Realistically I am not going to get several ongoing projects finished whilst this current 19th century fix is an itch requiring repeated scratching. Ordinarily I would feel guilty about this - the weight of self inflicted expectation being an onerous burden - but strangely I feel quite liberated by having made such a decision. The ACW ships and many of the planned WW2 naval adventures will happen at some point but not just yet. The strangest thing about all this is that I feel very much as though for the first time in a long while I have a definite sense of wargaming purpose. Fezia, Rusland, Forbodia, Epiria and a few others beside will have more than sufficient interest for me for a long time to come and through the medium of my block armies I will be able to engage in a whole variety of table top actions - from small scale raids and punitive expeditions up to large scale battles - with sufficient diversity to ensure that I will have more than enough to keep me occupied for some time to come.
I will be writing (probably badly!) about the adventures and misadventures of the various protagonists along the way and fully intend to include, naturally, the naval dimension as well.
From a model perspective the plan is to use the Perry plastics (and others) for the armies and scratch builds for the ships and this will of necessity be a long term effort given my usual modelling and painting speed. I am not fussed by this and therein lies the core of my new(er) philosophy. I am going to relax and enjoy my hobby and let the tide take me wherever it rolls - no more self imposed or inflicted angst or agonising over rules or models or any of the associated minutiae!
It is supposed to be fun after all....;-)
To further delight you, this period is right in the middle of the "Pre-Dreadnought" period of naval development . . . when many ships were essentially experiments.
Good on you mate - its a b=hobby and just do whatever you fee like at the time.
And now you've got that awesome Man Cave up and running, who says you cant have a few projects all running at the same time anyway :-)
Hi Bluebear Jeff,
Absolutely right! There are some really great looking ships to consider as the basis for both Fezian and Rusland navies and I intend posting on the very subject in due course.
All the best,
I don't know why - perhaps it is because of the new man cave - but I feel a whole lot more chilled about the hobby in general. I think I have hit a sweet spot in terms of what I am capable of and what I enjoy.
How long this lasts for is anybodies guess!
All the best,
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