What did I accomplish this month? A big part of the reason I keep this blog is to motivate myself to get things done. I'm always happy to play; it's harder to get myself motivated to build terrain and, especially, to paint.
I painted twenty six models. That beats my goal of twenty a month. That's a success and having the month end deadline definitely helped. I'm a "beat the deadline" kind of guy. Tournaments, challenges, those work to motivate me. Those twenty six are completely done, to table top standard, except for grass on the bases. I plan, eventually, to come back and hit all of them with some more paint to spiffy them up before the Mayhem in the Mountains tournament in September.
I also played quite a bit this month. I got in seven games, which is almost two a week. I can't really complain about that. One of them was a teaching game, which is always a good thing. More opponents are always good. I hope to be doing a lot more of those this year, leading up to and following the Hobbit, since we have a two or three year window where GW cares about the game.
New rules. I bought Hail Caesar (HC). I've been looking at these rules for a long time, so I'm pleased to have finally gotten a hold of them. I'll have to build up a couple of armies but I'm looking forward to playing some games, hopefully later in the spring. I also picked up three of the five new LotR army books. I have not gotten Mordor or Moria. I should pick up Moria at some point since I have a goblin army, but it is not assembled yet and I'll have to buy a bunch of models, heroes and cave drake (cause I love the looks of it) to make it work. So, that's four rules books for the month, though only one for a new system.
New Models. I only bought one. Well it's two really. The Betrayer, for LotR, on foot and mounted. My wife also bought me a ton of HC mini's, but since they haven't arrived yet I'm going to make use of editorial privilege and call those March mini's.
Boardgames. I bought one new boardgame, LotR Risk, on eBay. I've been looking for this for awhile and the price was right. In January I bought Agricola, (still not played) and Talisman, so that's three for the year.
I did not get any new followers this month. I did have a big jump in page views though, so thanks to anyone who is following this. I had 1866 page views, which beats the next best month, April 2011, which had 657. I made 25 posts this month, which is almost one a day. (Edit, I did get one new follower Big Lee from BLMA, found here, I really enjoy his blog, so thanks for coming round to visit).
Looking at my overall goals, I painted more, played more and took more pictures, so that is all good. It's looking like a success so far.
What am I looking at for the next month? I plan on finishing up the five models I have left for my current Haradrim army as well as painting some extra spears and bows. Serpent riders, Haradrim Raiders and Mahud will have to wait for awhile. I also plan to assemble my Mumak and all of the HC minis, once they arrive. I also plan to start on some Haradrim terrain. I like to try and build some terrain to go with every army I paint. Time permitting, I also hope to start painting some of the mini's from the Talisman set. I also need to work up a list for using Romans and Celts in LotR gaming.
That's a lot on my plate for the next month. Paintingwise that's seventeen models just for the Haradrim. I know I won't be able to resist a couple of test models at least for the Romans as well. Assembly, I'm looking at the Mumak and over 100 HC models. March should be a good month.