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Looking back on 2016

December 31, 2016

By now we’ve all heard several variations of “2016 was the worst year ever” comments. Enough of those! We all know the horrible stuff that has been going on for the past year, but this isn’t a blog about all that. Instead, a quick recap of the year’s hobby-related things and a cautious look forward!

Miniature output this year has been decent-ish. I think my total comes to around 30+ minis, but it could have been much higher. At this rate I’ll have all of my unpainted lead and plastic nicely painted around age 70 or 80 – assuming I don’t buy anything new. Apparently my painting output in 2015 was 33 miniatures, so this seems to be a fairly standard rate. I’ve also cleared out a fair bit of old lead that I know I won’t get around to painting. If someone else can get fun out of them, they shouldn’t sit in a cupboard tucked away in a box for years and years.

Reaching goals definitely happened. In my “Looking back on 2015” post I was planning on the following for 2016:

  • Painting up pirates, 18th century civilians, navy types and colonial soldiers (✓)
  • Building a second terrain board as well as a few different extra pieces (✓)
  • Modifying and painting a bunch of houses (✓)
  • Basing and touching up loads of palm trees (✓)
  • Building and painting plenty of scatter terrain (✓)
  • Most likely sneaking a few RPG miniatures in as well (✓)
  • Salute 2016 as well as visiting plenty of awesome sights and people in the UK and Ireland (✓)

Seriously, I managed all of that! In a hobby that for me is characterized by unfinished and discarded projects, periodical slumps and time and motivation constraints, I’m super happy to have reached my hobby goals for once. Salute was great, and meeting Paul of sho3box fame was definitely one of the high points of the hobby year.

The UK and Ireland trip was excellent in general, and I got to spend time with some wonderful people who I’ve met through this hobby. I spent an evening in the pub with Annie from Bad Squiddo and Dameon from Hasslefree, had a browse through boxes of Roy Duffy’s brilliantly painted miniatures and got to visit Pete “the Mouldmaker” Brown’s workshop and see miniatures cast. Good stuff!

Project-wise my pirate thing is still going strong. This is an actual surprise. I started the project in May 2015, and to my surprise it still hasn’t died. I’ve built terrain, I’ve gamed, I’ve read a ton of literature on the subject…what is this madness? Not that I’m complaining. The project has also seen me drift somewhat towards historical gaming. It’s a scary thought, so I’m painting the occasional undead pirate, ghost and crab man to keep me on the right track. The pirate ship that you may recall is still not finished, and it definitely should be. That brings me to…

Hobby plans for 2017

  • Finish the pirate ship. Started in 2015, if it’s still unfinished by the end of 2017, it’s going in the project graveyard, and that would be a crying shame.
  • Paint a dragon. More on this later.
  • Keep up steady work on the pirate project. There’s still plenty to do and I’m enthusiastic, so this shouldn’t be a problem.
  • Play games. Much as I love the modelling part of the hobby, I’ve found that the occasional game keeps me motivated.
  • Increase miniatures output. Nothing drastic, but maybe I’ll aim for 40.
  • Update the blog somewhat steadily, as always.

Next year might present some challenges to hobby activities due to (generally positive) real life things taking up time and concentration, but I’m definitely hopeful!

As I’ve mentioned before, my warmest thanks to all of you readers, both regulars and occasional visitors. Your feedback and engagement does wonders for my blogging motivation, and I’m happy to see people enjoy what I’m creating.

Have a great 2017, everyone!

Fireworks photo by VasenkaPhotography, used under CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

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Looking back on 2015

December 31, 2015

Photo by Anna Langova, public domain

There’s six hours of 2015 still left here in Finland, so just enough time for a quick look back on the year miniature-wise.

I had yet another lovely trip to Salute, and this one set the pace for my mini projects for the year. I bought a pack of Foundry pirates, and off I went!

As you’ve no doubt noticed, this year has been pirates, pirates, pirates. Building a ship, building a town, building a terrain board and occasionally even painting a pirate. Most of the things I’ve done this year have related to pirates, like the civilians (see here and here) that I painted for our Halloween game but will be used in pirate gaming as well.

My pirate fever doesn’t seem to be going away, so expect plenty of pirate-y fun next year as well. While the blog updates have been much more sporadic than in the blog’s heyday, rest assured that it’s not going anywhere. Dissertation work, sappy love stuff, video games, role-playing games and the like can be real distractors sometimes – although luckily fun ones.

