Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 Round Up and 2018 Plans

A new year rolls around, time for a recap of 2017. An up and down year but I finished strong and have some renewed energy to start 2018. Looking forward to substantial progress on my 6mm sci fi forces.

2017 Painting 
J: 120
F: 60
M: 0
A: 64
M: 112
J: 96
J: 168
A: 0
S: 0
O: 0
N: 0
D: 133
Total: 753...I am on the uptick!

2017: 753
2016: 712
2015: 431 
2014: 1708
2013: 1990
2012: 1119
2011: 1013
2010: 1389
2009: 441

Games in 2017: 

11, I would like to get in 1 game a month in 2018.

Budget in 2017:
$1818 for the year. $818 over budget 
(plus $1000 total expenses at Historicon with the hotel, gas/tolls, and food.
Budget: <$1000 plus Historicon expenses....not a good year :(

Plans for 2018:
1- 6mm Sci Fi

2- Wooden Warriors

3- Zombies

4- Spending: Keep things to <$1000, plus Historicon expenses. Really need to abide by my budget this year. I know I will buy some 6mm sci-fi...but they are the only planned purchases right now.

5- Gaming plans
- 6mm Sci fi
- Wooden Warriors
- Katzenstein Campaign
- Pulp Alley
- 15mm Fantasy

6- Fantasy Rules: continue to tinker and add in the magic and characters/leaders portion; use my new home card deck

7- Local Gaming: get in at least 2 games with the local crew

8- Attend Historicon and check out NJCon

Review of the Plans for 2017:
1- Katzenstein 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)
---COMPLETE: I finished the Katzenstein project. I will add as the mood strikes, but it is now time to get them back on the table.

2- Pulp: two batches of about 30 figures each (one from Christmas, one batch to be bought at Historicon)
---COMPLETE: Finished the Christmas batch and one other small batch. No plans to add in 2018, but things can change.

3- 6mm Sci Fi: this will be the big new project for the year ---the focus for after finishing the KoK expansion
---STARTED: Finished the first batch and I have figures on hand to continue. This will be a big push in 2018.

4- 28mm Zombies: if I need a change up and find some of the plastic kits cheap
---STARTED: Painted one survivor and prepared some zeds. Will knock some of these out in 2018.

5- Attend some conventions:  NJCon, Historicon...maybe even splurge for Cold Wars or Fall In
---ATTENDED: Only attended Historicon. 

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
---PROGRESS: Bought my cards and updated the latest version; need to work on the army lists, characters section, and magic.

Project Round Up:
-Katzenstein (imagi-nation): A mature project. 
-Zaquetta (fantasy): A fully playable project with loads of Demonworld and Battle Valor figures still on hand to paint. 
-Pulp: My current go to game. 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: Just started.
-6mm Sci-fi: Just started. 
-Wooden Warriors:Just started.

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) 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. 

Friday, December 29, 2017

December 2017

A good painting month since I took loads of time off from work. Pulp, Wooden Warriors, 6mm Sci-Fi, Zombie Survivor...a mix of items.

Christmas Loot, books and basing pumice

Wooden warriors: An Ogre and a spearman

6mm sci fi in the works

122 x 6mm sci fi bases: 123 points
8 x pulp figures: 8 points

2 x wooden warriors: 2 points
1 x Zombie Survivor: 1 point
TOTAL: 133 points


SPENDING$50 on Litko bases$1818 for the year. $818 over budget :(plus $1000 total expenses at Historicon with the hotel, gas/tolls, and food.Budget: <$1000 plus Historicon expenses.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

December plans

In the hobby mood this month so I have plans to get several items done:

1) 8 x pulp figures: done
Sky Pirates

Asian gang members

2) 1 x zombie survivor: Done

3) 1 x wooden warrior prototype: Done

4) Finish the 6mm sci fi I started: On the painting table

5) Prime remaining on hand 6mm sci fi: next up

If I get these all done, I will move on to the next 3 items in the plan:
1) About 20 of the wooden warriors so I can play a test game with Advanced Song of Blades and Heroes
2) Batch of zombies and a few survivors so I can plan a test game with Pulp Alley-Z
3) Finishing the on hand 6mm sci-fi for a test game of Panzer Korps-Scifi

I also want to catch up on the backlog of hobby podcasts and magazines.