Following on from last week, I was pondering my notion for a campaign in a more 'narrative' style. As I wrote, I had considered putting together an ACW campaign to use my 1/72 figures in a more 'old-school' style of game. Problem is that the notion is just as applicable to the other campaign I am progressing, the Wars of the Roses.
I spent about a week pondering the two options, weighing up the pros and cons of each. The end result: both options have lots of 'pros' and very few 'cons'. Nice, but not helpful about making a decision anytime before the sun burns out.
Things came to a head when I was browsing on eBay. I know that for wargamers, the phrase "I was browsing on eBay" ranks alongside "I set off alone to explore the haunted house": a danger signal that no good is on the way! I found a sale, for a mountain of plastic 1/72 ACW figures. I put in a bid, sensing it could well be a bargain. The rest of the week was spent in a state of constant mood-swings.
What was I buying them for? What would I do with them? I already had hundreds - what would hundreds more do? I couldn't even fit them all on a table! But imagine having them. They'd be great! I'd never need to buy any more ever again! I could do Charles Grant-style massive units - think of the visual effect!
Of course, the other question was "What about all my Wars of the Roses plans?" I really wanted to do that too, but which one would get the first go? Fate would have to decide.
In the end, by the time the eBay sale ran out I had reached such a state of indecision that I had hidden my mobile phone from myself, so last-minute emails wouldn't tempt me into upping my offer! I was outbid right in the closing minutes, and then experienced the usual mix of relief & regret that accompanies every eBay bid I ever make. So, the ACW plans have instantly receded into the background. Wars of the Roses have taken pole-position, and I have sent off for some new figures for them instead. What a way to run a (miniature model) war... :-)