Episode 113: 40K on a Budget
In this episode, we discuss how to be part of the 40K hobby on a budget. We talk about limiting impulse purchases and buying models you will use and enjoy and getting discounts on models. We also talk about strategies such as converting, magnetizing, and bits purchases to save money. Finally, we discuss hobby supplies and what is worth the money and what is not. We also interview Aaron Albert, aka Trader-A on buying and selling used models for fun and profit.
40K is an expensive Hobby! Boxes of models are the most expensive part, but there are rule books, hobby supplies, and accessories that can add up.
Buying Models with Intent
GW does a really good job of promoting and hyping models; we all get excited about the cool stuff that comes out and its easy to fall for the hype.
Make a conscious decision when you buy a box of models: what are your plans for these models?
Avoid impulse buying; before you buy, ask, when will I build, paint, play this?
Discounts on Models
20% is really easy to find online or at your local store. Definitely support your local store where you play, but look for discounts where you can.
Boxes are almost always a good value, especially the Aattleforce or Apocalypse boxes.
Chasing the meta is always a problem as things change; very broken units will inevitably get nerfed.
Focus on the core of an army/list, what are the basic units you need for your list?
Proxy models/units when you can if you are looking to buy models to improve your list/army.
Low model count armies: some armies are much cheaper than others to get started.
It’s often cheaper to convert units rather than buy the new units. It also makes your army unique to you.
Some kits allow you to buy bits to build other models or variants, its sometimes cheaper to buy the bits to get more out of a kit.
Save all your bits!
Magnetizing units can help to provide options so you don’t need to buy multiple boxes to get access to all the weapons.
Not all hobby supplies are created equal. Some are required, some are optional, and the quality varies depending on what you want. You can go cheap on some things, but it’s best to spend more on other items.
Investing in an Airbrush? It will save time and can save paint for larger models, but there is a lot to buy to get started. Takes time to learn as well.
Don’t buy what you can’t use.
Interivew with Trader-A
Selling and buying 40K models online.
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