|Boris' giant catherine wheel... hope nobody was left on it|
As well as being New Year's Day it is also the second birthday of Do You Have A Flag. I've skipped the festivities due to being on crutches this past week. Nothing too exciting and a story so pathetic it's probably best to stick to versions including saving kittens from trees or daring hand-gliding feats across the Pennines.
After a somewhat patchier 2013 than I hoped in terms of blogging, it was actually a rather superb year for getting plenty of gaming done - as Ed's post over at his Palladian Guard blog covers. This blogging lark has definitely added a new dimension to the hobby, and that extra bit of motivation. With that in mind I want to set some realistic resolutions for this year's hobbying.
- One blog post every two weeks. I don't really like ad hoc posting, so this will keep a similar rate of writing while being a bit more regular (without the need for more fibre...). If I can up that to once a week then I will.
- Do a bit of building / converting / modelling every other day, even if it's just one infantry model.
- Do a small amount of painting at least once a week.
- Get even more games in (don't think we're going to struggle here)
Overall, I'm aiming for smaller scale projects but making sure they're fully converted, painted, based and weathered.
I'm getting tired of accumulating hordes of unpainted plastic and lead, and since I prefer smaller games there's not that much point in rushing it.So these are the projects I want to finish (more or less) in 2014.
1000pts Spears of Mawdryn Space Marines
Progress: 500pts base coated and washed, just needs highlighting and weathering. Superb Secret Weapons basing kits on the hobby desk. Watch this space.
Stirland Mordheim WarbandProgess: All plastic bits (with a ton of spares) plus metal miniatures acquired (including a Quest chap). Fluff completed and thoroughly chuffed with it. Echoes of the Wicker Man and A Field in England. Just need to build.
English Civil War ArmiesThere's no limit on this one as its going to be an ongoing project. Without doubt my favourite era of history (I'm sure the participants weren't as keen). With so many local connections and the period that started my history bug, this has been a long time in the works. Now I have two opponents/allies that have finally caught the ECW bug (Ed and Ollie) I've got no excuse
Also have a big ECW project in planning that some of you may be interested in taking part in, but still need to get some details ironed out. Keep eyes out on the blog for a separate post on this.
Necromunda Gangs - Polly Styrene's Eschers and Bald Rick's Black Adders (Delaque)
|Look out for more Necromunda exploits reported in the Bilgewater Expositor|
Battlefleet Gothic Chaos Fleet
500pts Nurgle 40k force
Continuing with the theme of the rhino from last year, this is very much a nostalgic project.
Progress: Bar the converted/undercoated Rhino, this is the project that needs the most work. But this is a modelling project first and foremost and is not led by fluff, but I have some rather nifty ideas for modelling.basing characters if I may say so myself.
500pt Vostroyan Force
Or rather a Zaporich force, the backward rural cousins of Vostroyans. I've wanted to do a Guard army for a long time, and with the potential demise of the metal ranges, this seemed like the best time to start. Will feature black clad priests (think Rasputin), gold leaf standards of saints and the God-Emperor himself; Oprichnik provosts and military police and Cossack style rough riders.Progress: Majority of miniatures purchased.
Imperial Navy Boarding Party
Status: 6/20 miniatures built.
1919 Alternate History Project
And the restThere's plenty of terrain still being churned out from Chez Headologist, from 40k/Necromunda to ECW/Warhammer. There's other bits or lead lurking round corners, and particularly ooking forward to some more games of Ed's superb Trench Raiders WWI game this week.
Here's wishing you peace, prosperity etc and I look forward to seeing all the brilliant miniatures and games from you all in 2014.