One Man's Pain
A forlorn figure stands, clears his throat,
and in a mousy voice stutters ďHello Iím John, and Iím a WargamerĒ.
Desultory clapping and knowing nods emanate from those assembled,
sharing the old chapís pain.
As 2000 closes and I am looking at my
carefully husbanded piles, a familiar site in most Wargamerís
abodes, I think it safe to say. I am thinking I shall make a New
Yearís resolution: I will not buy any figures for wargaming in
Why? A damn good question, well it comes back
to those piles, as all things do. Iíve hundreds, if not thousands,
of unpainted figures Ė some I brought with me when emigrated from
London in í76 Ė those were the days. I want to try and get round
to using some of those WWII &I aircraft, WWII & I ships,
Napoleonic ships, Napoleonic land armies Ė in 6mm, 15mm & 25mm,
American Civil War 15mm & 20mm, Jacobite Rebellion and Skirmish
games without number. The list goes on (and on).
Letís get painting and playing all those non Games Workshop figures and games we all have.
I will regularly share with you, the reader,
what I hope will be success story of one manís fight back against
an addiction. Follow the faltering footfalls only in the Big
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The Flexible Warrior
Whatís that under there? Blimy I donít
remember buying theseÖ Turning over, the still cellophane
wrapped box of Russian Knights (XII Ė XIII Century) from
The first thing I notice are the pretty
pictures of well-armoured troops in action poses. The next thing
is the yellow price tag proclaiming £3!
Open the box reveals 2 sprues. The first has
5 rows of 5 foot troops. Each row has identical figures.
- archer with a quilted jacket
- armoured knight with flail
- foot solder
The Temperance League
Well itís two months into my year on
the wagon - no purchases those treats from hell, and I have
to report that despite being coerced into going to the Foundry
factory twice in that time I have parted with no money.
On the painting front I havenít been able to
pick up a ď000Ē, although I did manage 200 square feet of bedroom
wall, so thatís something! Oh and there looks like more to
I have been thinking about painting and
decided on a regime of painting just 10 figures each week.
That should produce about 500 figures in a year. Iím not going to
worry about the scale of the figures for now. A painted figure is
a painted figure.
Iím hoping to concentrate my efforts on my
20mm ancient Egyptians for WAB, a 15mm ancient Egyptian army for
DBA and Sallyís 15mm Ghaznavid DBA army.
Thatís it for now folks.