Returning to historical miniatures

Last year I wanted to try something new and fresh for my hobby past time, that was historical miniature collection. Inspired by subjects like the American Civil War, WWI, WWII and many more, I wanted to try my skills at more mature themes outside my comfort zone.

However, due to several media coverages on historical miniature gaming being put into question, I decided it would be best to stall my projects and scarp posts in fear.

But I’ve decided after many months of thinking about wether to return to historical miniature projects or not, I was finally swayed back after seeing 1917. It made me realise that it can be all too easy to forget, and dangerously neglectful if the memories and sacrifices of those who gave their lives for our future were to be lost.

I think back to my Great great uncle who served in the Royal Navy as a 2nd class stocker on a steam drifter ship. How he gave his life to power the ship to patrol the British coast waters in search of mines. Which he eventually lost his life after a German aircraft bombed the ship and all its crew.

His memory and sacrifice was nearly forgotten as his story was lost along with photos of his existence. A ghost. All we have is a record of his service.

Its the stories of those who experienced the horror, tragedy, hardship, bonding of comradeship and most of all sacrifice. My historical miniature project work is a way for me to research such stories and experiences and represent them in miniature form.

My first project will be focusing on Stalingrad, the city of fate.

I’ll also have a few side projects such as my WWI French forces diorama.

This time I’ll be able to cover wider range of subjects without the need of point lists and gaming formations, just to present dioramas and photography presentation.

That’s all for today. If you have any suggestions or themes you’d like me to cover for a historical project, post a comment below for your ideas and inspirations.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

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