It's always there, the pull to try out Fantasy.
I've always stuck to 40k and never thought about playing it until now. What with the new edition and everything. NockerGeek has got a post similar to this one I just stumbled across, where he highlights the reasons he won't be getting into the game as well.
But you know what's stopping me?
Aside from the cost?
To be honest, that's a big one, but even bigger than that is the thought of never playing against a fully painted army.
Image from Games Workshop
If I stop and think about all the Fantasy armies I've ever seen outside of Games Day or the ones seen on the internet as some hobbyist's modeling/converting project... not one has been fully painted.
Why would I do that to myself?
Why would I kill myself to get my army all painted up so I can spend the rest of my gaming life trying to find the magic in looking across the table at barely assembled and primered models?
I get it, it's "Fantasy," but they shouldn't be talking about seeing a completely done army across the table should they? That's got to get old... playing against primered (incomplete) armies all the time. I know it does for me and that's just with 40k.
I have enough trouble finding 40k armies that are fully painted to play against and those armies don't have anywhere near as many models on the table. If it's hard to find someone who'll paint ten tactical Marines, it's got to be impossible to find someone who'll paint 50 or 60 little rats. I don't care how much you streamline the painting process either, it's a ton of work.
Kinda sad really.
Who knew a fully painted army would be so tough to find?
Note: I'd like to thank everyone for the adult-like discussion that has ensued because of this post. I don't post things like this to drum up comments or start any kind of blog war. We all can get enough of that as it is. Thanks for keeping things civil folks and voicing your opinions.