22 January 2017

The Slowdown Lowdown


The new job is great, but exhausting. Especially as I am spending half of January travelling. So that quick painting on the Lord of the Feast is about all I'm going to get done this month. I'll be home for a while after the end of January, but not sure how much painting time I will have. Still, I've been thinking a little more about what I'd like to paint in the next few months, and the coming year. So the slightly revised list is:

  • Fomorians/Fimir
    • Finish the eight GW orc conversions I started last year.
    • Paint the Troll Outpost hero.
    • Paint the remaining Oldhammer lead Fimir.
    • Convert & paint the few remaining Reaper orcs I've currently got, plus the batch of new ones I'm awaiting from the Bones 3 Kickstarter.
  • Giants
    • Paint the oldschool Citadel C28 giant I've got.
    • (I've re-considered, and I'd like to get a set of the three multi-piece C28 giants -- so, acquiring the other two is another goal).
    • Paint the last metal giant Citadel produced (its already assembled & basecoated).
    • Paint the Warploque giant!!.
    • Acquire the Otherworld Giant (the last "must have" giant on my list)
  • Halflings
    • Paint the Westfalia KS reward halflings.
  • Rogue Trader
    • Paint a few figures. Still up in the air... Robot Pirates vs. Spacetime Bandits. Still just a half-baked idea anyway.
  • Trolls (No reason or plans behind these -- they're just cool figures I really want to paint!)
    • Paint the first three trolls from Drew Williams.
    • Paint the second three trolls from Drew when they arrive.
  • Empire
    • Paint more halberdiers
    • Paint more landskneckt dwarfs
    • Aqcuire and paint that last MM41 Marauder fucking Ogre I've been after for years!
  • Undead
    • Paint oldschool wights & wight lord
    • Paint last few Nightmare Legion.
    • Odds & Ends. Whatever else I feel like painting. The dead are always waiting...

If I get to half of what I posted above, I'll be happy. Realistically, I'm thinking about what I can do away from the painting/modeling table instead. So I'm thinking about finally giving some structure & polish the campaign concepts I've been brainstorming on for... a couple years? I think the hobbit merchant/mercenary company introduction I did late 2016 was a good start. I've got scenarios outlined for that too. So maybe I can indulge in some writing, sketching, organizing, etc. when I can't get to a painting table in 2017.

Which brings me to a long-term goal. I turn 50 in 2021. Still a few years off... but not so far away. I used to love doing something fun for my birthday each year, but once I hit my 40s it's mostly been just another day in the grind.

2016 was a nice fun tease of a year-- I got together & played KoW (which I am totally sold on) a couple times with old friends that I desperately miss. I had a great time at my first Oldhammer USA event. So although it seems like it's going to be harder to repeat even my humble 2016 schedule, I'm going to be a self-centered bastard about turning 50, deny growing older, and play games with toy soldiers as much as I can. So I'd like to get a campaign concept wrapped up by the end of 2020, and then play out a bunch of games with old friends, new friends, and, sure, total strangers at a few conventions/events throughout 2021.

And if I'm going to try pulling something super-geeky off for my 50th, I may as well do it right. The Eccentric Gamer's Mid-Life Crisis. So... Printed campaign pack? Or at least printed maps? Stickers? T-Shirts? Cast miniatures? Micro-brew? The possibilities are endless. My resources (mainly money and time) might not be, but my ideas.... endless. ;)



(WTF?!? I remember when the year 2021 was something used for reference in post-apocalyptic gaming settings... now I'm making real-life gaming plans for that year?!)

5 comments:

  1. Good luck man! You can totally do it :-)

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  2. Good luck with all your stuff. The ideas sound great. Let me know if you need more than just moral support. I'm not even half the artist you are, but I can be a layout monkey or whatever. It's also scary to think that the events of Blade Runner are set in the distant future. 2019. Ugh.

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  3. Nice to see you making positive plans for this year, that is a decent list for a busy family man to get through (not that I'd know!). I already failed in my 2017 plans after one month...

    Not so surprised to find we share a birth year, I certainly haven't made plans for my 50th yet but if you do have a Warhammer 50th birthday do I am definitely crashing that party, Atlantic Ocean be damned! :)

    Now I'm off to make a 2017 to do list, which I will then ignore...

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    1. I don't expect to get a lot of it done. So let's say that list is more like a large pool of peojects from which I will decide on what to paint, etc.

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