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.

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December 2012 Wrap-up

Posted: December 31, 2012 in Monthly Wrap-ups

Miniatures Stats December 2012:

Bought for Month:     49                                                 For 2012:     54  +  (194 pro-painted)

Painted for Month:    0                                                 For 2012:     16

I’ll wave the white flag on my pledge for the year a few hours early.

I bought a box of 5 Plastic Soldier Company Sherman M4’s to build.  My 6 year old wants to paint tanks with Daddy so a box of plastics seems a better start than resin or  metal,  besides I had been itching to see for myself just how these little kits are.  I also picked up a box of 44 Gripping Beast plastic Vikings on sale with some vague plans of actually building a SAGA force or two in the coming year.

Painting just never happened in December.  I worked several extra days, was sick over Christmas, and the other holiday festivities took  my extra time.  When I did have an evening,  I was spent enough to not get to the painting table.

Painting Pledge progress (one 25mm equivalent/week) at 52 weeks into the year with 16 minis done leaves me at -36 for the year.

Happy New Year!

November 2012 Wrap-up

Posted: December 3, 2012 in Monthly Wrap-ups

Miniatures Stats November 2012:

Bought for Month:     1                                                 For 2012:     5  +  (194 pro-painted)

Painted for Month:    0                                                 For 2012:     16

Received the 1st of my Reaper Bones Kickstarter Pledge.  I’m counting these as purchases when they arrive.

Nothing completed, not sure I even picked up a brush this month.

Painting Pledge progress (one 25mm equivalent/week) at 48 weeks into the year with 16 minis done leaves me at -32 for the year.

Current Reading November 2012

Posted: November 18, 2012 in Books

Currently I am Reading:

Pathfinder Adventure Path: Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition published by Pazio Publishing

Since I picked up the rules, I thought I’d grab an adventure path too.  This hardback seemed a good value compared to picking up the individual soft backed modules.

What I’ve finished Reading:

 A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

Finally got this one in, before winter even.  Now the wait for the next book.

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook published by Pazio Publishing

Still mulling if this will scratch the roleplaying itch.  I may just dust off my old 2nd edition AD&D books.

Books read 2012:  18

October 2012 Wrap-up

Posted: November 1, 2012 in Monthly Wrap-ups

Miniatures Stats October 2012:

Bought for Month:     0                                                 For 2012:     4  +  (194 pro-painted)

Painted for Month:    4                                                 For 2012:     16

I somehow managed to eek out 4 15mm German half-tracks for the month.  On a more positive note, I’m already nearly done with 7 15mm Panzer IV-H after a good day today, so maybe I can climb into the positive territory for  November and get closer to my modest goal for the year.

For the workshop October also was a good month.  I’m down to making the final connections for the sink.  With a couple (aren’t at least 2 trips to the hardware store mandatory for any plumbing project?) trips to the store tomorrow I should wrap that up and have running water in my hobby area.  I’ll then be able to rearrange things and get back to being able to actually work in that space instead of at the kitchen table.

Painting Pledge progress (one 25mm equivalent/week) at 47 weeks into the year with 16 minis done leaves me at -31 for the year.

Current Reading October 2012

Posted: October 15, 2012 in Books

Currently I am Reading:

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook published by Pazio Publishing

Seeing if this will scratch my roleplaying itch.

Pathfinder Adventure Path: Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition published by Pazio Publishing

Since I picked up the rules, I thought I’d grab an adventure path too.  This hardback seemed a good value compared to picking up the individual soft backed modules.

A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

This will get me caught up with the rest of those waiting for Winter…and the next book.  Apparently Winter has arrived and iced this book over,  I’m still caught in the snow storm and it’s only Fall.

What I’ve finished Reading:

 The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

A re-read of a book  I read as a teen.  Now I understand Sam Clemons comments on Cooper’s work.  Still a good read, just not the adventure I remembered from my youth.  Free on the Kindle.

Books read 2012:  16

September 2012 Wrap-up

Posted: October 3, 2012 in Monthly Wrap-ups

Miniatures Stats September 2012:

Bought for Month:     0                                                 For 2012:     4  +  (194 pro-painted)

Painted for Month:    2                                                 For 2012:     12

Added the Bismarck and Prinz Eugen to the fleet this month (1/2400 scale Panzerschiffe sculpts).  I didn’t accomplish much else with the brush through September.   A weekend away and busy with work and family took a bigger bite out of my hobby time than anticipated.   I’ve also been spending time checking out the free-play for the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars MMORPG’s, as well as more than a fair bit of time playing World of Tanks.  For October I need to spend some more time painting tanks instead of playing them.

Painting Pledge progress (one 25mm equivalent/week) at 43 weeks into the year with 12 minis done leaves me at -31 for the year to fall into September.  I was doing well resisting buying models, but I did end up joining the Reaper Kickstarter.  I’ll add those to the tally when they actually arrive.