Hambone’s soliloquy – with apologies to Shakespeare

By Michael Cannon / December 29, 2006

To base, or not to base — that is the question,
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outraged Old Schoolers
Or to break tradition to solve a sea of troubles and base for looks,
And by choosing, end the discussion. To decide, perhaps to magnetize,
And by magnetizing store them, on their sides
No more — and to magnetize, we end
The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks
That miniature warriors are heir to. ‘Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To paint, to continue,
To finish, to complete — perchance to rebase:
Ay, there’s the rub, for in the viewing of battles what thoughts may come,
What projects are left before we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause. For there’s always a new one
That makes calamity of so short life
For who would bear the whips and scorns of significant others,
Th’ in-law’s laughter, the proud man’s scorn
The pangs of despised paint schemes, the opponent’s delays,
The insolence of rules writers, and the spurns
That historical gamers merit of th’ unworthy fictions,
When he himself might his own rules write while
Wearing an Old School Thong? Who would family bear,
That grunts and sweats as he modularizes terrain,
With the dread of something not to scale,
The undiscovered eras, from whose bourn
No gamer returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those systems we have
Than fly to others that we know not the rules of?
Thus conscience does make hoarders of us all,
And the hue of
uniform colors
Is matted o’er with the pale cast of Dullcote,
And enterprise of great pitch and moment
With these miniatures allows plans to turn real
And share the realities of action. — Command you now,
Magnificient Soubise! — Graf von Grunt, in thy battles
Be all thy successes remembered.

About the author

Michael Cannon

I have been wargaming as long as I can remember. I met my wife when I was 14 and had been gaming long before that so that should give you an indication as to how long it has been. One of the first games I owned was Anzio by Avalon Hill. I drove over to the hobby shop in the snow to pick it up as I finally had the money to get something! I can remember playing with Airfix figures and Roco tanks back in the 6th grade and before.

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