- A personal journey -
... you get the picture and I`ve spoken of this many times before. My blitz on my hobby and a reduction of my collection. But this post is not about that! (thank god I hear you whisper). No the point is that by the time I`d finished, even though I gave away most of the stuff I got rid of, I DID end up with a tasty surplus supply of cash... which is quite a rare thing for me. And as it had all been generated from my hobby stuff, I didn’t feel at all guilty about ploughing it all right back into the hobby. Only, I didn`t want to waste this rare treat: I wanted to savour it and buy myself something really worthwhile.. a chance as a pipe dream wish come true, kinda thing.
The strange thing about a major clear out is, it really helps you to define what it is you want to keep and use... and distinguishes the rest of the "has to go" stuff into clear list categories of "will I ever use this again - no". It’s a bit like a Phoenix arising from the ashes, as you begin to prioritize your hobby with renewed vigour. As you grow bolder, blitzing away with impunity... you begin to feel a bit like Bilbo Baggins giving up his ring... freely. It’s a deep internal struggle, but once you find the courage to ` let it go` the feeling of relief is immediate and immeasurable.
I quickly realized it was not just one boxed game, but three separate ones (at this time of writing there are actually now four big box games) - each one stand alone, yet each totally interchangeable and usable with its other big box brothers and sisters. Combined, the games would give me a truly sizable collection of D&D minis; plus the game contained all the terrain tiles necessary to create an endlessly varied of 2D dungeon and outdoor layouts: and what`s more... the game was totally 100% playable as a solo experience, so double yeeeey!!. The more I read, the more I began to ponder on the idea of buying it for myself: and so when I finally found some game tutorials and battles played out on You Tube, that was it: I went and ordered all the boxed games in one fell swoop, from Amazon.uk (I bought the forth box set, when it came out two years later), and I waited as patiently as I could for all the stuff to arrive. Okay, I practically wore a hole in the floor boards as I started to pace up and down, waiting excitedly.
First Undercoat Pre-Painted Dungeon Command Miniatures Hilary Says.... Stevie assembles Genestealers from an assortments of old bits.
Da Daaaaaa!!! *drum roll*
okay baby, my Beaver Wars/French Indian War/American Outback Revolution War was going to be moved to Ravenloft.
No more pondering what to do, this was the answer to it all... blindingly obvious really, but I had to go all round the houses to get there hahaha. I`d never have made this connection had it not been for that silly impromptu D&D game I set up to entertain the family.
The adventurers walk straight into a Kobold tunnel set up! fortunately for the heroes, the trap is sprung a little too early by the eager little beavers, and the only thing to get caught under the crushing rocks is one of their own number... eeek!
A gothic castle, lots and lot (oh my, so many) and lots of buildings. I can see myself making buildings for this game for a long to come. But here are a few of the finished pieces, ready for the table, and their very first airing into the terrifying miniatures gaming lands of Ravenloft.
Pre-Painted Dungeon Command Miniatures
Stevie assembles Genestealers from an assortments of old bits.