Scrapping historical wargaming projects

Originally I was going to start my first historical miniature series for my blog. My first project was based on the war on the Eastern Front of 1941/2. I did have a post the week before last on my first Tamiya kit, the German 88mmGunFlak 36/37, which was going to be displayed alongside my Red Army defenders. But I’ve deleted that post as I wasn’t comfortable with it in the end.

What I would have started the project with is now going to be a short end. I had some other stuff to post including a new unit and scenery barricades. But I’ve now had to scrap those for the project, although the scenery will be used for my Warhammer 40k gaming.

This happened because of recent news and articles I’ve read about historical wargaming, which has put me off doing this project.

In Wargames Illustrated issue 379 (May 2019), there was an article on opinions of whether wargaming should be more PC. In current times historical wargaming is seen with controversy because of it’s real life inspiration, In the U.K. this is definitely an issue of discussion especially in schools.

Recently I saw a video on YouTube by Neckbeardia who shared a video by Imperator Vespasian, on the subject of his sons being called a fascist for collecting historical miniatures.

Here’s the link to the original video. https://youtu.be/OUrAfp2A1bw

It’s a shame that Imperator and his son stopped their historical wargaming, however, it’s good to see that they’re continuing the table top wargaming hobby with Warhammer 40k. Best of luck to them!

After thinking long and hard about what I’ve learnt from all the above, I feel it’s best that I don’t do any historical miniature blog posts. My intention was to present painted models that show a recreation of a historical event during the Second World War, my first project would have been Germans own downfall as the Red Army strikes back in defiance in the Eastern Front.

I’ll be sticking with Warhammer AoS/ 40k and other fantasy projects for now.

It’s a shame as I was really motivated by reading a book called Stalingrad by Antony Beevor, which cover events from multiple perspectives and events. He covers some of the most disturbing and brutal events in the war, something school wouldn’t bother teaching.

I will still be reading historical books as I want to learn and know what life was like back in those days. It would be disrespectful of me to stop learning history and be oblivious to the stories and perspectives of those who suffered.

Probably a decade ago I could do WWII projects as a hobby without being labelled as a communist or a fascist, but now it’s not worth investing in these dark days of madness.

I apologise for any inconvenience or fault from this.

-Bjorn

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One thought on “Scrapping historical wargaming projects

  1. You have to do what you are comfortable with, certainly. One has to be careful on social media these days, especially if you need to have a good job, etc.

    Don’t kid yourself though. Historical gaming now, but the people, who have the sort of mentality where they try to control people by labeling them, will probably eventually come after your 40K too. After all, in their minds 40K could be all about “glorifying war” and playing a faction like space marines could mean you are a fascist, and playing a game where a major faction wants to “purge the xenos” could be construed by these people as a form of crypto-racism.

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