Friday, February 5, 2016
Rising from the ashes
For everything, there is a season...
It's been over 2 years since I lost my hobby mojo.
My old friend's passing started a series of life events...hip replacement surgery, finishing a masters' thesis, training for a vintage cycling race, a separation.
Most of it good, life moving forward stuff. No complaints. But the creative juices were travelling down other sluices.
And yet, over the last half year I've been slowly getting back into gaming and back to my two main projects:
1 - Wargaming in Westeros - kitbashing all the wonderful 25mm medieval plastics available.
2 - Wargaming in Middle Earth - War of the Ring with house rules to refine the v1.0 from GW
But part of my momentum stems from my cycling and reenacting buddy Nick Addison roping me into his own reentry into table top wargaming via Chain of Command.
And part of the momentum comes with the advent of Lion Rampant, and now Dragon Rampant - i.e. adaptable rules that allow for building retinue sized forces that can be combined into large armies using massed battle rules such as Hail Caesar, Medieval Warfare, Impetus or Sword & Spear.
What's to come...
> Work I've done with my back log of terrain projects to create an attractive table top. A good
start with plenty left to do.
> Plans for my multiple Westerosi retinues - Stark, Lannister, Greyjoy, Tully and Arryn (with
Tyrell, Martell and Baratheon not far behind)
> Battle reports using Lion/Dragon Rampant and my painted LotR forces until the Westerosi
retinues come on line.
> Plans for my multi-player Battle of the Pelennor Fields project
> Irregular reports on games outside these core projects - mostly Chain of Command and,
hopefully some Dux Britanniarum.
> Related boardgame forays into War of the Ring, Battle of the Five Armies and Battles of
> Showcasing kindred spirits with similar, inspiring projects to build community across our
little corner of this diverse hobby. "There are many like it but this one is mine..."
Believe me, after all I've been through, I'm not entirely confident that I won't wander off again. (You did see the name of this blog, right? Truth in advertising.) But I'm having fun with it and feeling the muse upon me.
I welcome your comments, feedback and encouragement.
Postscript though: perhaps this image is more apropos than a phoenix...