Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 Round up and 2017 plans

Time to look back at 2016 and make some plans for the new year. 
I buckled down at the end of the year to get some figures done.

The current state of the "Imperial" infantry for my Kingdom of Katzenstein project. Troops in the barracks, and others being recruited.

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I am prepping the 30 Pulp figures I recieved for Christmas today, and I will start on the 10 units above today.

2016 Painting 

J: 0
F: 162
M: 0
A: 40
M: 36
J: 31
J: 29
A: 54
S: 0
O: 0
N: 144
D: 216 
Total: 712

2016: 712
2015: 431 

2014: 1708
2013: 1990
2012: 1119
2011: 1013
2010: 1389
2009: 441

Games in 2016: 

7, once again Pulp Alley and fantasy games dominated my play at home. Little disappointed in my number of games. Need to make some major improvement on this front in 2017. I plan to start out with a fantasy game in January.

2016 Goal review
1- Finish the Pirates. Seriously this time.
---Done! This was a long slog. Found out I needed reading glasses...half way through the project.

2- Continue to tinker on my own Fantasy Rules. (based on Piquet/Field of Battle/Hostile Realms)

---Progress. Still tinkering away. I want to play one more game before working on the magic section. Next step is to produce my custom card set.

3- Conventions: None planned this year...very sad to not be attending Historicon due to work requirements.
---No conventions, but I have started occasionally gaming with a group. Rejuvenated me with special thanks to Allen for inviting me.

4- Budget: $1200 target for the year. Besides the usual books, magazines, and supplies, my only planned figure purchases may be the 6mm sci fi project.
---Big accomplishment. Came in under $1000.

5- Next major project: One of four options...A and B are in the lead.
 a. Next phase of the fantasy project (start the Demonworld figures)---plenty of figures on hand.

---Completed the first batch of Demonworld figures.
 b. 6mm Sci-fi
---Bought the first batch of figures.
 c. Add the next 12 or so units to the Kingdom of Katzenstein.

--- Painted a few "memorable" units to note life events 
d. Opposing forces for Kingdom of Katzenstein.
--- Started my opposing forces for that project...almost done the infantry

Plans for 2017:
1- Katzensetin OPFOR expansion: figures on hand, in progress 
     a. Finish infantry by end of January
     b. Leaders in Feb
     c. Artillery in March
     d. Cavalry by end of July (Historicon)
2- Pulp: two batches of about 30 figures each (one from Christmas, one batch to be bought at Historicon)
3- 6mm Sci Fi: this will be the big new project for the year ---the focus for after finishing the KoK expansion
4- 28mm Zombies: if I need a change up and find some of the plastic kits cheap
5- Attend some conventions:  NJCon, Historicon...maybe even splurge for Cold Wars or Fall In
6- Spending: <$1000 for the year plus Historicon; I have been saving my change for a few years and plan to cash in for convention spending
7- Gaming: Keep up on my solo pulp and fantasy gaming, expand my opportunities with gamers in NJ.
8- Fantasy Rules: next version with updated stats, magic, and custom card deck

My monthly plans (subject to change as always):
Jan: final 10 infantry units
Feb: leaders
Mar: artillery
Apr: Pulp figures
May - July: cavalry
Aug: Pulp figures from Historicon
Sep - Dec: start the 6mm sci fi

2018: Final Katzenstein expansion and 6mm sci fi

Project Round Up:

Katzenstein (imagi-nation): A mature project. 

Three expansions:

1- Opposing forces: in progress
2- Katzenstein colonial forces: 2018
3- Slow and steady additions: add a unit to KoK and the OPFOR every few months

Zaquetta (fantasy): A fully playable project with loads of Demonworld figures still on hand to paint. I will pick this back up as a focus after spending some time on Katzenstein. 

Pulp: My current go to game. Plan to add two groups of figures every year. Pulp Alley is a fantastic system.

WW2: A mature project. No planned additions.

Krasnovia (modern skirmish) and Ziva (sci-fi skirmish): A mature project. No planned additions.

Splintered Lands:  A mature project. Will add any new figures they produce.

Air Combat: A mature project. No planned additions.

Starmada: A mature project. No planned additions. 

Zombies: Stared with a small batch of 15mm figures. I am going to scrap that and go with 28mm at some point.

6mm Sci-fi: division+ on the table. 

Future Projects: Not that I need any more projects, but these are some ideas I have for the future. (in general order of current interest)

28mm Zombies: I will start this with a few figures in the next 2 years.

---All the projects below are just some flights of fancy. I don't think I will ever do them.
A Very British Civil War: Love the though of developing my own forces and the alternate history. 
Wild West: Could be done with Pulp Alley.
Civil War: Considering 6mm.
Napoleonics: Considering 6mm.
Gladiators: would go 28mm with a custom built arena if I take the plunge. 
Slaughterloo/Flintloque: love the figures
Spencer Smith Imagi-nation: I still think about starting another imagi-nation (larger scale).
Model Casting: Considering trying out my hand with casting my own figures from molds. 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

December 2016

Closing out the year on a roll. Great month for painting, and I got in a game in my Pulp Alley campaign. I hope to continue my progress in the new year.

