2015 kicked off hobby wise for me with a group pledge amongst the lads - Ray (Col. Ackland), James (The Hobbyist) and Dale (get a blog already) - we decided amongst ourselves, lets each try and fully paint one of our forces.
|Orks, Orks, Orks...err, Grots, Grots, Grots!|
In 2014, my total hobby spend ended up being around $25 dollars; $6 of that being a pot of paint for Ray as payment for a lost bet, and the balance being some Killa Kans I got cheap from the Netherlands. In 2015 I want to reduce that spend to nil. No more miniatures (I'm cheating here as at some point this year I expect my Raging Heroes Toughest Girls Jail Birds to turn up - they were paid for back in 2013).
|The Thieving Grots set I finished mid January|
The boys were of like mind, and we quickly agreed to push each other on to finish a full army - me my Orks, James his Imperial Fists, Ray 100 odd models or terrain and other odds and sods to an equivalent amount of effort, and Dale his Raven Guard. Each of us had roughly 1,000 to 1,250 points of models in our respective forces.
We have even played around with painting charts and stats to help track and show our progress. The first of February was our first formal check in, kicked off by James posting to our facebook group page, and it looks like I'm actually tracking to time based on the number of models I need to do, the effort I have allocated each model, and the total time elapsed (see - scientific thought went into this).
|My paint tracking chart - a wonder of excel formulas and graphing - I'm currently tracking % painted ahead of the % time completed trend|
It doesn't seem like a lot for me to do in the space of a full year - but like most adult hobbyists, I have a young family to spend time with, a full time job, as well as other pursuits outside of this hobby that also need to share my time. I have deliberately kept the commitment I made to myself and the broader group to what I realistically see as a manageable level such that this doesn't become one of those pledges that fizzles out. If I can finish these and something else, then that's just all win.
|Currently on my work bench - I'm actually a bit further along now and these are nearly finished|
While gaming is still on the list of things to do this year, we all have to juggle other commitments, and finding time for full days to set aside for a catch up has proven hard since around November last year. Instead, Ray (being the organised chap he pretends he is) has arranged a few after hours board game nights that have proven hilariously good fun, and opened my eyes to a different type of gaming. Growing up boardgames in my house meant Monopoly, Guess Who or Cluedo. In today's golden gaming era, we are more spoilt than that - and Ray and James have a veritable treasure trove of cool co-operative boardgames. So far we've played Flash Point and Last Night on Earth - both of which were fantastically good fun, and more importantly quick to play.
So that's where I'm at in 2015. My other goal to myself is to maintain this blog more, and achieve a higher post rate than I did in 2014, but that is a secondary aim - this blog was always intended as a release mechanism, to air my thoughts, show off somewhat, and have someone to store my blog roll, and connect with others - it shouldn't be a chore, and the minute it does, is the minute it goes into hibernation again (though hopefully not for another 2 months).
Cheers all, and as always, happy hobby!