This hobby can be very expensive to say the least. Especially if you play GW Games. How can we keep costs down for both table top miniatures Games and board wargames?
A good friend pointed out that by buying figures at eBay or other auctions, the figs are only cheap if they ship from your country.
The gentleman at the Budgethammer Blog recommended a search like this for GW figures in order to get the best deals:
warhammer -bowl -rings -white -epic
“Firstly, it cancels out a number of words that tend to clog up Warhammer searches that I’m not personally interested in. “-bowl” gets rid of any Blood Bowl minis (I love Blood Bowl, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t like the old GW models and there’s a surprising amount of it on eBay), without hiding any Blood Angels stuff. “-rings” hide Lord of the Rings stuff, again of which there is a lot of. “-white” hides the Warhammer magazine, White Dwarf, and “-epic” hides all the Epic 40,000 stuff.
The search is set to ignore all Auctions and only display Buy It Now options. It hides all Business accounts/shops, only displaying Private sellers. Lastly, it orders it by Most Recently Listed.”
“He offers sound practical advice on buying and building your armies (should you opt for metal, plastic, or even card, and in which scale?), gaming tables, terrain, buildings and even storage solutions. As well as purely financial constraints, Iain Dickie also recognizes the fact that available space is another major restriction for many gamers and tackles this issue too. Now you’ve got no excuse not to get wargaming!”
Indeed choosing plastic over metal, or a smaller scale such as 2mm over 28mm, both of these will save you money.
Irregular Miniatures is one of the cheapest if not the cheapest producer of metal miniatures. GW is perhaps the most expensive. Going for 20 mm soft plastic miniatures makes our hobby very cheap indeed.
The Wargamer online magazine has more ideas on keeping wargame costs down.
There`s a plethora of free rules available for miniatures play from all periods. Just do a web search for “free wargame rules,” or “free table top miniatures rules,” something like that. Many rule sets have been a labour of love by their author, and have been play tested over many years with friends and relatives. Some of the free rules are actually better than the rules which are rushed out to make publishing deadlines by the major companies. And frankly, the rules are what make or break the game.