At the beginning of 2013, I put together a list of things that I wanted to do for the year. At the time, I had just moved to California and was working to try to fit more gaming into my schedule. With that in mind, I put together five goals for 2013. Now that we've reached 2014, it's time to see how things went and look at what to do this year.
Last year I wanted to play at least a game a week. I was easily accomplishing this during the spring. I was playing some solo wargames. I was running a regular D&D game, and I played in several others. Over time a couple of games collapsed, and I stopped playing regularly. Then when I returned to work in August after surgery, I didn't have the energy and time to keep my game running.
At the turn of the year, I've not been playing anything regularly for the past couple months. I'm hoping that I can turn that around in the coming year, but I'm not sure yet if I will have the time and energy to get things going right away.
I also wanted to stop buying games until I played through everything on my shelves. I actually ended up buying quite a few old games, so I have some more shelf sitters. At this point I have a lot of the classic wargames I want. I have also mostly filled out my bookshelf of old D&D versions. There are a few classics I still have on my grail list, but I haven't been able to convince myself to drop the cash for them yet. In all, I didn't keep to this resolution in 2013, but I didn't buy every game that caught my eye either. I consider it a win that I kept the spending within reason.
The remainder of my goals had to do with painting miniatures. I originally aimed for painting a miniature a week. When I got over 50 minis painted by the end of January, I decided to go for 365 for the year, a mini a day. Unfortunately, I lost almost half the year to getting things diagnosed with my back, getting surgery, and recovering. I managed to get back to painting regularly over the last couple months, and started finishing models at the same rate I was at the beginning of the year.
In all, I ended up finishing 369 models for the year. Some of them were models that I had started before the beginning of the year, but I'm still counting all of them in the total at this point.
|Models I finished in 2013|
Here's the tally:
23 Necromunda Cawdor Gangers
3 Zombie Hunters
20 Fanticide Liberi Centaurs
1 Ral Partha Wizard
57 bases of Pendraken 10mm World War I British
1 Citadel Familiar
5 Warhammer 40K Black Templars Assault Marines
1 Warhammer Dark Emissary
30 Warhammer 40K Catachan Imperial Guard troops
1 Warhammer 40K Nurgle Chaos Lord
7 Battle of Five Armies terrain bits
1 Necromunda Caller figure
24 bases of 1/72 World War II US Airborne troops
192 Plastic Robots
2 Warhammer 40K Imperial Psykers
1 Warhammer 40K Imperial Servitor
I wrote about most of these as I finished them earlier in the year. With the drop off in posting the last couple months, I missed some of the robots and the psyker and servitor.
The robots are split into 6 different poses that I have been painting in red and blue factions. They have the same paint scheme on the bodies and different colored eyes for each faction. I still have another 2 poses (64 more robots) to finish painting, but then I will be finished with the lot of them. Here are some pics of the poses that are finished for each faction.
|Blue faction robots|
|Red faction robots|
The psykers and servitor are a few more models I have for a retinue for an old Inquisitor model I painted a couple years ago. At the time, I was planning to play the Inquisitor and his followers as an ally for my Black Templars in Warhammer 40K games. In the meantime, I have stopped playing 40K altogether, so these are most likely going to be permanent shelf sitters unless I find someone willing to dust off some old rules and have a game. I painted them with a simple red and black color scheme to match the rest of the retinue. Once I get the last model in the retinue finished, I'll do some group shots of the whole band.
|Imperial Psykers and Servitor|
Obviously, the painting was really successful for the year, and I plan to keep it going into the new year.
Along with not buying new games, I planned to not buy new models unless I could paint them in 2013. I definitely painted more than I bought, but I did pick up several models for particular projects. I got an old Wizards of the Coast Dungeons & Dragons black dragon for a diorama piece I am building for my desk at work. I got some 1/2400 scale medieval ships to use for some naval wargames. I picked up a few skaven models to add to a warband for Fanticide or the base of a Warhammer skaven army. And I picked up a pack of the old Grenadier rakshasa minis. So I purchased about one model for every six or so I painted. Not a bad ratio overall. I still have quite the lead mountain to paint through, but I am definitely starting to make a dent in it.
Finally, I started the year thinking I would sell off any models I wasn't using for games. As I have been painting more and thinking of all the purges I have done of my collection in the past, I decided to abandon that idea for a while. Eventually I will probably get to the point where I have too many models that never see the table and I never take out of storage. For now, though, I am willing to keep them packed in boxes against the chance I will get to play some games with them eventually. If nothing else, it saves me having to repurchase things in the future.
So that's what happened in 2013. I achieved a couple goals, abandoned one, and failed on a couple more. For 2014, I hope to do better. Here's my list for the coming year:
1. Keep painting an average of a model a day for the year. That means at least 365 more models painted by the end of 2014.
2. Buy fewer models than I paint. My goal here is to paint three for every one I buy until the lead mountain is gone. After that, I want to only buy new models as I can paint them.
3. Play more games. I am trying to get some people in the area to start a miniatures club with me. I'm also aiming to get back to playing more D&D through Google+. I want to arrange a couple of convention trips or gaming weekends. And I am going to start working more on some solo games to fill the gaps. As long as I can muster the energy, I want to start throwing the dice more.
4. Finish some projects with my collection. I want to catalog the games I have and decide what I want to play and keep, what I want to add to the collection, and what I can sell. I also have some binding projects in the works, and I want to find good storage solutions for my minis, my magazine games, and some of my smaller games.
5. Finish some writing projects. I have a lot of writing projects that have been languishing unfinished. I want to make a schedule and start getting them done and published.
So there's the big five for this year. I'll let you all know how I'm doing as the year progresses.