Last weekend Tim and I decided to play one last game of Bolt Action first edition. The 2nd edition books were just hitting the stores and everyone was excited for the new rules but it didn't seem right to not have one last go at a game we have enjoyed for 4 plus years.
In an effort to get over my recently commented on game funk I decided I needed to finish up a few lingering figures before the game. These models has sadly been on my paint bench for many YEARS. It has take some long to finish the mortar team has actually been used in multiple games with incomplete paint - shock!
It felt really good to finish these units up and the 80mm mortar and the 105mm recoilless rifle were put to excellent effect in our game.
I am in the process of painting some more items for Bolt Action so stay tuned.
It was bound to happen sooner or later, considering my hobby activities of the last couple of years, but I have officially fallen into a bit of a funk with the hobby. It is a thing that happens to many of us but for me it has been several years since I have felt like this.
I have a general lack of excitement for just about all aspects of the hobby. I have managed to get in a bunch of games this year and have had fun playing but for whatever reason I don't feel excited about playing. Even planning for a game fails to get me excited about playing. The lack of consistent games or long term plans related to a game might be part of the issue but who knows?
The same is true of hobby related purchases. Generally, I look forward to planning projects and acquiring the models but lately I have had little motivation to purchase and this is likely do to a lack of focus. I just don't have any real compelling plans to keep me excited. It is true that I have some big projects in the works but for the most part the models have already been collected. This brings me to...
...painting. My painting production has been way off this year. I seem to be caught between doing what I want and doing what I need to do. Nothing really new here except I don't know what I want to do and the things I 'need' to do I don't really think they will pan out. This lack of painting activity has impacted the blog as it is mostly focused on the painting aspect of the hobby.
What to do about this? How do I get my gaming 'Mojo' back? In the past I have just stopped working on anything that I felt I needed to do and just grabbed the first models that got my attention and started painting. I am not sure this time around that will be of much help.
I am starting to feel a bit overwhelmed with games and potential projects. So far this year my gaming has been spread over 9 different game systems with 2-3 others that I would like to play but have not yet found the time for. In addition I have been tempted by several new games that I have managed to resist getting involved with. Add to that 2-3 new games coming down the pipe that I have some interest in and things are clearly getting out of control. In the past my gaming has been much more focused on 3-4 games systems total which helped keep all aspects of the hobby pointed in the same direction. This lack of focus on the game side has translated to the painting and purchasing side of the hobby.
The question remains - what do I do about this? Another approach I have taken in the past would be to look to my game friends for inspiration and focus. Unfortunately, many of them are just as flighty with their game projects and many are even worse.
Maybe I need to de-emphasize an aspect of the hobby such as purchasing, painting or playing. The purchasing part seems like the obvious place to start. If you have no motivation for any particular project then there is nothing to buy...or maybe there is. I just made a deal to day to buy some cast-off items from a friend. It was a good deal and there is certainly potential that these items will be used but none of it helps me regain my hobby focus. No am I not sure I can stop buy stuff in a general sense.
My painting has really slowed down this year so maybe stopping for a while would be the ticket. The problem with that approach is that I see this hobby as mostly a modeling and painting hobby so stopping that aspect is like giving up on the hobby. If I stopped painting completely I would be very likely to give up the hobby completely and that is something I am not prepared to do.
That leaves playing games. Ironically, this is the area I have had the most fun this year. I am averaging a game a week so far this year and I have really enjoyed the games while I was playing them. I am not sure having LESS fun is a good therapy.
There you have it. I am in a bit of a funk and I don't know what to do about it. Whine and complain I guess. At this point I am open to suggestions but I will likely just have to let this run it's course.
After my last SAGA games I realized that my bead counters were a little cheesy and I decided to step up to a classier solution. I picked up a set of the SAGA Fatigue Tokens. Some friends also use these and I really like them. I wanted mine to be distinct so I took my Prismacolor markers and colored them in. You get 24 of these for about $11.50 which is a pretty good deal.
Wow! Six battalions painted and 2 guns for my French Napoleonic army. I started this project nearly 5 years ago but in the last year I have made lots of progress. I am working on the commander for this force and then it will be back to troops.
I plan to add 2 battalions of Warlord figures painted as Swiss. These will be large units and I think I will add in mounted colonels. I have some GMB flags on order for these units so they should pretty spectacular. I will brigade the Swiss with the French so that will give me enough figures for t brigades for Black Powder.
After that I am going to paint 4 boxes worth of Warlord French as Italians. This will give me a four battalion brigade for Black Powder. These should be a breeze to paint as they are pretty much all white. Once those are done I will be complete with my immediate plans for French and allied infantry. Then it is on to either French cavalry or maybe Russians.
Here is another army that belonged to my friend. This time we have a nice sized Tau army. This army will be a featured item at our local gamer's garage sale this Saturday. I am asking $600 obo for this army. I don't know much about the different Tau models so Take a look at the pictures to see what is included.
Yet another battalion for my Napoleonic French project is ready for action. This time we have the 1st battalion, 36th infantry regiment. Named, as usual, for the flag I put on it. These figures are Old Glory and are OK. They are a little chunky in the sculpting style and they suffer a bit from the Old Glory wonky pose issue but are pretty nice when painted and formed up. I have enough to build one more unit of these figures and I will get to them some day. I doubt I will investing much more of the Old Glory figures as there are some many options for Napoleonic French.
I have finished my fifth unit for my Black Powder Napoleonic project. This time we have the 1st Battalion of the 9th Regiment. Why did I pick this unit? I would love to have some great historical reason for modeling this unit but like all the rest of my French it is named after the flag I put on it.
The figures are Warlord plastic figures. This set come with metal command figures. My one complaint is that the way the sets are created you get an odd number of elite company models. For my units I need 8 of these models and the set comes with 7 so I have to add in a single Perry figure to build a complete unit. Why would they put 7 in the box? It is a real pain and in the end future projects with these figures will require that one box be used to scavenge the extra elites. I understand that the current sets are 24 figures rather than the 32 in the boxes I have. I can't see how the reduction of figures will correct the ratio issue. I do recommend these figures as they are very well sculpted have lots of character.
FoW FoN 0-4-0 Bolt Action 4-3-4 SAGA 1-3-0 Kings of War 2-1-0
Wings of Glory 0-1-0
Black Powder 0-0-1
Here are the games I play regularly.
Flames of War SAGA Bolt Action
These games are played every so often.
Black Powder X-Wing Hail Caesar
Kings of War
Wings of Glory
These are the games I dream of playing or am building forces for.
Frostgrave Pike & Shotte Chain of Command
Then there are the games that have been retired. Not all of these are bad. In fact some are really great. The reasons for retirement are varied.
The Great War Empire of the Dead Clash of Empires Lord of the Rings:SBG Warhammer Ancient Battles Battleground World War 2 Arc of Fire Johnny Reb III Crossfire Rules of Engagement Rate of Fire Legends of the High Seas Necromunda Warhammer 40,000 Waterloo Legends of the Old West