As the year draws to a close, I thought I’d take stock in what I’ve accomplished in terms of hobbies over the past twelve months. As usual, I’ll go by my “three setting switch” categories:
By my count, I’ve finished 57 miniatures in 2009, most in the last few months. Adopting a swifter painting technique and dedicating more time each evening to painting, rather than watching television, has done a lot to get that going.
I was shocked to see that I had completed 15 terrain pieces this year. Admittedly three of them were cardstock, but I had forgotten how many of them were sci-fi related (e.g. the filtration tower, the green thing, the zombie bunker). That doesn’t even count the several pieces I made for EOW, which I left off the list because they lack paint.
I have managed to stick with D&D 4E, getting my gaming group all the way to fourth level. Hopefully we will be getting back up to speed now that the holidays are over.
We have not had the final battle of the 2009 campaign yet (it will spill over into 2010) but I spent the year battling with Vampire Counts, and doing a pretty bad job of it. I thought the army would be easy to use with its large blocks of unbreakable units, but it proved to be too slow, too predictable, and too dependent on magic to do well, especially at smaller point levels.
Looking ahead to 2010
I’ve got a load of Numidians from Wargames Factory to paint, and I hope my new “bop ’til I drop” painting philosophy will keep the tempo high when it comes to miniature painting. I’m also looking at some old Chronopia and Games Workshop dwarf miniatures too.
Unless something radical shifts, this area may go a little dormant, to the point that I’ve even packed up in long-term storage some of the molds. Right now I just lack the space for more pieces.
This will remain unchanged, since the twice-a-month-or-so D&D campaign is healthy and going well.
Once the current campaign is over, it is my turn to conceive of a new campaign concept. I’m still thinking on this one.
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