Its that time of the year that we traditionally contemplate the past years activities and look forward to the year ahead of us. I shall reflect on some broad areas, and in true Pendelton stye I shall consider what went well and then consider what went less well this year.
I am guessing like many wargamers I aspired to get so much done during the course of the year and achieved a great deal. I made progress on several projects, progressed my sculpting, played a good few games, and ran an increasing number of succesful SMS painting clinics. I attended my first ever competition game (15mm Impetus at Sheffield Tripples), which I managed to lose in spectacular style.
I have also started this blog which is a first for me, I would like to get more entries on but ultimatey if I have a spare half hour I have been doing modelling rather than blogging about not doing modelling. I hope the comming year will see me getting more regular entries in and expanding the blog to act as a painting and modelling resource (People keep reassuring me that the twins will get easier!).
As ever I have too many projects on the go (no its true!) and too many other distractions (again very true – mainly work and the twins teething) which ultimately meant that I fell short of what I wanted to get done. One of the main shortfalls was the rebasing of my 10mm warmaster armies onto Imetus style basing. An arduous task given the numbers involved and therefore a tast which is easy to get distracted from (as a result bits have been done in fits and starts). Many batches of Mikey mud did however get made up and layered onto bases – still some 20 odd bases of Orcs & Goblins to do before painting then and adding sceninc effect. Then I shall embark upon the High Elf, Empire, and Chaos armies.
The Ottoman sculpts have come along with the Levant and work is beginning on the Tufeki whilst I prepare myself mentally for my first foray into the cavalry. I can’t help but feel that from October until now things have been all a little too hectic with illnesses, teething, and essentailly being a doctor down at work, whilst also preparing for my appraisal. Major sleep depravation has slowed me in my tracks as I have found I not only need to be awake but I also need to be in ‘the zone’ to sculpt, which has not happend much in the past three months.
Not only do I want to have the Ottomans to completed in 2013 but I have lots of little projects I would like to have a go at.
From doing the SMS clinics and ongoing experimentation with Ian I can not help but feel that my own painting has improved as a result. What was most noticable was that towards the end of the year I managed to start filling some of the gaps in my 28mm Medieval collection to facilitate its use for Hail Ceaser. These I painted in a fraction of the time I had the last set of 28’s I had painted (a couple of years ago now). I can even recall all that I have painted in 2012 but included a selection of 6’s (Ancients, Dark Ages, Renaissance, SYW era, Napoleonics, Epic 40K), a 10mm FoW German army, 15mm Greek army, 28mm medievals and a few other bits and bobs to boot.
The ultimate goal of all the above – be joined by a group of like minded friends to shove some models around a table, measure, roll dice, and grunt (whilst enjoying a nice glass of red).
A pretty good year as one of my aims was to use my wargames room more. It was never going to be every friday night as one in three fridays I am late on-call at work which compresses the evening too much to get things ready for a game. That said we managed to play most of the remaining fridays. To the excitement of some and consternation of others we have played a reasonable array of games including Impetus (ancients and medieval battles), Hail Ceaser (ancients & Medieval battles), Black Powder (SYW), Maurice (SYW), FoW (late period), Saga, and Epic Armageddon.
All in all a busy year and when one reflects on it quite a lot achieved. One thing that did strike me as I made a list of the ‘rods’ in the fire is that there is an awful lot of them which does have a tendancy to spread my limited time out somewhat. The result of which is that for 2013 I may embark upon a schedule of aims to help me focus on getting a few projects to a playable status and others to a defined expansion. As with all best laid plans though this may be subject to change when as the first ‘Oooooh shiney!’ start happening.