I recently joined a game group. Their tastes are pretty diverse. There is a contingent that plays historical miniatures - namely Flames of War (WWII). I've always been intrigued, so last night I gave it a shot.
Here are some of my thoughts:
1) The historian in me absolutely loved it.
2) The investment required seems HUGE. $500 or so to get started. Okay, it can be cheaper, but once you start, you will probably spend that much pretty quickly. That doesn't count the numerous hours of painting and learning the rules.
As someone who has never played RPGs, including D&D, it's hard to get my mind around the investment in time and money. I can pick up a boardgame for $40, and have a blast. I can also play numerous boardgames with completely different mechanics and themes. If I got into Flames of War, I'd be playing essentially one game, albeit with countless scenarios. I also noticed at the convention I went to that historical miniature players tend to be older. I suspect this has something to do with money and the subject matter. Younger people tend to be more attracted to Warhammer 40k and the like. I'm no spring chicken, but I also don't remember the Vietnam war!
It was fun, but for now I'm glad that somebody else owns all of the equipment and knows all of the rules. I'd love to get more involved, but I just see it as a giant black hole.
Does anyone here play miniature games? How do you justify the expense in time and money?