It was a simple
plan. I’d been before to the Crisis
show in Antwerp. The hotel was booked. A
car-parking space at the hotel was booked.
The restaurant was booked. The
figures and terrain were finished. I was
fit and healthy. My passport was valid
and my E111 in date. I had blogged
I was heading to Antwerp last Friday and kind souls like those reading this
post had responded – I was welcome. Life
was good. What could possibly go wrong?
Ahhhh. “The best laid
schemes of mice and men Gang aft agley
How true. How damnably true.
I got a call from a
client last Thursday lunchtime. They
needed something. No, it really couldn't wait. Yes it would be finished by … Monday.
Yes, there were meetings involved and when was I coming to their offices
to help sort it all out?
So much for my "simple
plan", wrecked by having to work this weekend while my other chums from the St
Albans Wargames Club had a fantastic time in Antwerp.
To everyone who I told I was coming – many,
many apologies. I mention that not because
meeting me is in any way exciting (it really isn't!), but just because I hate saying I’ll do
something and then not being able to do it.
And this is the second time in a month that it’s happened, the first
with getting the ‘flu. I am beginning to
wonder if Lady Luck has deserted me this Autumn.
My next planned outing
is with my great chum Mike to Dragonmeet 2012
in December. I am expecting a hurricane or impenetrable
snowstorm to descend in the vicinity of St Albans just in time to prevent me getting to Kensington Town Hall for the event. I hope not, and I'm only an amateur
weather forecaster, but you have been warned...!
Here’s my answers:
* Spent at least £500
on figures / tanks - and you get extra kudos for every £500 you've spent
Yes. About £500 a year, all told, including paints,
brushes, terrain materials and whatnot on the hobby. This seems an awful lot, but I rationalise it
by thinking that its about £10 a week on the hobby I love. I’m sure there’s worse things I can spend £10
* Pricked your finger
or thumb on a pike block - several times
Yes, and yes, several
* Tried at least 10
different rule sets and vowed never to play half of them ever again
Yes. There must be dozens of copies of rules hanging
around my house, supplemented my own home-brewed attempts (mostly rubbish) that I've tried to concoct over the years.
* Bought an army off
No, although I've purchased figures on Ebay from time to time.
No. I've not sold any figures that I can think
of. Given quite a few away (and been
given them), but not sold any. And yes,
the garden shed does stand on reinforced concrete to stop it’s leaden contents
sinking into the Hertfordshire soil.
* spent months
painting an army - then used it in anger once
Ah Phil, you must be
thinking of my 28mm Japanese Samurai army from the Sengoku period. Not quite used once, but certainly less times
than I’d like to have used it. One day,
, one day …
* tried several
different periods and genres
Oh yes. Just about every period imaginable has seen
my ham-fisted attempts at generalship over the years.
* dropped a box of
figures on the floor from a great height
* lost a battle on the
last throw of the dice
Yes, a few times. But defeat usually steals into my camp far, far earlier than that.
* made at least one
enemy for life
No. I’d be heartbroken and mortified if I had done.
* had a proper, stand
up argument over a wargamers' table
No. I can’t think of any. You tend not to get into arguments when you’re
not that bothered about winning.
* thrown a dice across
week. It is a standing joke at the St
Albans club that I'm nearly incapable of throwing the dice on
the table. I have acquired my own dice box to roll
without scattering the dice like shrapnel everywhere. It nerves. Knowing you're going to roll a double 1 is a terrible thing, friends.
* rebased an army for
a different rule set
Yes. Ah, WRG 2nd Edition Renaissance
rules, how I do miss you...
* inflicted a whopping
defeat on an opponent
Only accidentally or
through sheer happenstance.
* suffered an
embarrassing defeat due to a stupid tactical decision
Usually a weekly event
about 9.30pm every Tuesday (bank holidays excluded) at the St Albans Wargames
Club and at every TooFatLardies Games Day yet.
“Run Forrest Run…”
* joined a wargamers
Yes. Three clubs – Wolfreton School, Humberside and
St Albans – in 31 years. By far the best
things I have ever done in the hobby, giving me a lifetime of wonderful
* bought a ton of lead
that remains unpainted
Maybe not a ton. But my lovely wife will tell you otherwise.
* been to a wargamers
Yes. Many, but never enough. And, depressingly, not Crisis 2012 (see
* have more dice than
is logical or necessary to own - and have used most of them
* have taken boxes of
troops down to a club just to show them off to your mates
Yes. Usually to try and entice clubmates into some
new period or to persuade them that even though I am the world’s worst wargamer
as regards tactics, I do still have some uses. Lord only knows what they'll say to me once 3D colour printing arrives, though...
Thanks again to Phil for a great set of questions!