Monday, December 31, 2012

Looking ahead to 2013

Have done some processing of the last year, it's time to talk about 2013.

So, what do I want to do in 2013?  Some game related things, and some not.

  1. Attend my 20 year college reunion.  My relationship with my college years is a bit mixed.  I wasn't one of those people who absolutely loved being in college, so I've rarely gone back.  Now, however, it is the 20-year anniversary, and hopefully we are all interesting adults now.  Plus there's a lot of people I'd like to reconnect with, if possible. So, that's in November 2013, which is hopefully plenty of time to...
  2. Lose a little weight.  I'm not quite the stereotypical gamer build, but I can see it from where I am.  Running into ex-girlfriends and other people will hopefully provide enough incentive for me to not snack constantly, etc.
  3. Not obligate my fulfillment.  I'm strongly considering foregoing the painting pledge this year.  I barely made it in 2012, and really only accomplished it by painting several vehicles which are worth ten points each.  Some have suggested that the value for vehicles is over-rated, and I'm inclined to agree with them.  Rather than inspire me to paint more, the goal just made painting a chore sometimes, emphasizing volume over quality.  This year I think I'm just going to paint what I want at my own speed.  I will probably keep a number going in my head, just out of habit, but no sense of being "behind" a predetermined amount.  What I will do is probably keep the frugality pledge going, however, because that's more of a greater-lifestyle issue than a gaming one.  Related to that...
  4. Paint the Lead Pile.  Like most readers, I've got so many miniatures just lying around that I don't really have a need to buy more just to have something to paint.  I don't really need to start a new army, either.  I still haven't painted everything I own for the Brazen Claws, and I haven't learned how to play them particularly well.  Why start on something major?
  5. Play some with the boy child.  My son Mac is showing a lot of interest in Warhammer Fantasy, and I've pointed him towards Mordheim, which is a free set of rules and I have enough GW odds and ends to make almost any warband with which he might want to experiment.  If I can get a chance to paint some things up and get him playing some games with me instead of staring at a screen, I'll be happy.
  6. Be an interesting blogger.  I am strongly considering consolidating my blogging to here, at least in terms of what it covered in Graph Paper Games.  Even without regular posting this blog has more followers and gets more traffic, and keeping things going regularly on three blogs (four, if you count that other one) is a bit much.  I will probably keep posting AAR's on Hard Boiled Zombies, but keep most of the content, like painted miniatures and terrain, here.
And now, for two extremely unlikely bonus resolutions:

Learn Spanish.  Learning Spanish would be a huge asset for my job, plus most people in the world are multi-lingual.  I'm lucky if I remember any of the Russian or Lakota from my youth.

Go to Canada.  I've only left the country once in my lifetime.  Canada is relatively close and not particularly intimidating in terms of a travel venue.  Maybe this summer I will load up the RV and go.

Well, that's plenty.  Good luck and I hope that 2013 is a better year than 2012!  Anything less and I might just move to Canada.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012 in Review

How did 2012 go, since it looks like the world isn't going to end?

Blogging?  I made 77 posts here at the Army Collector blog in 2012, which is a little over one a week.

Painting?  I met my painting goal, only just barely.

Frugality?  I adopted a pledge of $60 a month, and have done a nice job keeping to it.  It helps when I own much of what I need, and don't have any other major projects in the pipeline.

Solo Wargaming?  Got the All Things Zombie campaign started, and you all seem to like it as much as I do.

Wargaming regularly?  I managed to get in a few games of Warhammer 40K at the local gaming store featuring my beloved but far-from-victorious Brazen Claws.  When my wife's schedule changed, getting out on Tuesday night became more difficult, and my wargaming declined.  Now I'm trying to figure out how to re-engage this aspect of my hobby.
Other hobby stuff?  I continue to roleplay regularly with my gaming group.  I continue to vacillate between the tactile dimension of painting miniatures and the regular social interaction that comes with roleplaying games.

What's next for 2013?  I'll save that for another post.  Until then, thanks for everyone who continues to visit here and express support.  Thanks for your time, and I hope to keep things worthy of your attention.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

A very blessed Nativity of Our Lord to you all, and all the best in the year to come.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The 150th miniature of 2012

Before I get to my final miniature of 2012, I wanted to post an improved picture of the minotaur that was the 149th.

I finally managed to get a new battery for the camera, so I'm in business.  Here's the final miniature of my painting goal for the year.

A dog from the Mordheim Witchhunter's line.  It's a bit of foreshadowing for what is to come, since my son and I have recently gotten into playing Mordheim lately.

I don't think I'll be painting much over the holidays, but I will do an end-of-the-year review before the New Year.  I'm just glad to not have the shame of having missed my first painting goal ever.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Grendel, Minotaur Barbarian

Another lousy pic from my backup camera, this time of another D&D PC pic, ironically from the same player as the last one.  This is Grendel, a minotaur barbarian who is currently "on hiatus."  I'm about ready to stop doing the wood-finish dip.  It just isn't doing a great job, and I can do better with a brush as long as I'm not in a rush.

Anyways, two more points.  One to go.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Rogar, Dragonborn Sorcerer/Elementalist

My apologies for the terrible photograph.  My good digital camera needs a new battery, so I'm using my el cheapo one that takes lousy pictures in macro mode.  I solemnly swear to post a better photo when I can, but I wanted to make sure I get this figure posted in time for the painting pledge.  I'm close to the end but I'm running out of time.

This is a Reaper mini, but he represents Rogar, a dragonborn sorcerer/elementalist from my D&D 4E campaign.  He wields two daggers in combat, but the swords look better without having their blades filed down.  The blades are black, per the request of the player, to look like they are charred from the fire he continually (on both minor and standard moves) fires from them.

Three to go!  Will I finish in time?

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Third Brazen Claws Rhino

I wasn't planning on having a third Rhino for my Brazen Claws Space Marines chapter, but I saw an unpainted, assembled Rhino for $15 when I was visiting my parents in Ohio, and I couldn't pass up a bargain.

This brings me ten more points towards my painting goal for the year.  I'm close to the goal of 150, so we'll have to see.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

(Late) November Wrap-Up

November was kind of a quiet month.  I got back to doing some painting, but my speed isn't what it has been.  I got 13 points worth of things painted, though, which gets me closer to my goal for the year.  I bought $60 worth of stuff this month: an assembled but not painted Space Marine Rhino tank and a sprue of Assault Marines from the used bin at an FLGS near my parents' house, two zombie survivors from Reaper's Chronoscope range, and a used-but-even-marked-down-further RPG Fantasy Quest from my own local FLGS.

Hopefully I'll get the rhino painted by the end of the month.  That would put me well within my goal for the year.

How many blogs does one person need, anyways?

Most readers know I have an RPG blog and a zombie blog, but I also have a very dormant blog about my regular, non-hobby life.  Dormant, that is, until now.  I'm using it to chart my progress as part of a productivity regimen for work and home.  If you're into that kind of thing, check it out.


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