It’s easy to come up with rather unrealistic new year’s resolutions – go to the gym every day, paint every miniature you own or to take over the world. All of them will have a roaring head start and die out as fast as fidget spinners and Leave campaigners promises.
I’m limiting my games
My games for this year are Kings of War (both mass battle and Vanguard) and 40k. I don’t want to commit to other games and spread myself too thinly. I love Warmachine and have been itching to try mk3 (still not gotten around to it), but that is a game where you have to go full throttle and between all of my hobby commitments, I simply wouldn’t have time. Kings of War and 40k are my games of choice.
I want an army for each that I’m proud of
I generally rush my painting, aiming to get Kings of War armies completed for tournaments rather than taking my time and completing an army that I’m proud of. I don’t have a fully painted Ork army for 40k, and my models tend to be either ones I painted a long time ago, or an unpainted conversion that I didn’t finish.
That’s to change this year.
I have two armies to complete – an Abyssals army for Kings of War and my Orks for 40k. My old Abyssal army is falling apart (well, it’s been falling apart for over a year now) pretty much beyond repair because of a lack of pinning or foresight. My Orks are a mixture of several different times that I’ve restarted 40k – I used to have a much more cohesive army but I appear to have lost several vehicles and a full foam tray of infantry.
The Abyssals have been started. I have a test miniature completed and I’ve got some test basing done. One of the points that’s holding me back a little bit is that I want to be as close to 100% Mantic minis as possible. While I had a nearly 100% Mantic army this year (minus one model, Chroneas, that Mantic will be making in the future), I want to try a new army build next year. That’s going to be tricky but I have a few plans.
For my Orks, I’m going to pick one particular paint scheme that I already started and stick to it. I’ll be looking at finishing off various scratch builds and getting enough infantry finished in a single, consistent colour scheme.
I won a “Best Army” award a couple of years back at a Czech tournament (my #displayboardwanker tipped me over the edge of other armies that were perhaps a bit better painted). I don’t want to put it down as an objective to win a Best Army award this year, but it will be a bonus. Hobby is important to me and I would love to win a Best Army award but with the likes of Paul Welsh and Chris Walsh in the community, I have little chance of outright winning one! If I do it’s a bonus, but I don’t want to set myself up for an unrealistic goal.
Sell off the backlog
I need a clearout. Big time. Years of collecting and not finishing has been continuously mounting up.
I’ve been hesitant in the past about selling minis, sometimes entire armies, in case I want to come back to them in the future. No more.
I need to be less attached to my backlog and more willing to sell unused minis and armies on. Even at a significant “loss”, I need to reclaim space in my house and get my collection under control. In a worst case scenario, I’ll even dump minis on friends if I’ll never get round to them or even bin them if they don’t sell.
I’ll go down to a couple of key armies in Kings of War (Abyssals, Abyssal Dwarfs and Ogres), Orks for 40k and I’ll probably keep my Warmachine Cryx collection just in case my hobby calendar does clear up. I’ll have a set of sci fi terrain and a set of fantasy terrain. Anything extra gets dumped in the local hobby store or gaming club’s terrain bins. The same goes bits wise – only keeping spares for the armies I’m keeping and anything else gets sold or binned (a bit of it can be made into terrain of course).
Get into fewer petty fights
Let people be wrong.
Anyone who’s interacted with me is probably well aware that I struggle to hold my tongue when I know someone’s demonstrably wrong. Most recently there was the drama over how the CoK18 changes leaked into the public domain. Myself, Paul and Jon were all privy to the full story and how it was a misunderstanding, rather than the (inaccurate) view that Mantic wanted the changes released. Unfortunately, we were under attack by people without the full story and the resulting drama reflected poorly on everyone.
So yeah, try not to get into extended discussions. Let people be wrong. That doesn’t mean I’ll compromise on principles, such as not being sexist or racist (and it’s fucking ridiculous that these ideas are now anti-establishment), but get into fewer fights over it. If people want to believe that 80% of NHS workers are immigrants then provide a link that proves them wrong and leave it at that. If someone claims something that’s incorrect but I can’t prove due to NDA, state it and leave the conversation. Done.
Write another book
Get another KoW expansion written.
I’m still drafting ideas, but I know that Mantic will be wanting another expansion at some point later this year. I want to have one ready to go. It’ll undoubtedly feature a narrative campaign, but I’ve always held that such books should have additional content to appeal to all players, not just those for the narrative campaign.
5 hobby resolutions. All of them achievable and all of them that will improve my hobby for 2018.