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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian15 Jun 2020 10:50 a.m. PST

As a wargamer, how close are you to the zenith of your hobby abilities?

* I'm there!
* I'm getting close…
* etc.

RudyNelson15 Jun 2020 10:58 a.m. PST

Past it. Even a little slow and lack of focus on research project since the heart surgery.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2020 10:58 a.m. PST

Probably close – let's see what happens post retirement

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut15 Jun 2020 11:06 a.m. PST

Well past it. I was once a Golden Demon contender, I worked as a game developer, I was an organizer in clubs… now I just paint it to get it on the table for solo gaming.

JimDuncanUK15 Jun 2020 11:10 a.m. PST

Those days are long gone, even the kids I tutored are shuffling about.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2020 11:13 a.m. PST

..I;m retired painting like a fiend.but w/ arthritis in my knees ..kind of sucks the joy out of it.

Texas Jack15 Jun 2020 11:43 a.m. PST

Im another well past his prime. I limit my painting to ships, planes and tanks, figures are just too tedious and in general no fun.

Legion 415 Jun 2020 11:50 a.m. PST

It's classified …

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Jun 2020 11:52 a.m. PST

Just retired, and the best is yet to come.

Yesthatphil15 Jun 2020 11:52 a.m. PST

*I'm too busy to answer

wink that would be my answer: anyone near their zenith is unlikely to be reading poll suggestions (fascinating though they obviously are …).


DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2020 12:06 p.m. PST

Getting there – more to come

Timmo uk15 Jun 2020 12:36 p.m. PST

About a year of painting away from target. After that I'll just be painting the odd thing as and when I feel like it.

Rich Bliss15 Jun 2020 12:38 p.m. PST

I plan on hitting my zenith about 12 hours before I die.

rustymusket15 Jun 2020 12:40 p.m. PST

I think I missed it.

Perris070715 Jun 2020 12:48 p.m. PST

I am still progressing. Lots more to come.

MajorB15 Jun 2020 1:02 p.m. PST

I do not recognise the term "zenith".

tabletopwargamer15 Jun 2020 1:37 p.m. PST

Who says the hobby is greying…

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2020 2:17 p.m. PST

If ever I saw a simple answer demanded for a complex situation, this is it.

I can't read or retain rules with anything like the processing power of 50 years ago. I can't stand all day and function well in noise and smoke. The eyes no longer change focus--cataracts surgery--so glasses are my constant companions at the table. BUT

Fifty years of practice--and improved materials--have made me a far better painter and terrain-maker. I'm also much better at turning a historical situation into a wargame in terms of rules, scenario and castings.

"Zenith" makes sense if wargaming is only one ability. Does anyone believe that?

Walking Sailor Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2020 2:37 p.m. PST

Ten years ago, a friend observed "We are not over the hill, but we are at the military crest.". But that was ten years ago.

epturner Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2020 3:05 p.m. PST

About 12-15 feet from my Samsung.


von Schwartz15 Jun 2020 5:35 p.m. PST

Well past it and racing headlong downhill!

USAFpilot15 Jun 2020 6:15 p.m. PST

I think I peaked around 7th grade for sheer enjoyment of gaming. Of course that was playing D&D, my prelude to Wargaming.

Sgt Slag15 Jun 2020 6:48 p.m. PST

I reached my "cruising altitude" back in the early 2000's. Soaring straight and level, ever since. Expecting a slow and steady descent, in 12 years, when I retire -- assuming I will be able to retire.

If I die before then, I will disappear from the radar, and nothing more will matter to me. ;-) Cheers!

Jeffers15 Jun 2020 10:23 p.m. PST

Past it. Eyesight going & being eaten by arthritis. I find it difficult to hold figures for painting now, let alone sculpting. Skill-wise, I'm probably the best I've ever been, but I cannot take advantage of it.

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Jun 2020 12:46 a.m. PST

Painting speed well below what it was 5 or 6 years ago thanks to a dodgy back. Still painting more for myself now that I have retired the painting service but the queue isn't getting any shorter.

Hoping to finish the 3rd army for Crimea this week (or early next) so that is another 2500 6mm figures to find storage space for. Then back to 15mm DBA with a Norman / Anglo-Norman army.

Zenith has passed but personal production is still far better than it was all those years ago when I was working. I may creak a fair bit but I'm still going and planning on doing so for a few years yet.

Uparmored16 Jun 2020 4:02 a.m. PST

I think I'm hitting my zenith, mid 40s, resigned to renting and singledom, other duties competing, like working enough to pay rent and getting chores done (need everything squared away before I paint). Putting in an hour or two the days I don't do overtime on nights to painting, slogging through the last 80 or so 20mm miniatures I need to start my dream Invasion of Cuba campaign, oh yeah but then I need the scenery too : (

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2020 5:02 a.m. PST

I just passed the outer rim.

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2020 1:44 p.m. PST

I went over the event horizon years ago.

UshCha17 Jun 2020 10:08 a.m. PST

Hopefully my zenith will be no more than an hour before I die, I seem to be on track so far.

Frontline Tim28 Jun 2020 2:59 p.m. PST

Nowhere near at 66 ask me again at 100 ( determined to make triple figures)

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