I’ve started a bit of a tradition with doing recap posts, so I figured why buck a good thing. I’ll use the format created in my 2015 year in review and just update it with the new information.
I’m going to break this into it’s own post because it’s a lot of information. More to come on this soon. Suffice it to say that this will be ugly for this year. I’ve honestly made very little attempt to keep spending in check this year… and I even went out of my way to spend an absurd amount of money on things I know I shouldn’t.
I’m a slow learner.
As always, my goal is to get in 12 games per year. Yeah, it’s a fairly pitiful goal, but it’s something I’ve managed to keep on track with year over year for quite a while now. It’s a low bar, but any less and I seriously have to question why I spend so much money in this infernal hobby (not that 12 is a good justification for the amount of cash I dump into it, but at least it keeps me off the streets, right?).
Like last year, I’ll break hobby progress into the painting and modelling subsections.
In hindsight, I’d have to say this is easily my most prolific year to date. The models I finishing painting this year include:
On it’s own, that list isn’t overly impressive, though I would argue that it’s respectable in it’s own right; however, where my painting really stood out was in the vast number of Zombicide models that I whipped out this year. I managed to crank out every figure that I own (well, except those damn helpers, which I think are still unpainted). That includes:
- 36x Heroes
- 36x Zombivors (one for each hero)
- 6x Dogs
- 114x “Normal” Zombies
- 80x Skinners & Crawlers
- 29x Toxic Zombies
- 29x Berseker Zombies
- 12x Crows
- 20x Zombie Dogs
- 18x Seekers
The links are often to WIP posts because I didn’t do individual sections for completed zombies (especially after dipping and blood effects), and the numbers are somewhat approximate as I tried to count how many were in each photo (why can’t I find a good resource online that specifies exactly how many of each type are in each box?). And the level of quality on a drybrushed zombie isn’t up to par with a standard model for 40k (though the characters certainly are).
In total though, that’s about three-hundred and eighty (380) painted models for Zombicide alone! If the first lot of 40k stuff wasn’t respectable enough, this surely puts me over the top.
If painting was above normal, I’d say my modeling progress this year was relatively slow. I didn’t do all that many posts on the subject, and many of them were parts of minor series. The stuff I worked on included:
- Creating a Tyranid Bastion (which has yet to see paint)
- Stripping down and cleaning up six Ultramarine Flyers to prepare for paint
- Assembling Terrain like the Munitorum Containers and Prometheum Relay Network
- Assembling a Contemptor Dreadnought
There was more to modelling than I posted on. For instance, all of my genestealer cult got cleaned up (thanks in no small part to Brandon), and I also wound up assembling some other models–but I don’t always post my modelling progress online. Especially if it’s something boring like “put together a stock model without any frills.”
Not a huge success, but I’m not displeased with the progress either.
To date for 2016, I’ve written a total of 88 blog posts this year (including this one). Granted, that’s a bit short of the “two per week” that I try to do, but there are always reasons why I can’t live up to that goal. Of course, the point of goals is to try to make them, but rather than look down upon myself for not hitting it, I’m going to focus on the positive. Last year, I was only able to do 81 posts, so that’s about a 10% improvement year over year, which ain’t bad if I do say so myself.
I only managed a single post in the category of “website administration,” which was for Old Stuff Day (which I’m not sure is technically website administration, but it doesn’t seem to fit into other categories either. All in all, this was a quiet category this year.
With the exception of my frugal gaming progress (which has been basically excluded from this post entirely), I’m going to mark this year down as a rousing success. I did better than last year in most of the categories, and set a new bar to meet in 2018. Let’s hope I can get in that 13th game!!