A Near Run Thing

A simple blog about my wargaming activities and thoughts.

Monday, September 11, 2006

The update

Ok, after the huge demand for an update (1 comment) I finally have put fingers to keyboard to explain what is going on in my wargaming life.

Basically from a very large collection of books, figures and reference material I am now down to 7 figures and 1 rule book. This has been a huge change in my life selling everything on eBay but has netted me over £1000 since November.

It has also meant I can now truly focus on my project in hand. Even when I tried this before I ended up with 3 projects (see below) with one not even being finalized. Now however, I only have one set of figures and the rules to go with them.

This bit requires a bit of background: I first started gaming at the tender age of around 7 with a short lived series of starter games produced by Games Workshop (Ultra Marines, Kerrunch etc.) and then moved on to Epic, Rogue Trader, Warhammer Fantasy etc. This sci-fi and fantasy gaming took me to about 17 when I discovered historicals.

Quickly abandoning my early games as "immature" (I am talking about toy soldiers for gods sake!) I flung myself completely into them and scoffed at the fools marching goblins around a table. For a good few years including my whole uni career I built up various armies of various eras in various scales.

However two major factors have now stopped me: firstly opponents. This is such an intrinsic part of my wargaming I am amazed it took me so long to realise nobody wanted to play me. If they did want to play it was something I wasn't building/had no interest in and was inevitably WW2. This leads me into my next problem...

A while ago I posted a semi-rant thing about the morals of a wargamer and how I was finding it harder and harder to play "realistic" games. It has finally come to the point that the idea of playing a game which is trying to represent what real people lived and died through really does not appeal. It fact it puts me right of my dinner some days.

Now I am NOT saying that every wargamer is evil and wants to kill people wantantly. I am just saying that I find it hard to see a knocked out Sherman in FoW and not picture the crew inside burning to death in a foreign field.

On that morbid note I shall re-iterate: for me, historicals are no more.

So what is left? Why the realms of fantasy and sci-fi of course! Back to where I started 15 years ago as a wide eyed and fresh faced youngster. I am still shying away from Games Workshop as I don't really have the time or resources to create a whole army for either major system really. Instead I am looking for a skirmish games which requires few figures to play.

(Yes I know GW's Lotr fits the bill but I think I have played that one to death in various guises!)
Instead I am going to focus on Confrontation from Rackham. I already have a small warband almost ready to go (the 7 figures) and the lovely new 3rd edition rulebook (my solitary book). Other than a set of counters this is all I need to get playing!

I really hope this is going to be a turning point in my gaming life and I can feel proud and focused on my projects and what I can produce. Sorry for the lack of pictures, I was hoping to take a few once the warband is fully painted but I have one left to do!

Thoughts? Questions? Ideas?

Wish me luck and I hope to update again soon.


At 10:54 am, Anonymous Andrew said...

Very interesting read. Your approach to wargaming is similar to mine. I've gone through the same cycle in the 20 years I've been in the hobby: Sci-Fi/Fantasy to historicals, then back to Sci-Fi/Fantasy a couple of years ago.

I'm still extremely interested in military history (reading, films, documentaries) but have little desire to game it now. Learning about the horrors of the world wars and the recent birth of my daughter have made me aware of more than just tanks, battles and armies. Sci-Fi/Fantasy wargaming allows me to "escape" into worlds where the violence is "cartoony", while the miniatures are colourful and fun to paint.

I've sold a lot of historical games stuff on ebay too, and am now enjoying much smaller skirmish projects. Having less time for my hobby than before, I also like to focus, and have found I really enjoy painting smaller numbers of miniatures to the very best standard I can.

I haven't thinned my collection as drastically as you have, but now I really only play two wargames regularly: Urban War (Sci-Fi skirmish) and Confronation (just starting out with Dirz and Wolfen).

Best of luck with your blog and gaming!

At 4:00 pm, Blogger Poruchik said...

Best of Luck and I eagerly await pictures and news regarding your activities in the hobby.

I started with Featherstone, Grant and Young and toy soldiers-and a game of toy soldiers to boot! I played the ultra-realistic games-I served in the military-I don't like it.

I am a fan of fantasy and have a few thousand of the GW LotR figures, I just don't have a ruleset I like yet, perhaps Featherstone?

Anyway, I have abandoned realistic games and I am enjoying my two projects, fictional SYW toy soldier style and my first interest big Toy soldiers in a big toy soldier game. Watch my Travels with a Rogue, more pics coming and some steam punk toys also.

Again good luck!

At 8:02 am, Blogger Bluebear Jeff said...


If I might just add one rule set that you might like to take a look at:

"Hordes of the Things"

There is only one inexpensive book to ever buy (no suppliments); and you can litterally use ANY figures you want. (in fact, there's even one army that uses various sizes of stones and costs nothing to build).

For more information, go to:


-- Jeff


At 8:52 pm, Blogger AUSTON said...

You might try Armies of Arcana. It's similar to Warhammer but tied to any miniature line. It has army lists and a unit creation system to allow you to play with any models you have or want.

Armies of Arcana


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