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14 Aug 2017 4:08 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian14 Aug 2017 4:08 p.m. PST

If you could go back into your miniature wargaming past and change one thing, what would you change?

cavcrazy14 Aug 2017 4:10 p.m. PST

I would have started at a much younger age.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2017 4:27 p.m. PST

I would have the courage to dispose of models I no longer use!

Redcurrant14 Aug 2017 4:31 p.m. PST

I would have bought AB figures when they first came out over 30 years ago, rather than other peoples Napoleonics that were around at the time.

Doug MSC Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Aug 2017 4:51 p.m. PST

Nothing! I have enjoyed every minute of it.

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2017 5:09 p.m. PST

I would have bought all the 15mm Mikes Models Colonial figures that I'd ever needed.

Personal logo Nashville Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2017 5:32 p.m. PST

I'd have invented dungeons and Dragons.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2017 5:50 p.m. PST

I'd have stopped at two scales--three at the outside.

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Aug 2017 5:52 p.m. PST

Nashville +1

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2017 6:05 p.m. PST

I would not have bought so much that I will never paint & am trying to downsize.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2017 6:29 p.m. PST

Focused more on finishing a few projects a little earlier

Allen5714 Aug 2017 6:34 p.m. PST

I would have been more focused.

PzGeneral14 Aug 2017 6:37 p.m. PST

I wouldn't have changed jobs and 20 months later been down-sized out of a job….

Sundance Inactive Member14 Aug 2017 7:06 p.m. PST

More controlled purchases and smaller, less varied projects.

Ceterman Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2017 7:18 p.m. PST

I'm with Doug MSC & Nashville!

BW195914 Aug 2017 7:29 p.m. PST

My only gaming regrets were about what I didn't buy when I had the chance, (more mikes Models 7YW, Heritage WW2, ACW & Ancients). Getting enough to complete armies – both sides.

I've kept most of what I've bought and can't fathom selling off any more of what I've painted.

Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2017 7:49 p.m. PST

I would have taken up bowling.


Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2017 7:59 p.m. PST

As with Allen57, been more focused. Not gone off into a dozen scales covering every part of history. Just concentrate on the things i really liked.

Titchmonster14 Aug 2017 8:15 p.m. PST

never sold my 15mm naps

Lascaris14 Aug 2017 8:31 p.m. PST

Like many others I would have stayed more focused.

Cyrus the Great14 Aug 2017 8:34 p.m. PST

I'd like to say more focused, but who am I kidding?

Chuckaroobob14 Aug 2017 9:09 p.m. PST

I would have better dice luck.

roving bandit14 Aug 2017 9:12 p.m. PST

Wish I had bought a ton more MegaMinis when they were $.99 USD each.

The Beast Rampant14 Aug 2017 10:07 p.m. PST

Among many other things, paint what I field!

foxweasel14 Aug 2017 11:57 p.m. PST

I'd have walked straight past that wargames shop 20 years ago and spent all my future money wisely on beer and women.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2017 4:16 a.m. PST

I'd have written down what I did with the 5mm SYW armies?

(I still think they're in the garage somewhere.)

TodCreasey Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2017 4:42 a.m. PST

I would admit to myself what I like the best earlier (big battles ancients and black powder) and I would work with my friends more to do things we are all interested in.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2017 4:56 a.m. PST

Stick with 54mm.

cfielitz15 Aug 2017 5:38 a.m. PST

I would have more aggressively learned how to sculpt. Made several attempts but gave up too quickly.

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2017 5:40 a.m. PST

I wouldn't have been a butterfly, and the lead mountain of things I will never paint wouldn't exist, or at least, it would be much, much smaller.

21eRegt15 Aug 2017 6:27 a.m. PST

I'd have bought up every pack of Napoleonettes in sight. Those seem to be gold today (and I love the castings).

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2017 6:36 a.m. PST

Yes to :

I would have the courage to dispose of models I no longer use!

