View Full Version : If someone stole all your minis...

13-12-2011, 03:15
i.e. knowing what you know now, not a new player to the game, what would you start collecting? Flavor of the month? Go for nostalgia, your first army again? Or looking at current prices just go buy a motorcycle instead?

13-12-2011, 03:18
I'd quit.

(don't let anyone who knows me personally know that, please??? :shifty:)

allow me to expand.
My family and\or my opponents would pull a 'Houdini' with my models to get me to stop playing. . .

Lord Inquisitor
13-12-2011, 03:22
I would hunt them down. It might take years but I would find them and enact fearsome acts of nerdy vengeance. Don't mess with my models. :mad:

13-12-2011, 03:23
A few years ago I had my new car stolen which had all of my Necrons and Grey Knights :(

The first army I did after I had a massive rant and rage dump was Space Marines. I did this because I treated having no more models as an opportunity to start a new army with some ideas I had been toying with. If I still had the Necrons and Grey Knights then I would not have had the pleasure of trying something new (since I already had 2 other armies).

Brother Alexos
13-12-2011, 03:32
You know, I would re-collect my Blood Angels, just because they were my first army, and the new models, coupled with my new ideas on collecting an army would be pretty cool.

13-12-2011, 03:34
You know, I would re-collect my Blood Angels, just because they were my first army, and the new models, coupled with my new ideas on collecting an army would be pretty cool.

Yeah, I know what you mean. I'd never waste money on those raptors or CSM bikers again. Sucks because they were both awesome units in the older codex.

13-12-2011, 03:55
It would depend.

If any of my 40k armies were stolen, I would just stop playing that army. Period. It's not worth restarting it even if I could source them cheap second hand.

If my sole fantasy army was stolen, I'd just replace it. It's a mantic elf army for WHFB at around 2400 pts. One box with a few extras.

Back in 1995, I did have an army stolen. 2500 pts of Wood Elves. I stopped playing fantasy for 17 years.

If either of my infinity armies were stolen, they'd be replaced. 20 models.

13-12-2011, 04:15
Hunt them down and make an example of them, of course. What would you expect?

13-12-2011, 08:47
On topic:

I would probably start collecting flavour of the month with dioramas built and painted to a higher quality with characters from the BL books.

If I then were to start collecting a new army it would most likely be slow and specialized, like an FW army.

13-12-2011, 09:05
To be honest with you, if someone stole all my models, I think I could rely on my friends to rally round to help peice together another one. We did the same for a friend when his marines got mauled by his cat.

13-12-2011, 09:43
Rather than flouting the apparently prevalent masculinity on these boards, would more people care to answer the original question from the OP?

If you, for whatever reason, lost your existing collection - would you continue to collect miniatures or not, and if so, in what capacity?

13-12-2011, 09:52
..this got me thinking.

If i lost my models and army's i would just start over.

Modeling, painting, collecting, thinking of armylists is 90% of the hobby anyway. The time spend gaming is a fraction of the time spend with the other stuff.

Now if i loose a army, i will just pick a box of something and start over. 20 to 30 euro's every two weaks is a investment i can deal with. A good chance i would start something elite like purifier spam or something so i can play a tournament or two.

How ever, if i lost all my hobby materials.

Paints, brushes, airbrush, bit boxes, 'gubbin boxes', terrain,

...that would hurt and make 'getting back' a lot harder.

13-12-2011, 09:56
How ever, if i lost all my hobby materials.

Paints, brushes, airbrush, bit boxes, 'gubbin boxes', terrain,

...that would hurt and make 'getting back' a lot harder.
Thats a very good point actually. I think the bitz and stuff we accumulate would make getting back into the hobby much easier. If that cushion goes as well, then what looked challenging before now lookseven more so.

13-12-2011, 09:56
I'd probably quit the game.

If I lost my Warmahordes minis as well I might at least start that again as it is cheaper to get back into.

13-12-2011, 09:57
Yeah I would. I just wouldn't trash most of my money in (like I do now to get an army play-ready).
I'd might even take the time to REALLY paint it. Now, I've got Dark Elves, O&G for fantasy and Forgeworld upgraded Marines as Salamanders (every thank I'm going to buy gets the Sallie fronts, only have razorback so far, all of my marines get the sallie shoulder pads and the metal Tactical/assault shoulder pads.)

