Sunday, January 01, 2017

2016 A year in review.

Another year gone in a flash.
Hard to believe the blog has been going 5 and a half years, in what is now the New Year custom, I thought I would look back over the past 12 months and review the projects undertaken and consider the potential ideas for the year ahead.

The year started so well with a reasonable amount of time in front of the brushes, but I fell away badly in the second part of the year, what with real life challanges and illness. Still I do find that the Christmas break is a great way of kick starting the year ahead.

Surprisingly I kept new projects to only a few and actually completed a couple of them to a point where now I am only looking at impulse purchases at future shows - I am a sucker for all things shiny.
Most of my focus was again in the Far East with Japanese cavalry finally making it to the gaming for the RJW.

The largest project came due to a new recruit over at the Wyverns in the form of Furphy who had a passion for modern warfare in particular Chechnya.

Chechnya & Urban Sci-fi - 15mm
I had been looking for quite a while for a set of ultra modern rules which allowed me to put on large scale skirmishes without the book keeping of some of the current crop of modern squad level games. I found myself drifting back into retro gaming of the 1980's with the use of Laserburn, Imperial commander. Loads of Dice, Casualties and fun.

I completed a modern Russian force complete with BMP's and BTR's, Chechin insurgents and supporting Artillery.



If that were not enough, the Russians were expanded to include some more modern/Sci-Fi vehicles and walkers to combat an impulse purchase from Rebel Miniatures in the US - Out of world invaders who happened to have landed in Eastern Europe.
Or simply an excuse to use the growing collection of resin buildings.

Not to bad at all two projects completed in full in less than 6 months.


With the mass of new releases for the Cold War wargaming in 2016/2017 who knows this may see a further expansion in the year ahead, besides I have a Russian village that's sitting in a box some where which needs to join the paint queue.

The Water Margin/Sung Chinese - 28mm
Having agreed to put on a participation game at Hammerhead in March the Water Margin Project continued apace. With cavalry and more government forces added to the collection.
Hammerhead was a cracking days gaming with oriential fortune cookies for all who took part.


I had loose plans for converting Dux Britanniarum to Ancient China but the release of Watchful Studio's Kickstarter provided me with some fantasy elements (which have yet to grace the table) so I switched to Advanced Songs of Blades and Heroes which gave the right feel, however I now have enough forces to use for Dragon Rampant for larger conflicts if I actually sat down and worked out the stats.

Napoleon in Egypt - Sharp Practice 2
Finally in the later part of the year, the Egypt project was back up and running, the nudge provided by the release of the Too Fat Lardies - Sharp Practice 2 and the campaign rules - Dawns and Departures.
This upgrade is begining to last as long as the campaign itself.


A number of these mini's have been languishing in their storage box for a year or so, but with new releases from Brigade Games and Perry Miniatures the project is very much back on for 2017.

So what else for the year ahead?

So far the plans are some what loose but they do have a Black Powder feel to them.

Napoleon in Egypt - Sharp Practice 2
I need to finish the core French force which are in the final stages on the paint table - Perry Miniatures have produced a number of new releases including cavalry for the French so these will be a muster - just can't decide on camels or horses?

Haiti Revolution - Sharp Practice 2
Ever since the Lardy day back in the summer I have been drawn to the Haiti Revolution, I am justifying the purchases as another excuse to use my jungle terrain, but the truth is, Trent miniatures produce some lovely figures and the period is crying out to be gamed using Sharp Practice.
British, French, Spanish, Slaves and Free People.

Warlords of Atlantis - Cutlass!
Since the impulse purchase from Antediluvian miniatures and their excellent Atlantians I have an urge for a Black Powder/Pulp cross over skirmish affair.


I picked up a number of packs of Black Scorpions Pirate range during the 2016 show circuit that have not seen the light of day yet. Perhaps a coastal community attacked by the Atlantians or maybe something a little more main stream wreckers vs Crown forces?

I am not sure whether this was to much junk telly over Christmas. But why do I find myself Googling 28mm crabs?

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Outside of these firm ideas, I can see more colonials making an appearance due to the fun games we have had with Dan Mersey's excellent rules The Men who would be Kings.

Perhaps French Foreign Legion as I look to expand my desert terrain and give it more uses or even Pathans but this could be a little more challanging on the terrain front.
Mongols could make an appearance to give me a few more uses for the Chinese village - but the thought of more cavalry - eek.
And then there could be a couple of purchases to support some of the newer rule sets Broken Legion, Rogue Stars - both of which offer interesting campaign ideas.
Well all in all 2017 should be another fun year if only I can keep a focus.......

On the painting front 2016 was a pretty good performance producing over 200 foot figures but well short of the 300+ from 2015.


The 2016 results by month.

