I have about 6-8 potential players. Last time we played with 5. The only problem is that we don't get together that often, and when we do we have loads of games to choose from. I've only got to play DoW a couple of times. I don´t have any figures yet but I'm sure to buy some in the future, at least a team of 109s and Spits. and of course some Stukas and Hurris when they'll appear. After that i´m well set for BoB scenarios. It shoukld be easier to lure players when i get the figures.
Yeah, everything gets more fun with pirates.., I mean figures. Tabletops just isn't the same without them, even games with hexagons like Blue mac and CY6 is funnier with figures.
There is of course the alternative to get some in micro scale (1/300) also for larger battles with bombers. 1/200 looks cooler of course but they tend to take up a lot of space as soon as you get bombers, I am kinda limited myself on storage space, my 1/144 WW1 bombers takes room enough and a B17 in 1/200 is huge. I am still running a large Wow campaign and havn't gotten my minis yet but I am thinking about getting of the official planes for fighter against fighter and then another smaller set for the heavy bombers (of course with another bunch of fighters in the same scale, fortunately are the micro planes really cheap).
You need a big apartment to play DoW if you plan to get bombers, both for the mat and to store the stuff when you not are playing. I need to move...