Don't think I'd start one of those again, altough I love playing with my O&G.
WICH army would be the big question, as there are (for fantasy) alot of very cool armies I like, but I'm never starting those because to many ppl from our playing group already play them (aka Skaven, High Elves and Warriors of Chaos).
I'd probally decide between Blood Angels, Chaos Marines or Orks
and for fantasy, probally Warriors of Chaos, as I'm really into Limited Editions, and they've got tons of them.

13-12-2011, 10:05
To be honest with you, if someone stole all my models, I think I could rely on my friends to rally round to help peice together another one. We did the same for a friend when his marines got mauled by his cat.
Sell cat, use money for new army:D

The bearded one
13-12-2011, 10:38
For some armies I'd relish the oppertunity to start over and "do it right"

and maybe change the colourscheme :)

But for some armies I don't think I'd bother rebuilding and try new ones instead. My first fantasy and 40K army (dwarfs and Tau) I would definately rebuild though.

13-12-2011, 10:38
Sell cat, use money for new army:D

That could provide some nice background. Your new army could be a 2nd founding after the first was wiped out by some angry giant sabertoothed monster.

And those stolen chapters were lost in the warp.

Me? I think I would restart my old Chaos Army. I'd just build for the current meta which means all those flesh hounds and blood letters and sub-par troops wouldn't make a reappearance.

13-12-2011, 11:00
Don't know, think I'd be spending quite some tme on ebay trying to find some of the older models again and starting some of the armies I have all over again, just maybe somewhat smaller (my o&g army is really too big, it will never get finished) and more detail and conversion work rather than simple sheer amount of models to be honest. But then again, I think that also stems from the fact that by now I have somewhat more experience so prefer different approaches to an army.

Offtopic (well sort of), a friend of mine had his last edition Big bug army stolen from the gaming store, It was highly converted and painted to a pretty danm high standard, two days later we find the kid that stole them, in the same gamestore, painting them...:shifty: Had a very very good talk with him and got his parents around for a good scolding on manners and raising kids, never saw the kid again. Friend got his army back though, with only a few new brushstrokes on them :D

13-12-2011, 11:26
I'd start an Elysian Drop troop army from the insurance money.

13-12-2011, 11:38
Had my fully painted 2k lizardman army stolen. Never could bring myself to start them up again

13-12-2011, 11:46
If someone stole all my figures, I'd probably find them halfway down the road collapsed under the weight - I've been collecting a long, long time. ;)

However, if I did lose all my figures (say to a fire), then I'd probably try and rebuild the armies I've got, but there's lots of long-OOP figures that I'd be unlikely to ever find again. And some of the more spurious purchases would be unlikely to get repeated.

13-12-2011, 12:34
Tough question, but I would probably look up the cheapest unpainted army on e-bay or some place similar and start from there. I pretty much like all the armies so that wouldn't be much of a problem. I would however be in shock for quite some time and take a very long break first.

13-12-2011, 12:55
Bide my time, saving up cash and hobby motivation until the next Eldar codex arrives, then go nuts. :)

13-12-2011, 12:58
I would probably start a new army, but just the one and make it something very special.
But this thread has raised an interesting question for me, are my models, book and other gaming bits and bobs covered on the house contents insurance? or do I need a specific policy? After all the amount of cash that we've (as gamers) have poured into our hobby, surely they have some financial value as well. I know that I had to get seperate insurance for my telescope to cover it against theft or damage outside of the house.

13-12-2011, 13:25
I think I would finally go for that big combined chaos force. Only instead of being side tracked, stick to it! WFBG, well I wouldn't really care. I haven't played a game in ages.

13-12-2011, 13:26
I play Guard (cadian models more then 7000pts and slowly growing), GK and SoB...If something like this would happen, I would rage for a month.
Then I'll start a DKoK army and some AdMech army. The money will be the same. But I'll never leave the hobby.

The Death of Reason
13-12-2011, 13:28
I'd collect the insurance, and start considering what army to do next..

13-12-2011, 13:30
I'd probably have a good cry, after all I'd be losing a collection that's taken me 25+ years to build! After that I'd go looking for vengeance (in a fashion that would make Chuck Norris wince) and if that failed I'd likely start a couple of my armies again like my DA, Orks and GK.

