this was submitted to me by Rich, our resident "butterfly nerd" so I've just posted it in it's entirety.
I have been a nerd since I was about 13 and for most of that time I have been well and truly in the closet, having only “come out” in more recent years. In fact since I met Da Gobbo Andy! Andy taught me to embrace myself and nurtured me in what can only be described as a safe loving and welcoming environment. Thanks Andy I love You!
However, Andy has now joined various groups that partake in various activities and he is constantly trying to entice me into these “unusual meetings". However, I am a monogamous nerd and apart from the safe shelter of the nerd herd where I am among like minded caring nerds I prefer to practice my fetish alone!
Which brings me neatly onto the reason for my post today, one of the problems with the Nerd Herd apart from us living extremely busy lives and finding it hard to get regular game time is that we all have slightly different interests within the hobby and struggle to co ordinate projects. With the exception of our "Tale Of Four Gamers" post last year we have failed utterly to stick to one project.
Damon “Rulez” is a pure Bushidoist and trying to get him to do anything else is like trying to take a lolly from a two year old. He says he wants to try different games but then Bushido keeps calling, to be fair he won a tournament as regular readers know and his painting is amazing for someone who didn’t paint until six months ago
Chris “Naps” is a git! He decides to start a new project and tells us all, we all get excited and then he buys every model available and paints them all in a week. I have just about started looking on eBay for the rule book by this point! He will generally have three project on the go at once and finish them before the rest of us have had our dinner!
Andy “Da Gobbo” well Andy is all things to all nerds his output is superb quality varied and finished at a good pace. He is always keen for a new project and supportive. I know I drive him mad with my butterfly nature and slow painting.
And then me Richard “Nerd 4 Life” I am a total butterfly as I said I buy a box set and move onto the next project before the cling film wrap is removed. I paint slower than a sloth and struggle to keep up with the others. I am also the only Pro Games Workshopper in the group and am constantly trying to get the others interested in games like, Epic, War of The Ring, Space Hulk etc.
With all that in mind it is small wonder we don’t get a lot of games in so I have decided to set the herd a challenge. We are all to pick one game and over the next 12 months we must paint two opposing forces (can use models & systems already owned) Once that is done we will host an evening (food and beer to be included) and demo it to the herd. This has to be a game that we have not played in the group before NO BUSHIDO ANDY & DAMON!!!!
The aim is to motivate us all to carry on with our solo projects but have an incentive to finish a project and its an excuse for us to try a new system or visit something old that we love.
So with that in mind I will be going with War of The Ring from Games Workshop. For those of you who don’t know this is a brilliant game. It is a large scale many model games (probably a bad thing for me but I do have a lot painted already) I love the cinematic nature of the game and the way it reflects beautifully for me the book and films. Personally, it’s the best system I ever played and I can’t wait to show it off to the herd!
I have attached some pictures of my armies I have so far over the short term I will be finishing off my Galadhrim Elves and should be ready to demo in about three months, that’s the plan anyway. I will of course let you all know how I am getting on. I am someone who needs a deadline so making a public declaration like this will help me see this through. So nerds are you with me or against me?
So N4L has thrown down the gauntlet and issued that challenge, I for one will pick it up! I've got a project in mind and this fits in with my plan beautifully. I've put in my orders for the required forces and will announce my project over the coming months but for the moment I'm going to keep it under my hat!!