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2017 behind, 2018 ahead.

Posted: January 8, 2018 in HMGS, Year End Wrap-ups


Proved to be a “not much to see here” year on the war gaming front.

My oldest son and I did manage to make it to HMGS ColdWars in the Spring.  It was his first convention of any sort and he apparently enjoyed it, since he has asked all year if we can go again this year.

On the year I bought little, mainly a SAGA Viking force, a couple of things out of the close-out bin at a local gaming shop, and the Blucher rules by Sam Mustafa.  I was gifted the cardsets for Blucher for my birthday and Christmas. I completed painting even less. I managed to prime the previously mentioned SAGA Vikings and a few other minis, but completed none.


I’m going to keep a really short list of hobby goals for the year:

  1. Go to ColdWars with my oldest son.
  2. Finish the SAGA Vikings
  3. Get Blucher on the table in a least card form.
  4. Find something to paint with my daughter.  She wants to paint with me, but doesn’t like anything I have in the mountain of lead.
  5. Paint at least 1 mini per month out of that mountain of lead.
  6. Build a plastic model ship with my oldest.
  7. Build a couple of snap-together kits with my youngest. (We finished his first model yesterday!  A snap-tite model of a Jeep Wrangler.  He wants to take it to kindergarten for show & tell this week.)



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.

2011 Year End Wrap-up

Posted: January 7, 2012 in Year End Wrap-ups

2011 is now but a memory.  I had high hopes for getting back in the groove with some hobbytime.  Real life of course had other ideas.  I got a ton of things started but didn’t manage to get much moved onto the table, nor did I really get that much gaming in.  2012 dawns another  year so we shall see what happens.  Here’s the number of my 2011 hobby.

Miniatures Stats  2011:

Bought For 2011:     252

Painted For 2011:     14

Difference:               -238

Last year I bought 27 and painted 8.  So I did increase my painting output, just not as much as I had hoped.

May–finished 12 28mm Eureka Teddy Bear Pirates and 1 accompanying gun

June–finished 1 1:2400 Panzerschiffe  Graf Spee

I started into another project of a Flames of War army and finally finished up a project of the Eureka Teddy Bear Pirates.  I also got about 50% done on a BloodBowl team and around 33% done on another 10 or so 1:2400 WWII ships.  My ever present 18mm AB Napoleonics saw around 50% painted on another unit of British Line.  I also got a varying amout done of half a dozen 25mm Reaper fantasy figures.

This blog saw a hit an miss year.  I managed to eke out 39 posts.  I was aiming for at least 1/week in addition to the monthly wrap ups so I fell short there.  Blog hits for the year were 1,275, up from 301 the previous year.  My most popluar post was a review of worklight I bought from IKEA.  I need to work on more quality content for the next year.

That’s the year in a nutshell.  I’ll post more on my plans for 2012.

2010 Year End Wrap-up

Posted: January 8, 2011 in Year End Wrap-ups

Miniatures Stats  2010:

Bought     27

Painted     8

2010 already gone? it seems like I hardly knew you.  I really didn’t get much done on the mini’s front.  I think I bought the fewest mini’s in a year since I got into the hobby.  I tried to focus on completing project that I already had started.  I made progress on several projects but just haven’t been able to put numbers in the finished column.

I did however make major strides in getting my workshop up and running.  Going from essentially bare walls at the turn of last year, on to having light, heat, floors, and a workbench closing out 2010.  Next up is getting some Formica on the benchtop and shelves over the bench.

On the homefront, my wife, son, and I welcomed a daughter to our family in May and finalizing our adoption in December.  Bigger and more enjoyable events than anything the hobby holds, I don’t begrudge “losing” hobby time to my family.

Onward into 2011!