In total I painted 32 models:
25 Fantasy Warrior Orcs
3 Models for my Warhammer fantasy 5th edition army
2 Repaints of X-wing models
1 Dungeon Saga undead dwarf
Not bad, but considering 25 of the models were hastily painted monopose Orcs, one can't be proud of the achievement....
My gaming wasn't great either, I got a total of 24 games played in 2017:
11 Games of X-wing (4 tournament games)
5 Games of Warhammer 8th edition (3 tournament games)
4 Games of Kings of War (3 Tournament games)
2 Games of Warhammer Skirmish
1 Game of Dungeon Saga
1 Game of Song of Blades & Heroes
While 24 games is still a decent 2 games per month, I have to point out that as many as 10 games were tournament games, the X-wing & warhammer games being at the same Convention & both games of skirmish was during the same day & my amount of actual gaming was a mere 13 times, about once per month I got a game in.
Even worse, this year I didn't play a single game of my favorite warhammer edition, my regular opponent of such games were moving house just before I did, so we never got any time to game except a single game of Song of Blades & Heroes the entire year!
So was 2017 such a bad year when it comes to miniaturegaming & hobbies? No, it might not be great, but there were a few good things, I entered my first X-wing tournament & while I lost 3 of my 4 games, all of my opponents told me I flew very good, I just needed better ships (a shame since I really prefer the older ships), it was great fun nonetheless & the people was very friendly.
I also played in my second Kings of War tournament, winning 2 out of 3 games & just as with X-wing, I had great fun with great opponents.
Of course the highlight of the year has to be the warhammer tournament. A mere 6 players showed up, which was dissapointing, especially considering that during the event they also had to drop the Age of Sigmar & Kings of war tournaments due to very few interested attendants, all the while the 40K tournament had over 50 players, guess that says something about fantasy around here.
It was still great fun, I had 3 games with a rather soft list, facing Greenskins (led by Grimgor), Dwarves (gunline) & Lizardmen (Led by Kroak), I won all 3 so ended up being the regional champion in Warhammer 8th edition, something I´ve never been before, shame it had to be during a year with such a low turnout of players (during 6th edition the very same tournament had over 30 players & in early 8th edition it still reached 20+ players).
Warhammer fantasy may be in decline, but I still had more fun in this tournament than I´ve had since 5th edition.
Throgg & his friends munch on some Lizards
All in all I still consider 2017 a decent hobby-year, not as good as 2016, but not my worst either, here´s to 2018 being even better!
2018 Hobby Resolutions
It’s easy to come up with rather unrealistic new year’s resolutions, I can say I will paint a model each & every week or not buy a single mini during the entire year. I know this won't happen, this year I will have some realistic resolutions.
I’m limiting my games
I feel that I´m currently playing too many games, even worse is that I dug up & cleaned my old 40K army, making it ready for some paint, but in all honesty I don't have enough time to play my current games, let alone start new armies for new gaming systems. Instead I'm gonna limit myself to fewer games, I will drop Song of Blades & Heroes this year, my games will be X-wing & Warhammer for casual play & Kings of War for tournament play.
I'm going to attend at least one convention/tournament
I had great fun at the warhammer tournament last year, with that in mind I will enter at least one con this year, hopefully I can make it to the Scandinavian oldhammer weekend, 2-3 of March.
Finish my current projects & start a new one
As you've probably seen, my Project atm is a warhammer fantasy 5th edition army, I want to finish it for the oldhammer weekend if possible. They´re going to play a big 4th edition game there, I want my army done by then, I will have to change some stuff to make it a 4th edition army, but that should only be minor stuff.
When done with this army, I want to add a unit of Fallen to my Chaos Counts as Varangur Kings of War army, it´s only one unit of 3 models, I will add Slambo to this unit so it means I will only have to paint 2 models to finish the unit.
Finally I want to paint up one of my boardgames, atm I´m mostly playing Dungeonsaga, so it will most likely be that one I paint up.
Join in at least 2 middlehammer challenges
The middlehammer challenges so far has been great fun, I've participated in 4 out of 5 last year, but it has been rather hectic, this year I'm stepping down a notch, but I figure I should still be able to join at least 2 of them.
Sell of the backlogI need a clearout. Big time. Years of collecting minis and not finishing them has been continuously mounting up.
I’ve been hesitant in the past about selling minis, in case I want to come back to them in the future. No more.
I need to be less attached to my backlog and more willing to sell unused minis, in fact I started yesterday by putting a unit of 90's middlehammer Plaguebearers on the Swedish version of Ebay, I will do this with more models, maybe trade some on the oldhammer weekend, I just know that I will need to get rid of some minis, because frankly I have more models than I will ever paint in my entire life....
5 hobby resolutions. All of them achievable & all of them will hopefully make 2018 a better hobby-year!