Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 Plans

Time to look forward to my 2013 plans and review each project.

My goals for 2013:
1- Spend 50% less money than 2012. I am tracking all hobby expenses again this year.
2- Play games with the spaceships and Splintered Lands figures.
3- Paint last 12 of the sci-fi figures on hand.
4- Finish 152 German infantry (75% complete) and the German vehicles.
5- Build bocage/hedges
6- Attend Cold Wars and Historicon
7- Complete at least 50% of the on hand ancients figures.

My tasks for January:
- paint first ancients unit (12 slingers)
- finish rebasing US rifle company when the bases arrive from litko
- paint last 12 sci-fi figures on hand (arrived yesterday)
- play a game of either Starmada or Song of the Splintered Lands
- continue work on the German infantry company (finish by end of Feb)
- paint two more ancients units

If I can get these tasks accomplished, I will have started the year off very well.


CURRENT PROJECT REVIEW

Zaquetta (ancients/fantasy): This is the focus for 2013. I have 12 infantry, 6 skirmisher, and 6 cavalry units on hand plus some chariots, leaders, and elephants. I am considering adding in a "fantasy" element to this project. Intent is to paint what is on hand first and then make the decision, but will have to see if I can hold off buying more figures.

Ziva (Sci-fi): Focus will be on any additions to my New Vistula Legion force (such as the LRRP and scout figures) and maybe some vehicles. There are tons of 15mm sci-fi and modern figures out now and I have almost become overwhelmed with the options. Need to slow down and not buy every figure I see unless it adds to an existing force. I did participate in the Armies Army kickstarter and will get a painted platoon for my son as a present.

WW2: Bought a bunch of vehicles and troops on sale in Oct. Need to knock out the German infantry, guns, and vehicles. May try to get through them in the first part of the year. I Ain't Been Shot Mum are the rules of choice.

Katzenstein (imagi-nation): I have about 5 battalions and 5 cavalry regiments planned but not sure if I will get this done this year. Holding off on buying figures until I am sure. I do expect to return to this project as a focus for 2014.

Krasnovia (modern skirmish): This has morphed and merged with the Ziva project above. Basically it is one big individually mounted 15mm skirmish project with any sized force from squad to company.

Splintered Lands:  Not sure if they plan on releasing any more figures, but I now have one of each pose painted. Need to play with these guys too.

Starmada: I will get a game in with the space ships!

Terrain: Bought a VERY large batch of Kallistra Hexon II terrain. Looks great and I have the matching flock/grass to base future figures. I got some extra boards to try making my own unique features. Still undecided how to handle roads and rivers...might change out my existing stuff. The recent MDF wood buildings produced by several companies are very nice, may get some at conventions. I do want to build my own hedge sets.


FUTURE (Possible) PROJECTS

Not that I need any more projects, but these are some ideas I have for the future.

Pirates: I have a big bag of figures on hand and a few ships.

Wild West: Still a possibility, but only after the Pirates get done.

Civil War: Considering 6mm or the Blue Moon 18mm figures.

Napoleonics: Considering 6mm or the Blue Moon 18mm figures.

Gladiators: would go 28mm with a custom built arena if I take the plunge.

Slaughterloo/Flintloque: love the figures, but not my preferred scale.

Check Your 6!: getting interested in air combat. This would be a low cost and low figure count project. May try a game at a convention to see if I like it.

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.