Nothing against the two big FLGS’s in Dayton, Ohio, but if I’m in Columbus, I’m going to the Guard Tower. For the years that I lived in Columbus, the Guard Tower was a place where I’d often go on my way home from school or work and hang out and buy way too much stuff.
So yesterday I’m in Columbus so, as I said, I’m at the Guard Tower. And I’m not buying anything. I stopped reading Knights of the Dinner Table after it became all about the Black Hands and World of Warcraft, plus the very protracted “BA gets his revenge” storyline (shark, jumped). I dropped White Dwarf almost a year ago when it became less about battle reports and modelling and more of just a catalog.
Pathfinder Beastiary? No thanks. DMG2? Pass. 4E splatbooks with more powers or magic items? I don’t even use all the options I have now. The hardest things to pass on were Mantic’s new plastic elves. Cheap and only slightly funky looking, I’ve been giving them the covetous eyeball ever since I saw them sprayed-and-dipped over at The Army Painter. They are a little funky looking on the packaging–I think they could’ve come up with a more striking and effective paint scheme.
But, then I remembered that I’m still in the running for Andadas’ lottery over at the HA site, and that I had promised myself I wouldn’t buy anything until both the lottery was over and I had finished painting the Chaos Marauders.
Stupid mature judgement and new-found frugal nature.
So, I’m thinking strongly about having a marathon painting day Friday. It’s my day off, the schedule looks clear (knock on wood) and I’ll be pretty busy over the weekend between trying out the new Skype-based RPG I’m playing in, work, the lottery, and having the missus be out of town so I’m single-parenting. So maybe, maybe I can get the rest of the Marauders primed and perhaps a few of the major block-painting steps done before that, and then do the rest Friday. That way, when the lottery is over I can jump into whatever I’m going to do next.
One final note: I did see while I was at the store four guys playing a pretty lively game of 1949 Secrets of the Third Reich. It looked like fun and I’m always a sucker for games that other people enjoy, but the $40 price tag and the knowledge that I would have to find players allowed me to resist temptation.
Did you check your pulse? I’ll bet Mrs. Vista was happy.
She was actually stunned, figuring I’d find something to buy in the store. Once I have officially not won anything in the Andadas Lottery, then I’ll probably succumb and either buy some new minis or something.