Hobby Goals for 2018 and Current Hobby Progress

It had not been my intention for such a gap between posts, but with recent lost in the family my time has been split between family and work and leaving little for my hobbies.

That being said I’ve also pushed back plans I had for another retrospective look back into 2017 in Video Games.  Look for that shortly.

Last year I attempted to complete a “Closet of Shame” Challenge over on the One Hour a Night Facebook group.  I did not reach my goal, only about 2/3rds of it.  Thus I’m still staring at my closest, full of shame.

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Look at all that shame.  And it’s only the tip of the iceberg.

 

A promise I have made to my significant other is that I would really reduce the number of uncompleted kits in my possession.  Either through actually completing them or selling them off.  Ideally I’d rather complete them as selling them always just seems like losing money.  That being said, sanity and happiness in the home is more important then money.

Rather then just list every single thing I have, I’m going to break it down into the project I want to contribute to this year.  The big theme this year is “Outside the Comfort Zone”.  In addition to specific projects, there’s two major goals I have.

Goal #1 – Use my airbrush.  I’ve taken the CK Studio course, I’ve been to Aaron Lovejoy’s panel.  I don’t expect myself to do everything with it, but I know it will speed the process up.  It’s just a matter of getting a set up in my rather smallish office that I share with my significant other.

Goal #2 – Play more games! I purchased that silly battle journal and I’m determined to use it!  Honestly though, if I hadn’t attend a hand full of tournaments, I would have played three or four games at most.  Part of it means getting out of my comfort zone to play with people I don’t know as well locally since my good friends who I usually play with do not have the free time to play.

Goal #3 – Go on MiniWargaming.  I live like 45 minutes from them.  What am I doing?

On to the projects, these are NOT listed in order of priority:

First up is my Horus Hersey Ultramarines.

Commitments07.JPGThis army has a 1000 points already completed. My goal is to get this up to 3000 points.  I’m signed up for Zone Mortalis at Adepticon, so that will be 750 points right there.  I have Breacher Squad and Contemptor Dreadnought to complete for this among a few other things.  The biggest item will be my Legion Glaive.  It was such a disappointment to not get this thing done last year.  But being the centre piece of this army, I want it to be magnificent.  To date, all models have been done with rattle cans and brush work.  My goal is to start doing base coats with airbrush but nothing fancy as I want it to match the current stuff.  So no fades or modulation.

My second goal is a new army.  Novamarines!

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My current efforts on a Novamarines Tactical Squad this month.

Can I gush a moment at how much I love the background and the Chapters of the Badab War?  I feel like with the passing of Alan Bligh and the out of print status of the books has only increased my desire.  A discussion went on a discord channel for the Masters of the Forge people about doing something similar to the “Tales of Four Warlords” from White Dwarf, however it would be done with a Badab twist.  Renamed something like “Warlords of Badab” (since it will have more then four people), people started claiming their chapters of choice.  Funny thing for me is there’s at least five if not more Chapters I would happily do, but I landed on Novamarines for this.  I really need to lay out a plan of exactly what I’m going to paint up for this army, rather then the just seemly random nature I tend to go with.  All that I’ve done is buy a ton of minis off a friend.  Its something I need to think about.  And quarter scheme?  Totally outside my comfort zone.

3rd is a Xenos army!  I don’t have a Xenos army.  I’ve love Eldar since the beginning.  I had a small force in 2nd Edition that I sold off.  Over the last year or so I’ve picked up both Craftworld and Dark Eldar kits I’ve wanted to do up.  But right now this is really on the back burner as I have some higher priorities.

4th will be my first Age of Sigmar army, to potentially be done in conjunction with some friends from Albany.  I’ll be focusing on Death, though not specifically which faction.  I currently have some Death Rattles and Vampires Counts.

5th Complete two Blood Bowl teams.  Humans and Dwarves.

Sadly nothing exciting to add to that last one.  So that’s my broad hobby goals for 2018.  Age of Sigmar and Ultramarines are expected to be focus on up front.

Thanks for reading.

Mike.

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