What’s up for 2016? In no particular order:

  • Painting up pirates, 18th century civilians, navy types and colonial soldiers
  • Building a second terrain board as well as a few different extra pieces
  • Modifying and painting a bunch of houses
  • Basing and touching up loads of palm trees
  • Building and painting plenty of scatter terrain
  • Most likely sneaking a few RPG miniatures in as well
  • Salute 2016 as well as visiting plenty of awesome sights and people in the UK and Ireland
  • All the things I forgot

I’m actually quite happy with the year seen through hobby glasses. I could’ve painted more minis (I count 33 but there may be more), but that’s true for pretty much every year. I actually managed to finish quite a few things and keep a project steadily going. Certainly looking forward to next year!

As a final thing, all the best to all you regular readers (both old and new) as well as random wanderers. I always enjoy reading your feedback and it’s a major part of making this whole blog thing an enjoyable experience. Hope to see you in the future as well.

Long story short, happy new year 2016 everyone!

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Christmas time

December 23, 2015

It’s that time of the year again, dear readers. Have a great, relaxing Christmas (or other holiday of your choice)!

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Christmas time!

December 23, 2014

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He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows when you’re awake

Merry Christmas, dear readers!

The gingerbreadator (and photo) is by my dear friend, the incredibly talented Katri Lassila.

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Funky town

November 16, 2014

Not a single post since July, so it’s time to close down the…no, it’s not. While a super busy fall (and summer) has robbed me of nearly all of my miniatures gaming inspiration and brought about one of my unspiration periods, or funks as they say, I have no intention of getting out of minis. It’s been a lot more severe for a change – I don’t think I’ve read a forum or blog in months! So, on the off chance that some of you’ve been wondering where I’ve gone, I’m right here! My work assignment is ending in a few weeks, and I predict that will bring about a new enthusiasm for painting little lead men. Fear not, like the zombies this blog draws inspiration from, it’s quite hard to kill even if it tends to stand around doing nothing every now and then.

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Imaginary friends

January 16, 2014

When I’m getting started on a new project, I tend to immerse myself in it. I’m not really into doing intricate research to get every minute detail right, but rather I’m just consuming as much of source material as I can. In the case of Pacific Rim there’s of course the movie, the art/making of -book, the comic and the movie novelization (which I might or might not get), as well as a killer soundtrack. Then there’s the name generator mentioned in the previous post, plus another awesome tool: the Jaeger Designer.

The designer is a marketing tool for the film, and allows you to easily create your own jaeger posters with your own (albeit very limited) giant robot designs. I played around with it a bit and combined it with the names I created using the name generator, and now I have four named jaegers. While I don’t know whether they’ll make an actual appearance in-game, they’ve already got enough character that they’ll at least feature in back stories and get referenced in games. The designer is also a great way to try out different paint schemes for jaegers.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Emerald Havoc, Shrike Brigand, Lucky Diablo and Helios Tornado!

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Now, a post like this might seem a bit silly. After all, there’s not much substance as such. No pretty minis, no built terrain, nothing. Still, in some ways this is the best part of a project for me: there’s not much actual work, my imagination is running wild and I’m thoroughly enjoying myself. Things that hamper projects, like painting slumps, scheduling problems and bored demotivation aren’t yet a part of it. What’s not to like?

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2013

December 31, 2013

With less than six hours of the year left here in Finland, it’s time to take a quick look at what went on during the past 12 months, divided into handy categories.

Blogging-wise this was a very, very dry year. I scraped together a paltry 30-something posts, which is approximately half of my normal yearly output. I’ll try harder next year, so this might be my new year’s resolution. On the other hand…

Painting-wise this year wasn’t too bad! I managed to get a decent number of minis finished. Here’s a random selection:

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Modelling-wise it was quite a nice year as well, with new terrain built and painted:

A guard scans the area with his LMG

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Gaming-wise the year was excellent in my book. We played a grand total of six Utopia games, which might not sound like much, but actually is. Additionally, a whole lot of computer games, board games and RPG’s, so nothing to complain about there.

All-the-other-stuff-wise the year was all in all very decent. I loved my visit to London and Salute in the spring, and will be doing that next year as well. Come by and say hi if you’re there!

With this rushed, last minute post I want to wish you all a happy new year 2014. Hope it’s a good one!

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