13-12-2011, 13:44
I'd quit.

(don't let anyone who knows me personally know that, please??? :shifty:)

Ditto. I might come back at some point but I currently have about 30,000 points worth of armies accross various systems. All fully painted, many lovingly (if inexpertly) converted.

I think it would take me a decade to fully replace them. I can't face the idea of that much work . . .

13-12-2011, 13:50
I'd say they have amazing taste.

That being said sure, i'd start again.

13-12-2011, 13:59
If I lost my entire Eldar army to some accident, I'd quit GW games altogether.

I'm already on the brink of leaving, and one of two things keeping me back are my models (the other are a few friends who only play 40K, no Warmachine).

Also, I've been collecting for 2+ years, and I still miss some units I'd like to have, and I don't want to ever start that cycle again. (The same reason I refuse to start a second 40K army, while I'm currently growing my third army for Warmachine)

If one of my Warmachine armies were lost, I'd reinvest.

My Khador would be the easiest to replace, as it's still below 200 Euro and mostly unpainted (fully playable, though).

I'd also fully replace most of my Crxy force, as it is composed entirely of models I really, really like. (Fully playable, though, and thanks to better balance a lot more viable than, say, an Eldar army with Swooping Hawks)

I'd probably slim down my Cygnar force, when I rebuild it. Still in the GW mindset, I originally kept adding units after I already had the ~30-40 models I wanted and needed. I'd replace the three main Casters, the Defender and probably the Hunters, my Gun Mages, my Long Gunners, Stormcallers, Trencher Chain Guns, add regular Trenchers (which I still miss), and I'd be more or less done. :)

13-12-2011, 14:04
I'd keep collecting models, but I think I'd probably move into historicals. Cheaper, more interesting to me personally, and a lot easier to access. Either Flames of War, Napoleonics, or American Civil War. Or all of the above.

GW's too expensive now to start over, now that I have a marriage and a mortgage.

King ChucaBoBo
13-12-2011, 14:05
Well I would definitely re-build, but I would consolidate down to one army each for 40K and WHFB. I currently have Eldar and Necrons. I would go for something that plays differently from what I currently have maybe Orks or Dark Eldar. I cant really get into the imperial armies even though they tend to have the most support from GW.

13-12-2011, 14:12
My Eldar and Dark Eldar collection is so vast, he'd need a small transporter.

That being said, if someone managed that feat: I would hunt them down mercilessly, these minis were a part of most of my life, so much time, effort and money...

I would however start rebuilding, and try to improve on what I had done before. Same Armies.

13-12-2011, 14:15
I'd not bother with the main GW ranges. Too expensive now, and the rules aren't good enough

My historicals, and some of the GW specialist games, such as Blood Bowl. I'd rebuild like a shot...

Gorbad Ironclaw
13-12-2011, 15:45
I'd not bother with the main GW ranges. Too expensive now, and the rules aren't good enough

Agreed. I have armies for both WFB and 40k and haven't used them in years. If I lost them it would be way, way to expensive to replace them and what would be the point. I'd want to replace my Blood Bowl stuff through. Probably my Infinity too, but essentially I'd cut down massively on what I actually have and be rather critical in picking out the couple of games I'd really want.

13-12-2011, 16:14
First I would be devastated because I put so much love and work and patience and money in my collection. (When someone broke into my house and stole a brand new laptop, I was relieved that he didn't touch my minis, silly I know..)

I would start a true scaling space marine project.

13-12-2011, 16:26
I think I would be a bit upset and rather down for a while. To be honest I am not sure I would want to start collecting again if I lost everything. If I did it would probably just be BFG at least to start with. I don't know if I could go through all the hassle of collecting and painting fromscratch everything again.

Getifa Ubazza
13-12-2011, 17:06
I used to have Nids, But the new codex men't having to pretty much start from scratch. I'm not bashing the new codex, just saying that it kinda felt the same as all my stuff being taken. I bought a couple of the new models, But had no motivation to do it.

When Mantic announced Warpath I started looking at building a Sci-Fi army again. I bought some models for Warzone and thought they would be cool as Imperial Guard, But ended up using them for Disposable Heroes.

