most heart warming thing I have read all day, kudos sir.


 
   
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SoCal

Thanks, Zenithfleet. Searching under those terms I’ve found a few that seem promising, although shipping seems to vary wildly.

   
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 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
Thanks, Zenithfleet. Searching under those terms I’ve found a few that seem promising, although shipping seems to vary wildly.


No worries!

I've been doing a LOT of Warhammer Quest searches over the last few months, so I've seen my share of Dwarfs...

Shipping on eBay has been bonkers for a while. Try to avoid any seller with the Global Shipping Program option. It will get to you fast (well, pre-COVID, dunno what it's like now)... but it's ludicrously expensive. Anytime I see a seller with that, I groan, because it's going to cost more to ship the darn thing to Australia than it would to buy a plane ticket and fly over to pick it up.

Now if I could just find some of the monopose plastic CHAOS Dwarfs...
   
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Cairo, Egypt

Yeah what happened with ebay shipping?

Now anything from the UK is like $20 to the United States.

Is that a general thing or an Ebay only issue?

 
   
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Versteckt in den Schatten deines Geistes.

 Kid_Kyoto wrote:
I wonder how do folks feel about 3D printing to meet the need?
About the same as I feel for recasting with these sorts of things.

I want these things because they're rare, not just to have them. I like collecting rare minis. I could have got a resin recast of the Catachan Colonel whenever I wanted - I know of at least 2 places I could get one right now - but I wanted the real one.

It has to be something major for me to make an exception there, like the "Plague Brethren" GW did, that was just 3 plastic starter set Plague Marines that they sold for a massively inflated price.


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United Kingdom

 Kid_Kyoto wrote:
Yeah what happened with ebay shipping?

Now anything from the UK is like $20 to the United States.

Is that a general thing or an Ebay only issue?


As a seller you can choose to use their Global Shipping Program rather than post internationally direct - you post it to eBay who then forward it on. However they just make up a price and don't offer combined shipping.
   
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Macon, GA

I'm a collector, but of armies, not of models. This is nice because I generally don't' chase rare individual models, but instead I'm trying to collect a hundred kind of hard to get figures. I've collected a full praetorian infantry regiment (mostly painted) and 85% of a kasrkin company (all painted). I'm currently working on the all metal sisters, which aren't super hard to find, but some of the parts get a bit tough.

I think, as most people do, my nostalgia currently rests on things released during the first few years in the hobby, which for me was 2001 or so. I'd say my top picks would be the metal models of the time, like Inquisitor Karamazov (in metal) or the original venerable dreadnought.

My Painted Armies
: Co. B, 37th Praetorian IG: 21,000pts
KOW Ogres: 4500 points
Loyalist Emperor's Children: 2500 points 
   
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For me, at this point, my white whale is a 3d printing model designer who wants to re-create old 2nd edition/rogue trader era sculpts of OOP gw miniatures.

I'd absolutely adore a faithful recreation of the Juan Diaz daemonette and Seeker models, but unfortunately it seems while there are people who will rush to perfectly copy 1:1 the latest primaris space marine thingummy within 5 seconds of its first preview image, nobody is interested in remaking those old nostalgic models that would be less likely to get instantly copyright whacked.

Closest Ive found is a few admittedly quite nice HD-re imaginings of old OOP Necromunda, Mordheim and Imperial Guard stuff, and a few fun things that made me chuckle that were usually new-style models in old-style poses.

Like i have a file that is a new-style GSC patriarch in the old Jabba the Patriarch throne pose.

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-the_scotsman"

-ERJAK 
   
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Affton, MO. USA

My white whale is Sgt Centurious of the Legion of the Damned. I saw him at the shop I worked at for a few weeks and always was going to buy it, but it sold before i did. Prices for him were just too high later when I tried to find him online.

Also Mad Donna Ultani ??? from Necromunda, although I got her NIB from another DakkaDakka person a couple years ago. I tossed all my Escher into simple green when she arrived....they have been in the simple green solution for the past 3+ years now , I'm almost afraid to try and pull them out now.

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

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SoCal

Zenithfleet wrote:
 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
Thanks, Zenithfleet. Searching under those terms I’ve found a few that seem promising, although shipping seems to vary wildly.


No worries!

I've been doing a LOT of Warhammer Quest searches over the last few months, so I've seen my share of Dwarfs...

Shipping on eBay has been bonkers for a while. Try to avoid any seller with the Global Shipping Program option. It will get to you fast (well, pre-COVID, dunno what it's like now)... but it's ludicrously expensive. Anytime I see a seller with that, I groan, because it's going to cost more to ship the darn thing to Australia than it would to buy a plane ticket and fly over to pick it up.

Now if I could just find some of the monopose plastic CHAOS Dwarfs...


I just saw a Chaos Dwarf with the key words “big hat” selling for Space Marine character money or less.

   
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Halifax

I just found out that there were 10 Pacific Rim HeroClix figured made, and I found them on eBay.

   
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Cairo, Egypt

 Theophony wrote:
My white whale is Sgt Centurious of the Legion of the Damned. I saw him at the shop I worked at for a few weeks and always was going to buy it, but it sold before i did. Prices for him were just too high later when I tried to find him online.



Check again, last time I looked prices for him and Skullz tech priests seem to have become reasonable. Not cheap but in the ~$50 range.

 
   
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Versteckt in den Schatten deines Geistes.

The problem with Sgt Centurius is that I'm sure there are more recasts of him out there than there ever were real ones.

I do remember when Sgt Centurius came out. I decided not to get him, and then at the last second I decided I wanted him, but missed out.

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