My previous two posts indicated a return of enthusiasm for the hobby, after a doldrums in my interest for some time. So, what has the outcome been?
New Zealand Wars
Within an hour or so of doing my posting about Empress Miniatures’ new releases for this period, my order was swooshing its way down the internet. I expect the models to arrive this week. So hopefully I’ll be doing the cleaning and undercoating of these figures next weekend. So all go there!
Likewise, an order went in for the new Osprey Ronin skirmish rules shortly after my posting about them. I ordered them from a New Zealand supplier for just a few dollars.
I’ve no idea how long the rules will take to get to me, but that doesn’t worry me, as it is all the more time for mulling over my delicious quandary of what line of 28mm samurai figures to buy. I’m really undecided on this, as there are several excellent makers, and each of them has good points and bad points. A hard decision, but daydreaming about pre-buying decision-making is one of my favourite parts of the hobby. Once you actually make the decision and order, the die is cast and the daydreaming tails off as I move into the process to get them painted up.
To get me more into the samurai groove, I’ve also been reading a couple books. Firstly an old Stephen Turnbull book I bought on TradeMe, which was a bit disappointing as a motivator with its dull and somewhat “quick-once-overish” writing style. But then a much more exciting read from the library, with Jonathan Clements’ book The Samurai – I’m still reading this, and finding it quite unputdownable.
So, my enthusiasm for samurai still remains at a high, though other than the Ronin rules, nothing has been ordered as yet.
The Wargaming Compendium
One other item that will hopefully help to restore my mojo is that I have Henry Hyde’s new book The Wargaming Compendium on order. It has only just been launched. First reviews are very favourable, and they are already talking about how it follows in the footsteps of those wonderful wargames writers of yore such as Donald Featherstone, Charles Grant et al. I can’t wait for it to drop into my letterbox.
So, all in all, there is some small progress in the hobby for me, even if I haven’t touched a paintbrush for quite some weeks now.