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The Lead Pile. (And the question of how to tackle it!)

3 Feb

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Jeezus! I’m feeling slightly overwhelmed when it comes to dealing with my lead mountain. I have started to take stock of just exactly how much stuff I have accumulated and what you can see in the picture is just the tip of the iceberg. This toolbox here is just one of the various stashes of unpainted lead (and stuff that needs stripping or repainting) Plastic is another thing, there’s mostly metal miniatures in my alloy hills. I really didn’t quite understand just the volume I had until I started looking.

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My question really is, just how exactly do you deal with it? I’ve been having a rekindled relationship with miniature painting, so if it wasn’t enough to just decide what to paint up next, I’m thinking now about what the hell I’ve got!

I know I’m not alone in this. But why do we do it? This shiny syndrome must be put in check, but we still do it over and over with stuff we don’t need, nor ever will probably paint. I’m not saying that we don’t want the things, we do want them, and want is the optimum word here. It’s as if we are as the dwarven kings or dragons themselves, hoarding them in our deep caverns.

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Some might say that I should be happy that I have a choice, and I’ll agree. The only thing is I’m never ever going to get every single one of them painted. Ever. Sure, I’ll manage to do a lot if I put in some time (a long time) and effort, but theres never going to be an end in sight. I wouldn’t mind so much, but I have only come back to the hobby for the last 5 years or so (God knows what it would be like if I’d have kept going interrupted from back in the day) I’m even more confused about what I’m going to paint up and put in the queue next, just cause there’s so much to go through. I think its a battle I’m never going to win. I know I will amass more and more beyond what is a copeable  and realistic amount to have. Even when I sell vast chunks on, it still keeps growing.

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Dozens of manufacturers and scales, fantasy, historical, scifi, you know the score. I have no idea why I bought some of it. Is it lead fumes that make us do it? Consumer greed driven by the very limited nature of the number of castings? It makes you wonder what our true motivations are for this collecting of this pile of tiny metallic creatures? I have no real answer, just that I love the little fuckers, and if you can empathise with my condition, then you love them little fuckers too!

Right, what next then?…

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: Tabletop Towns – Cargo Containers Kickstarter

14 May

 

There’s so much cool stuff for 28mm wargaming these days, it almost makes me want to start the switch back over. The choice and availability for the scale seems to far outstrip the rest that for most, it’s classed as god’s own scale!

Regulars to the site will recognise this latest KS from the tabletop towns stable of products, with this time, something for the wargamers who play modern & scifi. These containers suit the modular nature of the tabletop towns style of simple block shaped buildings and terrain, and I’m sure there will be plenty of takers for them.

Ideal scenics for a modern/zombie setting as well as the plethora of more scifi orientated stuff, and quite asthetically pleasing when grouped, it adds another string to their growing catalogue of portable card scenery. If you’ve been paying attention to the evolution of tabletop towns, I can see great things to come from them in the future.

Personally I’m holding out for some 15mm stuff (city blocks and the like) and I’d be all over them like no ones business, but I think that there’s probably more viability in 28mm in terms of sales from the 28mm folks, but with the growing popularity of 15mm, I still reckon there’s a good untapped market with the 15mm crowd.

As ever I wish them the best with their campaign (even so I know they’ll get full funding)

Tabletop Towns – Cargo Containers. by Julian G Hicks — Kickstarter.

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: Wargaming Table by 4thwar Equipment on Kickstarter

6 May

 

One of the most important features of any tabletop game is undoubtedly the surface that its played upon, in most cases the table.

This crowdfunder over on kick starter thinks its cracked it in more than just this issue, as well as being 100% green and recyclable, by coming up with this “novel” (sigh!) idea of a cardboard portable folding gaming table.

Yeah, great idea. Well, not really. I know that probably doesn’t sound very complementary, but I’m not here to sing the praises of this project, rather I just see so many things that are against this being a smart invention.

