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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian21 Oct 2015 5:55 p.m. PST

Do you have a game or period which you regret never getting into? If so, what are they?

Flintloque is one of mine, it looks like fun.
Portuguese Colonial.
And Martian tripods!

Winston Smith21 Oct 2015 6:11 p.m. PST

War of 1812.
I am glad to ride on epturner's coattails on this, but he needs to make the trek up here!

Winston Smith21 Oct 2015 6:13 p.m. PST

I don't regret anything that I had to sell, with the exception of the 1916-1922 Oirish. But there were bills to be paid and I did get to play with them.

CeruLucifus21 Oct 2015 7:01 p.m. PST

I regret that in the 70s I didn't realize how easy it was to make quality-looking terrain. There were decades there of good fun roleplaying that could have been done in 3D instead of on gridded paper with marker.

Also when I started Warhammer Fantasy Battle in the late 90s, I played Bretonnian knights and kept painting in my single-figure roleplaying style. I regret I didn't think seriously about what it took to paint units and opt for an approach to that army, or another army, that could paint up units quickly.

Further it was only a year later that Warmaster came out. I regret I didn't have the courage to drop 28mm and go all in 10mm for fantasy battle gaming, to get a big battle feel.

Prince Alberts Revenge21 Oct 2015 7:04 p.m. PST

Lots of regrets, usually for getting in or getting out of projects. Most of my getting in regrets are over 28mm projects (just don't enjoy painting the figures as much as 6,10 and 15mm). I always end up selling them off. I used to have a hoard of old Wargames Foundry 15mm Renaissance, which I believe we're sculpted by the Perry twins. I sold them off, regret that I did that one. Never saw them available again…

vicmagpa121 Oct 2015 7:05 p.m. PST

never got into medievals after a 20 years. looking to restart that again.

chuck05 Fezian21 Oct 2015 7:12 p.m. PST

I would have like to have bought WArhammer Quest when it was available. I also wouldnt have spent so much on roleplaying games and bought more 80's era GW stuff.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Oct 2015 7:20 p.m. PST

None. I've gotten, gotten out. It's a hobby.

D A THB21 Oct 2015 8:24 p.m. PST

Bought several 40k and Warhammer Armies that were never completely finished and then sold after never having been played with. I wish that I could have spent that time and money on ACW which I have always wanted to buy. I could have finished some of my other projects too.

rorymac21 Oct 2015 8:39 p.m. PST

Not starting sooner. I picked up several dozen early Miniature Wargames magazines for $.25 USD each at a hobby shop in Hopkinsville, Kentucky in the early '90s during my time in the US Army. I was single, making decent money as a 1st Lieutenant, but didn't think miniatures wargaming was for me (I could never paint anything that small). I waited until I was out of the army, married and had children before I really tried the hobby. Probably put me ten years behind where I could have been now, as far as collecting different armies goes.

snurl121 Oct 2015 8:46 p.m. PST

Ditto on Warhammer Quest. I had the box in my hands, then put it back. Should have bought it.

Same thing when Mordheim was released. I should have just bought all of the figures at one go. But instead I bought a few here, few there, then Poof! they were gone.

wrgmr121 Oct 2015 8:46 p.m. PST

No regrets.

platypus01au21 Oct 2015 9:39 p.m. PST

Regrets. I've had a few.

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP21 Oct 2015 9:53 p.m. PST

The only things I've really regretted have been buying into games that I knew deep down were turkeys, and selling stuff that on reflection I really shouldn't have (my Airfix Napoleonics and my 15mm WW2 collections)

Martin Rapier21 Oct 2015 10:07 p.m. PST

I mainly regret selling stuff, some of it I had to spend considerable time and effort buying back…

Never sell anything (unless you run out of space).

Mako1121 Oct 2015 10:15 p.m. PST

Hundred Years Wars
Wars of the Roses
Italian Wars 1490 1525

Even have some figs and rules for the above, but have very little painted, and no gaming with them.

Need to work on that before I expire.

Oh, and wish I had more 20mm, as well. A wonderful scale.

advocate22 Oct 2015 1:22 a.m. PST

But then again, too few to mention.

