Still, as I sit here in the garage, cigar in hand (hence the garage) with a glass of Lincoln Green Brewery's "Tuck" on the side (a superb dark chocolatey, slightly tart, porter style ale) which was an unexpected and excellent Christmas present from the rel'ies in Nottingham, and while I 'look forward' with dread to a return to the grindstone tomorrow after a full week and a bit off the following should be seen as a joining up of the threads, and a bringing to a close of the last year...
So how did I do against my expectations [clicky]??
I've got to say it wasn't a brilliant year, but definitely a step up from the year before. Having said that, however, this is still a hobby, not a job, and I come here to relax not stress, and I still managed a fair number of good things, with a definite up turn towards the end of the year... I (still) only get so much "me time", and I invest a fair amount of that in my boat, can't see that changing in 2016 to be honest...
So the painting totals for the year turned out at 73; I started well and ended well, but let's not mention the middle of the year . Much much better than 2014's twelve points, but still not up to the heady heights of 2013....
|With the exception of these guys, and a few trucks, it was a bit of a Sudanese year...|
- 2/1/15 - British army rifle platoon 3rd section - WWII - 12 foot, 15mm @ 1 pts/foot - 12 pts total
- 25/1/15 - Dervish sword and spear men - Colonial -19 foot, 15mm @ 1 pts/foot - 19 pts total
- 1/2/15 - Matador Trucks - WWII - 2 trucks, 15mm @ 4 pts/vehicle - 8 pts total
- 25/10/15 - Bengal Lancers - Colonial - 8 cavalry, 15mm @ 2 pts/cavalry - 16 pts total
- 22/11/15 - Sikh Infantry - Colonial - 18 infantry, 15mm @ 1 pts/foot - 18 pts total
69 posts last year (c/w 68 in 2014, 84 in '13, 85, in '12) which is OK given the general level of engagement in the hobby in the last year (I'm surprised I was so prolific - it didn't seem like it at times...) what was a bit of a surprise is that 1 of my top 10 posts of "all time" (by page views) were written during 2015... (my chunter about 'taste' [clicky] and the lack of it in the hobby ... it's a fine line we tread, so why cr*p in our own nest is - still - my view)...
Nine table top games this year (c/w only three last year); I said I wanted to do something about the appalling lack of time pushing the little metal men around and I did... two things made a difference, first and mostly the "One Hour Wargames" book (which has been the best £10 I ever spent - oodles of small and immensely playable scenario's), and secondly, Skype.
Annexation of Chiraz - Game #5 - The Defence of Cressay - Game - Part 1 and Part 2
John Corrigan Memorial Game - "Bridge Defence" - Set Up & Game
"One Hour Wargames" - Scenario 1 - Pitched Battle (1) - The Game
"One Hour Wargames" - Scenario 2 - "Pitched Battle (2)" - The Game
"One Hour Wargames" - Scenario 3 - "Control the River" - The Game
"One Hour Wargames" - Scenario 4 - "Take the High Ground" - The Game
"One Hour Wargames" - Scenario 4 - "Take the High Ground" - revisited...
"One Hour Wargames" - Scenario 5 - "Bridgehead" - Set up & Game
"One Hour Wargames" - Scenario 6 - "Flank Attack (1)" - Set up & Game
I work long hours, and I still find it very difficult at times to summon up the enthusiasm to set the table up when it's much easier to open a beer, light a cigar, and read a good book, but there is something about those short, small engagements that meet my requirement every time...
Speaking of which, 46 books were read last year, compared with 48 in 2014 so there's a definite feeling that was what I was mostly doing... favourite books this year? Fiction would be "Rumours of War" by Mallinson (the scene where they have to kill their horses after the retreat from Corunna is still seared on my memory). For non-fiction "Destructive and Formidable" by David Blackmore [clicky] an absolute blinder of a book made even more enjoyable as a result of the comments and conversation from my fellow bloggers afterwards - it's what the Internet is supposed to be about... I'd also add honourable mentions for the two Laurie Lee books about his experiences in Spain just before and during the Spanish Civil War...
The worst book without a doubt was...
No resolutions were made (or will be made), no targets were set (or will be set), no projects defined (or will..... you get the picture), so once again I can report that all targets and goals were achieved ...! Hurrah!!
Well I intend painting more this year (it would be difficult to paint less) but high on my list this year is a couple of re-basing projects - for the Sudan and AWI collections..work has already started on the Sudan collection
I'm also overdue another game with DG - wanted to fit one in over the Christmas break but time got away from me..
Then Salute is just over the horizon, and the days are already getting longer - soon be summer!
Happy New Year to all my reader - may the dice roll as required, and your brushes always keep a sharp tip...