Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Painting 1, XBox 0
The Vikings get a leg up on button-mashing
Only here at Mik's Minis would this post be applicable. Not that I get a true hard time from my buddies (both local and online) the issue has been raised that videogaming will sideline everything on the tabletop. The hobby side takes a backseat for sure, especially when you compare the 75+ hours I've put into Dragon Age compared to what 75+ hours spent at the painting desk could yield. Ugh, that's scary to even think about.
Well, a while back I wanted to solve two things. The first was to do more historic gaming, the second was to game more with my "moonlighting" group, and with my Viking project, I could kill two birds with one stone. But those very Vikings have been languishing on the work desk for a long time, woefully incomplete...until now.
We have a Pig Wars game scheduled for this Friday, and what did I have? Five complete archers and five "almost" complete warriors with hand weapons. I'm supposed to show up with that? I could, there's plenty of finished figs without me, but that defeats goal one above, actively taking part in more historic gaming. Key word being active. This week also coincides with the release of the anticipated Dragon Age expansion, Awakenings.
Now I could say that I'm abstaining, act all noble, and then secretly behind-the-scenes just be broke. But no, I have the cash in hand, specifically to go buy this. I even contemplated going to the midnight sale last night just to pick it up sooner than later. But then there's my Vikings, and they were about to play second fiddle...again. If you couldn't tell from the post title however, that's not the case. I've vowed to crank out some Vikings this week, and video games be damned. Let me pause now for dramatic effect onthat last statement.
I finished up those five 'nearly-complete' figs, wrapped up another five new warriors with hand weapons last night start to finish, and a, currently about halfway through five more berserker types. I'll be showing up with only twenty models this Friday, but "only" and "twenty" are relative in terms of my workbench, and I'll count that as success, hands down. Now, as for the forty bucks I set aside for Awakenings, well, maybe that money earmarked for video games could be better spent on more figs and/or rulebooks instead. Crazy talk.