I might build an Imperial Guard army though, But do it slowly over a year or two. Maybe buy a single squad each month and really try to paint it to the best of my ability. I would go with an Infantry horde with tons of heavy weapon squads. Probably spam missile launchers, as they are my favourite weapon in the game.

If not Guard, then Daemons would be very cool to play and paint.

13-12-2011, 17:08
I would start a new army I hadn't done before and would stick to just that one army.

13-12-2011, 17:13
If all my minis were stolen, that wouldn't dissuade me from buying more. My next purchase from any company would probably be Assault on Black reach. Then, I'd buy about 300-500 points of Sisters of Battle; one model at a time and paint them up to look real nice. And I'd probably buy Island of Blood, an Ogre Kingdoms battalion, and I'd probably buy several malifaux box sets and some anima tactics models. And Avatars of War, too.

Although I would buy some SoB, my (currently 2,500+ point) army as a whole would not be replaced. My random yet expansive collection of tyranids would definitely not be replaced. My space marines, guard, and lovingly converted inquisition models would not be replaced, except by what came in Assault on Black Reach. My Juan Diaz Daemonettes would probably not be replaced.

When I was a little kid, I used to collect stuffed animals with my mother. We'd go on trips and we'd stop in some tourist shop or whatever and get one. Every one of them had a story about how we got them. Eventually, there were too many to remember where they all came from. My mom sold them all at a yard sale (apparently it was my idea). I got upset, and we started the collection over again. But my heart wasn't in it. We picked up one or two, maybe three, and my enthusiasm died. I'd look at them and just think about the ones I didn't have.

Of course, in the case of stuffed animals, my lack of enthusiasm could also be explained by my growing up. But I wonder if I'd use that excuse for toy soldiers too. o_O

Actually my ex trashed my blood angels chapter after we seperated and threw them by the trash. call it vengance, i admit i was a jerk at that time. but dont mess with the mini's.
I actually demolished her car with a baseball bat over the fact. and got cought by the police who send me to jail for 24 hours. After telling the police what she did even the policeguy got mad (he was a collector also) so i got a lucky break.

That is very lucky.

13-12-2011, 17:37
As much as it pains me to say it... I would replace my skaven as I dearly love the rats despite how much work it will take. If my 40k armies were stolen I might finally try a pwer armour army.

If my warmachine army was taken I would be pissed, but wouldnt sweat too much, I don't really like the models all that but the game is pretty awesome, I would just replace it with a new faction. As for my hordes I would be happy if somone stole my legion of everblight! Then I would have an excuse to replace all the horrible metal beast with the new plastic ones comming out soon!

13-12-2011, 17:40
I'd quit, I live in a rural part of the United States and I'm lucky if I get in one game a month. There are other things I can do with my time like play video games, spend time with family, watch football. Th only reason I am still gaming is I have a friend who enjoys it, but it is an hour trip to see him. If he ever decides to leave, I'd probably abandon the hobby all together, especially if I lost my 8k of painted Dark Elves.

Though in my area, my minis are likely to be lost in a fire rather than be stolen.

Easy E
13-12-2011, 18:48
I would simply pack it up and do something else.

13-12-2011, 19:23
HA! Jokes on them, I play Tyranids... :p

13-12-2011, 19:57
Well, the first order of business would be to go through all my army ideas and choose a new army to play. Pre-Heresy World Eaters being the current favorite.

Then, after having converted all the rage at having my stuff stolen into useful energy, file a police report and call a few friends. My friends and I would then calmly and methodically hunt the thief down and enact a hours of brutality on said thief and his prized possessions. After that, turn in him to the police. None of us would mind paying fines and/or spending time in a cell to teach someone a lesson.

13-12-2011, 20:01
Actually had this happen to me. Altough not my main army was taken my new fantasy army containing my full empire army (parts that were assembled anyway) and parts of my IG and chaos army were in it. Fair to say i tried looking for it but nothing came of it...

After sulking for a few months I just started over. Nothing else I could do...

