The year is now half way over. Give it a minute. If you're like me, that's pretty mind blowing stuff. I can't actually account for about half of that time. I had some big plans at the beginning of the year. I think it's time to stop and take stock and see if I'm on track to make my goals.
First off I had planned to game more. The year started off strong but our disillusionment with The Hobbit kicked in and gaming tapered off. I'm definitely gaming less than in 2012.
I had also planned to play more games. I listed five different games that I planned to play. Bolt Action, Gruntz, Kings of War, The Hobbit and Hail Caesar. Of the five, I've played three, Gruntz, the Hobbit and HC. I now don't plan on playing either of the other two this year. Bolt Action will have to wait. Instead of Kings of War I've decided to play HC Fantasy. So, 60%. Not bad, I guess. I have also been playing quite a bit of X-Wing, so that's a win.
I had planned to buy three different rules sets, Pike & Shotte, Black Powder and Drop Zone Commander. I'm doing much better here, having bought all three of these sets of rules. I'm still to pick up Albion Triumphant for BP, but that will slide off to next year. 100% on this task. I've also picked up In Her Majesty's Name, which was not on the radar at all in January, though I had expected that to happen too.
Now, the important part, new minis. I haven't actually bought all that much this year. I had planned on bulking up my EIR for HC. Check. That's done, and mostly painted. I had also planned on starting a Parliment army for ECW. I've now pushed that back to next year as well. I had also planned to pick up 28mm for Bolt Action. Not a single model. Thirdly I had expected to start my Napoleonics. That's going to have to wait for next year. Really not an impressive showing there.
On the other hand I've added to my 15mm Sci/Fi for Gruntz; both models and terrain. I've bought more ships for X-Wing. I have eight Marines for IHMN, the start of a nice Company for that game. Nothing too out of control in the purchasing department.
The final bit I wanted to work on was terrain. I've added a bunch of 15mm stuff. I bought a really nice barracks for my EIR. The topper, and probably the high point of the year, is I finally built my table and I'm working on the terrain tiles for that. I've been dreaming about the table for years so this is truly exciting.
Where does that leave me? I've come to the realization that I can do two big armies a year, plus some odds and ends and small projects. The first half of the year was taken up with EIR for HC. The second half of the year will be Romano British for Dux Brit or HC. I'll be adding some more models for Gruntz, as well as more terrain.
At the end of the year I plan to buy single boxes of a bunch of different stuff. Nothing for an army, just the model equivalent of last years Year of Rules. I'll buy some stuff from different periods and different companies and see what I like.
I'm off plan but on track, if that make sense. I'm looking forward to seeing how things go for the rest of the year.