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    horati0nosebl0wer
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    I’m just musing again and thinking that this hobby community is as niche as other model builders but more socially relevant as we’re not bound by the emotional tie to the technology of the models. I’d say nostalgia is what holds people to rail and sail modeling. Perhaps an element of the “Ooh Shiny!” response, aside from the dopamine kick of novelty, is how we as gamers envision our gaming. We want to be the epic hero and create the demand for dynamic minis of epic proportions (er.. within scale). The mini world is a microcosm of our imagination (yes, it literally is). Maybe that might also lead into the underpinnings of our collections as collectors, gamers and hobbyists.

    • A collector may never play a particular game or even touch something with paint or build but will enjoy the artistry of a model but purchase to attain the mini for the posession. This also might also give a real relic status to figures for the history of companies and personalities.
    • A gamer goes to get more figures because there are lists to build and matches to play that demand “tiny fighting men” on the field in order to explore chance of dice roles and rule sets put forth to experience/experiment with others (maybe just by themselves as has been spoken about in a few sit downs sessions).
    • A hobbyist will sculpt the figures or engineer basing, delve into the technical aspects of materials/techniques and expand on the physical components that makes epic visions come to life.

    Thinking of myself as more a collector/hobbyist at present I turned some thought to where I get my minis and games. Looking forward I see GW and large scale indie creators playing a great role in the continuing production of quality sculpts in figures on mass scale and a vast array of European makers for bespoke runs. I can’t say there’s much hope for the North American market as I look at the generic gaming figure manufacturers of Wizkids and Reaper doing their production in China. With current escalation of crackdowns on the gaming industry for not being compliant to the CCP and President Xi Thought (the TSR Red Box is not the same as the Little Red Book) this might well be a point where the solo production using 3D printers is not just novelty but one of the few reasonable means of having nice things for the tabletop (the present battleground of character designers and 3D sculptors for our hard earned cash). It also could mean that publication for physical books heads deeper into the weeds for our hobby. Our hobby community is a very individualistic luxury and doesn’t play well with being lumped into collective ration. Perhaps its just a manifestation of Maslow’s that we are able to do what we do.

    All in all the mini world isn’t such a small world after all (Death to those that sing the song as outlined in the rules for Small World).

    #1445651

    sundancer
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    I think I’m a hobbyist/collector that enjoys some games but other than that I think you nailed the head… no.. wait…. hit the hammer with the head… oh bugger…

    #1445990

    thelynxdefect
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    I bought a 40k game to see if the kids would play and two months later have a whole hobby station and straight up addiction. I do like the idea of playing, but living in a small town, Β being 40, and anti social is a bit of a hinderance πŸ˜‰. So Hobbyist/Theoretical Gamer?

    #1445992

    sundancer
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    @thelynxdefect you want a “finding players” app πŸ˜‰ Give http://www.iamgamefor.com a go if you want.

    #1445995

    damon
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    That website name could be soo badly misinterpreted…

    #1445996

    thelynxdefect
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    Hahahahaha

    #1445997

    sundancer
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    It can? I can’t see it… perks of not being a native speaker XD

     

    #1446030

    damon
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    I’m sure you can’t…😜

    Likes games, eh?

    *Nudge, nudge*

    Bit of a gamer, eh?

    *Wink, wink*😁

    #1446031

    sundancer
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    oh… Oh….. OOH!

    #1446628

    horati0nosebl0wer
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    *closes eyes, hangs head slightly and shakes it slowly* Poor poor pundancer. Bundestag gets a whole new meaning for when the little one isn’t around. Lol.. GW Gamesday Germany won’t ever be the same

    #1446638

    sundancer
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    You’re all on the naughty list now!

     

    ….it’s getting crowded on there XD

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