Being able to play often hinges on finding an opponent. Overwhelmingly that limits my options to either Warhammer Fantasy Battles, Warhammer 40K, or to a lesser extent Warmachine. That's not some detailed study of local gaming patterns, that is what is being played at the only miniatures store in the town I'm living in.
|Sadly, there is no VBCW night.|
There's a third category, the "I'm buying this on spec" category. These are miniatures I buy that I hope might end up on a table, but there's a good chance they won't. Some chances are greater than others, like the zombies I bought from Zombiesmith will, in all likelihood, eventually be part of an ATZ campaign. Others, like the Shock Troops from Wargames Factory, will probably never get around to being part of a Tomorrow's War game.
Frugality, I believe, is as much about not wasting money as it is about not spending it. I think there are different kinds of value, as outlined in the first two categories, but buying things that never get painted and/or never get used is a loss. I will wager a substantial portion of most of the "lead piles" out there fall into the third category. With that in mind, part of the "Frugal Pledge" I'm making will be to say that unless I've got an opponent in hand, I will not be buying miniatures for that game. The only is that I might buy the odd "second category" miniature, but now that I'm on a budget that seems a lot less likely.
So, the Frugal Pledge seems to have two parts: $60 a month towards the hobby, and only buying miniatures for games I know I'm playing. Seems pretty reasonable. What do you think?