Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Nostalgia or Why we buy silly things..

Oldhammer, Retrogaming, collecting/hoarding or whatever else you wish to label is simply a sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past.

Or

Nostalgia

We all have that same feeling of that ''Golden Age'' when we first looked upon the hobby we now love and some cases despise. My ''Golden Age'' is around '94 to '98 when I was deeply rooted in the hobby and for a fat nerdy and very quiet kid a way to express himself and not feel quite an outcast.

My local hobby shop was and still is GW Watford, I remember or at least though my nostalgia tinted glasses a welcoming place as much as a smelly Heavy Metal booming shop could be I guess.

It was nostaliga which made me buy these are longing for them as a poor kid

The staff at the GW became my friends and I' still in contact with a handful of them. In fact it was also down to that and once again the nostalgic glasses that I worked for ''The Company'' in '01.

Anyway so what's my point?

Well nostalgia is in part (A very large part in my case) why I buy silly things what I don't need. Such as the paint sets shown in the pictures.


As a spog I grew up rather poor and hate to admit rather wasteful of the money I did get (Birthdays, Xmas) so I never did manage to get the items I wanted and when I did they wasn't well looked after. I was always trading with friends and looking back I seemed to get the worst end of the deal. One of the biggest things I lost was this:


For some reason this was on sale in my local GW early and a bought it was my Birthday and Xmas money but was sold a year later for other toys (SoB I think).

One of these days I' love to own it again but it tends to for silly money, I maybe older but I'm not any richer heh.

Anyway thats enough of me rambling on trying to find an excuse of why I have more paints coming in the mail..

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17 comments:

  1. An '89 man myself - though I was buying some Citadel pre-slotta stuff years before. Great posting Chico and though I'd left the GW hobby part by the time you seem to have started, I still regret selling off some of my stuff. Nostalgia perhaps but also sentimentality; especially when those figures were bought by dear ones now gone. Victory is always the sweeter when the winning roll/blow was made by a model given as a gift by a loved one :-)

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    1. I always found that a figure given in gift or newly painted dies first heheh

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  2. Ah, Chico, that poxy Praetorian set!!! Grrr!!! In 2002 a gaming mate of mine offered that to me for 80 Cdn dollars because he was moving across the country but at the time I was all about Catachans and I thought the Praetorians just looked silly. But now, argh, but now...I just wanna a Praetorian army!!!!

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    1. Onecif these days it will be mine even if I have to sell a kidney.. Heh one of the wives

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  3. My golden age is in 91 when I started just at the eve of great changes...

    I really relate to your story because I believe we all pretty much share the same... Funny how we even want models we thought ugly at the time... (I know I do).
    It's always fun to see modles of that period converted by a younger self with far more imagination than skill.
    Nostalgia's fine really.

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    1. Indeed itsca funny old thing really.

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  4. Nice post Chico, very genuine, good stuff :)

    Nostalgia is a big part of it for sure and everyone has their own particular brand of it. This in theory is absolutely fine. Its when people poo-poo other peoples stuff to give their own brand of nostalgia a boost that bugs me. Those people can fuck off frankly.

    I can swear here Chico, right? ;)

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  5. my slice of nostalgia/repenting for past crimes, was recently purchasing a captain centurius, as mine that I bought when originally released ended up as parts for about 3 chaos marine conversions (which seem to have gone walkies over the years) the only remaining bit of that original is the torso that a friend currently has in their bits box...

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    1. I've had and,sold that figure 3 times in my life, funny now u want him again lol

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    2. I was out bid on the one you last sold and ended up winning a bid on another about a week later... just need to get around to pinning chainsword in place and painting... though I have a lot I want to paint and put together before then...

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    3. Heh aye we all have a large pile to get though..I think I have many years worth of figure to paint.

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  6. I love the 1987-1998 period (11 years... I'm such a sell out)!

    Love the paint sets! I just bought another of the 1989 Space Marine paint sets for eighteen quid (as I lost my other copy...grrrrr)!

    Mate can you tell me the paints in the blood angel set as I quite fancy painting some retro marines. Was there a painting guide inside?

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    1. No painting guide, though I think thereb was a BA one on the 2nd Ed box set. The paints are: Chaos Black, Fiery Orange, Red Wash, Enchanted Blue, Blood Angel Red, Golden Yellow.

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  7. No painting guide, though I think thereb was a BA one on the 2nd Ed box set. The paints are: Chaos Black, Fiery Orange, Red Wash, Enchanted Blue, Blood Angel Red, Golden Yellow.

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  8. Cheers mate; many thanks!

    I really want to capture the old sort of orange blood angels from 1991/1994 but tracking down similar shades is a nightmare.

    I just got through my replacement 1989 Space Marine Paint Set today! Salamanders Green and Salamanders Black...remember those!!

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    1. Still need to hunt down the other sets myself, including the the earlier ones. I have a few unopened paints without lables I need to work out are which colours lol

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