Manifesto promisesPosted: November 4, 2015
In my ‘Manifesto’ I outlined what I most enjoyed about wargaming. The list read as follows:
- Fighting campaigns (i.e. planning and fighting a series of interlinking battles that tell a story)
- Writing the ‘histories’ of the campaigns that I fight (I get almost as much enjoyment writing about what has happened on the tabletop as I do fighting the battles)
- The modelling aspects of the hobby (e.g. building the terrain and models that I use; painting figures and vehicles; basing figures and vehicle)
- Solo wargaming (I am not anti-social, and do enjoy fighting wargames with other wargamers … but I get the greatest enjoyment fighting solo wargames)
- Creating imagi-nations and their armed forces (Although I do enjoy re-fighting historical battles, I enjoy the freedom of fighting wars between imagi-nations more)
- Fighting wargames set in the period between 1880 and 1950 … although I am gradually beginning to stretch the boundaries to encompass the Napoleonic period as well
Having re-read this list, I don’t think that there are any points on it that I would wish to change.
I also wrote a list of the things that I hope to be doing in five year’s time:
- Fighting lots of solo wargames on a small wargames tabletop using very simple rules.
- Indulging myself with lots of campaigns, some small-scale and others quite large-scale.
- Concentrating on wargaming wars set during the period from 1800 to 1950.
- Mainly using imagi-national armies to fight imaginary wars.
- Indulging my passion for writing up the histories of my campaigns, and to fill them with loads of suitable photographs, maps, diagrams etc.
Not surprisingly, the two lists bear a strong resemblance to each other … but to get from where I am now to where I want to be in five years requires a degree of pruning to take place. The first area that I am going to look at is my book collection … after which I will start on my figure collection.
In the latter case I have already identified what I will definitely keep, what I would like to keep, and what I can see no further use for:
- Definite essentials:
- 54mm-scale Britains figures for Funny Little Wars (this is what I started with … and there is no way I will give them up!)
- 25/28mm-scale Del Prado pre-painted Napoleonic figures (as I am still building up this collection and I have ideas for fighting a number of campaigns with them, they are a definite ‘keep’)
- 20mm-scale World War II figures (I hope to use these for my long planned-for Eastern Front/Great Patriotic War campaign)
- 15mm-scale Colonial figures
- Keep if possible:
- 20mm-scale World War I Colonial/Middle East figures (these might be useable as an alternative to my 15mm-scale Colonial figures)
- 15mm-scale Peter Laing Austro-Prussian War figures (these are nice figures but may need rebasing to make them suitable for the wargame rules that I am likely to use in the future)
- 15mm-scale Peter Laing First World War figures (I have an emotional attachment to these figures because I painted them at a time when I found painting to be very therapeutic; I may prune the collection but will not dispose of it entirely)
- Not likely to be used again:
- 25mm-scale Minifig American Civil War figures (I have never used these figures, and cannot foresee ever doing so)
- 15mm-scale Franco-Prussian War figures (I have never used these figures, and cannot foresee ever doing so)
- 15mm-scale Minifig American Civil War figures (I have never used these figures, and cannot foresee ever doing so)
- 1:300th-scale Spanish Civil War figures (they are not particularly well painted figures and do not fit in with the wargame rules that I am likely to use in the future)
Today I am going to start looking at my book collection, and I suspect that I am going to have to make some tough decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of. That said, I see no purpose in having books on my shelves that I have not looked at for a long time and which I suspect that I will not look at again.
It’s going to be a tough job, but someone is going to have to do it!