The Project pt.1

27 07 2010

I recently wrote about how my interest (obsession) with wargaming in general and Warhammer in particular had been rekindled as a result of a very thoughtful present from my girlfriend.

Things have progressed quite far from that point… some might say too far.

Basically I decided to myself that I was a fool for having not indulged my hobby over the years and that I should waste not a minute more in making up for lost time.

So it began…

I got straight onto the PC and fired up my trusty broswer and set sail for the Games Workshop home page. I was sickened by what I found.

Any of Games Workshop’s offerings have always made for a relatively expensive way to occupy your time but in my absence things have gone from the extreme to the ridiculous, after browsing the online aisles for a few minutes (more like 2 hours) O decided that if I wanted to continue to eat and live in a house with walls there was no way that I would be able to go the sparkly new route offered by GW no matter how enticing it might seem.

The two options left open to me were either to look at one of the alternative providers or to delve into the world of second hand miniatures.

Now as much as I like minis from other manufacturers, I am particularly fond of Reaper Miniatures, a lot of people that are wargaming these days, especially around here, like their games GW flavoured and a lot of these guys aren’t too keen on you rocking up with your minis that look completely different and that don’t fit neatly into the canon of the Warhammer world.

So my choices were down to one, second hand. Now as with most things second hand these days there is one huge gleaming mecca shining out into the wilderness….EBAY.

This posed a problem, all be it a minor one, I hadn’t touched the virtual crack that is Ebay for a number of years, whilst I never had a problem with it like some people do I did use to find it far too easy to end up living in a continual vortex of unwanted crap that was in a constant state of being bought and sold.

In the end it all got so time consuming that I instigated a self imposed ban on use of ebay. That aside I couldn’t really see any other reliable way of finding large numbers of decent second hand minis with which to fuel my obsession.

The next choice was what exactly do I wish to play/collect?
I still have a fairly sizeable collection of Dark Angels and Tau (2500 points of each) kicking around in a couple of boxes but I just don’t feel the love for 40k that I once did.

Fantasy it is then, but which army? I have never really been an avid fantasy player so haven’t got a pre-disposition towards any particular race so of course I took the very mature route of looking at the various miniatures that are around and picking the army that I most like the look of, probably not a terrible option but not one that is that well thought out either.

I settled on Lizardmen, I really like the Aztec like look of the models and the fluff that accompanies them is pretty dam good as well.

So there we have it Lizardmen it is, looks like it’s time to carry out the work of the Old Ones and clear these warm blooded fools off the face of the world 🙂

Letting my geek flag fly

22 07 2010

Ever since she has known me my girlfriend has had to listen to me waffle on at length about a whole plethora of geeky things, one of the most geeky being my 20 year plus love of Warhammer, Blood Bowl, 40k and wargaming in general.

She has been shown a selection of miniatures that I am particularly proud of and has heard me expound at length about the many positive aspects of the hobby and how much fun it is.

At xmas when we were on holiday in the UK, I dragged her into the Oxford branch of Games Workshop and she had to endure over an hour in the store complete with painting tutorial (she painted me a gandalf model from the LOTR range) whilst I tried out the newest set of rules to 40k and slowly realised that I was so off the pace these days that I wasn’t even in the race anymore.

Stoically she sat and smiled politely whilst I regaled the youngster (in a relative sense of the word)
with tales of when my White Dwarf subscription was £2.25 a month and when you could buy a squad of Space Marine Terminators without having to take out a new mortgage.

I think that something from that day and my many rambling diatribes about the joy of gaming must have sunk in as a couple of weeks ago I was presented with my anniversary present about 6 weeks early…

What was it you ask?

A Citadel paint set and a box of Uruk Hai 😀

Well of course I set about trimming models off of sprues and undercoating and all of the many other things that will make the heart of a grizzled old Warhammer vet glow with joy.

It was like the first time many years ago when I was sat at my uncle’s dining room table liberally applying thick coat after thick coat of gloopy paint to a High Elf spearman (I still have that first ever effort to this day). I was hooked all over again.

As soon as I got home that evening I decided to dust off a particularly fine Necromancer miniature from Reaper that I had purchased at the Orc’s Nest nearly 2 years ago in the mistake belief that we were going to be starting up our D&D evenings again.

It feels good to be back

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