Well its been a busy old year here with all sorts of shenanigans with work and hobby but I thought I would have a bit of a perusal of the highs and lows of my hobby year.
For the first time in living memory, I seem to have got myself a decent man cave but still need to get myself a decent gaming table put together and the new year will hopefully see this come to some sort of fruition!
Miniature wise, I seem to have been pulled in several directions at once, earlier in the year I spent rather a lot of time painting up some 28mm scale warbands for Rogue Trader:
I must admit that although this project has kind of stalled, I really want to continue with it in the new year as its been a cracking opportunity to paint my way through my leadpile. The ongoing plan is to build a dozen or so warbands for a Necromunda/Rogue Trader type campaign based in my reimagined Imperium.
Hopefully the coming year will see the warbands expand to a dozen or so figures each along with a couple of vehicles and cover all the main races in the Imperium from Eldar to Tyranids and more beside.
Planetary Defence Force
I have really been enjoying painting up the oldish school metal and converting all sorts of gubbins and I still have a few more fun bits and bobs to work through. Who knows, maybe I may even manage to get a game or two in while I am at it. The problem is that the more I paint, the more I want to pick up for some of the other great old games out there ranging from Void to Vor, Kryomek to Warzone!
Its a bit of a bind but at the same time it has got me thinking of some of the great figures I've had over the years and flogged off during my many house moves and one of my new years resolutions is to source replacements for them and get them painted. Its possibly going to take me quite a long time for some of them but I do think its going to be well worth the effort. I do also want to have a bit of a peruse of some of the newer ranges out there to supplement some of my existing forces as there's some really very tempting gubbins to be had too...
I do seem to be concentrating on sci-fi in the 28mm scale but I must admit that fantasy just isn't appealing to me at present so will just keep cracking on with what I am enjoying doing and a handy byproduct is that I am getting myself some rather fun little warbands!
Now its not all 28mm fun in Richard's hobby time. I have also been creating some similar warbands in 15mm scale too!
Lucius Goldburg, Crimelord
While the 28mm scale stuff is getting done more from a collecting standpoint, my 15mm scale stuff is totally intended for gaming purposes. While the scale doesn't lend itself to quite the same amount of detail and character as the larger scale, it is handy for creating quick and fun forces on a very limited budget.
Mollusc Freedom Alliance!
I fully intend to start some regular games with my ever expanding little forces and play out a campaign over the course of 2015 which hopefully will see all kinds of skirmishes with assorted Imperial, Rebel and Xenos factions battling it out all over the Farpoint Sector!
Capitol Light Infantry
Speaking of which, I have been beavering away with some sculpts in 15mm scale which are nearing completion and will be getting auctioned off in the new year too and I will also be working on an ongoing series of articles for my reimagined Imperium project to keep things interesting.
Sadly there are a few glaring gaps in the 15mm scale market for the classic 40k races so I will be working on a few conversions and sculpts of my own to represent stuff like Eldar and so on but in the meantime I will continue building the assorted forces I have at my disposal and adding the odd little bits and bobs as I go.
Another of my challenges in the new year will be to collect and convert forces for each of the classic Warzone factions so I can relive the glory days of 1st edition Warzone and play out some corporate action in the solar system against each other and the dread forces of the Dark Legion!
While much of my efforts have been concentrated on 15mm sci-fi, I have had a couple of fantasy forces pootling along too. One of which is my Tale of Several Gamers challenge Dwarven army which I really want to get finished!
I have a cunning plan to provide myself with quite a few steamtanks and wargolems to flesh out the force as well as getting some more variety to the existing infantry I have but thats for another day!
The other force I worked on earlier in the year was my 15mm scale Slann warband. Its kind of stalled at present but I do want to finish off the little chaps and maybe even round out the force a bit too.
Moving Down the scales, I still have a bunch of epic goodness sat needing painting up which I want to spend a bit of time sorting them out as well. I doubt they will see much action but who knows, they could be handy for representing somewhat larger scale confrontations.
There's plenty to paint up and I have to admit that this is a bit of a back burner project but I will be plugging away with the little chaps as I do love the look of the classic Epic stuff and I do just happen to have a fair pile of miniatures to paint up...
As you can see, I have got a fair amount of bits and pieces done this year and have plans to keep it up in the year to come but I also have one or two other little side projects that I do want to push forward with in the coming year as well.
Firstly, a couple of years back, I painted up a couple of Aeronef by Brigade Models and I still have a decent flotilla in need of a lick of paint. Sadly my painted ships have sadly been hard done by in the move of house so thy will be given a bit of a stripping in preparation for a fresh coat of paint and re-rigged to add an extra bit of detail too.
Lastly, there is my fighter scale project to take a bit of a fresh look at too!
As you can see I have plenty to be cracking on with in 2015 and hopefully I will finally manage to fully deplete my leadpile, get a gaming table sorted out and actually play some games too but in the meantime, I hope you have all had a great Christmas and thanks for taking the time to read and follow my ramblings!
All the best!