Saturday, November 10, 2012

Are you a wargamer?

Sorry no posts for a while.  Bit too much happening in real life to think much about painting - should be able to get back to it very soon I hope.

I have seen these questions on a few blogs recently - can't find where it originally come from though.

So here are my answers - what would your answers be?

- Spend at least $500 on figures / tanks - and you get extra kudos for every $500 you've spent.
Per year?? How many points can I earn for multiples of 500???

- Pricked your finger or thumb on a pike block - several times. 
Yep – especially when on the painting table, so much so that I now leave them off until painting is almost over.

- Tried at least 10 different rule sets and vowed never to play half of them ever again.
Not really – wish I had more time to try and play and then discard rulesets

- Bought an army off EBay
Never bought an army from eBay – bought lots of unpainted stuff though.

- Sold an army on EBay
No – why would I sell anything??

- Spent months painting an army - then used it in anger once.
Yep – most of micro armour

- Tried several different periods and genres.
I have all tried through the ages – even fantasy with my son (LOTR)

- Dropped a box of figures on the floor from a great height.
Luckily not

- Lost a battle on the last throw of the dice
No – I have usually lost the battle long before that.

- Made at least one enemy for life.
No – hopefully not

- Had a proper, stand up argument over a wargamers table.
Usually let others do that.

- Thrown a dice across a room.
No – but at someone else ….

- Rebased an army for a different rule set
Tempted but not undertaken.

- Inflicted a whopping defeat on an opponent.
Many years ago won the “MasterBlaster” crown in the microarmour at Cancon – M1A1 against T55s will help you do that.

- Suffered an embarrassing defeat due to a stupid tactical decision.
I wouldn’t admit to it even if I had.
- Joined a wargamers club.
I occasionally play with a great bunch of guys at Goulburn

- Bought a ton of lead that remains unpainted
More than one tonne – also lucky that plastic and resin doesn’t weigh that much.  This was a consideration in placing the games room in the basement and not on the upper levels of the house :)

- Been to a wargamers show.
Yes – I’ve been blessed to attend shows in Australia, the UK and US.

- Have more dice than is logical or necessary to own - and have used most of them.
I can never find them – and dread going into my son’s room to look.

- Have taken boxes of troops down to a club just to show them off to your mates.
Not really – but I think blogs may the modern day equivalent.

- You have reference books on each period / army you play.

Many – books might be the second love of my life (after the family of course)

- Having played so many different games you confidently quote rules for a totally different period, scale or ruleset to the one you're playing at that moment.

- You have lied to your partner / spouse about how much you've spent on the hobby.
No – I’m lucky that she does not ask.

- You get genuinely excited when a package arrives in the post - then hide it upstairs quickly before your partner sees it. If your partner finds it first, you lie about the contents.
Love getting home from work to find a package but do not hide them

- You have joined a re-enactment society (5 points for this one!)

- You have played in an unsuitable venue.
Years ago mum used to say that the kitchen table was unsuitable.

- You continue to search for the perfect Napoleonic / WW2 / Ancients / ACW etc. rule set (knowing that it doesn't actually exist).
Not so much a search but a regularly fed desire to see what different rule sets offer. 

- For that reason you have developed your own house rules for certain periods. And think them far superior to the original author's efforts.
No – too lazy

- You have returned from a wargames show and sneaked upstairs to hide the stash.

- You have an irrational aversion to some genres and vow never to play them regardless of how much fun they look.
The only things I buy from a certain games company are spray paints and LOTR for the son.

- You have made your own wargames scenery.
Not much – love resin buildings

- You have reached a painting 'wall'.
Yes – right now

- You have lost - and regained - your wargaming mojo.

- You have done armies in different scales for the same period.
WWII in 6mm and 20mm, Napoleonics in 6mm and 28mm and still have a few unpainted 15mm from a stupid foray.  Same nations / units as well!

- You have jealously coveted someone else's troops.

- You have laughed (secretly or otherwise) as someone else's paint job.
Only the ones that are on eBay described as ‘Professional” – you know the ones. 

- You have provided a piece of useless trivia relating to the troops on the table to show off your wargaming knowledge.

- You have contradicted someone elses' trivia - demonstrating your superior knowledge and giving you a warm glow inside.
When the other bloke might be annoying me I may have made something up just to irritate him

- You have caused a major disaster on a wargames table.

No usually been saved by my allies before it is too late

- You have cheered when an opponent's dice lets them down at a critical point.
Yeah – who wouldn’t – although it is done with respect !!!

- You have lied to your partner about going gaming.

- You have lied to an attractive woman (man) about your hobby.
No – have told people I work with that I collect little toy soldiers. 

- You have made an opponent cry. It doesn't count if they are under 8 years old though.

- You have reference books on armies you haven't even got (I have books on ECW, ACW, SYW, 30YW yet not one solitary figure for any of these periods).
Absolutely – see above on love of books.  Next project at home is to extend the library (or create a wargamers annexe library - yippee)

- You have bought figures for a period you have never and will never play - because they were cheap.
Sort of  – see above for 15mm Napoleonics … 200+ AB Napolenics for $60 – too good a bargain to refuse

- You have inflicted grievous bodily harm on a dice that has let you down.

- You blog or have a web-page about your Wargaming activities.
Where you’re at at the moment.

- Your book collection is almost all war and wargames related
Mostly – also travel has a big slice

- You critique 'war' movies (especially Hollywood war movies) for historical accuracy.
Not too much – but I do notice when old Leopard 1 tanks have been poorly modified.

- You spend car / train journeys checking out the lie of the land - considering which way you would attack from and whether it would make good wargaming terrain.
I often do – work has been lucky enough for me that I get to wander many old battlefields on weekends tacked onto work trips. 

How would others answer?