Following on from the excellent article by Kurtus on reassessing our hobby, I took some time out to do just that.
Do I use what I have?
Quite frankly, no! I have boxes and boxes of 1/72nd scale figures taking up storage space that are never going to be painted or used by me. Solution - get rid of them. Brutal but true. Some will be given away others possibly sold on that well know auction site.
Am I actually interested or inspired by what I have?
This time I can answer in the positive. I have 6mm American Civil War figures, large armies for both sides. They get used on the table a lot and I also enjoy the period immensely. I have big plans for them.
The recently completed 28mm Wars of the Roses armies, for my campaign game. Again a period that fascinates me and one that I enjoy playing, still a number of rule sets to experiment with too.
Wars of the Three Kingdoms or more commonly known as the English Civil War, again in 28mm, this project has just been resurrected after a year gathering dust. I have about seven more foot units to finish, plus some other odds and ends, such as casualty figures, civilians, dragoon horse holders. To finally complete the project. Once again a period that really interests me and has lots of gaming potential.
28mm Anglo-Saxons and Vikings for Saga. The former are painted, the latter are still in their box along with a scale version of a Viking long ship to create a diorama for use in the Saga games. Another fascinating period with lots of different rule sets available, plus of course other war bands that could be added.
Finally, 28mm Imperial Romans, Gauls and Britons. Only a few test legionaries have been painted up. The remainder sit untouched, definitely a future project that I am looking forward to.
Do I need any more armies?
Of course the standard answer is, 'you can never have too many model soldiers.' The problem is, I am fast running out of storage space for what I already have. Even getting rid of the 1/72 stuff, will only free up limited storage space. The 6mm are not a problem, they sit in a dozen plastic boxes and the whole lot would fit in a large holdall or suitcase. It is the 28mm that cause the problem. They look superb on the table, but each unit requires one or more storage containers, I use plastic tupperware type boxes to hold my figures, and boy, do they mount up. The yet to be painted figures listed above have also to be added to this growing mountain.
I already have two scales and four periods in my collection. I enjoy all of them too, yes I would love to add a couple of Ancient armies and some American War of Independence armies, oh and I must try my hand at the Marlborough campaigns!!! See how easy it is to continue to grow the mountain.
So the solution is stick with what I have, only add to the existing four eras and forget about new and inviting periods.
I have ordered a couple of buildings and a number of small trees for use with the 6mm ACW. That is really all I need to add at this moment.
Wars of the Roses - I would like to add a couple of light artillery pieces eventually.
War of the Three Kingdoms - I have all I need, buildings, trees etc. are interchangeable with the WotR.
Imperial Rome - Some cavalry for both sides would be nice as well as a chariot or two, buildings for this period are also required.
So you can see, I will still be adding to my storage woes, but at least the few things I plan to purchase are to supplement the armies I already own, without starting off on a new course. The embryonic Roman/Gaul project is going to need the most additions, but even they are small compared to embarking on a new era and armies.
Will it work?
Of course, only time will tell. I am determined at the moment and of course I still have lots of minis to paint still. Maybe a little less painting and little more gaming is the solution, after all, isn't that why we paint them in the first place?