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It seems de rigeur among the wargaming bloggerati to put up some kind of view of how 2013 was, and what your plans are for 2014, so why on earth should I want to buck the trend...??
I've got to say it wasn't a stand out year; it was better than 2012 but still a long way off the glory years (which were when I first started, and about 7 or 8 years ago - I seemed to have more time then)...
The painting totals for the year turned out at 172 [click here], nicely up on 2012 (120 points); this year was considerably better. My favourite new item this year was probably Dorrington's Regiment [click here] but I'm pleased to see that practically all the projects got 'touched' this year with the single exception of the Sudan, and I have a plan to revisit that particular sphere just as soon as the current items on the painting table are completed...
Eighty four posts this year (c/w 85, in '12, and 93 in '11!) which is OK (and like last year I'm still surprised I was so prolific - it didn't seem like it at times...) what was a bit of a surprise is that 5 of my top 10 posts of "all time" (by page views) were written this year... nice.... not critically important as I write purely* for pleasure, but just ... well... nice....
(* well 90% )
Three table top games this year (compared with seven last year) which is abysmal! Something needs to be done about that... working long hours I find it very difficult at times to summon up the enthusiasm to set the table up.. much easier to open a beer, light a cigar, and read a good book!
Somewhat unhappily, I find that we have not had a John Corrigan Memorial game this year - I think I need to fire up the Skype and challenge DG as soon as I can...
Games this year were:
- "Skirmish at Signal Tower Hill" [clicky] - an ACW game to play test the Rank and File rules
- "Annexation of Chiraz - Game #1" [clicky] - the Battle of Petreville - set in the War of the Spanish Succession and a massive win for DG!
- "Annexation of Chiraz - Game #2" [clicky] - "Crossing the River Cressay" - a hard won vctory/draw to me, which completed the Annexation campaign for this year...
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second row England rugby international
... so much riding on a little persons shoulders!
No holiday this year, but that was because I became a Granddad (so a fair exchange I'd say!), but I bought a new boat [clicky],and had a good sailing year [clicky], overall then I definitely say 2013 was a good one!
I don't make New Years resolutions (it's a hobby, not a job so why pressure yourself further with schedules and lists...??) but I did have a couple of random ones throughout the year - one I achieved (War and Perace) one I haven't yet (re-visit Roundway Down).
Looking back though, what I wanted to do in 2013 was:
~ a little more painting (I wanted to finish the Pz II and the Pz38T, and then balance the WSS forces with some opposition for Lord North and Greys Regiment) - all done... the Pz II post is officially my most popular page of all time.......
~ new year new look - a change to the look and feel of the blog - I'll also freshen up all the project blogs as I go through the year...... done.. I like the current look and feel (which I shamelessly ripped off of a fellow bloggers blog!) so will leave as is for the time being..
~ the main priority at least for the first half of last year was to find a replacement for my old boat... done!
So what about this year?? Just two really.. I'd like to play more games (!!), and I'd like to paint at least one item/unit for each of the periods I play.... but hey... it's a hobby right?
All the best to you and yours for 2014....!