2017 was another productive painting year, with 2,342 figures passing across the painting desk, or 6.4 figures per day.
It was another year dominated by my enormous commission, with 2,086 of those figures going to Glenn’s armies. Another commission for my buddy Kevin saw me deliver 44 28mm cavalry for his colonial armies.
15mm Napoleonic Austrians, 30 foot
15mm Napoleonic Prussians, 678 foot, 91 mounted, 21 guns
15mm Napoleonic French, 219 foot, 18 mounted
15mm Napoleonic British, 1,029 foot
28mm Colonials, 44 cavalry
The little painting I did for myself was scattered throughout various small projects.
1/600 Ancient Ships, 12 ships
15mm Napoleonic Prussians, 12 cavalry, 6 limbers, 12 horses, 12 horses with riders from Austin’s trove
15mm Sci-fi, 10 infantry for gaming with my son
28mm ACW, 12 mounted generals, 22 cannon, 48 mounted cavalry for Pickett’s Charge
28mm Star Wars, 17 foot for Imperial Assault
28mm Napoleonic French, 2 cavalry, plastic figures from Warlord Games
1 mounted 28mm Napoleon
54mm Ancients 14 Roman infantry and 32 Gallic infantry for gaming with my daughter
For figuring my Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge points, I counted the following:
12 1/600 naval vessels, for 720points
1,966 15mm foot for 3,932 points
166 15mm mounted and artillery for 664 points
6 15mm vehicles for 36 points
17 28mm foot for 85 points
129 28mm mounted and artillery for 1,290 points
46 54mm foot for 460 points
That makes for a grand total of 7,187 points, an increase of 41% over last year. I felt like I was accomplishing a lot this year, and the end of year counts bear it out. In fact, 2017 was the most productive painting year I have had since I started keeping count in 2007.
My gaming group managed to fit in more than one game per month in 2017. We played Seven Years War, Napoleonics, ancients, colonials, and American Civil War. This year saw as many board games as miniatures games. I learned three new board games rules and Honours of War for SYW. My two eldest children are now confirmed Commands and Colors addicts. All in all, this has been one of the best gaming years of my life.
I have not mentioned the biggest news of 2017. I built a new detached garage for my house. In addition to a lovely, deep garage with plenty of storage and work space, I added finished gaming space on the side. It’s two levels, with a 1,152 square foot main floor and a 640 square foot basement. Honestly, it’s the size of a new house. I built a 9’x5’ miniature gaming table into the concrete basement floor, and the walls are covered with shelving for painted armies, source materials, terrain, rules books, and the lead pile. Upstairs I am finally able to display all my board games. It has a bathroom, two televisions, and a refrigerator. I imagine hosting a dozen games in this space in 2018.
So what will 2018 bring? I’ve read over my previous years’ goals to see how I did, and my record is decidedly mixed. I did not finish my giant commission in 2017, although I am close to the end. I have a deadline of late April, and I should meet that easily.
Once I finish, I will just be painting for myself. I am thinking of ceasing commission work. It’s nice getting the money, but it does turn my hobby into a job. I’ll probably paint the occasional force for Glenn or Kevin, but the rest of my time will be for me.
I have a few hundred 28mm ACW figures in winter attire to paint, and I would love to get enough done to play a Stone’s River scenario on the anniversary.
I enjoyed my dip into ancient naval enough to paint more. Maybe 2018 will see my group game Salamis or Lade.
I was in the middle of painting Blue Moon’s beautiful 18mm ACW Union figures, and I should probably resume that project.
There are a host of other projects I have neglected since I started this giant commission: 28mm WWI, 28mm AWI Hessians, 15mm ancient Persians, 28mm Battle of the Bulge, 18mm Napoleonics. Those are just the figures I can see from where I type, primed and neglected since April of 2015. I wrote then that this commission would take me “a year or more!” Instead it has taken three years!
I hope you all had a 2017 full of enjoyable games. Thank you for your kind comments over the past year; comments make the blog worthwhile to me, and I appreciate the time you take to make them. Happy gaming in 2018!