|Rhys preparing to slaughter me at Gruntz.|
First off of my goals for 2014. I think they were modest, and I largely failed at them. This was mostly due to a prolonged bout of PTSD which re-surfaced and kept me from doing much of anything for several months in the summer and fall. Happily I'm coming out of the funk, thanks in no small part, oddly, to the Vth Annual Analogue Painting Challenge.
I only posted up two goals, to play about the same as in 2013 and to paint 240 miniatures, 20 a month. I failed in both of these.
On the gaming front I played a lot of X-Wing with both boys, adding ships and pushing their skills as the year progressed. I have most of the ships so we can build any list we like. It's really just have time and desire to get it out and play.
I got in a handful of Lord of the Rings/Hobbit games, and I still love this system. I picked up a pretty large dwarf army for a great price. I haven't started painting it yet but it has most of the models I want for that army.
I taught Rhys to play Gruntz and we got in a handful of games with his slowly expanding company. I also got in a couple of games with adults, which were fun as always. There are a handful of 15mm Sci/Fi players at the local shop so it's really just a matter of coordination rather than lack of opponents.
|The most played game of 2014.|
The boys and I played through the Village of Homlet in D&D. They both loved it but want to roll up new characters. There's a few pieces I want to put in place before we start another D&D campaign but this shows real promise.
Other than that I didn't manage to play an Hail Caesar. No spaceship games. Nothing else.
On the painting front, well, the less said the better. I have been on a steady decline over the last three years, since I started keeping track. In 2012 I painted 155 models. In 2013 it was 141. In 2014 it was 133. The only positive note was that I painted over half of those in December with the start of the painting challenge.
I really seem to have found some painting motivation this year. All but ten of the models for 2014 were painted during either the 4th or Vth Painting Challenge. It's a great way to motivate me to paint. I'm hoping that the momentum I'm building now will stay with me through the year. I just need to find a way to harness that sense of urgency when the Challenge is over.
This year also so me assemble the fewest models ever. I went from well over 500 a year in the past to only 122 in 2014. The one positive aspect is that for the first time ever I painted more than I assembled.
Another area that has been an important part of my hobby since 2012 is exploring new rules. In 2014 I didn't really get any new rulesets. Until Christmas that is. I got Lion Rampant, Dux Bellorum and Ronin for Christmas. I backed the Kickstarter for the new Kings of War, since I'm really feeling the need for some mass Fantasy combat.
That's enough of looking back. If you've read this far then you really want to know what I am planning for 2015, if for no other reason then to read this same post in a year and exult or commiserate with me; (though it will be more likely to be the latter, sadly).
|1st game of 2015.|
|Rhys' Raiders infantry listening post.|
Gruntz will still be a mainstay game, both at home and at the shop. I will be adding models to all three of my armies as well as helping the boys to build up theirs. I'll also need to pick up more terrain for this scale/genre as anything modern and up needs lots of cover to keep your models alive.
|I'm terribly, terribly excited about this.|
I'll also be adding to my X-Wing collection and playing more of that. It's just a great game with great models and I can play it with the boys. I also have dreams of a linked campaign using Armada, X-Wing and Gruntz. I doubt that will happen this year but I hope to be able to get the details worked out and the pieces in place.
I'll also be playing more LotR/Hobbit this year. The group down at the shop is starting to pick up steam. I may have to pick up the new rule book but I have most of the models I need.
That's four new games and three old stand byes. There's nothing else new on the horizon but I'll leave the option open for a new game of some sort this year.
On the model front, with the exception of Armada, I don't plan to start any new armies. I'm more interested in expanding the ones I already have. There are a lot of LotR minis I need to fill out my existing armies. I need more units for my Romans and Celts for Hail Caesar. My fantasy armies have some holes that need to be plugged.
I may also go back to Warhammer. The magic system is what ruined the game for me. Dave Taylor had a great idea, brilliant in its obvious simplicity, of using 6th edition magic with 8th edition rules. I will add to that by using 6th/7th edition army books as well. I'm really excited about this, even if I don't get any games in. Warhammer is where I started in this hobby and I miss it.
That's pretty rambling, so the TLDR version of my 2015 goals:
- Paint 300 miniatures. I've utterly failed to meet the 240 goal so why not increase it?
- Play X-Wing, Gruntz, Lion Rampant, LotR/Hobbit.
- Buy one new game, Star Wars Armada with room for one other new game that I don't know about yet.
- Buy new models for old armies. The only new armies will be for Armada.
2014 was good when I was had the energy to accomplish anything. Here's to hoping that 2015 is way better.