I can fully appreciate where you are coming from Deff Mekz. I started this hobby back in the late 80`s myself and have watched it grow into the world wide beast it is today. Myself and my friends refuse to use unpainted models in our home games mainly as when we started playing it was a plainly stated in the rules books you should have painted armies. I think its fair to say that you hear more from people who play in the tourny scene here as they use forums such as this to discuss builds and things. Many people complain they must have fully painted armies for this but i see PP have started to slip this into their rules sets too for events. This is not a bad thing as i ask honestly, which looks better 2 armies of mostly grey plastic and metal fighting it out or 2 fully painted armies with even the most basic of paint jobs on them?
painting and modeling does not have to be a chore and there will always be those who do not wish to do it, fair play to them its not for everyone. It has always been part of the hobby i found the hardest and i can find it hard to motivate myself at times but half an hour in the morning before work and half an hour in the evening and soon i am churning through podcats and painting my figs all at the same time. I gives me a little me time in this crazy rat race we call life.