In terms of painting production, 2011 was an efficient year with the final tallies being:
28mm: 273 Infantry, 41 Calvary, and 3 Artillery
1/600 ACW Naval: 3 ships
1/1200 Napoleonic Naval: 12 ships
6mm ACW: 684 Infantry, 60 Calvary and 20 Artillery
In terms of era's games I added two to the "ever-expanding" list of periods gamed with the addition of the great SAGA Medieval skirmish rules and a "jump with both feet in" foray into 28mm War of 1812. Of course my wife has more "choice" terms that describe my hobby range than "ever-expanding", but I want to keep my blog's PG rating. I do try to point out to her that, as mid life crises go, I choose a rather mild path with toy soldiers and sail boats rather than sports cars and 20ish women. I think her response with "fat chance" on that last path not taken troubles me a little bit. Anyway, Mary Beth is actually rather supportive of the hobby.
I am getting to the point that it may be time shed one of the eras that I game, both for storage purposes and the fact that it's unlikely some of these periods will ever be re-visted.
My best modeling output from 2011 were my Sarmatian Cataphracts (Warlord Miniatures) and the 1/600 Alabama and Kearsarge (Thoroughbred Miniatures)
Lets see how I did with my initial set of 2011 goals:
- continue to stress gaming over collecting and host at least 6 games at the house, including running a 6mm ACW campaign game - FAIL: I played in 14 games last year and hosted only 4 (2 at my house and 2 at HCON) - still to low a number
- revamp my game room to allow for more storage and complete the "man-cave" conversion - FAIL: The game room revamp didn't pass beyond the plan stage due to my son's robotics team's successful year
- build some modular terrain boards - FAIL: No boards built
- finish up the 28mm Imperial Romans and get them on the table - PASS: Finished a Roman and Dacian army
- attend Historicon in July (pending executive spouse approval) - PASS: Went to HCON and hosted two games of Hail Caesar
- participate in a tournament style gaming event (likely FOW) to see how I like it - FAIL: Didn't even play FOW in 2011
- try focusing on finishing armies rather than adding new ones - FAIL: While I did finish the Romans and Dacians, I added two more era's to game
So lets see the tally: 5 Fails and 2 Passes, that's not so good. Hey wait a minute, I do remember saying that those targets weren't really resolutions - they were more like guidelines....
Despite the poor showing for 2011 goals, oops I mean guidelines, I'm still setting out the following targets for 2012:
(1) Attend and host a game at Historicon (probably one of three options: Hail Caesar, War of 1812 with Black Powder, or Saga) - your thoughts are appreciated here.
(2) Finish my war of 1812 project (both British and US armies) = ok with the Brit's I'm cheating as I have most of them being done on a commission basis.
(3) Host 4 Games at my house - why 4?, because is twice as many as I did in 2011
(4) Implement the planned redesign of my game room (after robotics). I have a nice space for gaming / modeling, but it can be better organized and made to feel a bit more "clubby"
(5) Remain gaming era neutral - If I add a new era / game system then I need to get rid of an existing one
(6) Finally decide if I want to get back into model railroading and is there a way to link the two hobbies? How cool would it be to be able to play a war game while having a train running around the table. I'm thinking either 10mm miniatures with N-Scale trains or something in HO/20mm maybe WWI or WWII..... This might be a very dangerous course!
I think that's enough for this retrospective.
All-in-all, 2011 was a great year for my family and me and given the times we are very fortunate to be able to say so. Here's to an even better 2012 for all of us!