In which I blog about my miniature wargaming and whatever else takes my interest!

In which I blog about my miniature wargaming and whatever else takes my interest!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year! Looking forward and back.

Well last year turned out much better than it began; unemployed, out of funding, massively depressed. Now I'm making a bit more than minimum wage, have benefits and a job that even if it doesn't pay that great, treats me pretty well and looks good on the old resume.

I think for a New Year's Resolution I'd like to continue this upward trend. Since no has yet figured out a way to digitize groceries for free download or move the retailing off shore to India or China, I think I may persue this career path that I've stumbled upon.

Gaming wise 2010 rather sucked. I think I've posted all but one of my games on the blog here, so I haven't really played that much. Once upon a time we got together EVERY Saturday night and played card or board games when no one could summon the enthusiasm to organize a miniatures game. So I'd like to game with my friends more this year. Since my schedule has settled down and I'm no longer doing the weekend midnight thing that should be possible.

I'd also like to get my thumb out and paint more. I've got a couple of pretty big commissions to work on plus my own projects. Interleaving a unit or two for me inbetween commissions, or piggybacking similar troops when a customer wants something that I am also building, seemed to work OK last year.

So here's what I'd like to do this year:
1. get enough 15mm SYW Austrians done to have a viable inhouse opponent for my Prussian army.
2. play with said SYW armies!
3. get another platoon of Fallschirmjaeger done
4. finally play a game with said FJ!!
5. finish the last few units of German armour.
6. push other periods forward too by moving some more Colonial, VSF and Medieval troops from the unpainted to the painted box.
7. play some ancients. Too much to hope that I'll get any more legions done, but if I start playing the period again maybe the enthusiasm will strike.

I'll keep chanting  No new Periods! No new Scales! as my mantra for now. So 28mm Napoleonics and 15mm SF will have to wait for a bit. Besides 15mm SYW will scratch my horse and musket big battle itch and 15mm WW2 will scratch my tanky itch.

I won't promise to not buy/acquire in trade any new lead though. I do need some supports for the FJ and I need supply trains and artillery limbers for my SYW armies. But otherwise I'll try and keep my purchases focused on terrain. My villages are lacking in churches and for some reason I have a massive desire to do a snow table like this one.


  1. No new periods! No new scales!? That sounds like a resolution bound not to last too long :-)
    Happy new year

  2. Well needing to think long and hard about every purchase does help reduce the impulse "Oooh shiney!" buys.

  3. Here's to a fantastic 2011 for you sir!

  4. Just buy all the new stuff. You know you want to.

  5. @Bartender: Cheers mate.
    @Beccas: well it's the whole 'want' vs. 'afford' issue innit? Just need to exercise some patience.

  6. Happy New Year to you James. I sm sure it will be a better one but as the Brits say, good on you for stagging on through the tough going last year.
    A mysterious parcel arrived yesterday in the post and is sitting on my desk waiting for me tonight. I am hoping it will inspire me to get my own thumb out and get cracking with my own painting projects. Those Herbies will need some more opposition once I open the box.



  7. Happy thoughts Mike. I'm glad the 17 pdrs arrived. I hope they arrived safe! let me know when you open it.