The reasons why - well honestly I'm not absolutely sure. Part of it is certainly a reaction to all this wargaming -lite that is about these days and the often childish appearance of some more recent contributions to our hobby.
I know I'm banging on about this but I really do think it is a major problem. How can we expect to recruit new people (assuming we do need this) if all we have to show are "bang bang you're dead" games for 12 year old boys- played by overweight badly dressed chaps with builders bum !!
Yes of course I exaggerate- neither do we need (as recruiters) over serious badly dressed blokes who look as if falling under a number 9 bus would ease their outlook on life !!
Yes I'm taking the mickey.
Some of the games at Donnington proved that this need not be so and indeed is not always so.
So why MY current reversion to older rules including the now often despised WRG ?
Honestly I prefer to be treated as an adult. I can read long(ish) words without using my fingers. I can do sums (but not always hard sums) and I don't HAVE to look at pictures to understand what a writer is saying to me. I can read whole books and some of them don't have pictures at all and YES it's FUN.
|The finally finishes White Regiment of the London Trained Bands. Figures are almost all Les Higgins 30mm Jason with only 3 interlopers.|
I enjoy the painting and modelling side at least as much as the playing - possibly more - and the historical part again as much if not more than the others. Again they are FUN. Fun and Triviality are not, despite appearances to some, the same thing.
. For me those who wish to trivialise the hobby in their own image are doing all of us a disservice. By attempting to narrow to the trivial in the name of "simplicity" and "accessibility" what happens when it is all trivial and simple? Where do you go from there? What will have happened to diversity- of the intellectual sort ? Or, perish the thought, will we all be Dwarf- fiddling (but with only 7 a side of course !!) .
|The Scots Greys as they currently stand- still a few more to paint. All Stadden 30mm some of which needed a good bit of TLC even before the painting started.|
|Sir Thomas Tyldesley's Regiment of Horse. Mostly Hinchliffe/Foremost but with some Old Glory Horses and a single Old Glory trooper as well as a single Front Rank trooper. Deliberately mixed together for effect.|
"GW wannabees" that you do wonder where all the soldiers go..
Especially since I'm still selling Farsands of 'em !
|The British staff for "Shinyloo" Willie or Stadden figures on Stadden Horses. All 30mm|
|The Frecn Staff for the same"shinyloo" project. All Stadden 30mm models. Except Boney himself who is a Willie !,|
So I hope that all of this sub-GW derivative dross won't swamp us- I don't think it will really but the price of freedom- so they tell us is eternal vigilance ....
The picture on this post were chosen for two reasons- I like them and they in part illustrate part of my own attempts at a bit of diverseity.
I suppose that is the nub of what I'm droning on about and why - up to a point- I have reverted to
a time when brain cells were in fashion.