Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s been almost 2&1/2 years since I’ve sat to write anything on this blog.  It’s really been almost that long since I’ve done any meaningful hobby or gaming activities outside of some computer stuff.

A surprise phone call lead to adopting an already 2+ year old son in combination with a significant change in how we were scheduled at work lead to a grinding “no life” type work/life balance.  Those two things plus keeping up with my other 2 ever more active children means that hobbytime didn’t even make the back-burner for a long, long stretch.

A few months back I took a different position at work that so far has led to actually feeling like I have a life outside the confines of employment.  So finally I find myself having time to have a hobby again.  The next challenge is remembering which end of the brush to use.





The 5th Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge steps off in a couple of hours!

I’m still delving though my lead mountain looking for figures to fit the theme challenges and indulging in every miniature gamers favorite past time of plotting potential new projects.

Though I may not have as many minis primed and ready for the brush as I had hoped for; I most certainly am ready to have fun painting, sharing, and enjoying the creations of the other challengers.

Let the brushes begin!

Remember, Remember…

Posted: November 16, 2014 in Painting Challenge

I figured I would spur my return with a bit of a challenge, so I’ve entered into “The Fifth Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge”.

With a theme of Remember, Remember, it seemed the perfect way to get the paints flowing and remember which end of the brush to use.  I’ve put in for 500 points, which may be a stretch, since I haven’t actually finished a model in a couple of years.

I’ve watched this challenge with great interest over the years.  There is always some amazing contributions.  I hope my own modest efforts won’t spoil the show.

Dusting off the workbench!

Posted: November 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

As the title says, I’m dusting off my workbench. It’s been nearly 2 years since I’ve managed a post and pretty much the same span since I’ve picked up a brush. Sometimes life just gets busy to the point the hobbies suffer. A change of schedules at work and a little phone call pretty well has kept mine blown up for the last couple of years at any rate.

Life has been good, but just plain hectic. Things finally seem to be settling into mild pandemonium instead of absolute chaos, so hobby time is making a comeback.

January 2013 Wrap-up

Posted: February 2, 2013 in Monthly Wrap-ups

Miniatures Stats January 2013:

Bought for Month:     7                                                 For 2013:     7

Painted for Month:    0                                                 For 2013:     0

I picked up a GHQ 1/2400 DKM Bismarck and an Infinity Ariadna Merovingian Rapid Response Force box.  I already have a Panzerschiffe Bismarck and wanted to do up a GHQ in the same scheme for comparison purposes.  Infinity seems to be gaining a base, and the mini’s are great so, I thought I’d try a starter box.  They look like they’ll take some time to paint with huge level of detail for 28mm figs.

Paintwise a big schedule change at work and a free trial of EveOnline conspired to keep my forays at the workbench to a minimum.  The Eve trial is over now and I’m getting used to my new work reality so I should be able to get some painting done this weekend and finally finish the PzIV-H’s that have been on my tray for 6 months plus.

Painting Pledge progress (one 25mm equivalent/week) at 4 weeks into the year with o minis done leaves me at -4 for the year.

Painting Pledge for 2013

Posted: January 9, 2013 in Painting Pledge

I’m repeating my 2012 painting pledge for 2013.  Though I only managed 16 painted for last year, the pledge had me pondering how to keep at it.  Keeping at it for 2013 should motivate me to sit down with a brush more than not having a pledge.

My pledge is paint a miniature for each week, but not necessarily completed each week.  In other words complete a minimum of fifty-two 25mm miniature equivalents for the year.  Here’s how I’m going to “score” it, based on what I’m hoping to paint in the next year.

1/1200 Napoleonic ship painted and rigged = 2

25mm/28mm  figure, FOW tank/large vehicle, 1/2400 ship = 1

15mm/18mm figure, FOW small vehicle, 1/285 plane, 1/285 tank/vehicle = 0.5

6mm figure = 0.25

My rewards for keeping on target:  1) No new single mini purchases until 26 points accumulated.  2) No new units added for current projects until all 52 points scored.  3)  No new projects unless 104 points scored.

2012 was a hit and miss year on the hobby front.

On the plus side my workshop is more or less complete.  I now have hobby space with a well-lit workbench, sink, and storage space.  This gets my hobby stuff, especially paints and sharp objects, out of reach of my kids hands.  I still find myself painting at the kitchen table off and on, but with young kids I can’t lock myself away just for the sake of  some little lead guys.

Also on the plus side I finished more mini’s in ’12 than ’11.  Ok it’s only a whopping 2, but advancement counts.  I’ve also set the table for a good ’13 with 20+ FOW tank mini’s nearing completion and another 15 bases of infantry primed and waiting the brush.  My six-year old is wanting to “help” paint some tanks, so over the last few days I’ve been building some M4 Shermans for his eager attentions.

For Christmas, I found a copy of X-Wing under the tree and both my 3 and 6 year olds have been eager to play!

On the minus side:  I didn’t make my pledge.  I really didn’t even come close.  If I hadn’t gotten sick over Christmas I might have made it to half-way, perhaps not.

Even more disappointing, for the first time since I graduated from college nearly 20 years ago, I didn’t get in a game, much less a convention.   Usually I at least get to one of the three HMGS-East events, but this year they all fell on bad weekends for either work or family.

Blog-wise I had hoped to make at least weekly posts in addition to the monthly wrap-ups, this really didn’t happen.  Photos have been a no-go with the ongoing constrution in the workshop taking away my photo lighting.  I did get 872 pageviews and post 28 times.

Final Miniatures Stats  for 2012:

Purchased For 2012:     54  +  (194 pro-painted)

Painted For 2012:     16

Blog Posts: 28

Books read: 20

Painting Pledge progress (one 25mm equivalent/week) at year end with 16 minis done leaves me at -36 for the year.