Tuesday 11 January 2022

No Resolve

Somewhat late, I have been giving some thought to Resolutions, you know, the get fitter, lose weight, become a successful entrepreneur, cure cancer, or least believably of all, stop buying figures. It was always fun to compare resolutions with Thomo, but sadly, he is no longer with us, and his visits for Christmas/New Year are forever a thing of the past.

Still, there are some things I will do this year. Firstly, keep track of my hobby spending. I had a pretty good painting year last year, finishing up several Chain of Command platoons, getting a good way into my 1745 project, and so on. but although I painted something like 400+ 28mm figures, 40+ vehicles and around 100 Cold War 15mm, the reality is that my purchases greatly exceeded that number. I do try and keep track of it on this blog, but cold hard currency numbers might actually give me more perspective.

So far that's been £22 on figures, a pack of Perry plastic Napoleonic Austrian Hussars from my Friendly Local Game Store (FLGS), happy to pay extra to keep a local shop in business. But another 11.50 for lichen and spray primer.  

28mm Austrian Hussars - assembled

The other thing to happen is that my shed has to have a few more things completed before it becomes a viable gaming space. Hook up the electricity (hopefully this week) - get the heating installed, sort out a condensation issue and organise the content to let me dispose of the rolling shelves and free up space. As part of this I will also do an audit of what I actually have. 

Finally, dump the stuff I will never use - primarily the 20mm WW2 and modern kits. I don't seem to be able to give this stuff away. I am also seriously considering dumping the 15mm WW2 stuff as well, and printing up some 10/12mm stuff for 'O' Group.

So that's the resolutions taken care of..  paint more, buy less, get the shed sorted, dump the excess... anodyne stuff really. In terms of projects for the year. In no particular order:

  • 1745...  I must, must finish this I'm already well advanced, it would be crazy not to just push on with the rest.
  • Indian Mutiny (Or First War of Independence) - I took advantage of the AW Miniatures 30% off sale and got a real bargain late last year. I think I am going to wait until Army Painter release their equivalent to contrast paints, as I suspect speed painting two shades of flesh, white and red will speed this project up considerably. 
  • Chain of Command WW2 - I have any number of platoons awaiting paint. There's no real urgency to any of them although if the promised Market Garden supplement from TFL ever arrives this will provide additional impetus. Late War British (Empress), Winter US troops (Artizan) and the Winter Germans look likely to be first cabs off the rank, but I could be tempted by Italians for Sicily, French Foreign Legion, or any of the Airborne forces I have (US, British and German). 
  • Napoleonic Austrian & Italians - classic confrontation, Italian Legere versus Grenzer and Riflemen - very colourful, but again, I think speed painter whites would move this along nicely.
  • Cold War in 15mm - I have Danes finished, British purchased/printed and the Soviets well advanced. It might be a quick and easy palate cleanser in between the masses of 28mm. 
  • Infamy, Infamy - after a burst of enthusiasm, very much stalled. I think it might be kickstarted if I tackled an 'Asterixian' Early Imperial Roman and a Gallic force. 
  • Vikings in 15mm - another one where decent progress as made, then stopped dead. Originally this was to be an army for Warfare, but Covid put paid to that. It's silly to have them 60% done.
  • 7YW Austrians and Prussians? - maybe, outside chance of it moving...  
Flights of Fancy? 

I purchased a hex mat for air wargames - intending to use it for 1/300 'Bag the Hun' games, using the soft plastic planes from Plastic Soldier Company, and now I am also really tempted to try some 1/144 3d prints for a WW1 version.

Last Years Targets

And what did I say last year?

I found myself purchasing some second hand Gripping Beast Sub-Roman British, plus Early Saxons from Warlord Games, (the figures were formerly 'Saxon Miniatures'). I am hopeful I will get some games in with them in 2021, but a lot of painting yet to do to get there.

Yay - go me.. both forces painted.. and absolutely naff all gaming done..  ok, so is that 100% on the painting and 0% on the gaming (excluding Virtual Lard Days)?

Looking back at where we were at the start of 2020, I said:

"I do think I should be better at not getting distracted by support options, specifically armour, as I just enjoy building and painting them. Looking at the painting queue, there are currently 11 AFV awaiting paint."

Err.. ok, some of those 11 are still in the paint queue, and I've added a few more to the queue, but on the whole I have got through a fair bit of vehicle painting. 

Righty ho.. 40+ vehicles finished - somewhat snookered myself by getting a 3d printer and printing more though - but I am calling this one 80%

Next steps - finish the Malaya forces (Japanese, and Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders). Then kick off the terrain for this campaign. I think I have all the terrain components I need, they just need to be assembled".

Done and dusted! I even got to play a game with them..  100%

Then there's forces for the forthcoming 'Infamy, Infamy' from the Too Fat Lardies. 

Republican Romans done.. so maybe 25% on this one. 

There's Kickstarters on the way from War & Empire 15mm Dark Ages, 

As I said, 60% through the Vikings. 

Flags of War Hanoverian forces for the 1745."

I was making good progress on these, till the inner butterfly kicked in...maybe 60% done.

"And the various platoons for Chain of Command, Italians, US, Fallschirmjager, US Airborne, British Airborne etc.".To which can be added the Winter Germans and USMC platoons I purchased this year. 

The SS platoon finished, the Malaya stuff done, I've nearly finished the Winter Germans and the Volksturm. Solid if unspectacular progress somewhat marred by purchasing at least another 4 platoons. Am I making ground on the backlog? Well, sort of. 

New Projects in 2021

These are what distracted me, and prevented me from making much headway with other stuff.

New Platoons for Chain of Command - this was the killer, so much nice stuff available, sales and bargains. I added several new platoons, and I am not keeping the painting up to the purchasing pace. 

15mm Cold War - I already had Danes, so a single game of 7 Days to the River Rhine, got me back into it. 

28mm Napoleonic Austrians and Italians for Sharp Practice - not much action but they are lurking. 

28mm 7YW Austrians & Prussians.. what was I thinking?



  1. Nice post Doug, I just hope i can just keep the mojo going to paint. I feel my output will be well down on last year as other priorities will take precedent

    1. Thanks mate. I admire your discipline on churning through projects. I just always seem to run out of enthusiasm half-way. I know how to fix it, but will I?

  2. 2021 was an indifferent year for painting, but I was much more restrained than usual on the purchasing front: I didn't buy much, and almost everything I did buy got painted. The net result is a significant reduction in the lead mountain; in particular an 8.4% reduction in the numbers of 15mm's lying about.

    On the 28mm front I seem to have painted exactly what I bought.

    1. You've done well. My biggest issue is that I used to paint 15mm ancients almost exclusively, and I would make myself paint by entering tournaments with lead I needed to paint by the date of the tournament. These days, I'm such a dilettante and get 60% done, then get distracted by some other exciting project, with no pressure to go back and finish. I have so many projects started.

  3. Needless to say you will live to regret dumping the 20mm WW2 stuff (how could you!). Don't say I didn't warn you.

    1. Probably :) but seriously, I am contemplating dumping 6, 25 and 20mm WW2 in favour of 12 and 28mm. My local opponent plays on those scales. I suppose if they move or I move or I play elsewhere on a regular basis then that might change...

    2. Doug, you have WWII collections in FIVE scales? Madness!

    3. Well the 6mm stuff is on Oz.... so only three scales currently in the UK. Rationalising those by dumping 15 and 20 makes sense. I might retain the 15s just in case... but the 20mm stuff is redundant. And yes, madness!

  4. Lots of interesting options for 2022. Let the fun begin!

    1. Oh it has Jonathan... it has! Some good progress. And lots of squirrels. 😉