As is usual around these times (best wishes to all readers and their miniatures, BTW) one gets slapped around the ears with a bewildering variety of reviews of the just departed year. Not being one to miss a chance of boring you all to tears, I will jump on said bandwagon as well.
2005 has been a fairly good year for me in the toy soldier department. First off, two statistics:
TTM has been going strong throughout the year, although there have been a few periods where there was more than a week between posts (as, for example, has been the case in the previous weeks). This is not for want of material, I think, as I have several post ideas and unfinished series lying around, and I’m just one of the authors on TTM. This is simply a case of competing interests for what little free time we have available. As the major factor driving traffic to this site is the updates to it, and as we all (well, at least I do) like increased traffic, one new year’s resolution is to post more.
Next is the painting. I had a good feeling about my painting this year, but it seems that on examining my records (well, the pictures I posted on my Flickr Account, plus two painting competition entries featured on TMP ) I only painted 32, with a big gap between January and May. That gap is easily explained, as that was the period where the house was being (not) finished and we moved into what was more or less a construction site, but I had thought I picked up that painting pretty well after that. So, new year’s resolution number two is to paint more figures. This will need to be done by lowering the time I spend per figure (as more free time will remain a distant dream), or in other words, by (finally) dropping standards for wargaming figures so I can paint one in less than an hour. It will be interesting to see whether I:
Time will tell…
For the rest of the year, I played quite a number of games (now that I have a wargame room — although that is currently in a state of flux, having served as guest room over the holidays and having to serve as bedroom for child number two which is on the way), the majority of which were Blitzkrieg Commander or WAB.
I’m quite proud of the WEC campaign which really took off this year, but the other ‘big’ project I launched, a WWII virtual game has died an ignominous death for want of attention.
And then there’s also the big Arnhem game we put on at Crisis, which was a marvel of cooperation, with Alan doing the figures (millions of the little buggers), Phil providing the game system (netting us a ‘Best Participation Game’ award) and myself doing the terrain. The game was well received, so that was good.
That’s about it for my year in wargaming - pretty positive, I find. How was everyone else’s year?