I wish all my readers a happy new year and hope you had a good time, either calm and relaxed with some board games, drink and fireworks or full of partying till the morning comes.
In Germany (and other Nordic countries such as Austria and Finland) we have an old tradition to divine the future using molten metal cast into the still warm blood of a calf….just kidding, we just use plain old water. This we call “Bleigießen” or in English “Molybdomancy”.
Given the prevalence of metal in our beloved hobby I guess you can see where this is going. So what do you need to divine your future and what did the lead tell me about my hopefully glorious wargaming future?
What you need to divine your future:
All pretty simple and you will be pleased to know that you have all the stuff you need already in your household:
- An unwanted miniature. 15mm scale works quite good for this, but if you want to do it with friends cut a 28mm one in pieces. It could be a miscast, it could be a really ugly miniature you just happen to have, but it must be possessed or at least defiled.
- A ladle. Could be a spoon or something a bit more fancy. This one is already 150 years in our family and was forged by my great-great-grandfather using only his bare hands.
- A candle made of the rendered fat of a white wild boar (optional).
- A crystal bowl filled with pure spring water, enriched with frankincense (optional).
How you learn about your future:
- Light the candle with an ebony sprig and force the impure miniature into your ladle, so it may not escape its due demise.
- Heat the miniature, so it may melt and relieve its putrid essence.
- Cast the hot metal into the purified water and say the words: “Flame for miniature so fatal, reveal my future magic ladle!”
- Look closely at the shapes, ask friends or your significant other what they see and compare your findings with the list below.
The Book of Divination:
It is the first time in many years that the ancient folio, “The Book of Divination”, supposedly in the possession of Nostradamus, but then lost, can once again be presented to my fellowship. I found it in an antique shop, true story.
Under “Wargaming Molybdomancy” a list of common shapes and their meaning is provided:
- Dice: The dice gods are with you this year. You will roll a great many sixes and smite the ones!
- Brush: A glorious year of productive painting lies before you, ripe for the taking. Not the sad looks of the unpainted miniatures on your work bench will haunt you in your dreams, no the divine light of fully painted, well presented miniatures will fill you with satisfaction.
- Skull: You fancy to start a new army and decide to go for Undead. You might get caught in some discussion which company’s Undead are best, but in the end you will see the light and just go for the once you like best.
- Mountain: Your lead mountain will grow further untill it darkens the sun and you can assume your rightful place on the throne on its top, the Iron Throne (made of miscast miniatures).
- Sword: Adventures await! Only the gods know where and when and what, but it will be glorious! Really!
- Horse: You made a grave mistake and bought a whole lot of cavalry. You will spent most of your time painstakingly painting markings.
- Musket: You will become obsessed with the Seven Years War or the Napoleonic Wars. Because both periods are super interesting and have fancy hats and moustaches. Resistance is futile.
- Splodge of Paint: While painting you will underestimate the pressure built up in one of your dropper bottles and squeeze a bit too vigorously. The carpet and wall paper will thank you later.
- Tree: You got inspired by a certain tree enthusiast and begin to build a whole forest of oak trees. You will fasten them to a hat and wear it to all of your games and call yourself treebeard from now on.
- Staff: You learn about arcane secrets and start a second career as a powerful wizard travelling the multiverse or you just get old.
- Fire: You fall in love with a new rule system, burning all bridges behind you and pursue this new path with fiery fervor!
- Dragon: You buy a dragon miniature. It twists your mind and greed is making you buy even more miniatures for your hoard. You also emanate a sulphuric smell and growl at people coming too close to your miniatures.
- Pouch: You find a hidden treasure under your sofa while cleaning up. You wisely invest the money in more miniatures!
- Boot: You cannot resist and support even more Kickstarters in the new year. There will be lots of delays and you could kick yourself for again falling for the shiny.
The other entries were unfortunately damaged by water, but hey, you can always make up some yourself!
So what did I get?
Okay, awesome. so I see that 2015 will be the year of the Romans. No surprise, after all the War and Empire Republican Romans will arrive soon and I might even paint up some 28mm Romans for Skirmish games!
I am not so sure about the troll face. Surely devil’s work. The water was not pure enough. This means I might get a lot of ones and failed cohesion or moral tests when it matters the most. Or my opponents will just roll the right number… on a positive note, it could well be a Zombie head. Maybe I will paint more undead then….one can but hope.
The elven ears are really curious. I had no plans to paint many elven kin, but it seems fate has other plans. Maybe Drow are implied, after all I have quite some Bones that might pass as dark elves..
This is my wargaming future for 2015. If you feel like doing some Molybdomancy let me know what the metal has in petto for you below or help me identifying what the future holds for me.
If the thought of melting a miniature is too harsh for you, let me know instead what your wargaming plans for 2015 are.