Month
January

New - Russo-Japanese 28mm
2 Shock Markers, 2 Horseholders, 8 Horses - Tsuba Miniatures.
Japanese Heavy Machine Team - Tsuba Miniatures.
9 Japanese Cavalry - Tsuba Miniatures.
New - Pulp/Fantasy 28mm
6 Cold Ones - RAFM Miniatures
9 Fishmen - Black Tree Miniatures
New - Sung Chinese 28mm
10 Rebel Infantry - Curtney Miniatures
FebruaryNew - Chinese Fantasy 28mm
9 Terracotta Warriors - Watchful I Studio's 
10 Zombies - Watchful I Studio's
2 Revenue Collectors - Curtney Miniatures.

New - At close quarters - Chechnya
2 Lorries, 5 AFV's, 2 Tanks.
New - Russo-Japanese 28mm
12 Jump off points.
                                                               
MarchNew - At close quarters - Chechnya
1 Artillery piece - 4 crew.
27 Russian Infantry- Eureka Miniatures
New - Sung Chinese 28mm
11 Rebel Infantry - Curtney Miniatures
4 Chinese Wizards
New - Terrain
Oasis
April
 
New - Sung Chinese 28mm
14 Provincial Infantry - Curtney Miniatures
May

New - At close quarters - Chechnya
16 Russian NVD Infantry- Eureka Miniatures
11 Russian Support Troops- Eureka Miniatures
New - Laserburn - Sci-fi Russians
17 Power Armoured Infantry
3 Tracked Drones
27 Alien Invaders - Rebel Mini's
New - Starship Troopers
1 CHAS Droid.
New - Sung Chinese 28mm
2 Barricades


June

New - Sung Chinese 28mm
8 Rebel Archers - Curtney Miniatures
6 Government Soldiers - Curtney Miniatures
4 Chinese Wagon's - Colonel Bills.
12 Rebel Cavalry - Curtney Miniatures
July

New - Laserburn - Sci-fi
4 Car Wrecks
New - Napoleon in Egypt 28mm - Sharp Practice
18 movement Trays.


 August


New - Napoleon in Egypt 28mm - Sharp Practice
2 French Light Infantry - Brigade Games
2 Ottoman Skirmishers - Brigade Games.

Sept

New - Napoleon in Egypt 28mm - Sharp Practice
1 Water Cart.
1 Water Boy - Brigade Games
1 Priest - Brigade Games
New - Atlantis - 28mm - Cutlass!
6 Atlantians - Antediluvian miniatures
October
New - Napoleon in Egypt 28mm - Sharp Practice
4 Mameluk Cavalry - Brigade Games.

November

Nothing
December
Nothing


Painted Total 2016

New Paints
207 Foot Figures, 25 Cavalry Figures, 8 Horses, 4 Wagons, 18 Movement Trays, 12 Jump off Points, 2 Shock Markers, 2 Tanks, 2 Lorries, 5 AFV's, 3 Drones, 1 Artillery Piece, 1 Water Cart,  1 large Robot, 2 Barricades, 4 Car Wrecks, 1 Terrain Piece.

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20 comments:

  1. What a fabulous year Stuart, all the best for 2017.

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    1. You to Michael all the best for the year ahead.

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  2. An interesting year for you Stuart with lots of variety and plenty of headway made- hope you can make time for your Atlantis Project during 2017. Happy New Year Stuart. Cheers. KEV.

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    1. Me to Kev, there looks like some nice new models coming on to the market what with the new Frostgrave variant later in the year. So I can see this taking shape sooner rather than later, just need to keep the focus on Egypt before something shiny comes along.
      All the best.
      Stu

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  3. Always interesting to read about other gamers year and how it went. Thanks for taking the time to post and all the best for 2017.

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    1. Thanks Steve and to you.
      Looking forward to see how this year shapes up.
      Regards
      Stu

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  4. Great turn out last year...all the best for 2017!

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    1. And to you - just need a few more games under my belt.
      Cheers
      Stu

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  5. This was a really interesting year to watch you go. I'm looking forward to what the new year brings. Happy New Year!

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    1. Hopefully not to much of a butterfly but who can say :-)

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  6. Looks like a great years painting AND gaming, Have a great 2017!

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    1. Thanks Ray - just need a few more games to turn paint to table :-)
      All the best for 2017.
      Stu

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    1. And you Mark - looking forward to see how Africa turns out.
      Cheers
      Stu

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  8. An excellent read, trust you are now in better health and have a productive 2017.

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    1. Thanks Ian heres hoping :-)
      All the best.
      Stu

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  9. A pretty productive year all in. Always a good read too! Best wishes and health for 2017.
    Mark

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  10. Productive and impressive year, love "Napoleon in Egypt" work...and Happy New Year!

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