13-12-2011, 20:17
I be mad, but at the same time slightly relieved. I've been needing a clear out of old projects and bitz boxes for about a year near. I only havn't because I can't decide what to get rid of. It'd almost be a relief to have the decision taken out of my hands

I'd nevewr quit, 40k and GW in general has been too huge a part of my life to turn my back on it. I'd start up some projects that i've had in my mind for years, like my Throgg-based WoC, some pre-heresy Thousand Sons and my Harlequin force.

That said, if they took the Sarpedon model that Ron from FtW made for me a few years back, i'd be devastated

13-12-2011, 21:19
After thinking about it I would probably just quit the hobby. It is a lot of time and fun, but there are other things I want to do too, and only so much money to go around.

13-12-2011, 21:24
Somone stole my Blood Angels and a Flames of War Italian army while I turned my head at a game store. They were in my bag right next to me and I go to answer a question turn back to unload my army and bam not there.

I was shocked I didn't rage there on the spot and no one in the store saw anything or admited to seeing anything. I learned a valuable lesson, chain your minis to your arm when not in use.

13-12-2011, 21:35
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Sons of Lorgar
13-12-2011, 21:43
I'd scour the web to reclaim them or die trying.

And then resume the collection

13-12-2011, 21:45
Just to clear up the insurance thing:

Most insurance policies will cover things like models on a normal contents insurance, however if they as a whole collection are worth more than the individual item limit on your policy then they have to be declared as a collection. Most policies will have a clearly laid out amount above which items have to be declared, often a couple of hundred quid, and any declarations (depending on what they are, how they are stored, how valuable) will possibly raise your premium by a small amount.

If you collection as a whole is worth more than the declaration limit, then you really need to declare it, otherwise it can cause problems with claiming on the rest of your insurance - not just claims for models.

13-12-2011, 21:51
it would be hard because I would still want to play orks, but I don't want to spend months and months painting them again

13-12-2011, 22:31
I would think long and hard as to what army I would start, collect up to 5k for local apocalypse games, and then stop. Off the cuff, I would take a long, hard look at starting Tau, as their battle force is actually a good bargain, and I could have a full 1500 point army after collecting 2 of them.

13-12-2011, 22:56
I think I'd have more to worry about if they'd been thorough enough to clear out all of my minis... but when things had settled down again I would:

1. Only ever buy one box at a time.

2. Only ever buy another box when I'd painted the previous box.

3. Start with just some of my favourite centrepiece models: a Stompa, the Stegadon, the High Elf dragon, etc

4. Decide which army would be most fun to be killed by Squigs - my daughter's favourite model - and start that army. Or Dwarfs. I've never actually painted a Dwarf, but they were the army I was first attracted to, but I eventually went for the Empire so that I could have cavalry.

5. Thinking about this some more, I wonder whether I am currently approaching my hobby in the right way. Perhaps I am suffering from the fallacy of sunk costs by pursuing the belief that I should finish the army that I have started, rather than pursue the above course of action from now.

I may have to think about this - thanks for the interesting thread!

13-12-2011, 23:06
I'd probably end up with almost every army for both 40k and whfb in a few years...



13-12-2011, 23:07
I'd have to redomy EC army. I'm not to precious about the others, though I've put a lot of time, effort and cash into my Death Guard.

It would hugely suck, but if I got insurance money, there are some minis I'd love to repaint with the skills I have now.

Friedrich von Offenbach
14-12-2011, 13:19
I'd quit.

(don't let anyone who knows me personally know that, please??? :shifty:)

Couldn't agree with you more!

14-12-2011, 13:29
I'd start over again - I love you the model making rather than gaming, so woul djust start the process all over again.

However, quick question: a number of people are talking about collecting the insurance - do you know that your stuff is covered, where it is covered, how much cover there is and what the security warranties are?

14-12-2011, 14:10
For me, it would probably depend partially on whether or not I could claim insurance on the models (which would likely depend on the nature of the theft and such).

If I couldn't, then I'd most likely have to stop, and maybe try to buy back my army in a very gradual manner.

If I did get insurance for them, I think I'd want to carry on with tyranids (although I'd be very sad to lost my Tyranid Prime conversions). They're in a bad state at the moment, but I like the models and enjoy most of their fluff. Not sure I'd want to carry on with Necrons. I might try to collect a fantasy army instead. :p

14-12-2011, 16:56
I'd quit.
Pretty much this. I would rebuild my FoW army and probaly a few malifaux gangs but the only reason I keep with 40K are the thousands of painted figures I already have.