18 x 12 figure 15mm imagi-nation units: 216 points
TOTAL: 216 points
In Progress: 10 x 12 figure units for "The Imperial Army" in my Katzenstein project

1 game Pulp Allley

$287 this month: splurged on a whim (and there was a sale) to start the 6mm sci fi project
Total for the year: $967

Budget: $233 under budget, Plan: <$100 per month; on target

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Rumble in the Harbor

I played the next game in the Perilous Island Pulp Alley campaign.

All clues so far have pointed the leagues towards a distant port in the far east.

Lady Elaine and the Eastern Brigade led by The Duke faced off against a band of vicious Chinese pirates led by the infamous Chanimal. This was a solo game in which the pirates won a hard fought victory 4 to 2.

The Brigade approaches from the airstrip.

The pirates have landed at a nearby cove.

The Duchess quickly gets some information from a friendly merchant.

While The Duke convinces a newsboy to provide directions.

The pirates search the Catholic mission and the docks.

The Countess spies something down the alley to the left.

The nuns provide no usefull information (red herring card)

Lady Elaine and her hired guns head for the docks.

A savage battle unfolds.

The pirates accost an old wise man...and he tells them that the Old Sailor they seek is in the bar across the street.

Casualties mount on both sides.

Found Him! What information does the Old Sailor hold in his rum filled head.

The alley of blood.

Lady Elaine unwisely steps onto the dock without her guards.

The Countess falls.

But the Duke guns down her foe.

Chanimal's crew have secured the information they seek...and captured Lady Elaine in the process.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas to all. A nice haul from Santa to start the day. I have also been getting quite a bit of hobby work done this month.

An annual order of wargames books. The markers/pens will be for an attempt to put some fine details on a few figures. The loot below includes 6 packs (5 figures each) of Pulp Figures .

180 figures ready for priming. These are the last of the infantry (15 units) for my Katzenstein OPFOR.

6 completed units for that project. red, white, and blue themes throughout. I will base them up with the next batch at the end of the month.

A Pulp Alley game on the table. Using 15mm (18mm) buildings as stand in.

I splurges on a batch of 6mm scifi figures from Brigade Models. They were on sale and I did not expect them to arrive until January. Pleasant surprise to start the holiday week. The resin buildings are very nice. I am looking forward to starting these after the Katzenstein OPFOR are complete (july is my target).

7 more units for the OPFOR evil Empire!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November 2016

I have crossed the 8 year point since I started my adult wargaming. Time flies when you are having fun. I spent a few days at my parents house looking around in the basement (again) for my old Airfix figures. No luck. I will give it one more go when we clean out the crawl space. 

During a great vacation in the Turks and Caicos, I read the 10 wargames magazines I stockpiled over the summer, and I read the Hammer's Slammers collection of sci-fi short stories. 

I sent my Christmas list to my wife. It contains the usual round of wargames books and, for the first time, some figures (6 packs of Pulp Figures).

Bought a few things from my list...paints, primer, bases, TFL Summer 16 special, the new Pulp Alley campaign and cards. I will get the Too Fat Lardies Winter PDF special in December.

Working on my Katzenstein expansion while planning to start either 6mm sci fi or 28mm zombies. Sci fi has the lead...I am trying to hold out to the new year.

A few pictures of a game with a group at On Military Matters...a great shot for wargames books and military history:

12 x 12 figure 15mm imagi-nation units: 144 points
TOTAL: 144 points
In Progress: 7 x 12 figure units for "The Imperial Army" in my Katzenstein project

1 game of WW2 skirmish at On Military Matters

$204 this month: paint, TFL special, Pulp Alley campaign and cards, bases
Total for the year: $680

Budget: $420 under budget, Plan: <$100 per month; on target

Monday, November 28, 2016

Imperial Army

Last Summer,  I sold off all of the figures I purchased pre-painted to use as the opponents for my Kingdom of Katzenstein imagi-nations project. It is now time to reform an enemy force. I am going for a generic "Imperial" force that I can add onto as needed. I purchased a lot of mixed figures cheaply and I will form 95% of the army from this batch.

A full corps of 12 Musketeer Regiments

The Plan:

12 Line Infantry
4 Light Infantry
3 2nd Line Infantry
1 Rifle
2 Grenadier Infantry
3 Guard Infantry
2 Garrison Infantry
1 Militia
2 Border Grenz
2 Landwehr
7 Provincial Regiments

5 Cuirassier
1 Guard
1 Guard Dragoon
8 Dragoon
1 Hussar
7 Lancer
2 Uhlans

1 Horse Battery
2 Heavy Battery
4 Field Battery

12 Generals

I can then add to these forces with small contingents from allied states and mercenary contingents.

Monday, October 31, 2016

October 2016

Another quiet month...and the second month in a row without any painting points. Where does the time go?

I am preparing my Christmas list for my wife. It will contain the usual round of wargames books and may for the first time include some figures (Pulp Figures).

My spending for the year is well ahead of plans. I will get the Summer and Winter editions of the Too Fat Lardies specials (PDFs), the new Pulp Alley "Tomb of the Serpent" campaign (PDF, some more Pulp Alley cards, and a small paint resupply. This should run me about $100 for the rest of the year.

0 completed :(

TOTAL: 0 points

In Progress: 12 x 12 figure units for "The Imperial Army" in my Katzenstein project

No games

$65 this month: 2 bottles of paint and my Wargames Illustrated renewal
Total for the year: $476
Budget: $524 under budget, 
Plan: <$100 per month; on target
Reminder: bases (round), paint, and brush some shield transfers.