I was preparing some figures for painting tonight. I had some pre-cut bases, attached magnets to them and as part of the process of gluing the figures to the bases, I was adding a label underneath. The figures were 6mm World War 2 and I was making sure that I could identify the tanks again at some point in the future (after a while, it is sometimes hard to remember exactly what the armour and organisation was – was it an MMG or an HMG; a Kyu-go or Ha-go, that sort of thing).
I therefore attached little labels underneath the bases. The magnetic basing still works quite well through a single sheet of paper so colour coded labels it was.
As I was writing on the labels, I noticed that I was ensuring that when I based the tanks and infantry, all the labels would be facing the same way.
I then started thinking back to the Romans I was basing earlier in the day and remembered that, in fact, I had kept all the figures in the same order as they were on the tongue depressors I had tacked them to for painting. Subconsciously I guess I was assuming that the inanimate little metal chaps would fight better on the wargame table should they be next to the chaps they went through basic training (in this case basic painting) with.
I suppose this is the wargamer’s equivalent of a footballer using the same socks, unwashed, after a successful first game of the season, just in case!
Anybody got any wargaming superstitions that they hold to – either in the preparation phase or in a game itself? It seems I have 🙂