Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Doing lots of thinking

Thanks to various circumstances over which I seem to have had little control, I had lots of time today to do little else but think about my numerous on-going wargames projects.

I have almost finished painting the two coastal defence guns that I have built, and with luck they will be in action by the weekend ... but what should I do next?
  • Make and paint some 20mm-scale vehicles for my World War II project?
  • Build some more coastal defence guns?
  • Build some coastal defence forts?
  • Build some more ironclad/pre-dreadnought model warships?
  • Paint some of my 15mm-scale and/or 20mm-scale unpainted figure 'mountain'?
  • Give in to temptation regarding the creation of an imagi-nation based on FATHER BROWN's Heiligwaldenstein?
I am not sure ... but I have a sneaking feeling that the answer may be related to a series of emails I have been exchanging with David Crook about whether or not to use 15mm-scale or 20mm-scale figures for twentieth century wargaming, Eric Knowles's famous MADASAHATTA campaign, and the work done by THE INCH HIGH CLUB.

Nothing is certain as yet ... but the ideas that have gone backwards and forwards have set my mind racing.

16 comments:

  1. Which of these options do you think will result in you playing a game soonest?

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  2. I would like to see you build some more Pre-Dreadnoughts so you will have something to shoot at with your new coastal guns . . . but do whatever floats your boat . . . er, ship.


    -- Jeff


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  3. Seriously? You've listed SIX options. If only there was some way to pick amongst these SIX options. Hmmm. SIX? Yep. That's a toughy...

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  4. As ever, Brother Kinch speaks with great wisdom.

    And I can't help but feel there's some hidden message in SAROE's post too.

    It must be the time of year for pondering and "where do we go from here?" soul-searching, as I find myself in a very similar frame of mind.

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  5. Really. Roll a die.

    If your reaction to the results is "Yes!" then do that one. If your reaction is "Awuh." Then remove that one from the list, and repeat.
    Your initial reaction to one choice will tell you more about what you want to do than will trying to weigh all your options at the same time.

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  6. Inch High club is great. I was transported back to my youth,except my set up wasn't anything as great or my 60s table so replete with buildings and figures.
    Follow your wargaming heart I say!

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  7. Conrad Kinch,

    In all probability my answer would have to be 'build some more coastal defence guns', although if I did I would also have to 'build some coastal defence forts' and 'build some more ironclad/pre-dreadnought model warships' as well.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  8. Bluebear Jeff (Jeff),

    The problem is balancing the need for more coastal defences (guns AND forts) to counter the newly-built warships!

    I suspect that these three options are - in fact - different aspects of the same option, and that I will have to view them as such.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  9. SAROE,

    I threw a D6 ... and it fell off the table and went under the bookcase where I cannot get to it!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  10. Dr Vesuvius,

    Young Kinch does have a knack for getting to the crux of the problem ... and I assumed that SAROE was suggesting the time-honoured 'throw a D6' method for decision-making.

    I suspect that the post-Christmas/dark, long nights are a time of year when a man's thoughts turn to 'what next?'. It is certainly true in our cases, and I sense it may well be true for others as well.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  11. SAROE,

    I thought that you were advocating the good old 'throw a D6' method ... but as I stated earlier, my decision die is temporarily 'lost' under the bookcase!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  12. Tradgardmastare,

    The INCH HIGH CLUB is a great example of what is achieveable if one sets one's mind to it. It also seems to be an opportunity to use some of those things that one buys but somehow never quite gets around to using.

    It does remind me very much of Eric Knowles's MADASAHATTA campaign, where Arab irregular cavalry (that I think started life as part of a range of late Medieval figures) fought Kings African Rifles (who were originally slouch-hated Confederates who had been painted Jungle Green).

    Ah! The joys of one's youth!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  13. Hi Bob,

    Ahh, the post Christmas project dilemma that besets us all!

    My personal feeling is that you seem to be going through a land/sea assault phase and so my suggestion would be to follow this through to wherever it takes you. In the short term more coastal artillery and ships would seem to be the order of the day so perhaps scratching that particular itch may be a good place to start.

    Just as soon as the D6 is rescued of course....

    All the best,

    DC

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  14. David Crook,

    I am sure that it is all brought on by post-Christmas ennui and dark days/rotten weather.

    As you will see from my most recent blog entry, my coastal defence guns are finished ... and I think that they look great.

    I suspect that once the guns have been in action, my mind will be made up ... and that I will end up building some more guns, a fort (or two), and some more ironclads/pre-dreadnoughts.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  15. I have a one word answer (hyphenated)!

    Spencer-Smith

    Jim

    :)

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  16. Jim Duncan,

    Argh!

    I had forgotten all about them!

    All the best,

    Bob

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