May is here and its time for my monthly update on my New Years Resolutions.
1. Finish painting my Warhammer Quest set.
year I made the final movement into getting the rest of the Warhammer
Quest collection. That isn't to say that I own every model you could
possibly run into in the game, but I do own nearly every piece that was
specifically made for Quest itself. In fact last year I managed to
completely finish painting the entire base set and now I'm left with
Lair of the Orc Lord and Catacombs of Terror along with the rest of the
independent characters. I'd really like to finish this bad boy up and
get some good foam for it from Battlefoam maybe, but let's just work on
the painting right now. This shouldn't be too bad. I think total this
is only about 20 models. There will be no half points for this. It
either does or does not get done.
I have still not begun this particular goal. I'm thinking now that I may not get to it at all this year.
2. Finish Bretonnian Army
what good hobbyist doesn't have this specific goal? Considering last
year I nearly completed two armies (Skaven and Empire) I see absolutely
no reason that I can't complete the Bretonnian army by years end. I
started this army just near the end of last year so it hasn't even been
shelved off of the table yet since I've procured it. I have a specific
set of models for this army right now and the goal is to completely
finish what I have and buy nothing extra. This may of course be
overridden by GW bringing out a new Army Book. Unlikely, but possible.
The original purchase of this army was for the Adepticon Team Tournament
of 1,200 points. I now own about 2,500 points worth. If I manage to
get 2,000 points of it painted we'll call it 1/2 credit.
Complete! I have officially painted every Bretonnia model that I own giving me a grand total of a 2,400 point army. I was super stoked when I finished this just about a week ago, display board and all!
3. Finish 2 Unfinished Projects
another resolution that pretty much every hobbyist has. I guess really
the Quest set kind of falls into this category but I'm speaking of
everything in general. I actually did finish my Dwarf army years ago,
but I still have about 30 models for the Empire army and probably 50-60
for my Skaven army. I'd really like to finish them up. I also need to
construct a display board for both the Bretonnian and Empire armies. So
these will be my projects. Note I designated (2) projects, and not
every one of them because lets face it; you'll never manage that! 1
Project for 1/2 credit.
With the Bretonnia army complete I'm 1/2 way through this goal! I'm so excited. To further that end currently I have the final models for the Empire, Skaven and Dwarfs sitting on my painting table right now. Skaven and Dwarfs most likely to get finished as there are only a handful of models to do while the Empire have an entire unit to try and complete. Still, I'm almost there!
4. No More Board Games
own too many games. I've known this for years, but I keep a pretty
accurate count due to insurance reasons. I have just a hair under $10k
worth of Games Workshop product of some kind and a couple of hundred
dollars under $3k in Board Games. I know better than to think that I
wont be buying more GW stuff, but considering how rarely I actually get
the Board Games to the tables I've decided to put a moratorium on Board
Games for the year. This means avoiding garage sales, online
excitement, etc... So I'll be dovetailing my activity on Board Game
Geek and everything else. Its going to be rough because I'm a very
flighty person who always wants what I see when I get excited about it.
I've bought many a game through quick impulse. Full or none! I either
avoid buying or fail and purchase.
I finally bought something. A simple game called Bears! It's a dice rolling grab fest. Fun little game, but it was on sale at B&N for $10. Couldn't pass it up. Failed!
5. Play Every Board Game (And sell them!)
is a two part... Having gone through my collection I find that I own
just over 175 board games. Now, not all of these are mine specifically;
I've gotten plenty of games that are just for my sons (age 4 and 10). I
keep my games quite separate from there's and my goal is to play every
one of my games at least once this year. I'm going to buy a sticker
sheet of little orange dots from the store and every game that gets
played will get a dot. At the end of the year any game without a dot
will go onto the chopping block and be sold off. I'm the kind of person
who is loathe to part with things and accept change that said there is
no real tangable 1/2 way for this, so again with all or nothing.
Still chugging along. I think I've managed about 20 different games this year now.
