Historical Fiction is Costing me a Fortune!

And not so much for the cost of the book. Almost all fiction and about half the non-fiction I read today I read on my Kindle, tablet or ‘phone. I’ve gotten over missing the tactile feel of a new or old book as well as the lack of smell of digital editions so more and more I am downloading my books. The problem is not the cost of the book but rather the cost of the wargame figures in dollars, time and paint that results from reading the book. Within Thomo’s Hole, for example, I have noted the following projects that came from reading:

And that is just over the last 12 months. The list goes on however.

Currently I am reading two historical novels – one on my ‘phone and this one, Divided Empire on my Kindle. I had read part of this before then got distracted but I can’t recall where I got up to so I am sure I never finished. Of course, the biggest problem is that this is set in the period of the Later Roman Empire, around 400 CE and of course I am now thinking of Late Romans, Goths and what have you. This particular temptation is not helped by the fact that I have Goths left over and laying idle in the spares box after sorting and getting things ready for the Dark Age project.

Worse, there are another few books in the series and I can see myself at the minimum putting together a small set of some 6mm late Romans and Goths. Of course, if one is doing some Romans, one really should do two armies of them so that a quick civil war becomes in order so that would be a small set of three armies. Then really, one should at least have a fourth so a Big Battle DBA becomes possible. I can see where this is leading.

In a moment of laziness, I was looking through some new releases and The Black Sheep by Peter Darman popped up. I had read most of the Parthian series until Pacorus started to annoy me so thought “here is a good one to have on the list ready for when I finish Divided House, I’ll just have a quick look at the opening pages.”

The Black Sheep is set in the time of the War of Sicilian Vespers, a war I knew about in passing but not in any detail. As is usual in these things, one thing led to another and I started reading up on the Sicilian Vespers. Now I am thinking 1282 to 1302 CE and Byzantines, Sicilians, Anjou, Aragon, France, and Naples. Toss in some Turks and we have a campaign set. Best of all, some galleys as well for the Battle of the Gulf of Naples.

This will be a challenge in 6mm (and 1/1200 for the galleys I think) but hey, life is a challenge isn’t it! One a positive note, it could be the second part of a series of sets based around Sicily.

More lead for the pile! I have to stop reading.

7 thoughts on “Historical Fiction is Costing me a Fortune!

  1. anthony 29 January 2020 / 10:22 am

    Maybe you should limit yourself to only reading fiction based around your current period of choice…at least that might reign in the “new pile” for a few months…or until you run out reading.

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  2. TWR 29 January 2020 / 3:25 pm

    Wonderful! This clearly accounts for a few of your purchases, but you are not alone. That said last year I made good progress on my lead pile. I just need to get a few more Franco-Prussians finished in 6mm before getting some ACW figures started, or should I do more SYW…

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  3. SCLMRose 30 January 2020 / 10:46 am

    How true! I spend more money on books for my research and the worst part of it is I’m running out of room to put my books. I need another bookshelf, maybe two.

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    • Thomo the Lost 30 January 2020 / 12:58 pm

      And the space issue along with the transportation issue is the biggest advantage of eBooks over paper. The disadvantages of eBooks are that they are harder to flick through, I mean, I always like to look at the maps and included photographs before tackling the text and eBooks don’t have that nice booky smell.

      Also, a room with a stack of Micro SD cards against the wall does not look as appealing as one with a wall full of books 😉

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    • anthony 30 January 2020 / 1:39 pm

      Me too…and since I stopped using cheap Ikea bookcases to house the collection, the increasing Library is becoming more expensive.

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