Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Starting again

Many of you will know that despite some positive statements in my last post I lost my Mam on the 15th April and saw her cremated on the 27th. So the year hasn't really got off to a good start.

She will be missed greatly as she was my rock and always said it as she saw it, however she also told me yu have to get on and live your life so now the formalities are over and most the paperwork is done its a slow return to the work bench.
The week saw figures arrive from Mark Allen and Steve Allen so on the bench getting based and flagged is Wolfe's regiment and the two Swiss regiments de Sallis and de Courten all of which should be getting a run out in the game I;m presenting at Partizan on the 21st May.


In closing there's an excellent piece by Richard Clarke in the current Wargames Soldier and Strategy which I commend people to read. It's one of those thought provoking pieces about the hobby and how it is stronger than ever but that its very diversity is also its weakness.
He also has a pop at the big companies, the possible demise/usefullness of magazines and how very much like me wargaming is our life blood.

As a hobby its been with me since I was 13 and I could never see me giving it up, its a social hobby and one which regardless of where you are you can devote time to. It's also kept me sane through some really tough periods in my life - an escape.

Anyway from now - hopefully a lot more positive posts.

15 comments:

  1. Graham,
    You and me both. Wargaming has allowed me to switch from the stresses of reality into a world of wondering which unit to paint next. It is a great way to escape, just dont start wearing a uniform and going that extra mile.Two lovely units by the way, am looking forward to your game at Partizan.

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    1. Robbie,
      be good to see you and chat?

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  2. Mark Allen sure does some lovely work with the brush.

    I think that wargaming is as much a social experience that brings me as much enjoyment as the actual game.

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    1. Jim,
      snap frequently the game takes second place to the chat and discussion

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  3. Excellent figures as ever.
    I did rather think that Richard saw big companies and commercialisation as rather bad (which is a bit strange for someone trying to flog rule sets to say).
    glad you're back at the table and look forward to seeing you later this month at Partizan.

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    1. Paul,
      I think he was more against the big companies dominating at the potential expense of us small chaps. I certainly can't afford to advertise in magazines and would seriously question the value of doing so.

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    2. Don't disagree about the domination of large companies - consolidation in the market place is never good for competition.

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  4. Graham - very sorry to hear about your Mam. Your post is moving and yet inspiring at the same time - seems like you're going to be all right.

    When my sister died a few years ago, my own mum and I agreed that those of us who were still able to owed it to those who were not to crack on and enjoy ourselves as best we could. I haven't found anything wrong with that as a philosophy. All the very best to you, mate - there are a good few of us who rely on your blog and your marvellous pictures of painted soldiers to help keep us cheerful!

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    1. Thank you,
      I wish I could be as productive and as inspirational as you are on your blog. However you're right its time to crack on and be productive.

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  5. Great to see you at Salute, Graham.
    You've had a tough time, but you seem in good spirits.
    Looking forward to seeing you at Partizan. Meantime, take good care of yourself.
    Phil

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    1. Phil,
      likewise. Hopefully a little more time to chat at Partizan.

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  6. Here is to your Mother, Graham, and all the best to you.

    Jim

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  7. Here's hoping the rest of the year is one which keeps you in the positive frame of mind that we always see in your posts and delightful comments Graham. God bless mate.

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