Tonight, I continue my trip down games of my past, but this time it’s one that I haven’t played for fourteen years and doesn’t involve a joypad.
Some time ago, I mentioned in passing to a friend that I was interested in painting figures once more. I used to find it incredibly satisfying and working on the models for Believa had rekindled that. Lo and behold, come Christmas the very generous Littlest Kobold gave me a Warhammer 40,000 starter kit with more models that you could shake a scaled sprue at. I was extremely pleased and very soon the kitchen table had been taken over, covered in newspaper and converted into my painting bay.
It was at this point, however, that a series of strange coincidences happened. All over Rare the same thing was occurring; out of the blue, Schizofen received the same starter set and Pirate Steve, also looking for something to paint, happened to raid the Space Marine section of his local Hobbycraft. It was only after we all returned from our Christmas break with the telltale signs of Citedael paint on our fingers that we realised what had happened and how fate, it seemed, had decided it was time for us to once again battle with dice and small plastic figures. So tonight my White Scars ride into battle against the Black Templars.
Over the last few weeks I have enjoyed painting my mini army. After pulling down from the loft my previous efforts of over a decade ago I am shocked at what I thought was “good” back then, and although they may not be Golden Demon standard I a far happier with how I hold a paintbrush now.
All this goes to show is that must be very few, if any, places that are geekier to work in. I’ve spoken before how in the last six years Rare has made me roll more dice and play more card games than I ever thought possible but somehow it still manages to surprises me. Fads spread like wildfire through its corridors and whilst there are some with stouter wills than my own, there are more than enough of us to succumb and enjoy the virtues of social gaming and the plethora of dice that come along with it.