So I have come to that decision most of us reach at some time or another. Whether to sell my confrontation stuff? In my case it's due to an upcoming baby. I have collected a good number of minis over the year, mostly sealed and it will be a shame to part with them but the plans I intended for them looks unlikely now. Anyone else go through this? If so did you part with them in the end?
All the old players I know who sold their stuff regret it now, that's to begin with. In my 10 years of Confrontation, I collected over 1000 miniatures and painted sligthly over 300, so there's still a lot to do. But hey, you wanna have to do something when you're retired, won't you?
I'll also have a special miniature soon that even grows, but that's no reason to sell the game. Sure, in the first years, maybe there won't be that much time, but when they grow older and you don't have to watch out for them all day, there'll be time to paint and play as well.
So, congrats to your baby! And don't fear the mountain of unpainted minatures, I know a lot of gaming parents who still have time for their hobby and I hope, you and I will belong to them.
I couldn't do it. I know a good chunk of my collection may never see paint but it is the enjoyment of the sculpts themselves that is part of the pleasure! I often just open up a box and fiddle with the minis. I don't know how you guys manage to keep minis in sealed packs...
I don't know how you guys manage to keep minis in sealed packs...
Neither do I! I couldn't do it, at least I glue them, build the base and they get a nice white basecoat. Then they have to wait... So all of my miniatures are assembled, have a more or less advanced base and basecoat.
You could carefully divide your collection into several categories, sentimental favorites, too bloody rare too let go of, 2nd favorite army, alternate evil army, alternate good army, alternate neutral army, "so close to being fully painted by yours truly" army, "these are so difficult to get started painting" ( Mid-Nor is for me ). . . . . . . . I think you get the point.
There are some factions that are so common that they are worthless, I would consider many of the older Sessair and Acheron models to fall in this category. For the amount of time and haggling I would spend selling a set of common figs I would just rather bequeath them to some young ttwargamer or a larger DnD roleplaying group.
The Uraken goblins, ophidians and the Daikinee will never be worthless but they will never come again so I would never ever part with mine. That is me though, someone else might get a fantastic offer for a complete set of Uraken and be happy to part with them.
I could be convinced to part with my Griffins and my Dirz since I got both armies for 100 each, since I don't have too much time or money invested in them. That transaction happened right after Con3.5 died and a former league player sold me all three of his armies (Mid-Nor, Griffin and Dirz) for 300$. I loved the models so I jumped at the chance and he was moving in with his girlfriend and needed to cut back to just one miniature game. Some armies could be reduced to just your favorite sculpts/characters/monsters/theme. These are just some ideas, I would actually hope that you find some compromise that would allow you to enjoy your mini hobby and still enjoy the baby too.
Overall I would agree with Angora, I think having a hobby is necessary for good mental well-being.
Well as for leaving them in boxes I have a legitimate reason lol. Fell for the game recently but am working in Beijing. Collected over a year and a bit but life got in the way and met a Chinese girl. Now my plan to go home next year has changed so not sure if I'll ever get to open/paint/play. Also I play lots of other games so my plan for a huge painted showcase is looking more distant. Even so I still am struggling to pull the trigger on selling
If you are not in desperate need of money (or space), I suggest you keep your stuff. Selling your miniatures (probably at a better price than today) in the future will not be a problem, but rebuilding your collection will be almost impossible. Especially if you own some of the really rare stuff like Martin has mentioned already. I got in touch with Confrontation around the year 2000 and played many games in the first years after that. But since 2004 I have not played a single game due to several relocations, staying abroad, studying, having no people to play with or just lacking time right now. And as my girlfriend is pregnant and baby is to arrive in January, I do not see much of an opportunity of making a game in the near future.
But I would probably rather sell my car first before selling my Confrontation miniatures. Thats because I am confindent that some day I will meet other players (like Atreju, who lives in the same city) and will have a chance to play Confrontation, or build up a band for Dogs of War. Until then I will use some of my spare time to paint my stuff, or at least some of it.
I've been tempted to sell some stuff as well, and for the most part I've resisted. Moneys not an issue for me. If anything I'd like to own one of every miniature they ever made new in box, and one of each commission painted but thats not happening without me winning the lottery.