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Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse05 Jun 2018 5:07 a.m. PST

So i read this book around Christmas. Very good. But I needed some inspiration now for painting. So I took out the book again. But this time I didn't read the halfish part of the book. But started right as the battle is about to commence.

Just to get to the action. This is the first time I've done this and it's because I've read the book so recently

Do any of you do this?

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2018 5:14 a.m. PST

Not usually. I reread the entire book especially if I find it an enjoyable read as opposed to a book I've used only for reference.

For example, I'm reading Bruce Catton's ACW Trilogy now and it must be the 10th time I've done so.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2018 5:23 a.m. PST

Hmm. I never need (another) book for painting inspiration. If I'm planning out a battle, certainly. I don't really care for gaming purposes, why they're fighting: I want to know terrain, forces and tactics.

Reading for enjoyment is a different category.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Jun 2018 6:15 a.m. PST

I frequently pick up a book, read a section in the middle and put it away again. This includes history as well as fiction.

whitejamest05 Jun 2018 6:29 a.m. PST

Anything that helps with painting inspiration and momentum is worth doing.

I have a few well-thumbed favorites that I will pick off the shelf from time to time and just turn to a random passage. These are books that reliably rekindle enthusiasm for their subject.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2018 6:33 a.m. PST

whatever works for me at the time.

Legion 405 Jun 2018 7:29 a.m. PST

I normally read from the very first page to the very last … Unless a reference type book, then I go to what I'm looking for … or try …

21eRegt05 Jun 2018 7:51 a.m. PST

From the first to the end. I want to see the trip, not just the destination.

dragon605 Jun 2018 8:18 a.m. PST

From the first to the end. I want to see the trip, not just the destination.
But he has already been on the trip. Now he specific inspiration.

I don't usually do it for painting but for scenario details? Absolutely

Vigilant05 Jun 2018 9:30 a.m. PST

I miss out bits of the Lord of the Rings trilogy which don't advance the story (Tom Bombardill) or I find boring (Frodo's whining through the marshes). Otherwise I might go to specific chapters of a book to refresh my memory for a scenario.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2018 10:41 a.m. PST

All the time. I always have at least one book going from cover to cover and sometimes the author refers to something that gets me thinking I need more info. When that happens i'll go to another book for support or more detail.

I have also gone back to a favorite history book and just read selected chapters.

Dynaman878905 Jun 2018 12:24 p.m. PST

I rarely read a book twice but when I do I read the entire thing.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2018 1:12 p.m. PST

Yes all the time. I am a slow reader and have very little time for it. I sometimes go back and read the entire book.

I don't do it for inspiration. I do it because I am designing a scenario and just need to know how the battle went and details such as OB, terrain etc.

D A THB05 Jun 2018 5:42 p.m. PST

I used to, till the Sergeant pointed out that it made me a larger target. lol

Oberlindes Sol LIC06 Jun 2018 11:44 a.m. PST

Miniatures games do usually jump right to the action, skipping potential hours of role-playing. I have played Target Reich at conventions where the GM and his team, in full costume, played out the pilots' briefing, including questions from us, player-pilots.

I should have slipped some Betty Grable pinups into his slides, just for that Catch-22 moan.

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