It has been a very quiet period for me in the hobby recently. I won't lie, it has been a difficult time. Since I am mainly a solo gamer, this hasn't been directly because of COVID and lockdown, but some of the secondary impacts have been big: less time and space around the house. Added to that my partner returning to work, more pressure on my house as my children have gotten older, plus my own busy job, then it has been a struggle. So, like many a gamer before me, my hobby has become more "thinking about gaming" rather than "gaming". However, hope springs eternal and I am looking forward to that changing soon.
Unlike the first lockdown period, which was very productive for me hobby-wise, this latter period has been very slow for me. What I have managed to achieve is:
Painting a SAGA Shieldmaiden Warband:
Picked these up a few months back on a real whim. There are some really nice figures in there, which my painting definitely does not justice to, but here they are at the c.90% completed stage.
28mm Terrain Items:
Long-term readers of this blog may remember my aspirations to get my 28mm figures out more for a few more skirmish games, whether that be in Fantasy, Medievals, Napoleonics or Sci-Fi. The main obstacle to this has been my lack of suitable terrain items beyond a few hills, trees and watercourses. With that in mind, using some of the packaging from the bairns' Christmas presents and a very old copy of the Games Workshop Wargames Terrain book, I set about hacking together some very rough but serviceable terrain items. I have concentrated on the SF stuff first, as you can see above. The empty plastic bottle is used since I have vague aspirations of filling it for some games with some actual industrial-looking ooze! We shall see if that comes off...
I noticed that there is a new 6mm figures manufactures, Grumbler Miniatures, who do Napoleonics. I picked up some of their Prussians, and very nice they are too. They are on the painting tray at the moment, so pictures as soon as they are finished.
I have played the odd test game of this and that (this one is a WRG variant using a scenario from Just Jack's blog). One of the takeaways from this is I must sort out some more ruined 6mm buildings, and some terrain for making better all round 'urban' environments (gardens, streets, graveyards, that kind of thing). It wasn't really suitable for writing up into a blog post though, even by my standards!
Apart from that, tabletop gaming has been very spares, limited to a couple of Fighting Wings' air warfare games and some role-playing games - write-ups soon, insha'allah!
Going forward, I am hoping to get some more Gallic War campaign games completed in the next few days, perhaps even completing that campaign. Then the plan would be to get some 28mm skirmishes done, and some WW2 games. But, as ever, we shall see...
GW wargame terrain book is a gem, perhaps a forgotten gem these days! I saw some Grumbler 6mm samples the other day and they are off to a very good start.ReplyDelete
Yes Norm, I agree on both counts. Reviews of both have every chance of happening at some point.Delete
Despite being retired, I seem to have less time and certainly less motivation to game now then when I was working. A lot of it is Covid related as a house full of family makes time and space a rare commodity!ReplyDelete
Yes, I have found exactly that. Gaming is what I do when I have time and space and mental energy.Delete
You aren't alone in losing your gaming mojo in the latest wave of Covid. It has been a tough old slog.ReplyDelete
You are right, it seems quite widespread. I have noticed before that when times are tough I gravitate much more to computer games and RPGs, and this has definitely happened this time.Delete
LOL. I spent all winter playing Fallout New Vegas. 192 hours.... (plus another 22 hours lost by corrupt save files)Delete
I mainly divided by time between No Man's Sky, MLB The Show and a little bit of Kingdom Come...Delete
Thankfully (?!) I was saved from buying Cyberpunk 2077...Delete
We all got through gaming phases. I do have my mojo back for the last few months but my life seems to have got busier and so less time for playing. So I have ended up doing "thinking time" a lot in the last 3-4 weeks and no gaming. With a bunch of long weekends coming up here in Australia that may change. Except the amount of locked in social engagements may eat into the spare time! I would love to spend more time on terrain but if I get any time I seem to gravitate to the playing side of things.ReplyDelete
Yes, I gravitate towards the playing side too. What sometimes happens is that I can get time and space but not peace: then (for me) terrain making can happen, but not gaming.Delete