Well, sort of.
2019 has been an amazing year for me as a someone who’s always loved wargames. I say amazing because for the first time in 30 years I’ve been able to share my hobby with others.
As a teenager I played Warhammer and various historical periods with friends from school. However as we went into our separate ways and drifted into the 1990s my interest was very much my own to follow.
However this year I have reached out, first to Instagram, and have been pleased with the very positive feedback. I replied to every comment and it was this chance engagement that changed my year. I had, by the start of 2019, created a website (now closed) called France 1940. The site included pictures of my French town, a wargaming tabletop, and a very early YouTube video. However it did not attract any activity. It was not until a discussion with Tabletop CP and a suggestion of broadening the title that “Wargaming World” was born!
It is, of course, not the website that has made the difference but the realisation that there is a very big community out there! It’s amazing to think that last Christmas I’d never heard of the Too Fat Lardies and never played Chain of Command!
In addition I’d never got to grips with IMovie or put together a video which lasted longer than a two minute single take!
Of course I am not suggesting that what is on offer is a masterpiece…just a bit better than 12 months ago. However I’m very excited about 2020 and all that can be produced. I’m keen to develop my WW2 games, after painting a full Durham Light Infantry platoon. I’m sure that 2019 saw me use washes for the first time and now I have more Germans and French to bring to the table.
I also didn’t know that there was a superglue / PVA debate! As I built my town I realised I was using both – did this make me an inbetweener?
It’s less than 12 hours to Christmas and I can hear my children singing as the excitement builds so I will stop here and say thank you to everyone who’s shaped 2019 and I look forward to more of the same in 2020.
Merry Christmas, Greg