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Sunday, 13 December 2015
Wargamers collect stuff!
However I was trawling through one of my journals [read jotter] and saw the original list that I drew up for a Seven Years War French army. The date for starting the army was November 2007!
So eight years on, well actually nearly nine, I still haven't finished the project, and I am still painting French regiments. To be fair to myself, I completed the original list a while ago, and carried on by collecting regiments from both the Austrian, Hessian and Hanoverian armies, and I have started painting Saxon units. Not forgetting my false start by straying into a Russian SYW army, which I duly sold on.
So what is the point of this premature post. Well as one can see, Father Time is looking over my shoulder, and where once mortality was never a consideration in my wargaming world, it is something that I now feel I should factor into my planning.
I should point out that from November 2007, I managed to paint up an Italian World war two army, and build big renaissance period armies, so I don't think I have been that tardy.
I don't want to appear morose and depressed, but focus in wargaming has to be an important consideration, coupled to cost and usefulness as one gets older.
So one of the things that I must do is organise my wargaming and consolidate my wargaming collections.
Over the next few months, I am going to look to get rid of items and armies that I no longer use. This would probably be nothing startlingly new to most wargamers, but to me, it is a big deal.
I collect like a magpie, books, magazines, figures, and armies and other ephemera. [ I love that word]
I remember many years ago, the great Donald Featherstone advertising that he was selling everything that he had collected over his wargaming life, including his research notes, and other probably not that important jottings. At the time I thought that was really sad, and it felt like he had given up on his hobby. Obviously he didnt, but I now realise why he did such a thing, and I also understand the reasoning behind it. Wargamers collect stuff.
Stuff takes up space, and also allows wargamers to lose sight of what they are trying to achieve. Stuff, is bad as one gets older. Its also a terrible legacy to leave after one has slipped into wargaming Valhalla.
I feel I would like to complete one more large wargaming project before I join the immortals, so things are going to have to go, this should allow me the cash and focus to complete one last big period. Anyway It all sounds momentous, but really what I am saying is that I intend to sell, give away, whatever I feel no longer has a use.