Currently I only really collect random miniatures and that in itself has taken a bit of a back seat lately due to funding Sedition Wars. Everything else I do is either at the point where it just needs painting or a board game that requires no additional mini's and doesn't really matter if its painted or not. Talisman, Super Dungeon Explore etc.
Finding the money to pay for each and every whim that I may have just isn't an option, not at the moment anyhow. I would love to finally collect that Genestealer Cult that I have always wanted, hell, I'm even thinking about using the new Sedition Wars Vanguard as proxy PDF units for the force, that would be swish. But getting those Hybrids from Ebay would cost a hell of a lot, and making custom Hybrids could potentually cost less but take up so much more time.
|A normal Saturday night in Milton Keynes.|
Imagine my glee if I could go nuts and buy a few ranks of Chaos Dwarfs from Forge World. I now that Mantic do Abyssal Dwarfs, a cheaper option, but really... they do suck compared to the iron clad hard nuts pictured below.
|So much awesome needs to be wrapped in chunky armour.|
But those lovely mini's cost £36.00 for TEN. That's £3.60 a mini, which I guess isn't too bad considering they're resin. Hmmm, I wonder how much money I have in the bank.. no NO. But could you imagine fielding a full 2000 point WFB force. That would probably cost more than a new car. It would look amazing and I would do it, but at the moment, no.
There is just so much that I would love to do, and when I see new shiny mini's my brain goes POP, do want. Then I have to spend the next few hours convincing myself that I can't afford them.
Which makes me a little sad. :-(
But what if I did get them, what if I did find the funding needed, just say that I did have the time to paint up ALL the armies and mini's that I wanted to collect. Would I have the time to use said mini's in a game?
A board game takes a couple of hours maybe, so you can knock a game or two out in the evening. But a full on army battle can take a whole afternoon. As a father and future husband I have responsibilities to my family and a whole afternoon of wargaming just really isn't an option. My wee man would want to get involved, he loves the dice, Oh dear god the Dice. But I can't let him play with the figures, he's only 3 after all. They'll either end up on the floor or in someones eye, probably mine >.O
I can't expect my other half, who is pregs with our second son, to deal with Jack the whole time and to be honest I don't want to ignore him. He is my everything and time with him is my number one priority in this world. I hate being away from him just while I'm at work. But I do get down at times that I haven't managed to get things done, or that I've not played something in a while.
If he were older I would try and include him in the games, even if it was just moving the mini's or rolling the dice for Daddy. But then I have to think about the people I'm playing with. Are they going to appreciate that I'm taking twice as long while I try and convince my son to roll several dice AWAY from that nicely painted miniatures? Most would be fine, but some would be pissy about it, I guess it depends on their mood.
Now truth be told its the building and painting of the mini's that I love the most, hence the recent purchases from Bane Legions. I will use them in a game (Hero Quest probably) but I bought them because I wanted to paint them. I find painting relaxing, I find painting huge armies boring, but painting a single really nice mini is something of a god send. A time to relax and enjoy the time, just concentrating on trying to make a nice sculpt have a nice paint job. To that end I've started to try and include Jack in the painting side of the hobby. He currently has four mini's that he splashes water based paints over and he loves it. Daddy and Son time.
Every now and then a brush tip soaked with brown paint will start to enter my field of vision as the little bugger tries to "help" Daddy paint his man. It's actually really very cute, but I'm dreading the day he manages to get a stroke past me and my Muldo is back in the "to be sprayed" pile. But it gives me the time to get on and actually paint something, and seeing Jacks work makes me all gushy inside. He's not going to win any awards quite yet, but he's getting that greeny brown wash perfected.
|The results from Jacks first miniature painting adventure.|
Time with my Son.