14-12-2011, 17:35
I think I would switch armies. I love my guard, but I wouldn't want to build and paint all those same looking models and the guard, even with all their variety, are getting a little stale. I think I would like to try a xenos army. Probably either Tyranids or Dark Eldar.

Goat of Yuggoth
14-12-2011, 17:45
If this'd mean all of my bits boxes as well, I'd seriously think it over. But I think I'd start off with collecting a small band of Malifaux, painting it up and then expanding onto Fantasy first and foremost since it has a serious nostalgia value.

Maybe this time around I'd first buy the codex/army book, and only then start the army as I'm always buying this and that and then I never use half of it...

For 40k, I'd probably go for Blood Angels gone bad (ie. a Khorne Vampire army). I'd probably keep it at that, but then do single pieces of other armies when I felt like it. And a small, coherent true scale Border Patrol force would definitely be one of those things I'd like to do if I just had to start over.

But given the amount of miniatures I have (and the way they're scattered all over the place), I seriously doubt that anyone would even dream about trying to steal them :D At least they'd be very easy to catch, just find out who's been renting all those trucks!


14-12-2011, 17:57
I had a huge (8,000 points in second edition terms) Eldar army that was destroyed in a car accident. I then decided to start collecting chaos space marines, which was my only army until they got screwed by the split into angry marines and schizophrenic daemons. If both my Orks and Dark Eldar were stolen, I would probably start Space Wolves just because I like the miniatures and just got done reading Prospero Burns. It would be nice for once painting an army where I don't have the pressure of coming up with a totally original paint scheme. I'm not halfway done with the Dark Eldar and I'm already considering stripping and repainting.

14-12-2011, 18:02
If someone stole my models I would have a good idea who, no one is going to come in my house and steal toy solider, come in, steal the TV and smash the things, not steal them, with that in mind I would hunt them down. Would I replace them? only if I could replace them with insurance, fact of the matter is I don't think I could afford to start over again.

14-12-2011, 18:33
I would build more Tau (can't help myself) but my chaos marines and Eldar would not get replaced. I'd probably finally build a new Dark Angels army- they were my first army and only prohibitive painting time and trying to update 3 armies stands in the way of me doing it now.

Frankly I have so much rubbish that a discerning thief who left my Hazard Suits alone would probably be doing me a favour!

14-12-2011, 23:41
Well after I put in a massive insurance claim for my models I would either buy myself some more or put a down payment on a small house. Since I run my local gaming club I don't see myself rage quiting.

I suspect I would buy a load of metal grey knights (have 7k of GK, mostly metal) due to fond memories of using them back when they were competitive tripe of 40k.

15-12-2011, 02:16
I had my RT era Guard army stolen in 93'. :cries: It took my until 97' to get back into the game. I have a lot more minis now including Forge World stuff and OoP models. I don't think I could go through a hit like that again.

15-12-2011, 02:31
i.e. knowing what you know now, not a new player to the game, what would you start collecting? Flavor of the month? Go for nostalgia, your first army again? Or looking at current prices just go buy a motorcycle instead?

I'd quit. Too expensive to rebuild and I have no desire to paint large numbers of models anymore. I'd probably just spend the money on traveling.

Cheers, Gary

Dark Elite
15-12-2011, 02:34
I'd quit. It's not worth the time and certainly not worth the money to recreate my army. I will never play either way, since I no longer enjoy it.

15-12-2011, 05:26
I'd probably hang up my dice and move onto some other less costly pass time and move on with my life. Would I pissed and passive-aggressive for a while? you betcha! But I'll still get over it eventually.

There's my rationally thinking adult answer, below is my passive-aggressive revenge fantasy answer.

I'd totally hunt them down and break their thumbs, then I'd smash their computer, or golf clubs, or honda civic(with sick body kit...) or whatever stupid hobby they hold dear to their heart so they can see how it feels. Yup, because my toy men getting stolen totally justifies such behavior.

Freman Bloodglaive
15-12-2011, 07:58
I'd probably quit. I don't think I'd ever have the money to replace the models I've already collected.

