Sunday, February 28, 2021
Thursday, February 25, 2021
When is enough enough? Is a project really ever finished? Is there a relationship between collection size and other hobby attributes? For answers to the first two questions, my answer is simply that it is too soon to tell. As for answering the third question, let us see what the survey says.
In preparation for the 2020 Great Wargaming Survey, Jasper asked if there were any questions we would like to add. Well, I had a couple of suggestions. One question focused on collection size. My wish was granted! When I sent the proposed question with bin sizes denoted as,
How many painted figures do you possess in your wargaming collections?
Less than 100 painted figures
101- 500 painted figures
501- 1,000 painted figures
1,001- 2,500 painted figures
2,501- 5,000 painted figures
5,001-10,000 painted figures
10,001-15,000 painted figures
15,001-20,000 painted figures
20,001-25,000 painted figures
25,000+ painted figures
Jasper may have thought my brackets were typographical errors and that I inadvertently added some extra zeros. When the question appeared in the survey, the brackets showed,Who has more than 2,500 figures? How about a show of hands? The difference between maximum collection size from the survey understates my suggestion by a factor of ten at the upper end!
For this study, only two attributes will be examined. They are Age Group and Primary Interest. Now, in earlier results, we saw that there is a relationship between age group and primary interest. Younger wargamers tended toward fantasy/sci-fi gaming while older wargamers tended toward historical gaming. As always there is a mix of all age groups in the "Mixed" category of gaming preference. Since many fantasy/sci-fi games require fewer figures than large historical battles, collection size ought to reflect this tendency. Similarly, with older wargamers having a longer time to collect and amass figures than the younger generations, collection size should show increases with age. What do the data suggest?
What do the data show when examining Collection Size by Age Group? To begin Figure 1 illustrates that the 101-500 figure collection size is the most popular. What may be surprising is that collection sizes exceeding 2,500 figures are the second most popular. This result suggests to me that there are a lot of data aggregated within the Over 2,500 bracket. Maybe a reconsideration of collection size bins is appropriate if this question will continue into 2021? Also note that the 31-40 age group makes up the largest component of the 101-500 collection size while 51-60 age group takes the largest share of the Over 2,500 collection size.
What if Collection by Primary interest is considered? In Figure 3, again collection size of 101-500 figures is the most popular. While the "Mixed" category of primary interest dominates the 101-500 size collection, Fantasy/Sci-Fi is the second most popular primary interest for this collection size. Historicals shows up as a distant third. Now, consider the Over 2,500 collection size. Historicals dominate with Mixed a close second.
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Well, I might have made it if not for Richard's L.'s enjoyable series of WotR battles using his own rules. The battles have been great fun and each player commands only one Battle. Since all of these games have been played remotely over Zoom or Skype, I have difficulty actually seeing my troops. My solution was to build a Battle for my own use so that I could see what is what in my lines during the chaos of battle.Off the painting desk today is the retinue of Sir William Stanley. The figures are Perry plastics and putting the figures together was enjoyable. Coming in at 52 figures strong, Stanley's retinue consists of three lines. They are:
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Photo courtesy Wargaming for Grownups
After the battle of Ebresa on Monday, Graham promised a return to Guadalajara for the group game on Tuesday. Having played a Guadalajara scenario before, I figured this would be a replay of that scenario. Boy, was I wrong! When I dialed into the game, I faced a table completely dissimilar to the previous Guadalajara battlefield. Graham assigned the Republicans to me while Richard and Ian split the Italian army. Also surprising was the meager forces allocated to the defending Republicans against the much larger force of Italians. Still, I would be defending so that provided some hope.
Another surprise was that the Italian columns would be able to traverse the entire length of the table on Turn One and attack the objective town before I even had a chance to respond. As Turn One unfolded, I figured the game may be over before it actually began in earnest. Could I make a counterattack to stabilize this unexpected situation or would all be lost before the battle began?
To find out, please view the following annotated battle photos snapped during the remote game. For better photos and more battle details, please visit Graham's battle account at Guadalajara Revisited.
By the end of the battle, barely a single Italian was left standing on the field. One of my battalions had yet to fire a shot. What initially appeared to be shaping up as an easy and quick Italian victory in the making turned into a complete disaster for the Italians. I compliment my opponents for their willingness to laugh at defeat. Literally. Ian and Richard were laughing by the end of the game as their forces were crushed on the battlefield. Great bunch of guys!
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
At the time, I didn't know this was a test and that I was a lab rat in his diabolical scheme. I thought this a fair and balanced fight. Nope!
Given that, I asked if we could replay the scenario again on the following Monday (yesterday). Graham agreed suggesting I was a glutton for punishment and that doing the same thing over and expecting a different result bordered on insanity. Well, we will see about that!
Following is a brief summary of the Battle for Ebresa wherein I commanded the attacking Republicans and Graham commanded the defending Fascists. Each photo is annotated so viewing this series as a slide show is recommended. White arrows show movement, red arrows show attacks, and yellow arrows denote retreats.
Sunday, February 14, 2021
Thursday, February 11, 2021
By mid-battle, the Government line had not been broken as it slowly advanced upon the Jacobites.
Even though the battle line remained intact, the casualties mounted quickly. In the photo below, all of the figures in the enclosures represent the Dead Pile.
The Jacobites tried attacking my artillery with cavalry to no avail.
And then switched to attacking my cavalry on the right.
Getting together for an afternoon F2F game was great fun after such a long absence. Hopefully, the next F2F game will not be so long in waiting. A refight of Culloden would be an enjoyable test.