Do you mind if people use unpainted mini's? This topic cropped up on Dakkadakka and I was wondering how people felt about this topic.
The thread (http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/308031.page) seemed to divide into 3 camps. 1 I don't care there just glorified chess pieces, 2 As long as progress is made I don't mind, 3 Paint your army or your not coming near my mini's!
Which category do you fall into?
Personally I believe that it's not hard to paint to a tabletop standard. A lot of people out there play marines (Ultrasmurfs rule the noob scene) and all you need to do with them is spray the in their base colour. But even if you collect a more complicated army there are plenty of ways to cheat to get models painted.
Now this may not be what some people are in the game for, but I look at people with seas of grey plastic and wonder if they are really that interestd in the army they are collecting, or are they just codex hopping because it's the latest shiniest thing GW are producing.
I don't expect everybody who plays to have a 100% finished army, I do expect however to see models which are at least primed.
When I first started GW used to state that all models used in their stores were at least primed (probably just to make sure they sold plenty of primer). Now it seems that as long as you can glue a set of legs to a base (or blu tac, I have seen this!) you can sit down and have a game.
There seems to be a growing group of people who don't/won't paint their mini's which can be really confusing as this allows them to change what they are actually using without getting new models (all well and good, I understand having limited funds).
Come on guys if you want to play at least have some pride in your hobby and paint your army. Just because the 'eavy metal guys are awesome doesn't mean you don't have to try, nobody is expecting to see golden daemon quality painting on the table I would just like some effort spent on the models you spent £20-£30 on.