Now as it happens I still have a taste for painting figures and vehicles - far more than for the actual playing of games- though an intresting game can still engage my attention. as witness the recent French Revolution action in the previous post.
However back to the plot. I've managed to finish the first Scorpion CVRT for the slowly progressing modern "green British" (that is as disctinct from my "desert British" ) This project isn't going as fast as I'd like simply because I'm getting sidetracked by other stuff- not least "Shinyloo" and a couple of articles I'm writing.
|Curassiers and Carabiniers. These are the ones that needed a lot of TLCand a new coat of shinyness !|
|15mm Scorpion- part of the Command Decision CDMOD range. This model will join the small but growing band of 1980 British for BAOR.|
|Stadden Royal Horse Artillery with an old Hincliffe gun|
On a separate note I've been pondering upon "games" and "Wargaming" and about how - potentially - they are now very different- not in essence but in detail and of course the devil is in the detail.
There are several "games" Saga, Lion Rampant , Frostgrave, Muskets and Tomahwks Dead Mans Hand etc. etc . which all seem very similar to me , purporting to be part of "wargaming" . Doubtless there are plenty more especially in the Sci-fant arena.They appear limited in scope with less than 50 figures a side masquerading in that most ridiculous of terms a "skirmish army" (yes gentle reader I've had that said to me more than a few times
"I want a skirmish army ")
Hmm define skirmish and army ... thinks I but these days trying to teach any games player anything is usually a bad idea. Like GW drones they get locked into the "gamin' innit" mindset and the reality and even the English Language goes out of the window. Now don't misunderstand I don't CARE but it does amuse me that- in our hobby as in life an idiots opinion however uniformed is now apparently as valuble as that of a chap who knows whereof he speaks. Indeed one might opine that the place is stiff with politicians.
This kind of stuff panders to the instant gratification gang of course. Usually the gratifcation of the "game designer Dudes" who peddle this limited type of stuff. The bit I really don't get- honestly I'm not taking the piss here is what the purchasers and players get out of this in the longer term. I can see that you might want a quick and simple kids game once in a while. But why would you play- say Frostgrave more than a few times. Saga is a bit more open ended but the limits of 20 or 30 figure- if that- forces are sure to be reached pretty quickly. In a sense its just the same as DBA The limits of a 12 element force- no matter how many different ones there are will be reached pretty quickly. So where is the point after that ?. Slaving yourself to any given "games system" for the "gaming experience" is such a narrow view of our open -ended and in theory virtually limitless hobby that I really wonder why you would bother.
As an example for me DBA palled after about half a dozen dice rolling contests- sorry games- on the silly 2 feet by 2 feet "board" (notice board not table) so just how are this new rush of clone-a-skirmish games any different?
Now I don't have a down on skirmish wargaming per-se- a skirmish or small action is part of any military operation so some of the time you are going to want to transfer them to the table but such actions are not the whole gamut
There will be people out there who tell you "its all I can afford" or "Its all I have time for" - well if DBA was the only choice I'd get another hobby - watching paint dry would be of more interest.
As for affording it well I've been skint so I have a little sympathy but I simply decided what I wanted to do then worked out how money or not- back in the day it was Airfix or nowt lad !
I suppose it all comes down to the fact that I'm not PRIMARILY a games player- can't see the point of most of 'em- perhaps someone can enlighten me ....