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Trenchmates – Living With A #Warmonger by Alex Wilkinson

This edition of Trenchmates is written by Alex Wilkinson, the wife/keeper of Miniature Musings of A Bear’s Doc Bungle (aka Dave). The Bear has already told me that all of what’s below is lies but I’ll leave you, dear reader, to be the judge of that 😉 Take it away,Alex.


When I met my now husband he was already a closet gamer.

Now more than ten years later, I know more than I ever thought I would. More than I really want to know. (He is most certainly not a closet gamer any more!).

Regrettably, I must admit that I wouldn’t change this about him. I just wish it didn’t take over my house. Trees were once made “Only one or two trees, love! Honest!” I think he made a hundred, it certainly felt that way! I was climbing over them for what felt like weeks!

I once (many moons ago) tried to show an interest in this hobby/ lifestyle (delete as appropriate). For my troubles, I got left undercoating a big bird like model in black. Meanwhile bear buggered off and did something else entirely. That wasn’t exactly the show of couple unity that I had thought would happen. I most certainly never offered to help again! Once burned and all that.

I often find myself listening to his ramblings about models, currently this is a lot about a split colour scheme on models (hard work in my opinion). Selling armies to buy new models (Skaven, to someone local to us, and so no trip to the post office with a pram and oversized box, sounds good to me!). Debating the merits of new factions vs building bigger current factions and lending my brother (yes, he got my brother involved too) his grey paint as he uses it more than he thought.

Thinking back when I first found out about ‘the small people’ I wasn’t too concerned. I think I had already fallen but I admit I didn’t realise the full extent of this hobby. At least I know what would be removed from a burning house first .Daughter, then toys. Me? I’m on my own

The latest discussion is that Bear will ‘find’ some cheap models and poster paint so she can join in (when she’s old enough).He’s on clean up for that then, think I will slink off for a bath with a book and a glass of wine and let them get on with it!


Thanks Alex for a fantastic insight into what it’s like living with one of us Warmongers, it certainly makes me all the more appreciate my wife’s tolerance of the hobby. One can’t help thinking that a #WarmongerWiddow(er) support group will inevitably form…

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  1. docbungle
    09/30/2012 at 19:42

    Reblogged this on Miniature Musings of a Bear and commented:
    My wife on another mans blog..

  2. 09/30/2012 at 21:49

    Reblogged this on The Shell Case and commented:
    A lovely little article from the point of view of wargaming widow and honorary #warmonger, Alex, wife of Dave the author of Miniature Musings of a Bear. I’m eternally grateful James hasn’t asked my wife to do the same…

  3. 10/01/2012 at 04:19

    I understand completely, for I’m in the same boat with TheBlueHeretic, aka Ryan of http://onthepaintingtable.blogspot.com/. We don’t have kids yet, but I know he’ll be waiting for when they can join him!

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