Confessions of a gamer – January 2020

The intention of 2020 was to try and reduce my hobby purchases. Given that intention, the year is off to something of a poor start.

Mortal Realms

This new magazine was launched at the start of the year, and the offers of the first two issues seemed almost too good to miss, especially as I was looking for some miniatures to represent Spectres for Rangers of Shadow Deep. Considering that the full price of 10 Chaingaunts is £25, Issue 1 was a bargain, and I liked the Banshees in Issue 2, plus the paint will always come in useful. However, I have no idea what use the Stormcast Eternals sprue is, so that will be passed on at some point.

A visit to Crusade

I don’t normally attend my first gaming show until March – especially with the ROBIN show being cancelled this year. However, an invite to Wales for the weekend included a trip to the Crusade show at Penarth.

Nothing was on the shopping list, but I ended up coming away with two boxes of Oathmark Dwarves, as they were half price (I reasoned that the box of each that I already owned did not provide enough troops or unit selection for Saga, or any other game they might get used for…)

In addition, the Atlas of the Peninsular War is a wonderful resource for Napoleonic gaming – something that is on the projects list, probably for next year – but was too good to miss at a price of £25.

Star Wars: Legion

The latest releases for Star Wars:Legion seem to have been a long time in reaching these shores. This game is on my list of projects to complete for this year, so I thought I would grab some of the new releases immediately.

Two scenery pieces – The Imperial Bunker and Crashed Landing Pod ( including R2-D2 and C-3PO) have also been released, but I have decided to add these to the shopping list for February.

New Magnifier

Not planned, but certainly a necessary purchase. The LED lights on my existing magnifier failed at the start of the year. I find these invaluable when I am painting, so a replacement was a priority if I was to get the miniature painting that I had intended done. One of those things, I suppose.

It’s amazing just how quickly things add up, isn’t it? Having not planned any purchases at the start of the month, I find myself with a further 87 miniatures added to the plastic mountain, which puts a bit of a dent in my current painting progress.

7 Comments on Confessions of a gamer – January 2020

  1. Shaun Randell // February 2, 2020 at 13:08 // Reply

    Hahahahahahah. That is all!

  2. Wow! I am not alone in my club!!! Just sayin!


  3. Just sell more of your old stuff at Hammerhead. No problem.

  4. mcdouglas2015 // February 3, 2020 at 19:59 // Reply

    How’s the preparation for Hammerhead going? And is that paint with issue 2 a contrast paint?

    • I hadn’t started preparation for Hammerhead until after I had confirmation of a table. That didn’t happen until Monday, so sorting out starts this weekend

      The paint? Standard Citadel Corax White

  5. jimmylogan0916 // February 5, 2020 at 05:28 // Reply

    As long as you’re not hurting yourself, buying is part of the hobby. 🙂

    I’m not a WH player, but those ‘magazines’ look cool!!!

  6. Carl Burks // February 8, 2020 at 22:02 // Reply

    I paid the full price for the Atlas but I still think is worth every penny. They are the best maps in print for the Peninsula. So far I have managed to not buy any miniatures this year (unless you count a sloop for Blood and Plunder :)).

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