Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 Recap

Hope everyone had a nice holiday!  Well another year has gone by and before the new year begins I thought I'd take a look back on my hobby progress.

(crickets chirping)
Hmm, I thought I did more than this.

Yeah, there were a few setbacks.  The first was work.  This year work really took a big dent in my free time.  Just way too many deadlines and way too little time off.  In fact, I don't remember the last time I took a vacation. :(   Second, was starting up a new game.  I got to tell you moving to Infinity is the best thing I ever did gaming-wise.  Great sci-fi theme + fun innovative and deep game mechanics + ridiculous minis (mostly anyway) = my favorite mini game.  Yes, that meant more minis to paint.  But, I am talking about 10-12 figures which is pretty much your army compared to one unit of 40 clanrats which is clearly not.  The last excuse, er I mean reason are the freaking video games.  Curse you Nathan Drake and your awesome hi-def game!!!  Weeknights are usually a time to paint but when you put in 11+ hours at work you just want to plop in front of the tv... and squeeze in some video games.  All those nights when I should have been painting but was too lazy were instead spent climbing walls, grabbing treasure, and shooting bad guys.  Arrgh!!!  So much stuff to do and so little time.  It's a good thing that 2012 is just around the corner.

So what's the plan for next year? 

More Ariadna!  My New Year's hobby resolution will be to paint all the Ariadna I currently have (which is around 12 I think) before I grab anymore.  There's a good chance I'll break it but I gotta at least try, right?  Stay focused!

I've been lucky to find players to game with so I can learn the rules and figure out a good list.  It seems like quite a number of gamers are 'gaming small' these days.  I've notice a lot of gamers particularly GW gamers are either supplementing their fantasy and/or 40k with smaller skirmish based games or just switching completely.  Games like Cutlass, MERCS, Malifaux, Hell Dorado, Dystopian Wars/Uncharted Seas/Firestorm Armada, and Heavy Gear all got some loving this year.  Curious to see how this trend will turn out in 2012.

My Skaven are still on the table.  Closer to the back burners but I haven't completely shelved them just yet.  The rat ogres are still in my mini queue.  I'll get around to them eventually.

I've slowly been collecting a small Koborlas/Lupine warband for Reaper's Warlord game.  I recently I picked up a couple boxes of Wolfen from Rackham's Confrontation game really, really cheap that's perfect for this.  I hope to at least get them to paint ready before 2012 ends.

Whadya think?  Can I do this?  Time will tell.  Have a Happy New Year!