Monday, March 11, 2013

A Period Not Chosen

Like most gamers, I suffer from "toomanyperiodsitis." Symptoms include multiple periods represented on the table top (at the moment Vikings, Dark Age Scots, ACW Union infantry, ACW Confederate artillery and some Liberators Royalist, oh, and some 1/300 aircraft and 1/1200 Napoleonic ships), as well as frequent repetition of, "Oh, man, those are so coool!"

But believing things can always be worse (yes, things can ALWAYS be worse), I thought I would try to come up with ten periods I have an interest in, but have thus far resisted. I succeeded. In fact, I came up with 15:
  • Jacobites: As note previously, I'm of Scottish descent. I've been to the auld stomping grounds. I've visited the clan castle. I've walked the field at Culloden Moor. But oof, seems like a lot of painting for fairly minimal reward.
  • Scottish Wars of Independence: Robert the Bruce, William Wallace and all that. If the right range comes along, this will be verrrrry tempting indeed.
  • King Phillip's War: Heck, I'll even throw in the Seminole wars here. Some very nice looking minis out there. It's a different era for me. Fascinating back story. Not a ton of figures required. Maybe some day.
  • Egyptians or other chariot wars: I actually started at one point, in 10mm, but sold them. Honestly, I could never find a set of rules I liked. Still, it would look impressive.
  • Samurai: I actually have minimal interest in the history, but the plastic minis make it reasonably affordable, and Saga rules look like a good fit. But I have pretty much zero reference materials.
  • Pacific WW2: So far I'm sticking with the air war, but the island hopping campaigns do hold an appeal.
  • Mexican Revolution: I've actually always been fascinated by this. Pancho Villa and all that. This is one if someone came to me and offered to split it up, I'd probably be in.
  • French & Indian War: I have a lot of AWI, so I always wonder how different it would be. Then along comes Muskets & Tomahawks, making this an appealing skirmish period. I really may have to do this.
  • War of 1812: One of the few "local" wars. That alone is intriguing. But to do both sides? Nah.
  • Spanish American War: Another fascinating period. But like Jacobites, I don't know if there is enough "replayability" to justify the effort.
  • War of the Roses: Um, just cool. But it would be an undertaiking.
  • Romans: I don't have any. Never knew where to start. Still don't.
  • Darkest Africa/Zulus: Darkest Africa skirmish games always look so impressive. This probably wouldn't take much to push me over the edge.
  • Plains Wars: A visit to the Little Bighorn as a kid planted an interest that has never gone away. But it always looks tough to convert into a game to me.
  • Napoleonics: Yep, it's true. I don't have any. Some of the plastics have been tempting though.

Throw in some pulp gaming, and I'd have to live about another 100 years to get all this in!


  1. I'm sure you'll have at least 1 of these in your collection before the years out!

  2. That's some list, currently painting plains indians too!