I seem to have been thinking rather a lot about our hobby over the course of this rather constrained period brought to us by all the Coronavirus malarkey. Whilst I’ve not been able to play any face-to-face games here in GHQ I have followed many a friend’s game via their blogs and Facebook pages. What I have been able to do is to review my collections of figures for the various periods which we have dabbled in here in GHQ and in my hobby in its wider context over the last 50 years or so. It’s an uncomfortable fact, but in the nature of life they have a likely future beyond my own, so some sort of planned rationalisation might seem the way ahead. The trouble is I don’t really want to part with anything, even though some collections are almost never deployed in games!
David Bickley's Wargames Blog
The occasional ramblings of an average gamer, journeyman painter, indifferent modeller, games designer, sometime writer for Wargames Illustrated and host of games in GHQ.
Saturday, 15 May 2021
Something has been on my mind a good deal of late
One of my biggest collections would come as no surprise to anyone who knows me well, it’s my ACW collection. The current iteration, my third for the period, is almost exclusively comprised of Dixon Miniatures, a bit of a Marmite choice amongst fellow enthusiasts I’d have to say. I started in 15mm using mostly Minifigs, sold those on and graduated to 25mm Minifigs, always building both sides for gaming. They were sold on when I discovered the wonderful range from Dixon Miniatures ~ characterful, wonderfully detailed and animated, and a joy to paint. So large has the collection grown that much never gets out on the tabletop to see any action in GHQ. Even so, I know there are three unpainted regiments lurking in the Lead Pimple of Shame under my desk, not to mention the two regiments Phil has been painting for me! In the light of these factors I’ve decided a small cull may be in order, so keep an eye out for units seeking a new home later in the year.
Meanwhile here in GHQ thoughts turn to a return to face-to-face gaming, starting on Monday with a first outing for the two Punic Wars armies I painted over the first two Lockdown periods. I'll hope to post an AAR later in the week for any interested visitors to the blog. In the meantime, Game Ye Joyously! Really!!
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I share your dilemma is having a wide range of period interests, made worse by my interest in boardgames that pretty much cover the same subjects. Time wise, I am pulled in too many directions to service them all properly.ReplyDelete
But, in terms of ownership, there is a sheer pleasure in having these things and even reviewing them and handling them when not gaming brings joy. In that regard, I have come to the conclusion that not much matters other than to keep enjoying them in the ‘here and now’ and not to see them as an asset, saleable or otherwise or something to worry about when I am gone.
If I was an avid football fan, golfer, loved cars (or had an active social life) etc, then by now I would clearly have spent more money on those things than I have on wargames and have nothing ‘alive’ to to show for it, as it is all spend on the ‘here and now’.
So I am just enjoying what I have and will continue to enjoy what is yet to come (which I think will be ACW skirmishers because by new Bonnie Blue Moon rules are rather disposed towards them).
