Twenty Questions – More or Less

Some time ago in the Hole I did a ten or twenty questions thingy about wargaming. Seems another one of these things is doing the rounds and I am nothing if not a trend follower! Here goes:

1. Favourite Wargaming period and why? Can’t remember what I answered to this question before and looking around at the lead and books I would have to say that I am a wargames tart. However, I am interested in the wars of the 19th century at the moment, specifically the ones in the latter half and in America (North and South) as well as Europe – the Wars of Unification in particular.
2. Next period, money no object? Thirty Years War … or English Civil War … or Dark Ages in 28mm … or 1919 to 1938 … or or or … well, I did say I was a tart!
3. Favourite 5 films? In no particular order: Zulu; Blade Runner; Total Recall ((the original, haven’t seen the copy yet)); Top Hat; Lord of the Rings
4. Favourite 5 TV series? Again, in no particular order: X-Files; The Big Bang Theory; Frasier ((I feel like a “double decaf, non-fat latte, medium foam, dusted with just the faintest whisper of cinnamon” even as I type)); Game of Thrones; Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. I should note that this list is quite changeable.
5. Favourite book and author? And yes, again, no particular order: The Flashman Series by George MacDonald Fraser; The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein; The Lion of the Sun series by Harry Sidebottom; any Scandinavian crime novels – think Mankell, Nesbo, Indridason etc; and the Aubrey–Maturin series of Patrick O’Brian. Hmm, they are all series which I guess says something about me.
6. Greatest General? Favourite general would be Hannibal, best would, I think, be a toss up between Scipio Africanus, Chinggis Khaan and Alexander
7. Favourite Wargames rules? The next set I start playing regularly.
8. Favourite Sport and team? Cricket – test matches between Australia and England got me through University and they are great to paint to – frenetic periods of inactivity followed by brief periods of action which breaks up study and painting nicely. Favourite team would be Oz.
9. If you had a only use once time machine, when and where would you go? I would go to where I could get another one … OK, OK what would I really like to see? I’ve always had an interest in Admiral Thomas Cochrane and his naval battles so being able to take a cruise with him would be great.
10. Last meal on Death Row? Puffer Fish – no risk!
11. Fantasy relationship and why? Marie Antoinette … I do like a nice piece of cake.
12. If your life were a movie, who would play you? Leslie Phillips.
13. Favourite Comic Superhero? Phantom
14. Favourite Military quote? Nuts!
15. Historical destination to visit? Greece, Rome, North Africa, Kherlan Gol, Koh Chang … OK, so there are still quite a few places I haven’t seen yet and would love to visit.
16. Biggest Wargaming regret? Regrets, I’ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention. Thinking about it, getting rid of my 25mm Carthaginian Army a bazillion years ago.
17. Favourite Fantasy job? Any that would allow me to say to Alan Sugar (or Donald Trump or Mark Bouris), “You’re fired!” or even better, “you’re fried”.
18. Favourite Song Top 5? What’s at the top this week? If I had to pick, Inside Looking Out by Grand Funk Railroad; Panama Red by the New Riders of the Purple Sage; Runaway Train by Soul Asylum; What’s Up? by 4 Non Blondes; Black Dog by Led Zeppelin; Friday on My Mind by the Easybeats. Well, I can’t count, that’s 6.
19. Favourite Wargaming Moment? When 40 lowest grade possible Syrian archer figures affectionately known as “the Pixies” not only held a hill but saw off at least three regiments of crack troops sent to dislodge them.
20. The miserable Git question, what upsets you? Intractability in particular amongst wargames rules writers who will not move forward with style and gamers who will not move forward with rules!

Well, that seems to be me listed. I shall now return to the painting table and tomorrow, look at updating the blog with Works in Progress (there’s more than one of them 😆 )

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