KTravlos22 Oct 2015 2:29 a.m. PST

18th century warfare. Tried to get into it and failed.

One project I regret starting was the warhammer 1000 project. Yes I enjoyed collecting and painting them, but I have played very little with them. I think I really was very depressed during the period I was doing it and it was a way to deal with depression.

Dark Knights And Bloody Dawns22 Oct 2015 2:41 a.m. PST

Not winning the lottery

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2015 3:18 a.m. PST

I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption.

Maddaz11122 Oct 2015 3:28 a.m. PST

Not asking a gamer girl for a date, not talking to her about the game.

Karellian Knight22 Oct 2015 3:37 a.m. PST

I regret lending a 'friend' of mine my copy of Memoir '44 with all the expansions and my large Ak 47 army. He disappeared a couple of weeks later. That was a few years ago and it still leaves a bitter taste.

Winston Smith22 Oct 2015 3:48 a.m. PST

I would link to a famous Edith Piaf song, but I can't sound the sound of gargling set to music.

Cosmic Reset22 Oct 2015 4:02 a.m. PST

The dwarven mountain fortress, Mayan city, Great War trench system, the ruins of Mars, land of trolls, Roman Britain, the temples of the birdmen (sci-fi ruins), etc, all of the terrain, landscapes, battlefields that I've designed, but will never get to build. I just didn't realize how little time that I had.

Jeigheff22 Oct 2015 4:03 a.m. PST

I regret selling off some painted figures, like my 15mm Republican Romans and a bunch of 15mm ACW figures. I thought I'd replace them some day with better-painted figures, then never really got around to doing that.

I've also let go of some unpainted figures that I thought I didn't like, but were actually not that bad. Some aren't replaceable, like the handful of 15mm Yucca German WWII soldiers in overcoats I once owned.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2015 4:34 a.m. PST

Buying too much stuff.

Not sticking to just a couple of periods – closely linked to wanting to game everything!

Not sticking to one or maybe two scales.

Not realizing soon enough just how good the 1/72nd plastic boom would be, and that I didn't need to buy metal anymore.

being able to make the above list and still break it all the time ("ooh…shiney thing…must buy").

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2015 4:39 a.m. PST

None. This year I started to sell off the projects from the bottom of the paint list (that will never get done) and replacing them with figures that move to the top.

So far, every sale has resulted in a new unit painted and deployed.

Timmo uk22 Oct 2015 4:52 a.m. PST

Doing the Sudan in 28mm with Perry is my one single biggest regret. I wished I'd not bothered or done it in 15mm. It's taken a lot of time and still doesn't have that 'epic' feel. I just don't enjoy painting the figures too much hard work preping them as the poor Perry casting quality drives me nuts.

If I could get a realistic price for it I think I'd sell up that part of the collection.

So I wished I'd directed all that effort elsewhere, ditto the Foundry Pirates and the Perry ECW the latter of which I will definitely sell.

I'd have liked to have got into 28mm AWI instead but now so many years down the line I no longer have the will to want to paint any 28mm figures so that will never happen. I'm caught in a kind of trap every now and then I add a few more Sudan figures hoping to reignite the spark but really I only think it's a great period if you play it as a campaign. Annoyingly the Sudan figures are probably the best painted stuff I have in my collection.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Oct 2015 5:45 a.m. PST

Crimean War. Love studying the period. Fear playing it. Regret not playing it.

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2015 5:46 a.m. PST

None. It is hobby first.

redbanner414522 Oct 2015 6:03 a.m. PST

Buying lots of useless rule sets. Three out of four rule sets I've bought have barely been read and never played. Of course I'm an idiot who never learns so I'll buy a couple of new rule sets at Fall In.

