Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look up on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by even in death. 

If, however, you are indulgent, but unable to make your authority felt; kind-hearted, but unable to enforce your commands; and incapable, moreover, of quelling disorder: then your soldiers must be likened to spoilt children; they are useless for any practical purpose. 

–Sun Tzu, The Art of War, Chapter X: 24-25. 


Is it weird to give names to your miniatures? Histories to your armies?

I don’t know.

Most of my miniatures for wargaming are historicals, so they already come with some background. I’ve got most of the leaders of the Hundred Years’ War in miniature, so they’ve already got names and background.

For my fantasy RPGs I’ve definitely named some of the of my figures.

So I guess its okay to give them names.

Just don’t talk to them. Or try to feed them.

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The Defeat of the Bearded Bastard!