Saturday 13 July 2019
John has a more pragmatic viewpoint and doesn't see the disposal as a problem or an issue to trouble which is an enviable position to have.He feels he's used them, enjoyed their use and its not his problem once he's gone.
The issue is not just the disposal of the figures, but all the books, magazines, handy pieces of kit etc etc. Once such a worry wouldn't have been a problem. There was always another wargamer who wanted to buy another large historical army or buildings etc for their use. Usually one didn't make a large profit, but you could usually rely on getting your money back for the sale. One was also certain they wouldn't end up locked away in a cupboard or worse a skip! But now?...............
Then there has been the massive increase in fantasy table top games again containing less figures albeit beautifully sculpted ones.Clearly these people have no requirement for a load of historically researched books and biographies and definitely any historical figures.
When one attends wargaming shows the large historical games containing hundreds if not thousands of figures are a rarity now and their replacements are more of these skirmish type games probably of a non historical bent. Again I have no issues with these small games which usually are very well done affairs.
The issue is that these gamers don't want of desire large wargaming armies and seem happy with their more modest displays and collections. Consequently the market for moving on large historical armies appears to be diminishing and the need for books is even worse. What does one do with a life's collection?
And then of course I returned to my first love, 25/28mm metal figures. I think the colour and heft was just too much for me. Who can resist serried ranks of metal joyousness. The rest is history.
I've nearly completed my English Civil War Old School collection and wonder if I should consider building further armies. I hope I would have the time but realistically speaking I have armies now that dont receive enough action so what would be the need for building further armies when these should be used first?
The images are of my latest English Civil War additions. All Hinchliffe Miniatures.The cavalry were painted using a couple of pots of the new Games Workshop Contrast paints.Tried as an experiment.