“What to write about” has been a topic of frustration for me over the past week or so. I have been accumulating topics left and right and have a stack pages deep waiting for me to address….but none of them felt right. Weird…I know, but then it hit me, that something popped into my brain and screamed “POW Right in kisser!” That something was; what it means in my opinion to be a full-spectrum-warhammer-40K-player. That was a mouth full, but o so sweet. This might be a little deep for some, and its going to be a bit more Warhammer philosophy then anything else, but….go with it.
What does it mean to be a 40K player? To me it means a lot of things, to you, maybe not. But when I look at the hobby that is Warhammer I distinctly see three separate aspects of the game that all have their place in the hobby as a whole. Those are…
Modeling- this is the nitty-gritty. This happens with all those pieces of dull grey plastic that come in any box you buy. Here is an area of the hobby that goes most unnoticed and is usually something that very few players get into. The best of the best modelers however will ultimately have some of the coolest things on the table top. They have unique conversions and awesome models that are different from everyone else. One of the coolest examples of this can be found here…
If for some reason the link does not work, then look up BoLScon winner, it is a highly converted Nid army that looks absolutely amazing.
Painting- Whether we like to admit it or not, painting you minis is part of the hobby. It takes time, patience and a lot of practice to get right, but when you figure out how it’s done you will never go back. Check out coolminiornot.com for painting inspiration or just ask a question here and one of us will jump to help you.
Playing- This is an aspect of the hobby that takes center stage for most people. Winning tournaments is the end goal of a lot of players. And that is perfectly fine, but I have to say that I think your missing out of a lot of the fun that the hobby has to offer if this is your one desire. Playing can be extremely rewarding, and to be honest, this is my favorite thing about the hobby. I love the contest and the competition that playing a worthy opponent brings. I love honing my skills with different armies and tactics. But this also has a dark side…DUM DUM DUUUM! (lightning crack). Loosing. When this is the only part of the hobby you enjoy its easy to start hating your hobby when you lose. And here’s why. This is the only part of the hobby that is contingent on someone beside you. OR, put simply, this is the only part of the hobby that we are not in complete control over. No one else besides you dictates how you paint your minis or convert your models into 40K masterpieces. But, winning games can be shattered by an opponent, or a new rule, or a mission, or a scenario, or by crappy dice that seem to hate you, or by running out of time when you just needed that one last turn! Or by not getting enough sleep the night before, or by being late for the tournament and it fills up OR BY…..fill in the blank!
This is why being a Full-Spectrum-Player is important to me personally. Because I really like this hobby and I really want to enjoy it. Is it wrong to have a favorite part of 40K……absolutely not. Is ok to hate painting? Yes. But if your going to enjoy this hobby to the fullest extent it has to offer, then you have to at least try the different aspects that make up Warhammer 40,000.