Last night Tom and I headed over to the Ilko Gaming Hut (made of wood, so a hut, but Loki's Great Hall is made of Wood, my North Nottingham Gaming Hall is made of bricks etc) for a game of Triumph and Tragedy somewhere in Africa called Tombongo Land where Professor Greenwich's elephant "poaching" expedition is trying to clear off with its haul of Ivory. Obviously the Ilkolites are not having any of that and try to stop them.
This battle report will be published when I get one Apple product to talk to another.
The point of the post is to try and get down on paper the conundrum that I am facing.
We, the mighty three who make up the Sherwood, Hucknall, Ilkeston Team are struggling to get a consistent flow to gaming. Now we have all the life shite that gets in the way; jobs, kids, family and such but the deeper root to the problem is that we can't decide on what to play for any period.
What is agreed:
Toy Soldier Gaming
With models we have painted ourselves
This may feel like it is almost there, however, as with everything in life, the devil is in the detail.
Let's try and get down what each party wants and see if with open reflection we can ascertain a winning road to gaming nirvana.
Let's start with Tom
Probably been wargaming the longest
Will paint around 40 models for a system
Likes the more fringe stuff - North Western Frontier, Africa Stuff, some Naps, Dark Ages, Middle Ages, Warhammer and 40K
He will not play AoS
A man who probably loves toy soldiers more than anyone else I know. He has a gaming hut and a painting room (in England that is dedication).
Again GB wants to paint up to about 40 miniatures
GB is the least focused of the three of us (or is he the one covering the most ground) though we have managed two age of Sigmar games in Tom's absence
GB is adamantly opposed to 8th ed. He has moved on and will not go back with his models.
Now there is Stevo
What I really want to play is large (over 100 models) battles with lovely looking armies and terrain.
This was working fine until the Sherwood Hucknall Ilkeston Team hit the mighty AoS schism of 2015.
At this point Tom went one way and GB went the other. Your tricky point here is that there are three of us. We have dabbled with AoS with Tom grudgingly enjoying it when he plays but refusing to embrace it. We have also done just about every skirmish game I can think of over the last year. And whilst enjoyable in a popcorn sort of way I am hankering for a full meal with all the trimmings.
Now I have my chance to host a game on Wednesday to try and tempt the Gents into getting to a place where we have a load of models on the board. However once you take 8th Ed and AoS out of the equation then I am scratching my head for a battle game that I have enough figures to host.
So far on my short list:
WAB - as I have some Normans and Tom has everything
Something War of the Roses - I could try and learn Hail Caesar in a weekend
War of The Ring - probably the most likely but I would have to not play as I suspect I would butcher the other two as I played a load of games against the writer and bent the game out of shape!
I think i have talked myself into WoTR but I don't see this as the long term as GB doesn't much like it.
The other way to go might be BFG as we all have fleets and it is something completely different. Could be tempted by that!