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Tango0129 Nov 2019 3:25 p.m. PST


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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP29 Nov 2019 3:47 p.m. PST

Hmmm. I thought only horse & musket warfare was dead, but evidently it's all historical miniature warfare.

mildbill30 Nov 2019 7:30 a.m. PST

We have always been a nich in a nich. The entry barrier is very high .

Tango0130 Nov 2019 12:19 p.m. PST



robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2019 6:27 p.m. PST

I've heard it before, mildbill, but I don't believe it. We weren't "a niche in a niche" when I started, because it was just us and the box gamers, and you could buy Avalon Hill at any gift or stationary store. No one had even heard of fantasy and SF gaming. The entry barrier used to involve painting castings to get castings, but if I were wiped out tomorrow--God forbid--about $200 USD would buy me two matched armies in 1/72 or 6mm. And the metals would last forever. I had troops on the table this fall I was given for painting other troops c. 1970. Conventions which used to be heavily historical miniatures now don't even have many miniatures--all RPG.

It may or may not be our own fault, but this situation is new.

Bowman02 Dec 2019 6:43 a.m. PST

Whining that a site named "Faux-Hammer" doesn't have historical war gaming in it, is a bit like going to the Napoleonic boards and complaining that there's not a lot of discussion of the Battle of Hastings.

Who cares about the old days of Avalon Hill. That is immaterial to the fact that historical wargaming is absolutely dwarfed by Sci- Fi and Fantasy gaming. And personally that doesn't bother me. The 28mm historical hobby (that which I am predominantly interested in) has never seen better days. There has never been more choice for figures, terrain, table coverings, ruleset and all the other accoutrements required for enjoying this hobby.

And the entry barrier for non historical gaming is also pretty high. Just drop in to Adepticon and see the level of painting seen in the "average" gamer's armies. And in their own fantasy world of fluff, they are as much "rivet counters" as the most anal historical folk.

The enjoyment of my hobby never seemed to require worrying what others do.

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