I've finally picked up the paintbrush again this week and am back thinking about how much painting there is left for me to get through.
When I first started wargaming my ambition was to be able to field Romans and Carthaginians. After I met Luke Ueda-Sarson and was introduced to his magnificent Naismith Macedonian army, it became apparent that I needed Macedonians as well. But from such modest beginnings, as we all well know, ambitions just tend to expand.
Looking at all of my unpainted or half-painted stuff, I've been trying to think what I would be satisfied with. By satisfied, I mean feeling that I would never need to paint another thing again, except perhaps to replace something that broke, or to get an extra unit of something here or there for a particular occasion.
Anyway, this is what I've come up with. If I had all these done, I could officially retire the paintbrushes.
Mid-Republican Romans; late Republican Romans (x2); Carthaginians; Iberians; Gauls; Greeks (x2); Macedonians/Successors (x2); Persians.
Dark Ages (15mm):
Saxons; 'Arthurians'; late Romans (East and West); Vikings; Normans; Bretons.
Crusaders; Saracens; 100 Years War English; 100 Years War French; Burgundian allies.
Age of Rifles (1:72):
20th Century (1:300):
WWII Commonwealth; WWII US; WWII Germans; '70s-'80s US; '70s-'80s Russians; '70-'80s British
Japanese, US, British & German fleets for WWII actions.
British, German, US & Japanese for WWII actions
Dwarves; Orcs and Goblins
I would dearly love Wars of the Roses, English Civil War, 7 Years War and Napoleonic armies as well, but I think that would be just getting ridiculous.
So how am I looking in terms of completion? Well, I'm about a third of the way to where I'd like to be. Chances are therefore that I'll never reach the 'fully satisfied' stage!
It would be interesting to hear from other wargamers how close to 'fully satisfied' they might be.