A tour of blogs, forums, websites all dedicated to the many varied aspects of the hobby are full of reports of the latest new big thing. The new big thing could be that great set of Dark Age skirmish rules or that wonderful new set of figures for that obscure conflict which took place in some part of the world I have never really heard of and may just be able to find it on a map!
Now before I'm lynched as some pessimistic naysayer, I'm as guilty as the next man for falling in to the trap of being swayed by the pretty cover on a rule set or the superbly sculpted range of figures. Without the dedication and commitment of the figure sculptors, rules writers, etc over the years this hobby of ours would not be a such a cornucopia of delights. Over the past thirty years or so I have been a wargamer (say it with pride) we have gone from A5 rule books with card covers and pencil drawings, to hardback sets filled with bright shiny colour photos of superbly painted miniatures. From using soft plastic figures, to metal ranges and now back to hard plastic figures with a quality which match the many metal ranges. So whats the problem?
Well the problem lies not in the quality and vastness of the products of what is out there but in what I want to get out of the hobby. I have found over the past few months I have been re-thinking the direction I want to take with my hobby. I no longer want to be chopping and changing periods/rulesets/figure scales but concentrating on what I enjoy and want to game.
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Taking a long hard look at the various periods of history I'm interested in (and have figures for) it was not hard to identify which one one held the most interest for me. That would be the Second World War. Narrowing it down further that would be the war in North West Europe in 1944, i.e. D-Day and just after.
Now I began a project a few years ago when I decided to move to 28mm WW2 figures (having previously gamed with 1/300th and 1/72nd). That project as sputtered along for a while and particularly over the last twelve months it took more of a centre stage with me concentrating on building up my collection of terrain for the Normandy campaign. I have been painting US Airborne and Fallschirmjager to represent the conflict/skirmishes primarily between the 101st Airborne Division and the 6th Fallschirmjager Regiment. So how could I develop this?
I was looking at the period from 6th June 1944 to 13th June 1944. But could I narrow this down further? Whilst doing some recent research for suitable scenarios it quickly became apparent that the answer was yes. What about the engagements between the 506th PIR, and elements of 6thFJR et al. in and around St. Marie du Mont on 6th June 1944? So rather than build generic WW2 forces, so beloved by certain points based games, develop forces more aimed at what was actually there. Now where does that leave me?