Monday, December 31, 2018

New Year Roundup 2018/2019

It's always interesting to try and write these posts. They force a bit of introspection about ones gaming habits and, more importantly, they trigger a look at what you actually accomplished. I was quite surprised, and chuffed, about my productivity.

28mm: 113 figs plus 3 cars and 4 tents
15mm 116 figs plus 1 walker and 2 buildings
Aeronefs: 9

The mini accumulation continues, however, as I suspect I gained more than I painted. I was given some lots of lead but terrain seemed to be the real weakness this year. There were some sales and gifting that put a dent into things but on the increase. I need to focus a bit on stopping the gains this coming year.

Look at my 2018 Resolutions I am astonished I did them all! I suspect I was conservative as I was probably writing them with an infant sleeping next to me. I think this year I should probably strive for the achievable with maybe a 'stretch goal'.

1/. Document my work better/Increase blog posts. (I will informally target at least 24 posts this year.)
2/. Attend Enfilade (again) with a (new) French command.
SUCCESS! Enfilade was a good time as always and my guard corp looked sharp and held the centre for a good while before vaporizing under a crushing cav charge.

3/. Don't be a lurker. Be a commenter. 
qualified SUCCESS. I was excellent about this in the 1st half of the year. The wheels fell off a bit in the latter half, but I've started an uptick again. I think the trick for time management (vs endless web surfing) is that if you are going to read it, you better post. If you don't want to post......get it off your feed.

4/. Finish two 'in progress' batches of figures.
SUCCESS! The 15mm chasseur and generals, as well as some buildings, fortications and more. Super good.

2019 Resolutions

1/. Host at least one game of General du Corp with my own figs
-This requires getting the rules, making some range sticks, and painting up enough french to field a force.

2/. Finish my game craft mini buildings OR sigma event buildings
The gamecraft buildings I've been chipping away at, but have had for many years. Shameful really. The sigma would be the easy version I can bang out in the fall if I've been bad. 

3/. Host/play one of: frostgrave, fistful of lead/galactic heroes, hardwired, or other small skirmish game
Previous resolutions to do a skirmish game (both sides) have failed...numerous times. 

4/.  Complete the french oob for snappy nappy for either austerlitz OR marengo. 
I should have a lot of what I need. This will help focus the efforts onto what I should actually be painting for my 15mm french. 

The reposted pictures of the years work after the break.....


  1. Nice! Sticking to your goals is admirable.

    1. Thanks Jonathan. I think this is the first year (maybe every) I've actually done all my resolutions. It's probably the cynic in me that suggests I should have aimed higher.

  2. Some nice work there, and a balanced approach to the hobby during the year.

    1. Thanks for the kind words. I like the word balanced....I usually think of it as scattered and possibly ADD. Balanced is so much nicer.

  3. Well done DaveB! Hopefully we will get together for a game before Trumpeter's hits in April.

    1. I hope so! Unfortunately I'll have to give a miss to Salute this year. The schedules of my wife and myself plus childcare needs have put the kibosh on it. I will be managing to go to Enfilade though.

  4. Dave, with GdC perhaps find a historical battle which features what you already have, together with a manageable number to collect, to give you that focus. Thus once finished you can play out that battle/scenario. After the glow of that 'victory' you can expand your collection for future battle. That is what I try to plan....I can seldom do it but the thought is a sane one.
    Happy New Year!

    1. It's a good approach Doug, thanks for the tip. I suspect with the French I put together for your game this year and the Russians I have I'll be able to cobble something (probably ahistorical) together.