... and targets for 2019.
Now I have, in recent years, enjoyed this post, after all what is better than a spot of self indulgent retrospection? However this year it is tinged with sadness for no other reason than the self imposed exile, and subsequent mothballing of '28mm Victorian Warfare', due to the ever present demands of the Day Job. I shall not go into a lengthy discourse here, but simply acknowledge that it was a difficult end to 2018 with no real sign of any let up as we head into 2019. I should stress that we are all well and whilst tiresome the ever present difficulties are, hopefully, surmountable; I am certainly determined to try my level best to be more productive this year.
What I did notice, whilst I was away, was that I didn't spend as much of my pocket money on hobby related goodies as I would have normally done. My withdrawal from all Blogs and news feeds meant that temptation was vanquished, well for the most part anyway; I didn't account for the enthusiastic machinations of Mike 'The Dark Templar' Reynolds with regards to Star Wars: Legion, but more of that another day.
So, gentle folk this will be a much shorter review than those of previous years, but I am hopeful that in creating it, I will feel inspired to return to our cosy corner of the Blogosphere. So on to the review of last year's targets:
1 Play more games! Target Met! X-Wing Miniatures Game and Zombicide: Green Horde continued to be popular, but I was thrilled to finally host a Witchfinder game using the Donnybrook ruleset. More recently we have enjoyed a couple of games of Star Wars: Legion, which is proving to be a very welcomed tonic to all the silliness that is going on in the Real World.
2 Maintain a credible level of posts throughout the course of the year. Target Missed! 2018 saw the fewest number of posts made in a year since the establishment of '28mm Victorian Warfare' back in 2011. The thought that I 'had to post' hasn't helped of late and subsequently this target has been reset to 50 posts in the year.
3 Attend at least one convention/exhibition/expo this year. Target Met! The annual pilgrimage to Salute 2018 was as inspiring as ever and this year was supplemented by a visit to Tabletop Gaming Live at the Alexandra Palace. This was a smaller, but hugely enjoyable event and perhaps something that can be revised in the New Year.
4 I would like to try to curb the additional expenditure on miniatures this year, or at least try to bring it into line with output. A simple tally score will suffice, hopefully something that will 'shame' me into being a little more restraint when it comes to all things hobby related. Target Met! Painted 155 - 49 Bought = +106 in credit! Well I didn't see that coming. Having removed the constant temptation of new shiny things, the tally looks more than respectable.
According to my tally counter the numbers are as follows*:
Buildings/Terrain pieces: 55
*All miniatures are 28mm scale unless otherwise stated
So what of 2019? Well I had hoped to host another summer extravaganza, but I am woefully behind schedule on the preparation front. Rather than put myself under any undue pressure, I am going to put that plan on hold for the time being. Expect, however, a series of posts detailing the miniatures for last summer's Witchfinder clash and with Resident Evil, now in residence, some horror survival is on the cards. What I can guarantee is more shenanigans from a galaxy far, far away! Star Wars: Legion looks set to be around for a while and I have my eye on some Wookie shaped expansions to put pay to the evil Galactic Empire. I am conscious that I missed out on 'Zomtober' and 'Dinovember', not to mention 'Forgotten Heroes' earlier in the summer. These themed months are always great fun, but again I shall not make any promises, but wait to see what the future holds.
I do need to thank those that kept in touch during my absence, your continued support was so important and allowed me a tentative hold on the community that has come to play an important role in addressing the work/life balance. On that note if you feel that I can be of any help then do not hesitate to get in touch and I hope to be removing the dust sheets sometime in the middle of March in time for 28mm Victorian Warfare's ninth Bloody! So time to reset the 'Tally Counter' and present, in a roughly chronological order of creation, my efforts from 2018!