On reflection I think I can agree with much of that Norm, thanks for taking the trouble to post such a thought provoking response.Delete
I hope you both enjoy the game. Btw I hope this doesn't bring on a Carthage Variant. After all no one had heard of an Indian Variant until you started your latest project. Spooky!ReplyDelete
I shall do my best to enjoy this first face-to-face game in an age, and will try to fit as many more in as I can. This means you getting your act together too you realise?Delete
I share your interest in multiple periods and collecting, but unlike yourself I cannot paint as fast as my ambitions would like therefore I have an unpainted lead mountain instead of a painted lead mountain!ReplyDelete
As you will know, we are not on our own, either in having Catholic wargaming interests or differing painting regimes.Delete
Your comment struck me and I realise that one day I too will need to consider how I begin off-loading my collection. I am hoping my daughters (19 now) will one day present me with grandsons or granddaughters who I might corrupt and bequeath.ReplyDelete
It is both an uncomfortable fact of life and a reassurance at the same time on reflection that one's toys will go on beyond your span. A Wargamer's equivalent of Tutankhamen's treasures, or Sutton Hoo's closer to home...Delete
Tut and Sutton Hoo, now there's an idea, have ones collection buried with you. Though yours would be akin to the Terracotta Army stretching for kilometres 😉Delete
An interesting post David. I think as time gradually moves I am sure many of us also ponder the future of our collections. I have no answer at the moment ? I do hope your battle goes well tomorrow, we are gaming again today in the shed 😀ReplyDelete
Hope your shed game is fun! I'm looking forward more than I dared hope to tomorrow's Battle of the Sacred Grove.Delete
My wife brought this conundrum to my attention recently and I have no real answer apart from get in touch with the people I wargame with and if they want anything they can have it. Possibly my son will take over most of it but he will need a small extension for all the paraphernalia. I intend now to simply add to what I have and make more of an effort to actually play, I won't actually stop but I better slow down.ReplyDelete
I've let Sue, Matt & Ruth, as well as Phil & Jon know what I'd like to happen, but it's their call then not mine. As to YOU and SLOW DOWN in the same sentence, well, as the thief on the cross said, "Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief!"😁Delete
I think the question to ask yourself before or when you are considering clear outs is... does this still give me pleasure?ReplyDelete
Whether you are playing with them at the moment or not doesn’t matter.
If it’s about space and storage I suppose that is another matter... build a bigger shed?
As to what happens to your toys when we shift off this mortal coil...
I have to admit that there is a part of me that thinks... not bothered 😳
I’m having fun with them now... when I’m not around hopefully someone else will have fun...
I trust my family and friends to know that it is not all worthless junk...
Although the idea of a wargames table shaped sarcophagus surrounded by my armies does have a certain appeal.
Enjoy your game old chap... I look forward to reading your report.
All the best. Aly
Thanks for a reply both thoughtful and uplifting Aly, much appreciated. I have a second game fixed now on Tuesday evening with Jon. Like buses these games, you wait months then two come along at once.Delete
Interesting post, I'm happy just to keep on painting and I guess my figures will be shared out among my gaming relatives, my daughter might like my Italian wars stuff as she has happily played games with it, I have to reserve a figure to be buried with my wife to remind her of me! A return to grave goods!ReplyDelete
I think Phil has started something with this grave goods jest...Delete
A thoughtful post that I'm sure many of us have been thinking about as we get older and closer to where we're going than where we started from. It was all brought into sharp focus for me a couple of years ago when I had a brush with cancer, which has thankfully been sorted out. It did give me time whilst recovering to think about my lead pile, rules I use, periods I'm interested in etc.ReplyDelete
I realised that a large part of my lead mountain would never, ever get painted or even used, with the figures being bought as some retail therapy during stressful periods at work. Ditto the rules. So I resolved to start off loading them which I had started to do and then the pandemic struck, so this has all gone on hold.
This was all rather cathartic and I felt better for having made the decision, allowing me to focus on core periods and armies I like, which I can expand as and when I want too.
Another issue is not having a dedicated games room, where I can store all of my toys. If I had then maybe I might have kept more stuff, but who knows?
The most important thing is to enjoy what you've got whilst you can and let others worry about tomorrow!
Thanks for taking the time to post such a thoughtful reply SteveJ. Even having GHQ I'm running out of storage space sadly, just one more First World problem for this geriatric-in-waiting wargamer...Delete
David you have vocalised? what a lot of wargamers of a certain age are thinking. Like you I have some large, well very large wargaming armies containing units that have never been on a table and armies that have never fought for years. I look at them and remember each and everyone of the figures and how much time and effort I put into them. Sadly its only important to me and if they end up in someone's collection there will be no thought about how they were created which can be very depressing. Its a sign of aging Im afraid as we realise 'times winged chariot' clattering onwards. I wish I could offer you advice but Im in the same quandary, if you find a solution please let me know.ReplyDelete
Age! It's a booogar and no mistake, but it does beat the alternative hands down. I'd like to have the answer, but...Delete