Monday, 4 January 2010

New Years Hobby Resolutions 2009 - A Review

Over a year ago I set myself out 5 New Years Hobby Resolutions for 2009, they were varied, and some were harder then others, as we start 2010 - before I set out my resolutions for this year I just wanted to see how I did!

To recap here are my Resolutions from 2009.

1 - No new armies. I've enough unpainted and assembled plastic, metal and resin to keep me going for quite a while, besides the never ending Praetorians, Orks and Space Marine 40k armies are all awaiting work, and I'm also about to delve into Epic Armageddon with an Imperial Guard force, the promiss is that until one or more of these three is finished I won't start another collection.

2 - Finish what I've started. I've several projects which are languishing uncomplete, the Leviathan, Praetorian Roughrider and Guard conversion kit components, Malcador, Baneblade and Warhound are all noteable examples, I'll try to finish at least a couple of these projects before succumbing to one of the other moutain of idea's which are circling around in my head.

3 - Painting Practice. I'd really like to spend some time improving on the standard of my painting, some things I'm very happy with, others need alot of work, I'd like to aim to turn out a really nice display piece for Games Day this year, just need some inspiration. And practice. And possibly an open enough mind to try harder to follow other peoples advice, I can admit that I am perhaps too stuck in trying to make things work my way before trying what others suggest.

4 - Blog! I'd really like to try an update this blog a bit more, maybe a couple of post's a week rather then the current quiet period followed by a mad rush of a half dozen posts in a short period of time.

5 - Terrain. I've always tended to play games either at the local shop or events. I'd really like to get a small collection of nice terrain together, something modelled nicely to match my armies. It's easy to overlook terrain in favour of adding that nice new unit, but some themed terrain can be really cool, it also opens up a new place to play (or at least a new place to play where your not fighting over little china houses, salt shakers and book shaped hills!).

1 - No New Armies: I successed in keeping to this one, the Praetorians continue to slowly plod on gaining success in this years UK GT Heats, while the Sisters have not yet had those finishing touches I'd planned. The Space Marines remain boxed and awaiting work while the Orks have been sold and replaced by CENSORED BY THE INQUISITION>, my Epic IG and other specialist game armies have seen very little love this past year while my Fantasy Army was swapped from Orcs to an all mounted Warriors of Chaos Army - which has been very successful.

2 - Finish what I've started: This is a difficult one to call, I've finished only one of the examples I gave, however along with having started no new armies, niether have I started any other major projects other then those I took up as commissions. I guess that qualifies though!

3 - Painting Practice: I've not really worked on this in any meaningful fashion, I've certainly stretched my abilities working on models such as the Imperial Thunderbolt Pilot, and have a number of other models set aside to further practice on improving my painting, however ultimately on a lack of progress I'd have to say this did'nt work out.
Result: FAILED

4 - Blog! : This has got to be one of the successes of the year, over the course of 2009 I almost equalled the number of posts in the previous 18 months of the blogs existance averaging 8.5 post's a month (my aim having been 8). Of the three months I did'nt actually achieve 8 post's one was half spent in America, one featured December with Christmas, New Year and a move to a New House (finally getting Internet today, touch wood!) leaving only one where there was'nt really an excuse.

5 - Terrain: Utter Failiure! Beyond trading for some Cities of Death Terrain which remains unassembled I've done nothing towards achieving this goal. What more can I say?
Result: FAILED

So overal I've managed to achieve 3/5 of my goals for 2009, okay, but room for lots of improvement still, let's see hat 2010 holds in store!

Did you try your hand at Hobby Resolutions of the Past Year? How did yours hold out?

1 comment:

Wolfy said...

ad to see you met most of your resolutions. Good luck in keeping them all this year.