15-12-2011, 08:06
I will be overjoyed! It is a perfect excuse to start a NEW army. :)

15-12-2011, 10:05
well its a very interesting question...

since its a GW forum i'll assume you are talking about GW stuff:):shifty:

i don't really think someone would steal mine as where mine are stored there are quite a few things that are more 'worthy' of being nicked...

though if a cheeky **** did on the one hand it would be:mad: then on the other:evilgrin::p as i might take it as an excuse to start again. Though of course thats where the real problem lies which armies to do?

though in an ideal world i'd like to catch the person who did it and...:shifty::eyebrows:

15-12-2011, 10:27
If someone stole all your minis...

Where's the next wall to bang my head into?

i.e. knowing what you know now, not a new player to the game, what would you start collecting? Flavor of the month? Go for nostalgia, your first army again? Or looking at current prices just go buy a motorcycle instead?
I... really... don't know.

Born Again
15-12-2011, 12:17
Rather than flouting the apparently prevalent masculinity on these boards, would more people care to answer the original question from the OP?

If you, for whatever reason, lost your existing collection - would you continue to collect miniatures or not, and if so, in what capacity?

Well, simply losing them by another means is a far different thing to having them stolen where it's a matter of theft and getting them back if you can, as opposed to other things where they may not be retrievable. In any case I'd have no problem with starting over, though I wouldn't 're-collect' the armies I'd lost, just get new armies of whatever I fancied at the time. I paint and play because I enjoy it, not because I feel obliged to due to previous financial investment.

Disposable Hero
15-12-2011, 19:51
If they got stolen and got slabbed gobbo green on them I would know for sure that it was my kid.

Perhaps I would start a LotR army. Always liked that, never done it.

16-12-2011, 14:58
I am pretty sure I would rage quit. I'm not sure if I would get back in later on after i settled down, on the one hand I could redo my Bret army and paint it better. I am only just now getting back into 40K so i don't actually have a lot of stuff i would miss there.

If someone stole my mini's I know I would be made and tempted to physical violence if I caught them but I would have to call the cops. The value of the models alone on one of my armies has to be > $500. I believe in the states that is considered grand larceny and they can faace some serious trouble.

i am not sure if mini's are considered collectable and being painted adds to the value for an insurance standpoint but if you look up the price of fully painted armies, even bad ones on ebay and you have quite and investment. Anyway I am sure you need to have something special added to your insurance policy to claim them so this thread has prompted me to look into that. But if you claim them on your insurance I am sure you have to file a police report.

I am a little confused by the guy who said his mini's were stolen at his local game store, why did you not call the police? I am sure someone would have suddenly remembered something when they showed up. i certainly would never go back to that store after that, I don't want to be around a bunch of liars and thieves.

16-12-2011, 15:08
I'de quit for the time being, can't afford a brand new army at the moment.

Dead Man Walking
16-12-2011, 16:36
Someone did steal my Nid army and they were REAL jerks about it too!:mad:

See first they came in and started telling me, "You know, I bet you would like to have a newer nid book wouldn't you." This was before the current book and I got all excited and started rattling off all the rumors I had heard and the things that I would like to see, and then they pulled the new book out with a big smile and handed it to me, "Well, here you go, new improved Nid army book!" Then they waved thier hand over my army and said, "By the way, all those models you own are crappy now and you will have to buy a whole new army from us if you want to actually have a chance of winning a game, Oh and we practically doubled the prices! Cheers mate!" :cries::mad::cries::mad::cries::mad::skull:

My response was to not play ANY games for over a year now.

16-12-2011, 16:41
Jesus they would be doing me a favour, I have 5 armies to paint this winter I'd love to get that down to one.

Ace Rimmer
16-12-2011, 22:52
I'd start another Eldar army, I can't help myself......

16-12-2011, 23:08
Hmm... Depends what system but...
If all my models were stolen.
For Fantasy, I would go back and redo my Lizardmen. They were my first army, and I keep wanting to go back and do more on them, just that most of my stuff is not painted very well from back then.
For 40k. I think I would start up Eldar as a new army. My first and only armies in 40k are Blood Angels and Necrons. Not doing BLood Angels but instead Fleshtearers would be a second. And then I might finally get around to doing more Crons. But at the moment, even though I am painting the Crons, I think I'd rather start a new Eldar army if my collection got stolen just for something fresh.

