Thoughts on the painting of, and playing with, toy soldiers.

2014: The Year of No New Models

51K1Od+SYdLAt the beginning of this year I made the decision to try to go for an entire year without buying any new miniatures. As today is the last day of the year, I thought I’d look back on the last year to see how I’ve done.

The first thing to say is that I successfully achieved my goal: during 2014, I haven’t bought any new miniatures! I was given a Sternguard squad and some 40K scenery for my birthday; I spent a fair amount of money on a KR Multicase storage and transport system at Salute (a good investment in my opinion), and I also been replenished my hobby supplies: tools, glue, brushes, and of course paint. But no new models.

In terms of hobby, this year was all about my Salamanders army and the Reaver. The Salamanders are virtually finished now (just a dreadnought and a Terminator squad left unpainted) and at Apocalypse strength, so I don’t see them getting any more attention in the coming year. Once the Salamanders were finished in May, I set to work on the Reaver, and finished it at the beginning of December.

I also found the time to bring my wargaming terrain up to scratch, what with my local gaming store closing at the end of 2013. With the help of my great buddy Steg, I resurrected my old Ziterdes gaming boards with a new textured surface and colour scheme which matches the basing style for my Necron and Salamanders armies (and the Reaver). And I also finished a set of Cities of Death terrain to go with the refurbished boards.

I was quite happy to get a few games of 40K in during 2015, as well as the first game of Battlefleet Gothic I’ve played in years. I also got to try X-Wing which I loved and hope to play more of next year.

Plans for 2015

The New Year means that I am allowing myself to buy new models. I won’t pretend that I haven’t found myself quite excited at the prospect! But having spent a year restraining myself, I feel that I’ve developed a level of perspective that means that my hobby plans for the coming year are much more focused. Specifically, I plan to focus on two projects:

  1. Upgrading my 40K necron army to be at least 3,000-3,500 points so I can play Apocalypse games with the Reaver. To that end I have ordered boxes of Immortals, Deathmarks, Lychguard, a Nightbringer and another Night/Doom Scythe. I may also pick up a Tesseract Vault/Obelisk later in the year.

  2. Finishing my Epic Knight/Ad Mech army. I needed a few bits and pieces (mostly infantry) to flesh out this army, which I’ve ordered from Troublemaker Games and Exodus Wars. I’m looking forward to getting back into Epic and maybe even playing a few games in 2015.

I’d also quite like to build a small Inquisitorial detachment with a Valkyrie and some Tempestus troopers serving as Henchmen. One of my Christmas presents this year was the gorgeous Justice Sedante from Hasslefree who will be my Inquisitor (perhaps serving as a proxy for Amberley Vail).

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