Ah, the annual post where I look back at the year just gone by, and compare what I thought I’d be doing in the previous year’s review post to what actually happened!
Thanks to the usual last minute scramble to get stuff painted, 2022 ended up on:
85 vs 85 = +0
Which while technically not a positive result, isn’t a negative so I’m still calling it a win.
Twelve years of stats:
2022: 0 (85 painted)
2021: +16 (52 painted)
2020: -100 (47 painted)
2019: +3 (46 painted)
2018: +52 (52 painted)
2017: -14 (47 painted)
2016: -287 (56 painted)
2015: -96 (59 painted)
2014: 0 (80 painted)
2013: -416 (25 painted)
2012: -103 (68 painted)
2011: -173 (122 painted)
That’s the most miniatures I’ve painted in a year since the very first year I started blogging, which is an impressive achievement! I think the secret to big numbers is batch painting, but I just don’t enjoy that as much as I do faffing around with individual miniatures, so who knows whether we’ll match or surpass this number next year…
At least one post every month bar April last year, and that I think was because I was chugging away batch painting an entire unit of Skavenslaves, which I didn’t finish until June (and the two posts in May were single minis). March had the highest number of posts, but that’s because I had Covid and so played a bunch of solo games of Frostgrave…
Last year’s Challenge
As ever, the Challenge was largely ignored, in favour of projects that I was actually doing.
- Finish something years
old Gorman Di Wulfe!
- Finish some terrain (2/3)
- Prep all of the monkeys in the monkey box (I mean it wouldn’t be a Challenge without this eternal listing)
Play a game with fully painted miniatures Finish a complete skirmish force for a project (at least 16 miniatures, unless it's for a much smaller scale game like Frostgrave)
- Repaint something (either a miniature that I have previously painted, or one that was received painted
Convert a miniature and show WIP pics
- Finish the last member of the Nextwave team
- Complete the project to have painted miniatures to represent all of the Races in the 5e D&D Players Handbook
- Add at least 3 entries to the Monstrous Alphabet Project
Average at least a miniature a week by the end of the year (so, paint 52 miniatures) End the year with the Tally in the positive!
Huh, that’s actually not a bad number of things crossed off…
Projects (according to the last end of year post):
Rangers of Shadow Deep
I made the nest trees that I need for the second scenario, so it’s just the webbed victim markers that I made that are sat undercoated to go and I can play the next game…
I managed to paint up my warband, and play through the entirety of the Dark Alchemy campaign, as well as an additional solo scenario to introduce my Captain, making this the best year since records began for games played!
Thanks to the last minute dash to try and get the Tally out of the negative I actually have nearly all of the monsters I need painted for the first solo scenario - all I need now is to paint the two werewolves that are sat undercoated in the queue and I’m good to go as soon as my unit is painted! Do I need another ongoing solo campaign game? No. Am I excited to do it anyway? Of course!
In an unusual display of self control, I’ve not added any minis to the pile of shame for this project this year. I’ve got several minis sat undercoated in the painting queue, but I think the fact that I’d have to paint everything from scratch before I could play a game with this project is stopping it from being higher up the queue.
As predicted, I did May the Fourth. I’d like to get back to painting minis for Imperial Assault, but with so many projects vying for my attention who knows if that will ever get to the top of the priority list. On the other hand, my youngest is probably getting old enough to start watching Star Wars, which might accelerate some miniatures from a galaxy far, far away up the paint queue…
Ahh Zomtober, the one constant in this blog, this time with bonus Warhammer!
Despite being sworn off GW, this was actually one of the more successful projects last year, in that I’m nearly 40 models into my 500 points Skaven army list! My opponent has finished the 18 models that make up his 500 point Bretonnian lost though, so I should probably knuckle down and get the next almost 40 models finished to get to the same point level…
Plus, Zomtober last year was also Warhammer, kickstarting the post-Skaven Warhammer project…
I want to get my 500 points of Skaven painted so that I can play a game. After that, endless plans abound - more Skaven, some Undead (vague plans to update Circle of Blood), or maybe some Mordheim…
For the last decade or so, I’ve been working on a set of home brew zombie rules. I had various mechanics worked out, and a basic working framework. To avoid accidentally plagiarising other people’s rules, I’d intentionally avoided reading any other rule sets. Until randomly one day while doing the washing up when I fancied watching a Guerrilla Miniature Games video on Ash Barker’s zombie rule set, where it turned out he’d already written the game I was writing, only better! Noise mechanics, zombie spawning, a lot of similar things, but just more elegantly designed than my own, so I figured I’d buy both available rulebooks and play that instead!
The Seasons expansion gives rules for a more complex campaign, tracking survival as well as hunger, warmth etc across the course of a year; so I’d like to play a game every month next year, essentially playing through the campaign in real time.
One benefit of starting a zombie campaign game is that I already have plenty of painted miniatures, but on the other hand when I started putting together my group of survivors I realised that my collection of Survivor miniatures is very British - more cricket bats than guns, so I need to paint a couple of more heavily armed miniatures to fill out my roster!
Although I chose what survivors I wanted in my starting group, I’ll use the Chaos Theory expansion to randomly generate any future additions, and just hope that I can find suitable miniatures and get them painted in time before they’re needed for the next month’s game.
Plans are afoot for the continued adventures of Tim the Necromancer - having played through Dark Alchemy, I’d like to start working my way through Perilous Dark, and then maybe adapt Hunt for the Golem to a solo campaign after that. I’ve got the miniatures I need to make the Ballistae for the first scenario, and saw someone make their own Vapour Snakes using hot glue, so maybe I’ll give that a go…
Rangers of Shadow Deep
As previously alluded to, I only need to paint a set of webbed victim markers in order to be able to play the second scenario, so I’m hoping to get in at least one game of this this year! Although the reminds me, where did I leave the fake spiderweb that my wife bought at Halloween that I was going to use to fancy up my nest trees…?
I’ve decided on the majority of my unit, so I need to paint them! I’m still undecided as to how to finish it off though - I’m torn between even more specialists (either a Junior Officer or Monster shunted or something like that) or just getting a couple more bodies on the board… once I’ve decided and gotten them painted up, I just need to paint a pair of werewolves and I’ll be able to play the first solo scenario, and if memory serves I only need to paint the pair of previously acquired vampires I have in order to also be able to play the second…
I’ll do May the Fourth. Anything beyond that, I can’t predict!
Japanese Fantasy has moved onto the back burner, which almost guarantees I’ll paint my Ronin as a palette cleanser between other projects at some point…
New Year’s Challenge
I’m going for some slightly more specific challenges this year:
- Finish my 500 point Skaven Warhammer army
- Play at least 12 games in 2023
- Prep all the monkeys in the monkey box (I mean I couldn’t delete this one after so many years)
- Convert at least one miniature
- Add to the Monstrous Alphabet project
- Do Zomtober posts
- Do a May the Fourth post
- Do a festive post
- Average at least a miniature a week (so at least 52 completed miniatures across the year)
- End the year with the Tally in the positive
I mean realistically I know I have too many competing ongoing projects, but I love them all, so let’s see how it went in a year’s time!