I could go on about how I want to do this and do that as far as hobby is concerned and god knows I tried last year. I had a good think about the last few years as far as hobby and more specifically painting is concerned. One thing sprang to mind and that was that I wanted a complete force for this game or that game. So this year quite simply for me as far as painting is concerned, I want to FINISH stuff. There are specific things that I want to finish as they have been WIP for a while now.
Bolt Action British force
Epic Space Marines
One minion force for Warmahordes
Middle Earth Strategy Battle Games (MESBG) Isengard force
The above are the main things that I am aiming to complete this year. In addition I think I would like to be able to have a completely painted dwarf Kings of War army. This involves painting a few odds and ends to add to my old WFB army. It may be a few things but it still involves time. Progress on my Brock Riders which are actually dwarves on pigs can be seen below. I’ve really enjoyed painting these so far but they are not finished yet.
I’d also like to make a start on painting my 40k Ad Mech force but this would be a stretch goal for me. Along with this stretch would be to make a start on painting my AoS Beastclaw force too. I’m also sure that along the way this year will involve me painting one or two Warhammer Underworlds warbands. I absolutely love this game at present and have already started to paint my goblin warband for the game.
The warmahordes and MESBG forces have the added incentive of me attending events this year – namely the 10th anniversary for the Welsh Masters (warmahordes) and Ardacon for MESBG. I’ve started my MESBG force by painting a test piece based on the original colour scheme of the painted figures that I already have. I’ve also started to paint some of my warmahordes force for the Welsh Open.
So there we have it. 2019 is the year for me finishing stuff that I have begun. Simplez.
I don’t know if I have mentioned it before but last year was pretty poor from a gaming POV. Oh I have mentioned it. Well I suppose I might stop going on about it eventually 🙂
Still there was one bright spot in the sea of dismalness and that was the fact that I started to play Dungeons and Dragons again for the first time in 20 odd years. What made it even better is that my daughters started to play it with me, a true family bonding experience.
For me D&D started back in the early 80s when a friend of mine brought AD&D along on one of those activity week things that they make you do at school and one evening we played a very simple adventure – I was an Illusionist called Melkizadrek. Needless to say I was hooked instantly and throughout the rest of my school life we played pretty regularly in a science lab over lunch time. Of course being teenage boys these sessions were pretty low on actual roleplay and more about getting the most powerful magic items so you could decimate whatever fiendish beasts the DM would throw at us (Wand of Orcus!!!!!) but it was still great fun.
Forward-wind a few years and I got involved in another group (think this would have been 3rd edition) which would meet once a month in the DMs flat for an all day session. Of course being older now this would involve the consumption of adult beverages and again the actual roleplaying content was probably pretty low, though we did at least try to be consistent with our motivations and how our characters acted – something that certainly didn’t happen in the teenage sessions (lawful good to chaotic evil in the space of a conversation was pretty common)
Of course life then got in the way – it has a nasty habit of doing that – and what with work, marriage, children and moving to another country D&D fell by the wayside for a long long time.
Then a few years ago a conversation with the ever so lovely Dave Bartley who introduced me to Fantasy Grounds and the possibility of playing over the internet lurched into view. Fantastic, can play from the comfort of my own office and not actually have to meet anybody. Of course what I didn’t realise that by its very nature, getting everyone together to play on x night was an almost impossible attempt to herd cats and these efforts quickly fell by the wayside (sorry Dave). It did however respark the Role Playing bug in me and given that my eldest daughter had joined in one of the sessions a possible family activity was born. Got to love it when your hobby and family activities collide.
At the same time Peter Sheppard, whom I had got to know through playing Malifaux was running a regular D&D night in London and whenever he tweeted about it I would post stalkerish messages about getting involved. Well he is lovely!!! Anyway, he agreed to run a one off adventure at Wayland and this time I took both my daughters along (as well as Matts eldest) and a massively fun time was had by all. It seemed we were all hooked and when the stars aligned that Joel said he wanted to DM a campaign we all jumped at the chance.
So now every month we drive over to the house of the wonderful Wintons in Birmingham play 6 or 7 hours of D&D (and lets be honest, 6 hours of that is the mighty Krunk saving the party from whatever troubles they have got themselves into) and then we come home to a massive singalong in the car.
I’ve also playing in a couple of one shots run by Bunty (called Bunty for reasons far to long to go into here) for various peoples Birthdays and I even dipped my toe into the DMing pool itself when my younger daughter asked for a D&D adventure for her birthday party.
Its been great and long may it continue. Plus its really trendy to play D&D at the moment so this makes me practically a hipster. Just need my coconut-milk organic latte now.
Lets face it, I’m a complete geek, wargaming, xbox games and playing with lasers. I tried 3D printing but it made my head hurt. Flighty in the extreme, hobby projects last a couple of days before moving onto the next one