I’ll try and be fair with this project though, I’m not all bad, so I’ll point out lots going for it, such as the fact that it’s innovative in its design and use of materials,and yes it does solve a problem that many of us gamers face from time to time, plus it’s a polished production to both the idea and the project itself. However, there are a few problems with using this kind of corrugated card can bring.

First one of the many flaws to this is that card of this type is very easily damaged used as is (like this) and won’t look like it’ll take much to accidentally get either bent, knocked or wet from a spill etc. The easy damage factor is a big issue, not to mention warping from heat or damp. If you have kids around, that’ll make it twice as likely to get messed up too, trust me!

Next is the wibble factor. Just how many have completely level floors in the area we wish to game? It’ll just take one unlevel surface to sit on and I’m sure it’ll shake like a pensioner with parkinsons just like any other table would, just this one will shake even more as its lighter being from cardboard.

Price. For what it is, it seems a little expensive to me. Ok, I know that you have to factor lots of things into getting an idea to being, and a lot of stuff can be prohibitive caused by just how much some things do actually cost, but $109 seems a bit much for just a table made from card! Sod the extra chaff stuff too, why would I want a sodding T-shirt? Some might disagree, but I can think of much cheaper ways to make an ad hoc gaming table. I make do with bits of wood that go on top of various surfaces, easy to buy, store and go up quickly, usually well within the 3 minutes they say in the vid!

I don’t want to rubbish the idea, honestly, but maybe this just isn’t for me. Yes I can see that there are plenty of takers on board already, but the funding level seems a bit high for it to work, $99,000 is a hell of a lot of cash. I just see it struggling toward the latter half of the funding period to be fair.

Check it out and make up your own mind.

4thWar Equipment – Wargaming Table by 4thwar Equipment — Kickstarter.

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: Mote – Virtual Tabletop Kickstarter

7 Mar

Next in on Crowdfunding Spotlight, is Mote, a virtual tabletop, brought to you lucky people by Idle Ideas Inc. Now, I’m quite old school when it comes to my gaming, but I do appreciate new ideas that might come to revolutionise wargaming in future years.

I’m not saying that I totally get it, nor would I switch from more traditional types of wargaming and RPG types of gaming, but I reckon times will change and more, and more will either switch to systems like this or grow up with newer tech and become used to the virtual side rather than the old ways. I find that this is a time of great change in the fabric of tabletop games and how they are played, but us old guard are pretty safe for the time being!

If the virtual gaming arena floats your boat, go and check out Mote (Jeez look at me, I’m a poet and I didn’t know it!!)

Mote – A Powerful, Free, & User-Friendly Virtual Tabletop by Idle Ideas Inc. — Kickstarter.

 

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: Tabletop Taverns Kickstarter

7 Mar

While my rather poor internet connection allows and I’m on a roll, I want to tell you about the third installment of the successful Tabletop towns range of folding card scenery. I’m a huge fan of paper models for wargaming, so this new campaign is bound to be a big hit for those out there who need the advantage of being able to store their scenery for use on the go, or have limited space to store vast amounts of scenery needed for large scale battlefields and such.

I’m really liking the evolution of these great practical card buildings and with the addition of sloped roofs, it adds an extra element of realism to the previous sets. Like I have mentioned before, there’s loads of scope for future additions and themes that can be done based around the idea, and tabletop towns creator, Julian Hicks has not failed to disappoint with the newest creations. The latest additions add more options and build upon the previous, giving way to more layouts for your gaming set up, all in all it’s a very practical way for gamers to populate their tables with many more combinations of 28mm fantasy townscapes without the restrictions of storage and a huge dent to your finances!

I’m still hoping that eventually there will be some chance in the future for some scifi and modern stuff, not only for 28mm gamers, but for those of us who game in 15mm (hint, hint!!)

Seriously, if you haven’t heard of them before, go and check out the latest campaign!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1680924898/tabletop-taverns

 

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