2013 was a year of personal change for me. I started the year living in Vancouver, spent a few months working in another town, and then moved to Penticton, BC (in the Okanagan region of British Columbia, Canada about 400km away) in the fall. Throughout the year I have worked at six different jobs as things have been in flux and have settled into some new positions in my new town. On the hobby side of things, 2013 was a relatively focused year for me. I made lots of progress on Flames of War models and I feel like I really improved as a 15mm painter. In this post I will review last years goals and set some goals for the coming year.
Last year, I wrote a post with some goals for 2013. Let's review my goals and see how it went...
|This was the year of the Sherman (company)|
- Goal 1: Paint more models than I buy
- My goal had been to paint four models for every one that I bought. I definitely failed at this goal. I ended up painting 90 models and terrain pieces and buying 65. An improvement over previous years but I still did not make a dent in my backlog. I now have a queue of 15mm models to paint.
- Goal 2: Play more games
- This goal was a little vague. As planned, I have a painted 1500 point Flames of War company to play with. I attended open gaming nights and played many more games that the previous year. In total I played 24 games. Not too bad for being in towns without fellow hobbyists for half of the year.
- Goal 4: Post regularly
- My goal was to post four posts each month. Overall, I had 43 posts this year, just under four per month on average. Other than a very poor period during the summer I posted fairly regularly.
- Paint regularly
- My goal was to paint five models per month, including terrain. In total I painted 90 items. I met this goal although I didn't paint five models each month.
- Enter a painting competition
- I didn't do this...
Now lets make some new hobby goals for 2014!
- Goal 1: Decrease my painting back log
- A ration of four models painted to one model bought was a bit ambitious. Lets go for 2:1 this time. I will paint two models for each one that I buy. I will also paint my main back log of Flames of War models (at least the tanks!) before purchasing any more models.
|The Universal Carriers were in the queue for a solid eight months....|
- Goal 2: Post once per week
- I want to post more regularly to improve this blog. Regular posting helps that. I will endeavour to post once each week. Four posts per month was a good level for my painting output. I don't want to sacrifice quality for quantity of posts. I am trying to only post finished models, tutorials, conversions, and other useful articles.
- Goal 3: Continue to game regularly
- I now have to travel a little further for games. This year, my goal is to play 20 games. I will also participate in at least two tournaments.
- Goal 4: "Finish" my 11th Armoured Division Sherman Company
- I will paint the company to approximately 2,500 points (Confident Veteran). In the short term that means completing another Sherman platoon, a rifle platoon, and a Typhoon.
- Goal 5: Completely paint a 1780 point German Panzer Company
- I've started my panzer company. I would really like to get this company tournament ready and play some games with it this year. I've probably painted around 1500 points of Panzers in total but most of them live in new homes now. I'd like to build the company I have been planning and get some games in with it.
- Goal 6: Paint more different models
- 2013 was definitely the year of Flames of War for me. In 2014 I would like to paint some more models from different systems. My goal is to paint models in two different scales and from six different manufacturers. I only painted one non-Flames of War model this year...
- Goal 7: Paint a skirmish team for Warhammer 40k
- We will see where this takes me. But I am aiming to paint a Kill Team, Inq28 squad, or some other skirmish type force for small games. Maybe finish some Death Guard, maybe Word Bearers, maybe Orks, maybe Chaos Cultists. We will see.
- Goal 8: Revenue neutral hobby
- Painting and playing with models can be expensive. For 2014, one of my goals is to have my hobby have zero net expenditure. I will do this by painting models for sale on eBay, selling old models, not buying many models or hobby supplies, and taking the odd commission. I've done it for the last several months. It will be a challenge to keep it balanced for the entire year.
|Coming soon (and helping the bottom line, I don't plan to have a full winter panzer force...)|
|Also coming soon!|