As of the start of 6th edition, I’ve only played with painted models. I’m not sure that I ever made a formal proclamation on this, but I did state it in passing in a blog post and reinforced it in other posts (such as this Apoc game) where I state that I don’t use some models/armies specifically because they aren’t painted.
It’s really a double-edge sword, as it helps me to paint my figures (which was my original intent), but also forces me to skip playing games/models that I want to because I just don’t have the stuff ready (and am apparently too lazy to paint). However, it’s been 20 months since the release (has it really been that long?), and I’m still holding strong, so that’s something to be proud of.
My latest painting efforts have been focused on some big bugs. They’re essentially painted at this time, but I’m also waiting for some pyrovores and a couple more biovores that I ordered to come in before I dip anything (because dipping is incredibly messy). Because of this, I found myself wondering: Can I play with these models?
Granted, they’re “painted,” but they’re not “finished.” Would it be within the spirit of things to play with these, or should I wait until they’re dipped?
I asked Cole the other night, and his thoughts were to take it on a RAW vs RAI basis. The theory there is that the statement is “only painted models,” and by RAW, they qualify. By RAI, he feels that they don’t. I’m not sure that I agree with that premise though, because the intent was to paint things–which is clearly what’s happening, and there’s a seemingly good excuse why I can’t finish them at this time…
Am I just lying to myself though?
I know some part of me also wants the painted model rule because it does wonders for making the battlefield look better. Does that not count for something?
So, what do you think? Should I be able to play with models that are completely painted, but not yet dipped?