Friday, December 27, 2013

End of Year Review

This was a busy year.  We have seen a lot of changes in the hobby and a lot changes with some major game systems.  Since I generally see something pretty and buy it, I have always been purchasing more and more pieces from multiple armies and game sets.  I am sure one day I will need to back off but the wife hasn't threatened divorce yet so I think I am fine for now.

Below I am going to go into each of the areas I spent a good bit of time and some of the other highlights.

The Year In General

Hobby wise it has been a mixed bag.  I say that I have improved a great deal from the previous year but still a long way to go on being one of those guys that paint something and have people go crazy over it.  The end of the year has been a mess.  The time that I have set aside to do work during my Christmas break has been eaten up by a bathroom remodel.  Who would have thought that something as small as that would actually dominate over two weeks of your free time.  Even when you weren't the one needed to do it.

I got another airbrush, Badger Sotar.  I like it but still think I need more time to appreciate it.

My blog has been neglected since just after NOVA.  Work and basic family issues ate up a lot of my free time.  I love posting to it but haven't had a great deal of time to get my projects down on the blog.  I have been able to post stuff to Instagram though.  The ease of one button posting.

Warhammer 40k

This has been the biggest turmoil.  I started Tau for NOVA and really enjoyed them.  Eldar came in and wrecked face shortly after and then that was followed by Space Marines.  The issue I have is from their everything went topsey-turvey. I have no idea which side is up any more.  I haven't played much since NOVA and really can't find the urge to finish much of the items on my bench.  I just don't want to drop a few hundred bucks on manuals/dataslates/updates/kitchen sink to be competitive.    I think it is slowly being relegated to my Warmachine status.

There are a few new models I plan to pick up for some fun games but I think this might be a year off from any real competition unless I get talked into it by friends.

I haven't touched a model since last year.  With 40k being in such a shamble, I am actually looking at breaking the guys out to at least paint them.  We shall see what next year brings.


I bought two crews because the looked cool.  I painted them up and played a game.  I have to say that I really like it so far.  May pick up another box set or two to paint up the figures.  I thin the easiest description is it's the Street Fighter of wargaming.


I started Infinity last year and liked it but I never invested in it.  This year I have went balls to the walls and almost have a complete set of the Yu Jing models.  I went crazy on terrain for it and have even gotten a few new players involved.  I like the fast pace and the ability to put a list together and not have it suck.  This has been my go to game of choice.  I missed a few local tournaments but got a lot of games in.  I have had a blast painting the models and thing I will continue to have fun since I am not painting the same model over and over again.

The other aspect I like is the narrative play.  I really like the scenarios and the story lines.  Very interesting concept.


This has been a down year for tournaments.  I need to get back into the swing of things.  The end of the year I planned on a 40k team tournament and an Infinity tournament.  Other obligations go in the way.  I guess it sucks being an adult.  I plan on doing NOVA again but probably Infinity and maybe the Trios or Narrative with Todd.  If they have Malifaux, I may do that.  I may even try some Warmachine.   I just don't want to spend a grand on 40k for the event.

While I have been down on 40k, I will probably make the Beltway Gamers Spring Tournament and probably the Dropzone GT again.  They were fun and I think it's good to get out of the house a bit.  It would depend on what the rules/restrictions would be.

I may also do an Attack Wing Tournament.

Other Games

While I stopped playing X-wing, I started picking up Attack Wing.  I have to say that I love the game play more than X-wing plus the prize support for tournaments is much better.  I plan to pick up Netrunner.  Game seems fun.  I also plan on getting either Zombicide and/or Super Dungeon Exploreer.

All and all I think next year will be a great hobby year.  I can't wait to see what each game system has coming out for the new year.


  1. Keep up the great work, Sean

    1. Thanks! Have a great New Year!

  2. Liked the year in review. I have tried writing one myself but it threatens to be a novel, so I've scrapped it. Really liked the quick summaries.

    1. Thanks. I have a habit of being long winded but time has alluded me as of late. Take care and Happy New Year!

  3. You big bag of wind! haha .. I hear ya but no matter what I still find it hard to stray too far from 40K .. Infinity wasn't bad but I still never have the same fealing I get when playing 40K. Sadly the fluff took hold back in the day and didn't let go 8) You better not bail on me for Nova now.. two tourneys in a row is bad enough!

  4. I know what you mean about 40k changing so fast. I like to know stuff I buy will be at least playable for a while, so I'm holding off buying anything until I can get my head around what's going on!

    1. I am hoping that the rumors of them releasing a big book with everything for a large fee is true. I like the game but I feel so far behind with these snapfire releases.