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22 Aug 2015 4:36 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "When are you considered with a project's completion?" to "How do you know when it's done?"

20 Feb 2016 8:11 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2015 8:53 a.m. PST

1. It is NEVER complete.
2. When I have all possible units covered.
3. When I have enough done so all players have enough for a good game.


Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2015 8:56 a.m. PST


PiersBrand22 Aug 2015 8:57 a.m. PST


Rich Bliss22 Aug 2015 9:01 a.m. PST

When I have enough units to put on every battle.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2015 9:05 a.m. PST

Sometimes I think there's a danger in considering a project " complete ".
A few years ago, I proudly finished all the French and British regiments for the Plains of Abraham. So we played a game with Age of Reason. Good game but I forget who won.
Then I finished a regiment or two and we did St Foy. Twice. Ho him. Now what?
I think I got burned out by all the work. And then when I achieved my goal, what was left? So needing money badly, I sold them off.

AWI is much more open. Even though I could probably have 6 players, each with a brigade of 5 regiments and lots of units left over , I am still slaving away and painting more.
Shoot. There are at least 45 British regiments I haven't done yet, and at least 2/3 of the Hessians are not in my collection. I have proxied Hessians for Brunswickers but felt dirty after. So I need separate Brunswickers.
And now I am happily looking for more units to paint, having rediscovered AWI skirmish gaming. Pulaski's Legion is on my paint table right now.

So for me, the French and Indian War was "completed". But AWI will never be.
Hey. At least I kept the Indians!

whitphoto22 Aug 2015 9:09 a.m. PST

When you pry it from my cold dead hands!

I consider 'projects' in a smaller scope then most. I am working on support weapons for my WWII airborne right now, once I have them done (three .30cals, 5 mortars and a pack howitzer) I'll be finished with that 'project'. That will give me all the options I should ever need for a battle. But in the scope of my US forces I'll probably never be done.

wrgmr122 Aug 2015 9:30 a.m. PST

When I've painted all the figures I bought, unless of course I buy more.

GarrisonMiniatures Inactive Member22 Aug 2015 9:30 a.m. PST


CorroPredo22 Aug 2015 9:35 a.m. PST

It's complete. Then somebody makes something new that I just have to add to it!

Bob the Temple Builder22 Aug 2015 9:43 a.m. PST

I recently completed a Waterloo project … but then I bought a few more figures to add to the collection … and I suspect that when they are done I will add a few more.

I don't think that most wargames ever fully complete a project; they just have them on hold.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2015 10:07 a.m. PST

1,2 and 3!

Jamesonsafari Inactive Member22 Aug 2015 10:30 a.m. PST

1 but when you achieve 3 then the painting momentum drops off and the project stalls.

TNE230022 Aug 2015 10:58 a.m. PST

1 trumps 3 every time

nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Aug 2015 11:35 a.m. PST


For example, I have at least 3 different versions of the same Maryland Continentals. They fought everywhere and changed uniforms at least 3 different times, maybe more.

rct7500122 Aug 2015 12:25 p.m. PST

I don't know – never had a chance to even consider tha I am finished a project

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2015 12:31 p.m. PST

Mostly 1


PatrickWR22 Aug 2015 12:32 p.m. PST

Pics or it didn't happen.

RavenscraftCybernetics Inactive Member22 Aug 2015 1:23 p.m. PST


Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2015 1:24 p.m. PST


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2015 1:33 p.m. PST

1 mostly, sometimes 3

rmaker22 Aug 2015 1:46 p.m. PST

Depends on what you consider a project. For me, it is a group of units of one nationality for one period, and I have several going at any given moment. Some have been completed (e.g., the Napoleonic Mecklenburg and Hanseatic Legion projects), some are close (e.g., the Napoleonic Spanish (Patriotes) and Russian Opolchenia projects) and others not even started (e.g., the Napoleonic Hapsburg Advance Guard Brigade and the AWI British and American projects). I consider a project completed when all the planned units are painted.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2015 1:59 p.m. PST

Bill has a point about a specific unit.
I have the Queen's Rangers based for Age of Reason. But I bought the Old Glory bag for skirmish basing.
And as soon as someone makes Line Infantry with a fusilier bearskin, I will get a bunch for the 23rd at Boston.
Heck. The Welch Fusiliers had probably 4 different uniforms during the war.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian22 Aug 2015 4:19 p.m. PST

3, plus that couple more units

Clays Russians22 Aug 2015 9:03 p.m. PST

When your wife says you can't get any more troops on your deployment area, then your mistress says the same thing?

Zyphyr22 Aug 2015 9:27 p.m. PST

When I can do the entire war 1:1. Or when I no longer feel like buying more.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2015 10:54 p.m. PST

When you are no longer willing to add any more or do any more, then it is done.

Rabbit 3 Inactive Member23 Aug 2015 1:26 a.m. PST

NEVER, or when I get burned out and lose interest in the whole thing.

Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2015 4:24 a.m. PST


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Aug 2015 4:30 a.m. PST

It's always complete. When I add something new, it becomes another, different complete thing.

jambo1 Inactive Member23 Aug 2015 7:38 a.m. PST

1 always!!

Wulfgar23 Aug 2015 9:17 a.m. PST

I know its done when my plans have been completed. I can only fit so many figures on the table, and so I plan accordingly.

I apologize for sounding like a prig. In earlier days I greatly overspent, and ended up giving my mistakes away. I like to think that I've learned something as I grew older.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Aug 2015 4:34 p.m. PST

A silly question, but for me 3 and 1. Meaning I count it done at 3 but I often add units just because I like them, or want them, or need them for a specific game.

Some things I paint just to paint. Sometimes I paint troops to replace older, less well painted troops.

Etc. etc.

Militia Pete Inactive Member23 Aug 2015 6:52 p.m. PST

I have only completed 3 projects. Wayne's Legion, Greeks, and WWII 15mm. The only way to say complete is not to buy anymore.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2015 2:36 a.m. PST

When the last proton decays and all the universe is just empty space with trillions of light years between each quark…

So some billions of trillions of years into the future.

OSchmidt Inactive Member24 Aug 2015 3:48 a.m. PST

When I get tired of it.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2015 2:22 p.m. PST


Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2015 2:15 a.m. PST

When the timer goes off. Then I take it out of the oven.

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