I find myself in the embarrassing position of having all my "Frugal..." specific projects in a state of mid completion, so I'm here today to discuss some frugal tactics. I'm by no means an expert nor veteran gamer so I'm not really used to giving any advice other than "why don't you move you archers to the top of the hill" so feel share your thoughts with us all. There isn't anything shocking here, but hopefully reading it can help form a plan.
First off we'll start with the First Law of Frugal Gaming - "Thou shalt use what you already have". This obviously doesn't just mean "play the same games as you always do". I suspect that most people reading this blog are not new to the hobby but folk realising the large amounts of cash that has been converted to lead or plastic and stored/stashed/hidden round the house just waiting to be picked up again. This is fine if money laundering is your goal, but we all bought these items in an excited froth with gaming projects in mind, only to get moved onto "more urgent" projects, which usually involved buying in more figures. which quite often never see completion as another priority rears its head. Time to break the vicious cycle.
OK. You are now standing with several piles of sorted lead on the table, several boxes of terrain/useful pieces on the floor, a corner of discarded packaging and no way of exiting the room as you've started all this on the opposite side from the door. You also probably feel like a 6 year old on Christmas day. Before you put it all the soldiers back into their new boxes take a sideways look at what you have in front of you. Ask yourself "What games am I playing just now?" followed by "Can any of these treasures be used for these games?". If the answer is yes then these are your new next projects. Even if they were bought for other reasons they are more likely to be painted if there is a battlefield waiting for them just in view. Even if you have to proxy slightly - "It's not exactly the Ranger I want but it'll do for now" - do it. Remember an unpainted mini is a wasted mini. And when the original reason for purchase comes round you won’t have to delay, because you'll already have something painted up for it. Brilliant!
One final piece of auditing still needs to be kept in mind - your work bench. Have a quick look. How much glue do you have left? What brushes do you need to replace? How many bottles of flesh wash do you have still unopened? If you're anything like me you buy most your figures from the internet but try and buy consumables from a local store (if you have one). The problem is I always get through the store door before thinking about what's on the workbench shelves. I can never remember which brushes are getting a bit tatty and which ones I have 3 or 4 spares from previous unplanned FLGS visits (actually I usually have at least 3 No.1 brushes spare!) and which paints do I need (its doubtful I'll ever need a third bottle of "Stone Green"). Surely I'm not the only painter out there with multiple bottles of the same colour? So make a quick list of any brushes you will need to replace soon and put it in your wallet. For your upcoming next painting project plan out your pallette, check your paint stock, and add any missing colours to the list and put it back in your wallet. The key here is to automatically have the list with you when you get into the store. So don't leave it next to the front door, or next to your paints - put it back in your wallet. So next time you "just happen" to find yourself in that part of town you already have a list of what you actually need.
That should give you all enough to do in the meantime, hopefully giving me enough breathing space to get finished a proper project for posting here.
Next time I'm short news we'll look at the next Law of Frugal Gaming - "Thou shalt spend less".
cheers now and good gaming.