I'm borrowing a series of questions posed by Jim "Alte Fritz" Purky over at The Miniatures Page because they are kind of interesting and thought provoking. They certainly made me think a bit as I sipped my morning mug of coffee today. Just what is it about the hobby that you enjoy most? Is it the painting and collecting of hundreds of finely detailed and painted metal or plastic miniatures? Or is that something you'd rather get through, so you can get on with the more important gaming? Do you enjoy building and modeling your own terrain and scenery, instead, creating finely detailed miniature tableaus? Maybe you most like to peruse the various wargaming magazines, books, and/or blogs or websites, gazing at others' lovely and inspiring work? Or do you prefer reading the military history on which your other activities are based?
As for me, I guess that I enjoy each one of these activities to varying degrees. Sure, painting is sometimes a chore (especially the horses and cannon), but the pleasure that I get once another unit is all finished and added to the collection is worth it. You know, pride in what I've done and all that. The same can be said for the small cardboard and balsa buildigs that I've designed and built myself over the last couple of years. Now, the table and hills weren't terribly exciting, given the copious amounts of green paint necessary, but here again, the end result was worth it.
And of course, the reading of history, uniform, and books by "classic" wargaming authors (plus some occasional writing myself) have their places in the hobby for me too. The games are also good fun. After all, the whole point of all the other activities is to get some figures on the table and maneuver them around. . . even if one's own tactical abilities aren't the greatest! ;-) But if I had to pick one feature above all others, it would have to be the painting and collecting that I most enjoy. Even if you just spend your time gazing at the ranks of infantry and cavalry, there is something immensely satisfying about a well laid out and presented collection of toy soldiers, either historical, or fictitious.
But enough about me. What do all of you visitors to the Grand Duchy of Stollen think? What is your favorite part of the wargaming hobby? What first grabbed you about it? What keeps you at it now?