Sunday, 12 July 2015

A paean to generosity

I've been the recipient of a ton of generosity since being part of the wargaming community. It never ceases to amaze me how giving my fellow gamers can be, and a lot of my hobby would never have got off the ground without it. The most recent example is after my recent post asking if anyone had a few spare Lord of the Rings Orcs, I had an e-mail from Geoff. He had some Orcs if I wanted them, and a few other bits and pieces as well. Here they are:
The Orcs and a few friends.
The goodies.
The above cost me $50 discount off the next lot of painting I do for him, and I'm pretty sure he wouldn't even have asked that if I hadn't pressed him. Thanks Geoff, and there will be a few extra goodies in the next parcel you receive!

So the rest of this post is just to acknowledge those who have been generous to me in this hobby. First and foremost Dan who has given and given and not received a lot back in return. I can't even list the number of projects he has helped fund from Age of Arthur to English Civil War to World War One. The same for Marcus without whom I would not have an airbrush amongst other things. John who has bought so much of what I have painted. When I look at my cabinets full of unpainted figures and despair I can just go to his house and see much of my output for the past decade. Chris who gave me the bulk of a 15mm Soviet Flames of War infantry army. Ray, Millsy and Evan, Captain Arjun, Dan Mersey, Tim Knight for the blog competitions and draws that I've won something in. If I've missed out anyone, I apologise, I am sure there are others. Certainly I haven't mentioned people like Owen who helped me out with the Flames of War Arab Israeli project. Those who have contributed intellectually are even more numerous.

Hopefully I've given back at least a little bit to the community. but the ledger balance is firmly in the deficit. I recently filled in the Wargames Soldiers and Strategy survey and in terms of the state of the hobby said that there was nothing I would change - that this was a golden age, and I wasn't just talking about the availability of well sculpted figures. The wargames community is fantastic to be a part of. Thank you to all who make it so.

Nate

8 comments:

  1. I must say that I have benefited from Geoff's generosity on occasion too!

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    1. I'm very grateful, Rodger. Top bloke.

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  2. It certainly is a great and well meaning global community, that we all are lucky to be a part of!

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    1. Agreed Ray. And the internet and blogoverse has connected it that much more.

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  3. Fitting tribute to your benefactors. I bet we all either have a mentor or benefactor who has helped get us back on course when we stray.

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    1. I'd say so - even if it was the cousin that gave you your first toy soldiers (true story).

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  4. Excellent haul like to see what you do with them... thought of going to CTA?

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    1. I'm looking forward to getting some paint on them Scott. Unfortunately CTA is too far to travel for wargames at the moment - but we are planning a family holiday down that way in the new year. We might be able to have a catch up?

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