Once again, my human failings rise to the fore. I know I said I would not expand my 15mm collection, but, well, I have.
Hear me out though.
It occurred to me recently that I need to get out more than I do - I've been here 3+ years and know very few people in the area, considering.
I thought it'd be nice to meet some new folks and play some games while I'm at it. I do this with RPGs to some extent, but there are only infrequent one-shots of interest to me (I can't commit to a campaign). However, there are miniatures games with weekly meetups, just drop in.
So, after surveying the local gaming scene, I came to the conclusion that of the miniature games that are out there and getting frequent play, only one really captures my interest, Flames of War.
(Malifaux does too, but it's not terribly popular here at the moment, although it was in the past. Perhaps the soon to be released 2nd edition rules will bring players back.)
I know, I know.
A lot of people seem to have an axe to grind with Battlefront. I don't - although I don't like the recent change to "Battlefront-only minis for official Battlefront tournaments," it's not hard to understand why they would do it.
But you don't have to use Battlefront minis. Unlike, say, 40K or Warmachine, you can get 15mm WWII minis from many sources, and you can still play the game. It's only if you want to play in a Battlefront sponsored event that it matters.
New books don't make old ones obsolete as far as army lists go - at least as I understand it.
Thus, I do not at all see Battlefront in the same light that I see GW.
So it was that with much research and contemplation, I decided to invest in the Open Fire! starter box, picked up on ebay at a decent price.
The box contains a boat load of stuff - including a pile of 15mm plastic minis and, most importantly, a mini version of the rulebook (I didn't want to sink the money into the big hardcover upfront) and the other kit included in the box looks like I can use it generically.
Not to mention that the British tanks included can form the basis of a late war Polish tank company, provided I like the game enough to invest additional money into it.
Worst case, I don't like it, and I have 2 15mm forces to use with the other WWII sets I play.
The box is due to arrive on Thursday, just before the start of Dragon Con weekend. I will probably through the rule book in my bag to read during any "down time" I have.