So continuing on from Part 1... Happy New Year! 2013 was a pretty good year, though contracting opportunities, along with the economy seem to get worse with each year. Anyway, let's stick to the theme of the blog. It was a good start to the year with the Prague Wargames' Club annual pilgrimage to Salute in London. It was also a great opportunity to attend the Bloggers meet up for the first time; really excellent idea.
Apart from various family holidays and work commitments, the big adventure for 2013 was getting Orinoco Miniatures off the ground. It's still a tender chick that will need a bit more fattening up before I'm happy with it, but the omens seem good. One range seems to be up and running while another has just started. We'll see what interest will grow in the periods the figures cover this year.
Otherwise there was a lot of wargaming, especially both the "Dux's - Bellorum and Britanniarum, much painting, but not as much as planned, and some great walks of various battlefields (I visited various sites of the Piave front from WW1, as well as Kolin, White Mountain and Jankov again).
Now in terms of my resolutions for 2013, well I got about half way there (as I thought), though stretch goals are what I give myself, otherwise nothing would get done. So how does the scoreboard look?
- Complete "The big project" – to run an Austerlitz (Slavkov) wargame in 28mm - well this is still ongoing. We've moved to back a few months. My partner in crime needed to finish his PHD this year, and the Orinoco Miniatures launch took up most of my focus
- Adding to and adapting the French force from the Austerlitz game for the French Revolutionary wars - kind of half done as it just involves some extra command stands
- Visit more battlefields - Done! The remaining reports on all those already visited will appear this month
- Complete/bring to conclusion an exciting project I started early in 2012 - Done (this was the plan for Orinoco Miniatures), actually it went better to plan as I managed to get the Chaco War range running before year's end
- Get the Dark Age Early Saxons finished during January (along with some lovely buildings from Gripping Beast), and get the ball rolling with dark age gaming in the club - all done
- Complete another 1000 point force for General de Brigade (most likely 15mm Russians) - not done as I've changed my mind about the scale and where I want to go with gaming Napoleonics
- Seriously try to eat into the lead mountain: - not really done... Early Saxon army was painted, and Auterlitz army is half painted. Not much more than that.
- Build more quality terrain for the club – Well many buildings were painted (including for the Mediterranean), but not much terrain. Material for the trenches is now sitting on the workbench, though I may construct them for Chaco War rather than WW1 trenches (though WW1 stays on the list)
- More regular blog posts, with a target for 2013 of at least 50 - well I reached 46. I had a number of other blog posts drafted, but didn't see the sense in rushing them out to make it to 50, so I feel that this goal was reached.
- And the final and most important project is to finally sell property one and find a larger house (with man cave) - fail I'm afraid. My better half and I are still looking for something suitable (the housing stock in Prague is in poor supply, of poor quality and generally overpriced; such is life).
So 5 out of 10 done. So not so much having to eat my hat as a quick bite around the edges :-)
For 2014 a slimmer list:
- Get to my 1000 point target in the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge, this will also double for tackling the lead mountain in 2014
- Finish the Austerlitz project (and the extra command stands for the Revolutionary Wars)
- Put on a key battle from the South American Wars of Liberation with the new Orinoco Miniatures figures (if feasible maybe at one of the main shows towards years end, we'll see). Also as a secondary goal, a few Chaco War battles
- Bulk out both the Liberators and Chaco War ranges
- Keep to the target of another 50 blog posts this year
- Build more terrain, though as an aspiration (more storage space is wanting at the moment). It will just be a few trenches/foxholes and mortar pits for the Chaco War for now
- More battlefields visits goes without saying, though this is a pleasure not a chore. We'll see where work and travels take me for this one
- House move is still a big aspiration for 2014. We may have to force the hand of fate
So again, best New Year wishes to all, and success in 2014!