Friday, January 1, 2016
A Retrospective on 2015
Yes, dear readers, this is yet another of those "annual anthologies" that assault you during this time of year. There's actually a clause in the Google consumer terms of service that requires us to write these diatribes or relinquish ownership of a kidney to our kind and omnipotent Google overlords. You should always read the fine print.
It's hard to put the hobby aspect of 2015 into perspective without touching on other aspects of life. My son is doing well at Carnegie Mellon and recently completed the first semester of his junior year. He surprised us a bit by electing to major in both Statistics and Computer Science. I'm not sure where he gets his geeky tendencies from - probably his mother.
Speaking of "The Boss", MB continues to tolerate me and still enjoys teaching people to do horrible things with sharp objects at the University of Maryland Medical/Dental School. She recently joined the Board of the American Academy of Periodontology so I'm sure there are wild times ahead for us. As for me, I've had a bit of a career transition and have become a partner in a Venture Capital firm. The firm is made up of people I've known for almost 20 years when we first met while starting up Capital One. It's a big transition from being an operator to being an investor but it's a lot of fun and allows me the occasional trip to the UK for "business".
Ok enough of the boring crap, lets get onto to the hobby stuff
In terms of painting productivity 2015 was a bit off from 2014 but that was due to the rather large sectional terrain project. Here's the tally
2015 2014 2013
Infantry 222 240 411
Cav 2 17 2
Artillery 8 6 12
Vehicles 17 17 7
Ships 2 0 0
Infantry 132 274 0
Cav 0 27 0
Artillery 0 13 0
Vehicles 11 64 0
1/600 Inronclads 10 8 0
1/1200 Sailing Ships 2 7 0
1/6000 WW2 Ships 0 44 0
Infantry 156 0 0
Vehicles 139 0 0
2015 was a great year hobby wise but four things stand out for me (in rank order)
(1) Meeting Fellow Gamers and Bloggers in Person
Tamsin, Ray and Lee for dinner in London and had a wonderful meal with great people. I was a little worried they would find my colonial table manners a bit off-putting but all three displayed the typical British "stiff-upper lip" and persevered despite my antics.
Tasman Cave) and his son at Fall-In and we played A LOT of X-Wing together. Don't mind the dirty look - its was caused by Paul beginning to realize how much he was about to spend on X-Wing once we had his son "hooked" on the game. Paul - I promise I used the commission I got from Fantasy Flight Games for good and not evil....
Our hobby may be a bit on the fringe side but when you have an opportunity to meet people in person you find that by and large it attracts quality people who you're proud to call "friend" - At least for me is does. Do blogging / electronic friendships translate into real ones? Yes, I think they do.
(2) Finishing the Sectional Terrain Project
I use these panels at home and there are very easy to transport to support convention games.
Of course, I'm planning to expand the collection of panels another 24 square feet via an additional 3 2x4 foot panels.
(3) Historicon Games went well
(4) Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge
This event has become my favorite hobby event and really motivates me to reduce the lead pile. It's run by a chap named Curt who does a fantastic job and keeps us all very busy during the dark winter months here in the Northern Hemisphere. In 2015, I managed to tie for third place which was a big achievement for me.
Enough of this self congratulatory rambling - how did I do against the goals for 2015?
(1) Attend three cons but not all HMGS - MINOR FAIL
- I did attend three cons but all where HMGS (Cold Wars, Historicon and Fall-In)
(2) Host 2 games at Historicon - MAJOR PASS
I ran two different games twice and really enjoyed doing so. I had to turn players away.
(3) Play in 6 tournaments and use a different Bolt Action army (retire the Japanese) - MAJOR PASS
I played in 5 tournaments (3 Bolt Action and 2 Flames of War and 1 By Fire and Sword). I ran a DAK army for the Bolt Action tournaments and managed to win two of them.
(4) Finish the Sectional Terrain Project - MAJOR PASS
Managed to complete all 60 square feet needed for the Historicon games. I really like making terrain.
(5) Host a Play-by-blog Naval game - MAJOR FAIL (EPIC Fail to be honest)
Didn't even try to get it organized - terrain making took up too much time!
(6) Finish in the top 5 for the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge - MAJOR PASS
I ended up tied for third with Millsy with 3,404 points (which is roughly 640 28mm infantry figures at 5 points each). This is my favorite hobby activity of the year and one which see me get the most of my figure painting done.
(7) Add only armies I have storage for.. - MAJOR FAIL
Since my wife reads this blog (and rolls her eyes while doing so) I am not at liberty to comment further on this objective.
Overall not to bad but I seemed to be at the extreme of achievement either way with 4 major wins, 2 major and one minor fails. I am a bit chagrined for the Epic fail on the play by blog game
What are the goals for 2016????
This post is already way to long and wordy so you'll just have to wait.