Without wanting to make too many excuses, 2017 was probably one of my worst years for hobby activity all round. I’ve had reasons for this, mostly as I changed career path a couple of years back and this has resulted in a need to return to studying which had significantly eaten into my free time. This isn’t likely to change this year, so I’ll need to manage my time better. It might be necessary to enforce a rule to spend a minimum of 30 minutes a day at the painting table, allowing me to chip away at some of the models sitting there. There’s nothing like progress to motivate more progress.
On the gaming side in 2017, I played a few games of the new edition of Warhammer 40,000. I’ve enjoyed it but my lack of a proper painted army have kept me reluctant to arrange more games. I don’t like playing with unpainted models, so that’s one obvious goal to aim for. Most of my 2017 gaming was on the Blood Bowl table, I participated in two leagues with my Orc team. The first was run by Fergus, a regular gaming opponent for many years and the second was my own league, the LennyBowl. I’m likely to run the LennyBowl II later this year, and I hope I will be able to participate in another league or campaign (maybe Necromunda this year).
I’d also like to get back to some full size battle games this year, and given my gaming interests at the moment, that’s likely to be Warhammer 40,000. The easiest way to get games in might be to attempt to attend more events. Four sounds like a good target to aim for.
2017 was an awful year for painting too. Far too often, I paint a few models for one race or faction or game and then move on to something else. This has resulted in me having far fewer fully painted armies than I should have – I do have a few painted Warmachine/HORDES armies, but unfortunately the effective requirement to play theme forces in third edition caused me to lose interest and I’ve fallen out of contact with the game as I have been unable to get my hands on the most recent issues of No Quarter magazine.
My focus in 2018 will be on preparing fully painted armies or factions ready for use on the tabletop or board. So my goals are to paint a full 40K army (hello, upcoming Adeptus Custodes Codex!), along with a new Blood Bowl team and Necromunda gang. I also want to paint up an army for another game specifically for display – I might do a historical army, or maybe something for Age of Sigmar or Lord of the Rings. I’m not a big fan of either the AoS or LotR rulesets, but I do really like some of the figures.
One other game I’ve looked at over the years is SAGA. I’ve bought a few boxes, but never painted them. With a new edition due soon, I’d like to get a faction painted.
Finally, I backed my first Kickstarter last year, CMON’s A Song of Ice and Fire tabletop game. Lannisters ftw!
Last thing I want to do is update more often here. I hope increased activity will motivate me more to do this.
- Avoid the use of unpainted/unfinished figures on the gaming table.
- Attend and play at four events during the year.
- Run the second edition of the LennyBowl Blood Bowl league.
- Participate in a gaming campaign of some kind run by another member of the local gaming community.
- Complete a fully painted Warhammer 40,000 army, to a minimum of 2,500 points.
- Complete a full Blood Bowl team roster, including the maximum amount of all non-Lineman players available and as many Linemen as necessary for gaming purposes. In addition, paint at least two usable Star Players in team colours.
- Complete a Necromunda gang, including a full 1,000 credit starting gang and at least 5 extra models for expansion in case of campaign play.
- Complete and point a SAGA warband to a minimum of 8 points (or equivalent if new edition changes the points system).
- Paint at least one army for non-gaming purposes (this might be a historical army, Age of Sigmar, Lord of the Rings or Warmachine/HORDES army, to a standard game size).
- Write at least 26 blog posts (an average of one every two weeks).
- Update the blog galleries as I paint new models, including a new gallery for all models painted in 2018.
Looking at it, that’s a lot to do. I probably won’t manage half of it, but it will give me something to work towards.
Until next time,