Saturday, August 2, 2014

Coming Along...

16 Battalions nearly ready to defend Mother Spain.  These figures have taken me quite a while to paint and are still not ready. Actually, I'm not in any hurry since I have not wargamed for about the last 25 years. Still in the unlikely event that I actually meet a fellow gamer in this neck of the woods I will be ready to do battle.

I have painted an "American" battalion along with four light and 11 standard battalions. As yet I don't have any cavalry or artillery so these dudes will have to wait in their barracks for a couple of years.


  1. Is that what you're supposed to do with these figurines? Wargaming? How does that work? Is it like playing RISK, but with your soldiers instead of little tokens? Is there a board (if this is a board game)? How big is the board? Are there dice involved? Color me curious about this weird subculture of which you're a member.

  2. Well normally I do absolutely nothing with my figures. They all live in various positions around my house ranging from in the garage, under our bed and in the laundry room. I take them out occasionally to look at them and to discover that the paint has fallen off their guns or that they have tipped over and need to be set up again. Real people actually use these figures on big gaming tables with other people and rule sets and beer. I haven't been part of that scene since I was at university and even then I only came to the club about four or five times. I regard myself as being part of a subculture of one. No one else I know paints whole armies with the express purpose of ogling them and them putting them under the bed seldom to be looked at again. I'm also no expert on the period involved either. I like reading about the Napoleonic wars but I'm pretty sure I would fail any decent test on what went on. Generally I like sitting at the kitchen table with a big mug of tea and the radio/internet streaming TV and painting while I avoid the family in the other room. Its as simple as that really. No hidden depths.

  3. I chalk this up to a form of meditation, then. Zen meditation has no purpose or point, per se—it's just a way to sink into a mindful state that minimizes suffering, but once that state is achieved, even the duality of attainment/non-attainment or suffering/not-suffering is left behind (cf. the Heart Sutra on this issue of nondualism). No point, then, really—just do it.

    Well, if that's the case, if my pop-psych analysis holds any water, then more power to you. At least you're not out on the street, throwing bricks through vitrines, or doing something truly evil like cheating on the Missus or beating the kiddies (or doing any other evil verb that ends in "-eating"). Perhaps more of us should devote ourselves to painting soldiers.