@Violenceha Heh, I'm actually giving that a go right now
Currently in my 'to paint' bracket is:
4k point guard army.
£160's worth of grey knights, still in boxes.
2k Khorne army
4k Fantasy Chaos army
and thats after listing 3 armies and half of one of my bitzboxes on ebay.
Its a good point that poverty inspires us to pick up old projects rather than buy new. I know that if i didn't have my current guard army to work on, i'd recondition an old one over buying again and I think thats a great trend, maybe not for the industry but definitely for army diversification. I've put up for sale a load of armies because I think that i'm paying too little attention to too many things and the quality is suffering because of it. My ratio is something in the region of 20/80 in favour of unpainted now, and 40/60 in favour of still boxed.
Because of this slimming, I don't dread the shinny now. Because I know i'll just buy what will work, rather than everything in a range and do nothing with it. Of course, thats easy to type now. Wave new beserker models or new guard of any kind under my nose and i'll buy it all with the proceeds of my kidneys.