There’s a wargaming superstition that if you reach the bottom of your ‘lead mountain’ of unpainted figures, you’ll die. Well, I’ve been at the bottom of my lead mountain for a few weeks now, and I’m pleased to say that I’m still hale and hearty!
I’ve had several projects on the go over the last few years, but all have now either concluded, or are awaiting the manufacture of new figures.
Samurai: I’ve painted two opposing factions (or ‘buntai’) for 28mm skirmish gaming, and made a lot of terrain. But I seem to have used up all my enthusiasm for this period in getting this far. No other possible factions really interest me. And I have no intention of taking this period beyond skirmish anyway. So I’ve got enough figures and terrain for now.
Pirates: This project has been pretty well completed for some time now. We only play with smallish units anyway, so adding more figures to my already more-than-enough collection would be overkill.
18th century ‘imagi-nation’: I’ve painted all the units that were in the film ‘Barry Lyndon’, so the next step in this project would be to paint some totally fictional units. I’ve always fancied the green and red uniforms of the Russians. Whilst such a unit would be imaginary, it would seem stupid not to paint actual Russian figures rather than simply re-colour the uniforms of some other nation. However, my manufacturer-of-choice for this project, Minden Miniatures, doesn’t do Russians yet. So this project is now on hold until they do (in 2015, I’m told).
Napoleonics: I’ve got more than enough battalions of British, French, Portuguese and Spanish to play a reasonable Napoleonic game. Adding more will be just repetitive, and I never use all my units at once anyway. I’ve also got hordes of individually-based ‘big men’ for leading my troops under the ‘Sharp Practice’ rules – but as most of them haven’t even seen action yet, no more are required.
Colonial New Zealand Wars: I’ve now got a couple of sides sufficient for large skirmish games. Like my Napoleonics, adding to them at the moment would be just ‘more of the same’, for which I really have no need. However, this is period dear to my heart, so if Empress Miniatures ever make anything else for this period, I’ll be in like Flynn!
Victorian science fiction: I’ve only painted one unit for this, and it is barely Victorian science fiction, being a French Foreign Legion unit as they appeared during Maximilian’s Mexican Adventure. But I just can’t drum up any more enthusiasm to continue with this project.
American Civil War: I have a couple of miscellaneous units painted up , but this period doesn’t interest me enough to buy any more.
What about starting a completely new period, then? Well, I hate being at the start-point of a project. There is nothing out there that is calling to me sufficiently to overcome the hurdle of starting from scratch.
So, where does that leave me? Well, I’m seeing his as a holiday from painting. I think I’ll just wait out until either Minden Miniatures (for my Russians), or Empress Miniatures (for new NZ Wars figures) come through.
Another possibility is to do some vignettes to decorate the battlefield, especially for my Napoleonics. Perry Miniatures and Westfalia are currently making some very nice wagons and other background stuff, such as this lovely little sutler’s cart.
So, I aten’t dead yet!