The Year That Was, The Year That Will Be

Another year is over, and a new one is just beyond the horizon, so I guess that means it’s time for me to write the obligatory New Year post looking back on the last twelve months and looking forward to the next twelve.

2015 has been a mixed year. I’ve finally admitted to myself that I’m not going to be a super-famous writer as I’d always hoped and stepped away from the writing for the foreseeable future. I’ve also had to deal with the NHS being completely ineffectual with regards to sorting out the surgery I’m still waiting for, which has in turn fed the brain assassin more than a few times. But I’m still here; I’ve revisited some old hobbies and pass-times in an effort to find that all elusive commodity we call happiness, and to some degree it seems to have worked.

One thing that has surprised me in the last few months is finding out just how much I enjoy painting tiny toy soldiers. This, and the wargaming that went with it, are two of the hobbies I’ve returned to recently, and going forward I plan on spending a fair chunk of my creative time wielding an unruly paintbrush. I may not have the fine motor control I used to have, but I’m still able to produce results that I’m happy with, so over the course of the next twelve months I’m seriously hoping to finish off a fair number of projects.

Most notably, I want to get around to collecting and painting a decent 28mm orc and goblin army. Those crazy green guys were the first army I collected back in the mid-eighties, so I think it’s somewhat poetic to be using them as the starting point for my return to wargaming.

I also have a couple of 10mm fantasy armies on the go at the moment, one being dwarves and the other being elves. These will eventually be used to play Kings of War, and at some point in 2016 I’ll be posting battle reports of the clashes between these two armies. If I get them finished fast enough I may even add other armies along the way, but that all depends on money and time.

Another goal I’ve set myself for the new year is to get around to playing Deadzone. I bought the game on a whim, and so far all I’ve managed to achieve is to take all the bits out of the box, glue together a handful of the minis, and then put everything back in the box again. I did start writing up an unboxing report, which I’ll probably finish sometime in January, and as I get the minis painted I’ll be adding pictures of them to my gallery. I’ll also try to post some battle reports for this as and when the game gets played.

Observant readers will possibly be wondering about my 15mm Napoleonic plans about now. I’m still working on that, but I’m expecting it to be a while before I have big enough armies to be able to play out a Black Powder battle or two. Hopefully I’ll have further news on this project at some point, but no promises.

Other plans for the new year include getting my perfectly shaped ass to Triples in March, and maybe even get myself down to Newark in August for Oldhammer Day. I’ve also been in touch with one of the local wargaming venues and if things go well I may also try organising some semi-regular gatherings here in Sheffield for fans of the older versions of Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40,000.

And finally, there’s Runequest. Earlier this month (December) I backed the Runequest: Classic Edition Kickstarter, and all being well will be getting my copies of the reprinted books sometime in January or February. Runequest second edition was the first ever role-playing game I played, so I backed the Kickstarter mainly out of a sense of nostalgia, but as I’ve followed the progress of the project I’ve found myself wanting to pick up the dice once more and hopefully get together with a few other role-players at some point to enjoy the wonders of Glorantha. If/when this happens, I will of course be blogging about it.

Apart from all of that, I’m hoping that 2016 brings me some good news regarding my surgery, and plan on continuing my efforts to read every book in existence at least once. I’ll also be heading to the cinema a few times to keep up-to-date with events as they unfold in the Marvel and DC universes, and generally I plan on trying to have as much fun as possible in the next twelve months.

How about you?

2 thoughts on “The Year That Was, The Year That Will Be”

  1. Look into gaming online – thanks to the gift this is the intertubes, gaming groups are getting together from all over the place on various websites (from google hangouts, random voice chat servers like Teamspeak right through to purpose built sites and games like roll20 and Tabletop Simulator). I’ve been involved in a few and while they’re not the perfect recreation of sitting around a table making character sheets slowly more orange from cheesy Wotsit residue, they’re still pretty fun with good people.

    Good luck with everything, I’m rooting for you!

    1. I’ve tried online rp-ing in the past and to be honest it doesn’t have the same appeal. For me, tabletop role-playing is as much (if not more) about the social aspect as the game itself. I may try them out again if I can’t put a local group together, but I know a couple of players already and finding more shouldn’t be too hard.

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

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