I’ve noticed on the various Underworlds groups that a horrible trend is appearing. People are ‘paint shaming’ others because they’re playing with unpainted minis. This is unacceptable. We’re all playing a game that provides the option to play unpainted, and we shouldn’t be chastising those who cannot or will not paint their toy soldiers.
Instead, we should rejoice that Games Workshop are looking outside their normal market to entice a wider audience by creating a game that doesn’t require glue to build miniatures, or any sort of painting ability to play at the highest level.
Warhammer Underworlds is marketed as “The Ultimate Competitive Miniatures Game” get on board with the idea of unpainted miniatures gracing the top tables of tournaments, or perhaps you need to reevaluate what you want from your hobby time.
Ultimately, if you enjoy painting then paint away, but don’t try to push that onto someone else. We all have our own ideas of fun and for me and many others it’s about playing not painting. I’d much rather spend those hours you spent painting rolling dice instead and improving my competitive skills.
If you see people posting online about a game they’re playing and they’re using unpainted miniatures rather than trying to shame them into painting their minis why not try simply engaging with them to discuss how their game is going or what style of play they’re using. Manners cost nothing and you might learn something too.
We’ve got a great community.
Let’s not alienate those who aren’t hobbyists.