I've been sat this morning pondering on the possibility of collecting, painting and gaming 2nd edition 40k on the cheap. I know that many in the oldhammer community prefer Rogue Trader but 2nd edition was the game I played when I was but a youth and I fondly remember reading some utterly fantastic battle reports in White Dwarf back in the day too (usually of Jervis in command of Orks getting thrashed!)
Sadly for the gamer on a tight budget, playing 40k of any edition is getting more expensive. Rogue Trader figures prices are getting a bit silly on ebay and the sheer amount of outlay one needs to play the newer editions which seem to be trying to emulate Epic but in 28mm scale is utter madness.
Even the 2nd edition stuff is getting more expensive these days but I do wonder what the options are for 40k on the cheap.
One option would be to slowly and lovingly search out and collect figures from the era and pick up what bargains one can. Another is to proxy using any of the rather fantastic ranges out there these days while yet another is to try and do it all in 15mm scale.
I must admit that I am sorely tempted by the third option having really enjoyed scratch building some Goffs in the scale a while back:
The problem is that there isn't currently much of a choice in 15mm scale for science fantasy miniatures. Its a question I raised in the 15mm sci-fi facebook group and by the responses I got, most folks are happy with a more hard sci-fi feel to their games.
Another, possibly heretical option is to use the modern GW releases which seem to crop up on Ebay for rather a lot less than classic metal stuff and use that instead. Yes it's plastic tat but with a bit of a decent paintjob it can look the business and in the spirit of How To Oldhammer, I think I am going to have a bash at collecting 21 figures for 40k as the basis of an army and see how I go!
I think I will post my progress on a Tale of Several Gamers instead of here though as its just the sort of thing I have been looking for to get my 40k fix and painting mojo going again!
All the best!