Saturday 16 May 2015

The End of Days

After a lot of thought and careful consideration of what is likely to be happening in my world over the course of the coming year I have taken the regretable decision to abandon my projected refight of Jutland to coincide with the centenary of the battle. I have not abandoned the idea entirely but for a variety of reasons 1/2400th will not be the scale of choice.

I have really enjoyed the process so far - painting the models has been very therapeutic and I am really pleased with how the technique has worked out - but have hit an impasse in terms of availability of models and compatability wih the other naval ideas I have. The models, whilst very nice are simply too large for gaing space I have and so are unlikely to be used en masse. There is also the question of time that I can devote to the project and to do it properly - this simply is not there. It seems like an awful lot of work for a one off game and so for me is now no longer viable. It is a shame but I have to be practical.

I will tackle something Jutland related next year in the same way as I will tackle something Waterloo related this year but I need to think about how in both cases. My feeling at this stage is that something  board game or block related may be the answer - not quite the visual extravanganza one would hope for but being blessed with a vivid imagination certainly has its advantages when not using models!


Robert (Bob) Cordery said...


You have made a brave but difficult decision, and I can see why you have made it. I trust that your two fleets will find new homes in the near future, and that you don't lose financially in the process.

I must admit to thinking that I may not quite manage to complete my own Waterloo project by the date of the bicentenary ... but I am going to do my best to do so.

All the best,


David Crook said...

Hi Bob,

It was not a decision taken lightly and the financial impact is quite small. I would certainly be able to recoup the cost with little trouble. The real issue though is the amount of work I would need to put in beforehand is just too much for the coming year. In all honesty I should have begun the whole thing at least a year ago but that is easy to say with hindsight.

I have a number of alternative Jutland ideas to explore which will be a lot more achievable.
All the best,


Jonathan Freitag said...

Finishing or even sticking to one project is overrated. It is the process and the enjoyment derived that is paramount.

If you have temporarily lost the gaming or painting mojo, try something else. But, the important thing is to always stay active. Discipline, discipline, discpline.

David Crook said...

Hi Jonathan,

You are right on both counts! The issue for me is that because my time now is so limited I feel guilty for not progressing anything - but I will get over it!

All the best,


David Manley said...

Very sorry to hear that. But as others have said, a brave decision to pull a project.

David Crook said...

Hi Dave,

It was a tough call to make but certainly the correct one under the circumstances. In retrospect I should have started the project at least 6 months earlier as there are always problems of one sort or another that cause delays.

I have a plan to tackle the battle on a personal level though - and this will feature on the blog in due course.

All the best,