I'd have stopped at two scales--three at the outside.

And I'd add that I'd have stuck t 20mm plastics for mostly everything.

DestoFante15 Aug 2017 6:48 a.m. PST

I would have focus on smaller, more manageable projects

I would have probably spent more in 10mm/12mm buildings for my 15mm armies, and less on 15mm terrain.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2017 7:55 a.m. PST

I would have bought half as much, but painted twice as many. And I would have done most of that painting before age 45.


Timmo uk15 Aug 2017 8:09 a.m. PST

I'd have done just two periods for big battles, ECW and Napoleonics and both in 15/18mm.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2017 9:17 a.m. PST

I would have planned better.

arthur181515 Aug 2017 9:22 a.m. PST

Painted more figures, played more games. Stuck with simple, playable rules like Charge! and not bothered with more complex ones.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2017 2:01 p.m. PST

I would have done a lot more figure painting while I was in the Army so I wouldn't have such a "mountain" today.


Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2017 2:20 p.m. PST

I would have bought half as much, but painted twice as many. And I would have done most of that painting before age 45.


Oh Yeah ! And that !

14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2017 2:47 p.m. PST

Started in ACW 25/28mm at least 15 years earlier then I did.

Micman Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2017 3:00 p.m. PST

Start organized gaming sooner.

Personal logo Silurian Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2017 4:56 p.m. PST

That late teen/early twenties period, enjoying the university life, spending so much money on … other things.
Ugh, what a waste.
I should have been hoarding the early GW figures! :)

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2017 10:24 p.m. PST

I'd have tried to market my generic massed Fantasy miniatures battles rules in the early to mid-1980s, when they were designed and playtested, rather than let the Warhammers and their ilk move in and seize that segment of consumers.

And then not invested so much money in terrain systems I later rejected and am now trying to sell (e.g., all those Geo-Hex boxes in the shed).

Zinkala16 Aug 2017 5:05 p.m. PST

I would have used more of my small amount of money to buy minis and games and left them unopened. Then I could be selling them now and using that money to buy more. Everything I bought in the 80s and 90s is very well used.

Ottoathome Inactive Member16 Aug 2017 7:58 p.m. PST

I would have done what Fusilier Dan did, gone into collection, followed Foxweasel's advice and forgotten all about war games.

Personal logo Whirlwind Supporting Member of TMP16 Aug 2017 9:43 p.m. PST

Not got rid of a load of stuff before I left home (including, but not limited to, Space Hulk, Heroquest + all expansions, Advanced Heroquest, Squad Leader plus expansions, Ambush! plus explansions, an El Cid Gripping Beast Army, lots of nice 1/72 plastics, 1/300 WW2 armies, 15mm Napoleonic Armies…"shudder"). I'm all for not owning too much stuff, but that was madness. And by got rid of, I mainly mean "donated to the church jumble sale"…

But having said that, I think I would agree that too many projects and too much money spent on things that stay in cupboards is an issue for many people. So I really learned from that and have more or less avoided it. More or less…

I would avoid spending too much time on the Internet talking about gaming, or arguing with people about aspects of history when you know beforehand they simply aren't going to change their mind no matter what you say.

Anyway, lots more good advice here TMP link and here TMP link

skinkmasterreturns17 Aug 2017 7:49 p.m. PST

Just all my current knowledge. Theres a pitfall or two I can avoid,and enough grasp of world events that I could become wealthy.

UshCha18 Aug 2017 2:27 a.m. PST

Nothing – it's been a wild and interesting ride. I hope to only falloff after I'm dead. Before is too soon.

Houdini18 Aug 2017 5:31 a.m. PST

I wish I had bitten the bullet much earlier to purpose build my own wargames room. Getting huge enjoyment out of it now and should have spent the money on it years ago.

huron72521 Aug 2017 2:56 p.m. PST

Nothing. Pretty much content with my progression. Also, looking forward to my retirement years (in 9 yrs)to fully embrace this hobby.

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