Painting tally 2014
If we look on the number of produced stuff it isn't THAT impressive, but compared to my usual output it's quite good. I seem to have shifted back to 28mm figures though. Originally I started playing WW2 in 20mm because it was cheaper and faster to paint, but during 2014 I have rediscovered the joy of painting larger figures. This of course means everything takes forever to paint, and yet I managed to paint 18 orks and a big Dreadnought for 40k, as well as 45 WW2 figures and an armoured car in 28mm (more on that below).
Planned Projects for 2014:
Here are what I thought I'd be doing at the beginning of 2014, point for point.
6mm WW2. I will try to play the first scenario from Blenneville or Bust. With painted figures even. No, really, I mean it...
- Ooopsie. I had some really good intentions with this one. I pressganged two of my workmates as players and was going to umpire it myself. I converted the US force charts to British since I wanted to use my British miniatures for the whole campaign. I started to paint a couple of armoured cars and ordered a company of Fallschirmjäger from Adler miniatures... and then nothing happened. Quite frankly I was seduced by Chain of Command and forgot about IABSM. FAIL
|British armoured cars from SHQ... and nothing more.|
20mm WW2. This is all things Normandy. British, Germans, US Paratroopers and terrain, terrain, terrain. Will be used to demo Chain of Command at various conventions during the year.
- Well... this one I actually did. I painted an entire platoon of US paratroopers and a bunch of terrain stuff and we did demo Chain of Command at Gothcon in 2014. So although I haven't done anything on my Brits and only a little on my Jerrys I am satisfied with my effort. PARTIAL SUCCESS
|An Elhiem para and a roadside shrine I did as a jump off point.|
28mm WW2. Perry Miniatures Desert Rats and Deutsche Afrika Korps is one project, Finnish Winter War is another. Why the two you ask? Well, I was seduced by the awesome sculpts by the Perry twins, and then I was seduced by the awesome value in the Baker Company kickstarter.- Weeeell... I'm not sure how I'm going to rate this. I originally intended to only paint stuff for the desert or from the Winter War kickstarter. In the end I did paint a handful of Desert Rats or DAK figures, but none of the Winter War stuff. Instead I decided to paint a couple of Crusader early war brits that I had lying around and then I bought a full late war platoon and started to paint that. A full squad, a vickers team, a medical orderly and a flamethrower team got painted, not bad. I entered a double dare with Thomas where he would buy and paint a corresponding amount of Germans for each finished unit of brits I put on the blog, but being an evil knave and rapscallion he never said when he would do it. (My guess is late 2020.) So naturally I had to buy my own germans, which I have done. Along with a Panther... hrrrm... actually the Panther was first. To summarize I now have third of a platoon painted for late war Brits, desert war Brits and desert war Germans. PARTIAL SUCCESS
|Crusader Miniatures late war British figures.|
|Perry Miniatures Desert Rats|
|Perry Miniatures DAK.|
- The fun fillers turned out to be mainly X-wing miniatures, I have played lots, bought more, and re-painted three of the ships (they are pre-painted so you don't have to paint them). I also managed a bunch of orks and a Deff Dread and a couple of chaos miniatures for Warhammer Fantasy. Then Shadows of Brimstone arrived with a ton of miniatures which is what I have been painting most lately. SUCCESS
And then whatever takes my fancy to keep me sane; Warhammer 40k, 1/48 scale models or Fantasy. I have realised over the years that I need some fun fillers not to get bored with my projects.
|This Deff Dread was my big 40k project this year, and it was FUN!!!! Next year: a Stompa!|
|One of my re-painted X-wing ships, a HWK-290.|
|Player Characters from Shadows of Brimstone.|
I have one New Year's resolution though: NO MORE KICKSTARTERS!!!- This is kinda awkward... I actually backed three kickstarters, although only one had any figures in it. First I backed Shadows over Normandie, an expansion to the Heroes of Normandy boardgame I also backed on Kickstarter in 2013. Although I haven't played it yet it's quite spiffing and a Acthung Cthulhu crossover sounded like a good expansion. Then I was seduced by all the short, stunted and hairy eye candy in the Clan McFiggin Brewers kickstarter from Oathsworn figures. Lovely stuff, and they delivered on time too, but I haven't worked up to painting any of the figures yet. I might do a blog post on them in 2015 if you are curious, but I ain't promising anything. And lastly I backed the Basius 2 kickstarter which features a kind of 3D stamps for stamping out green stuff textures on your bases. I plan to use it on some scenery projects rather than figure bases. We'll see when I get them. But resolutions are meant to be broken, right? FAIL
So, did I do anything not planned? Well... I have bought lots of scenery stuff that is suitable for 28mm Europe rather than sticking to the desert or wintery Finland. I have also spent far more money on X-wing than I imagined, but on the other hand that is also the game I have been playing the most during 2014, I even participated in a local tournament, though I hate competitive play.
Other than that I think I have stuck to the plan, but only because the plan was very loosely formulated. A technicality, you say. Maybe, but my conscience is clear. So what are my plans for 2015? I will deal with those in my next post. Stay tuned people.