Monday, January 04, 2016

2015 Review

Still not really a person for doing this kind of stuff on my wargaming blog as this is the retreat. It's where I come to get away from the results orientated, text driven, target fixated, email sapping, meeting focussed, real world I (currently) occupy 

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...

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...

...utter tripe...  "Dreadful.. far fetched and poorly characterised - put it down half way through - life is too short...." I wrote.. errr, no holding back now, Steve....

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!!

This year??

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...

26 comments:

  1. Sounds a busy year, very much like mine in the figures painted and games played. I need a massive improvment there. Dont forget, to cone and say hello at the blogger meetup at Salute!!

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    1. Watcha Ray, Happy New Year and all that... it was a busy year, grandson/work/boat were the time chewers but what gaming was achieved was much enjoyed.. Now't to be done but soldier on.... and drink beer... :o)

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  2. Sounds a busy year, very much like mine in the figures painted and games played. I need a massive improvment there. Dont forget, to cone and say hello at the blogger meetup at Salute!!

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    1. El Grego - thanks, and Happy New Year to you as well...

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    1. ...and you Rodger.. I envy you for that trip to Gettysburg!

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  5. All the best Steve - I hope your garage is warmer than ours is...!

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    1. Foy, freezing... but the recent purchase of an astonishingly cheap fan heater from the local large retailer of all things high in carbohydrate has made.... very little difference...! :o) Four layers in winter plus hat, but needs must when a cigar is required with one's ale...

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  6. Well said Steve - target fixated I like that - a hobby is something to enjoy and relax with.
    Happy New year.

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    1. Paul - too right.. the hobby is my retreat. Happy New Year to you and yours..

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  7. Happy New Year. Sometimes it's best not to stress with targets for a hobby

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    1. Cheers Neil - I am slightly in awe of people like "Fire at Will" who post these massive targets and then go hit them.. :o)

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  8. All the best for the New Year Steve. I'd be very interested in hearing how you find playing via Skype and webcam? How does it work for you?

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    1. Hi Lee - not perfect, but far better than nothing... you need DG's view as he suffers the screen-eye view... get the best camera you can, and preferably a couple of them so that you can flip between views, small battle fields help, and bigger scales though DG and I have played 15mm...

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    2. Thanks Steve, this is something I'm going to look into further :)

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  9. Happy new year, Steve - best of luck for 2016.

    Giles

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  10. Happy new year dudes !
    I don't do "target-fixated" either at work or in my hobbies- and no they are not the same. Indeed the only thngs that really stresses me is technology when it doesn't work!.
    A couple of shows before Salute but it already seems quite close !

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    1. Andy - I will come and press the flesh at Salute even if it is only a fleeting one grabbed between you taking the 20 and 50 pound notes from the punters... :o)

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  11. Happy New Year Steve! Hope you have a great one!

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  12. I have had my worst painting year since records began but played the most games!

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    1. Legatus - in your case I blame the machinations of Eric the Shed... long may it continue!

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  13. Well done Steve. All the Best MrF

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    1. You too Mr F.. you may well be the last person I wish Happy New year too.. :o)

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