So, today I enjoyed a brand new miniatures wargaming experience which rekindled my enthusiasm for the hobby.
That’s right, I’ve had my first game of Flames of War. (What do you think I was talking about? Age of Sig-who?) Enough of my friends had been getting into it that I thought it was worth a look, especially considering that 15mm scale World War II miniatures are very competitively priced – for a small outlay I was able to put together a battlefield force that allows me to field a legal army at a wide range of points values and with plenty of options at each level, using a combination of newly bought miniatures from the publishers and the Plastic Soldier Company (one advantage of historical miniatures gaming is that no one company owns the IP on the past…) and some second-hand minis bought from a friend who was rationalising their army selection.
Even setting aside the second-hand purchase, this was at a fraction of the cost that required to get a comparably large and diverse force for a Games Workshop army. Even so, it’s still wasted money in my book if you don’t actually get to play with the miniatures and enjoy yourself when you are playing with them, and today’s go at Flames of War has convinced me that the game is a bit more of a keeper than my previous brief engagements with Warhammer have been.