16-12-2011, 23:08
I'd quit. The startup cost from nothing again wouldn't be worth it for me anymore. I only add the odd model that catches my fancy to my collection after 15 years of 40K, and the game is not good enough that I'd throw thousands at it again. I don't even play much anymore, I spend most of my free time playing Classic BattleTech nowadays (btw, my BT collection once got lost, and it took me 10 years till I started buying that stuff again, and I only did it because it's more affordable than 40K or WFB and I think that it's a better game. If I lost my IG I'd probably just buy a new used car for the money it would cost me to replace them).

I already stopped playing WFB with 8th edition, and since my only army there are 12K of Dogs of War, it's unlikely I'll ever get back into it.

16-12-2011, 23:08
Well, I lost all of my minis (well, almost all of them, my precious Wood Elves and 2 units of particularly well painted firewarriors survived) when two of my 'hobby crates' fell off of the truck in my move. In total, I lost about 2500 points of Dark Eldar (mostly older models), 2000 points of Tau and, most painfully, 3000 points of Ogre Kingdoms. Wound's a bit fresh to be honest, and I'm still debating a bit what I'm going to do, since much of my scrap stuff has disappeared with it...

I've mostly refocused on my Infinity force for now, but I'm hoping to get back into the Tau when the new book is released. So I guess what I'd do is take a serious moment to consider whether or not there is a force/army/theme etc. that intrigues me enough to reinvest in GW.

17-12-2011, 01:54
I would carefully scoure ebay for a few weeks, not for anything new but to see if it pops up. If it does i will buy them back. If not I'll get new stuff.

17-12-2011, 02:04
I would probably stop collecting that army. I got 3 armies at the moment and all those is new since I restarted 2010. 2009 I sold all models to restart.
They are way to expensive to replace right now. They all contain FW stuff. At least 100£ worth of FW in each army.

So no I would not replace.

Btw If it was my Dkok army. I would rip the persons arms of and attach them to myself so I could beat him twice as much!

Khornies & milk
17-12-2011, 04:26
I'd wait until the insurance came through and then rebuild my IG Army (as it's the most important to me), but pay to get a pro to paint it to a really really high standard...I know some GD winners so the standard of painting would be that high.

17-12-2011, 16:34
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17-12-2011, 17:44
I have six 40K armies, so if someone stole all of that I'd be horribly pissed. I probably wouldn't stop playing though.

I'd only start one new army, because there is no way I'm paying the new prices (and yes I'm counting the 20% off internet discounts) for more than that.

I really don't know what force I would choose though. Either I would rebuild one of my old armies, or go Ultramarines I guess.

18-12-2011, 04:10
This scenario has happened to me.

My 3rd edition Tyranids were stolen... :(

drybrushed Albino Tyranids were my first army, so I'm rebuilding an army from 2nd edition ebay models.

I have got a ******** of 2nd edition termagants, and are going to change my carapace colour scheme to a cockroach brown (Iyanden Darksun, then washed with a 1:1 Gryphone Sepia:Devlan Mud wash, and a final Devlan Mud wash.

Also have ideas on how to convert a 'sneaky' Tyranid Prime from the current plastic warrior box (replace the legs with a set of scything Talons, and re-adjusting the warrior's neck, torso, and tail in order to allow a prone zerg 'Lurker' stance.)

I used to play lots of city-fight games, so the lower model, makes better use of cover.

Corax the Deliverer
18-12-2011, 04:39
Tough question. I think I would either rebuild my Raven Guard or would even consider doing an AdMech army when FW gets around to doing them.

18-12-2011, 17:47
I'd start again but with totaly differant armies, I'd play more themed armies rather than having the best units/strongest build

18-12-2011, 19:24
Quit. I barely play any 40k now, or have done so for months. I'd probably expand my Warmachine/Infinity stuff or get some historics stuff to go with it.

Brother Nidus
18-12-2011, 20:38
I'd start an Ultramarines army...

no one would want to steal a boring army like that...

But seriously, if I got home and all my models where missing, there are two armies I'd start.

1. 2nd Company Ultramarines

2. Pre-Heresy Emperor's Children

However that is my plan when i get home from vacation anyway, so not much difference...