GarrisonMiniatures22 Oct 2015 6:09 a.m. PST

Several regrets that can be put down to lack of knowledge/experience/cash at the time, so really not a lot I could have done anything about.

olicana22 Oct 2015 9:37 a.m. PST

I sometimes regret buying too many of one type of thing but, only sometimes. Example:


If I had bought and painted only half as many Punic Wars figures, I might have been able to add a Macedonian / Seleucid element to the collection – that's sometimes a regret. But then, if I'd have done that I couldn't do this:


or this


Same could be said for my three army SYW collection which is now bigger than the Punic collection. If I'd have done less I could have my Napoleonic collection much further along. But I couldn't have done this two army game


And so it goes on. I suppose what I'm saying, is that I'm afraid I'll run out of life before I'm finished doing all the periods I want to do because I did too much of less. We'll see.

Also, I regret last night's game. What a waste of everyone's time!


Weasel22 Oct 2015 9:56 a.m. PST

Getting rid of my old Space Wolf army and my pristine condition, hard cover Runequest 2nd edition book.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2015 10:04 a.m. PST

Dipped my toe in Samurai gaming, no one else did and after I while I made sure the minis went to a good home

Thomas Whitten22 Oct 2015 11:12 a.m. PST

My 15mm period. Wasted years.

Stew art Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2015 1:14 p.m. PST

a long time ago, I decided that if a game involved shooting with guns it would be 15mm – so my WWII and ACW are in that scale.

and if it involved mainly swords, spears, and bows, then it would be in 28mm. so my dark ages are in that scale.

now I kinda wish i just had everything in 28mm, as i honestly like that scale better and now I have room for a big enough table to make it work. oh well. the 2 scale system works well enough.

RudyNelson22 Oct 2015 2:02 p.m. PST

Too mqny to count since I have been in this business so long, since 1981.
I had the first shot at buying a painting company, a miniature casting company, actually four and an import company. A book wholesaler.
Lack of money to publish my games and rules in a highly marketable manner would be my biggest regret.

Bismarck23 Oct 2015 6:15 a.m. PST

Not starting earlier, and that distance, health and vision issues have gotten in the way of gaming more.
And, of course, the givens…lack of money and time.

ubercommando23 Oct 2015 6:16 a.m. PST

I've regretted wasting my time at a few game clubs which weren't exactly big on friendliness or helping new people out. Advice to people looking to join one: Give it a month, if you're still getting grunts when you talk to the members and you're not getting regular invites to join in or no one is interested in joining in a game you're putting on, then walk.

boy wundyr x23 Oct 2015 6:41 a.m. PST

At the moment I'm kinda regretting not getting to play in Olicana's basement – that's a pretty awesome set-up!

Otherwise, I think 20th Maine covers most of mine, being too much of a gadfly in terms of periods and scales. The worst probably being to think I'd actually convert a bunch of diecast 1930s/40s cars to some sort of WWII Mad Max setting.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2015 11:27 a.m. PST

I'd actually convert a bunch of diecast 1930s/40s cars to some sort of WWII Mad Max setting.

That sounds like a good idea ! grin

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2015 4:35 p.m. PST

Not painting both sides much earlier than I did. Too many orphaned armies completed that have nobody to fight because people backed out of lost interest in a period. Now if I am interested in a period I do both sides.

KSmyth24 Oct 2015 2:56 p.m. PST

I don't think I regret getting into periods. I do regret selling off some of my projects to fund others. But when I was younger and poorer that was the only way I could try new things. I think I miss my 28mm Sudan stuff most. But I'm not crying over it. I love the stuff I do now, and I have tons of unpainted lead to work on. Life is good.

Clays Russians31 Oct 2015 5:06 a.m. PST

Not collecting mini fig 25mm napoleonics when they were affordable and available in the US. And staying with it. Slow steady gradual pace. That was over 30 years ago. Would love to do commands and colors with them now.

Field Marshal08 Dec 2015 2:28 p.m. PST

Selling off my early Italian War figures…all 28mm an painted….sigh

Loweko09 Dec 2015 7:06 a.m. PST

Selling off a load of War Rocket stuff to pay an urgent bill. It was just taking off at my local games night and I missed out on a lot of fun. They were some of my best work too.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP10 Dec 2015 12:39 p.m. PST

Too many periods I want to do and not enough haircuts left.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP10 Dec 2015 2:02 p.m. PST

Not buying Rivets miniatures.

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