Sunday 8 March 2015

Sunday Afternoon Ramble - Playing It Painted

Play It Painted is a phrase I have seen floating around, including from the website of the same name.
The website's ethos is simple:
Play It Painted! is a simple concept in miniature-related tabletop gaming- meaning miniature wargames, skirmish games, boardgames, RPG’s, or any other type of game that uses miniatures. The concept is this: your gaming experience can only improve with the use of fully painted minis!
In recent years it is an ethos I have taken to heart. Games just feel that much more enjoyable for me playing with and against painted minis. This thinking set my main gaming buddy Rob and me onto a course of action we call 'You paint it, I'll play it' - essentially one of us will paint at least two factions for a game that we are unlikely to both play.

That has given us exposure to games we each may not have tried otherwise, which for me has been very cool, allowing me to try stuff like Bolt Action (re-purposed for VCBW and a better rules engine than I expected), Saga, Muskets and Tomahawks, and FUBAR for VCBW and Zombies. On my side there has been Anima Tactics and Pulp City (although Rob does have some Pulp City figures and will have more soon from the Kickstarter), with plans for BMG and maybe MERCS if ever get some more done for that.

We also have our own forces for other games such as Freebooter's Fate, and we are both building forces for Warmachine/Hordes, so I expect some games for those eventually.

The point of this ramble is to possibly explain why I am a bit of a painting and hobby gadfly - I like gaming and I prefer my skirmish gaming to involve painted minis. That likely explains the title of this particular blog as well, and means that it should remain quite 'eclectic' for years to come I hope, while providing me with lots of different opportunities for different styles of games.


  1. I also keep to this view. Mainly as it keeps me painting, but it has lots of side effects of making me use less obvious combos rather than the forces I wish I had.

    I may steal the 'you paint, I'll play' mantra as something within our group.

    1. Agreed about trying new things out as a consequence of the approach. :)

      I find it has the bonus of wanting to try that most recently finished mini. :)

      Feel free to borrow the idea. Spread the mantra. :)

  2. I like it and shall indeed also partake :)

    1. Good stuff mate. :)

      And i do love you painting my friend. :)