A bit of warning: this is a bit of a 'dear diary' post and thus has little of interest for those looking for pictures of games or models.
Part of my "Paint or Die" initiative for 2016 is a thorough review of my entire collection. I have been collecting and trading for so long, that the pile is completely out of control. To that end, I did an inventory of my collection based on period and scale:
Key: Dark Green - Completed for play
Green- Project underway
Yellow - Planned expansion for the future
Red - Existing minis to be purged!
As you can see I have most of my periods of interest in at least two scales with some in three different scales. I enjoy both skirmish and mass battles, so I have decided to select one scale for each where it is appropriate. I probably have also cast far too wide a net in terms of "areas of interest." I envy those that can devote all of their interest on one time period or era in gaming. Even after doing this I realized I had left out my 1/1200 scale Age of Sail ships I picked up for doing the Naval engagements of the War of 1812.
With this in mind, I want to try and consolidate my interests into something more manageable. My primary interest is in restricting it down to 2 scales and eliminating the parts of the collection that were not painted/organized by me. I have come to terms with the fact that I have made the transition from primarily a gamer to primarily a collector. So here are my criteria:
- Reduce the # of scales per period to 2: Primarily 6mm for mass battles and 28mm for skirmish with some exceptions.
- Reduce the amount of terrain I need to have on hand, to ensure better looking games. (Focus on 6m and 28mm terrain)
- Standardize my basing to some degree to reduce the logistics load of maintaining so many bases.
- Eliminate miniatures painted by strangers in my collection.
- Continue with my long term goal of collecting representative forces for each era of the US Army.
- Mitigate the sense of existential dread I feel when I look at the lead pile