From a real life perspective 2014 was an eventful year and generally very positive - It was a good year investment wise (which is what I do) and my wife and I continue to adapt to being empty nesters. I did manage to take a week long sailing course at "J-World" in Annapolis which was a blast.
Sean continues to enjoy school and seems to becoming more interested in software engineering and drone technology (quad copters). In fact he's be teaching a student lead course on quad copter design during the Spring Semester of 2015 at CMU.
In terms of total productivity - 2014 saw a more balanced level of production with a rekindling of my interest in Flames of War and starting up 15mm projects for both By Fire and Sword and All Quiet on the Martian Front:
Infantry 240 411
Cavalry 17 2
Artillery 6 12
Vehicles 17 7
Infantry 274 0
Cavalry 27 0
Artillery 13 0
Vehicles 64 0
1/1200 Sailing Ships 7 0
1/600 Ironclads 8 0
1/6000 ww2 Ships 44 0
Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. Doubtless you've seen my posts about last years fourth challenge and this years 5th (which is ongoing) but it has become my main painting "production" event - the photo to the left show what I got done during last years Challenge.
Ok, Ok enough rambling - how did actual 2014 compare to my hobby goals? I did OK -
(1) Attend all 3 HMGS Cons PASS
I made it to all 3 and enjoyed them all, although the Host (where Cold Wars and Fall In are held is an awful place)
(2) Host a Game at Historicon PASS
Mike and I hosted two!
(3) Play in a FOW Tournament PASS
In fact I played in 3 and never came in last. 2014 saw a return of my interest in the game and I really enjoyed the tournament aspect. In fact most of the games I played where at tournaments either for FOW of Bolt Action - I think I played in 24 tournament themed games and even managed to win the Fall-In Bolt Action tournament. I was extremely disappointed that no groupies showed up after the Fall-In win - strange that.
(4) Finish 2 Armies for All Quiet on the Martian Front PASS
I did finish two basic armies and even a Land Ironclad but still have a lot to paint up form the kickstarter
(5) Finish the Game Room Remodel PUSH
Some progress in terms of getting some military art and had the card table refinished. Sadly, I hosted no games in 2014!
(6) Place in the Top 5 of the Analogue Hobbies Challenge FAIL
This was a tough one - I came in 9th or 10th but just couldn't keep pace.
(7) Start Only 1 New Army in 2014 FAIL!, FAIL!, EPIC FAIL!
What was I thinking?
Overall 4 Passes, 1 Push and 2 Fails (one was epic) - I'd give myself a B+ grade wise
So what are the goals for 2015?
(1) Attend three Con's but not all HMGS ones
I do enjoy gaming conventions but the HMGS ones are becoming a bit stale so I'd like to try another one furring 2015. Don't get me wrong, aside from the Host, all three HMGS cons are a lot of fun, I just need a change of pace
(2) Host 2 games at Historicon
(3) Play in 6 tournaments during the course of 2015
- Field a new army for the Bolt Action tournament (it's time to retire the Japanese)
(4) Finish my sectional terrain project
Started with high hopes and bold statements in July 2014 - never touched since August.
(5) Host a Naval Play by Blog game. I've been having a lot of fun with Clint's Napoleonic Naval blog game and want to try hosting one - details to follow.
(6) Finish in the top 5 of the 5th Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge
Maybe this is the year!
(7) Only add armies that I have storage for
My lovely yet fierce wife has laid down "THE LAW" and I can only add armies if I can store them properly. Apparently, piles of stuff along the walls of the man cave is deemed to be slovenly by the norms of society - my only option is to conform as there appears to be no reasoning with my wife. Now she thinks she's being clever because she's also banned me from purchasing new storage as my IKEA wall units are full. My legal team has spotted a loop hole in her edict and I've been reconfiguring the storage under my game table using leftover 1x2's and some quarter round molding from my scrap lumber pile:
I'll put up a post a bit later on how the unit was built.
Well there you have it - a good 2014 and a slightly ambitious 2015 -lets see how the year unfolds....