6. Run A Tournament
of you know that between myself and many people in Bloomington that I
already run tournaments. These are small tournaments though that tend
to draw anywhere from 8-16 people. The most we've had at that. I want
to not only run a better tournament; but I want to run 20 people minimum
and have a nice set of tables and terrain there. I'm looking at
emulating Invasion Kenosha basically. Hopefully I'll see this idea come
to fruition. I've already been working on it and maybe we'll see it
happen. I'm a busy man with two kids, tournaments I already run,
etc... If I manage to at least complete the terrain for 10 tables worth
I'll consider this 1/2 credit.
No further movement on this.
7. Get My Son to Play Miniatures
oldest boy is 10 years old (11 in July) and while he has shown mild
interest in Warhammer he's never really been 'for' it. A casualty of
the 'video game' era is the only thing I can come up with. I have
absolutely no idea if I'll ever succeed; but my plan is to get him and
some of his friends started as easy as I can and throw them into some
games of HeroQuest. I ran across a box of HeroQuest some time ago
completely unpunched and still on Sprue and while I'd planned mostly to
sell the thing I'm thinking more now about using it as an entry point
for the kid. While the ultimate goal is to get him into Warhammer if I
can at least get him and his Friends to play this game a minimum of (5)
times I'll throw 1/2 credit. If it actually leads to a game of
Warhammer full points!
I've been talking to him about it. Still seems ho hum on the idea. Well; here's to hoping after his birthday he'll mature a little bit more.
8. Play 52 Miniature Games
is a yearly goal and has been for the last 4 years. Every year I come
quite close but 2012 was the first time I'd achieved it! I run the
Blood Bowl on-line league which I didn't count in 2011 (which means I
probably would've made it that year too). This time I'm counting it
though. It may seem like a bit of a cheat, but screw ya'll considering
the time and effort I put into the league. If I can breach 45 games
I'll go 1/2 points.
After Adepticon and a couple other games I'm up to 19 games of Warhammer for the year. At an average of 4.75 games a month so far if I retain that average I'll break the 52 mark.
9. Crack a Top 20 or Podium Award
been playing in tournaments now for 4 years. Competitively I've never
been a super solid player and I always go more for the fun and drunken
shenanigans. That said I've never been in the top 20 of any
tournament. My tournaments this year will be Adepticon Team Tournament,
and Blood in The Sun at the minimum. I'm on the wait list for the
Adepticon How You Use It Tournaments and hopefully they'll either expand
or enough people will drop that I can get in. I must either crack a
top 20 somewhere or god bless make a podium of some kind which is to say
win an award. The two need not be connected. So if I were to get
Sports or Players Choice or an award of some kind it would count.
Barring an award at least one tournament with a top 20 placing would be
good. Hell if I manage both I'll throw in the bonus of extra credit and
give me an extra 10 points for the effort.
Adepticon has come and gone and while I wont count the How You Use It tournaments because there were to fe competitors to make a top 20 feel significant (about 35 players) Ryan and I did crack top 20 of the Team Tournament with 111 teams! We were super excited and it totally counts!
10. Lose Weight
I know that I said up top that this was BS and a cop out. Fact is I'm
going to use it anyway. Garagehammer and crew have been hosting
#Fathammer in which a boatload of Warhammer players have been trying to
drop weight. While the competition began before Christmas I didn't take
it seriously and consistently floated and even gained weight before
2012's end. So in 2013 with renewed vigor I shall drive forth and take
it off! I currently weight in at the time of writing this 221.8lbs. My
goal weight is 200lbs. If I can hit that mark at some point this year
and end 2013 under 210lbs. I will consider this half credit. If I can
hit that mark and end the year under 205lbs. we'll go for full.
The end of April has come and gone and I have not hit my 200lb goal yet! So sad. Still I'm at 203.4lbs and I have no reason to believe I shouldn't hit the 200 mark by the end of May at the latest. I'm getting there folks!
25 Points accrued! Woo hoo! I'm moving along now! With 110 points possible and me already having 1 goal completely failed I think I'm going to struggle to make a C on my grading scale. Who knows though, let's hope for the best. It's nice to see some progress marked up in here though; that's for sure!