01 January 2008

Last year, this year

(Yes, this is one of those year-end reviews and new year's previews... bear with me!)

I'm always planning things, and 2007 was no exception. Lots of projects planned, but little accomplished.

40K - The Tau are back into the box, and I do not think that I will keep them past July. They just are not interesting to paint or game. 40K is most likely to go on stand-by as other projects take the stage, but those Orks are tempting. Back in 1987 I had Orks, and now they might be back. It will be a low-key project; I envision that most of the vehicles will be scratchbuilt, and the boyz will be had with a minimum of monetary expenditure.

Warhammer - A marvelous turn of events here. I had originally planned to make this as a proxy sidelight to the Renaissance project, with enough overlap to do fantasy battles. But with the arrival of so many Empire minis (thanks again, kids) this has taken a life of its own. I still need a lot of infantry for the army I want, however I have been given a great start.

Warlord - This set is being replaced with a new, simpler game - Song of Blades and Heroes from Ganesha Games. It is a very generic system, with small amounts of troops on the board, making for fast games.

Renaissance - I still have great hopes for this project, but it might take a back seat, at least for the first half of 2008, to the project listed next. Still want to do this in 28mm.

Tekumel - The vast majority of hobby money I spent in 2007 went into this project. Minis and books galore came in, but I do want more. Unfortunately, I wasted a lot of time 'thinking' instead of 'doing', and it shows. I am still not yet satisfied with a potential rules set, but the C&C:Ancients conversion looks good.

And, one last idea - I want to have a historical game set so I can actually have something to run at local conventions. This will likely be a naval game, with either 1/1200 scale post-ACW ironclads or 1/3000 pre-dreadnoughts. Just something inexpensive to purchase and quick to prepare. I will let you know...



  1. There are some neat looking ships in the pre-dreadnought era.

    -- Jeff

  2. What figures are you planning on using for Song of Blades and Heroes? I like the Warlord figure sculpts and factions so I'll probably finish buying the armies I started, but with all the confusion about the rules and whether or not Reaper wants to support the game I may use the figures for another ruleset, such as Song of Blades.

    I agree that the 40k Orks look exciting, as it looks like Games Workshop has packed all the silly stuff into the Codex. It's not on my list of projects for this year, but it is certainly on the back burner.

    I envy your luck in getting so many Empire units at no cost to you. I've only got about 1/3 of my Orcs & Goblins purchased and I'm not looking forward to the hit my wallet will take to finish out another Warhammer army. It certainly makes skirmish wargames a lot more enticing.

    And I agree that it's easy to spend more time planning than doing. I certainly underachieved in the painting department this year, as I spent a lot of time working on army lists, browsing websites, and in general avoiding the use of my paintbrushes.

    Good luck with your goals in 2008.

  3. Jeff - Pre-dreadnought ships are very interesting!

    Chris - We plan to use our Warlord minis (Reptus and Elves) for Song of Heroes also. Once those two are done, we might add other minis in as well.