With 2018 firmly in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to look forward and set some hobby goals for the year ahead. Even if I don’t achieve them, I’m an optimist and like to see what I can get done.
If 2018 was focused on playing more games, then I want this year to be about consolidation; focusing on enjoying what I already have, especially my massive backlog of minis to paint, and getting better at playing with the armies I have.
Bolt Action: This is the big one for me, especially after being somewhat disappointed with how little I played it last year. I have boxes of U.S. Airborne, Fallschirmjager and a British Army to build, as well as several laser cut buildings, including a whole train station and railway.
Dux Britanniarum: After buying a huge range of Dark Ages minis and buildings last year, thinking I’d use them with Warlord Games’ Shield Wall or even resurrect Warhammer Ancient Battles, I think a more sensible and frankly, fun rule-set to explore is Too Fat Lardies’s Dux Brit. This is one project that had several false starts last year, partly because something else new and shiny came along, and partly because, well, they’re not the most exciting models to paint. Knowing this, I plan on dipping in and out, completing a unit here and there in between other projects.
Wars of the Roses – Sword & Spear: Another big idea that fell flat last year – are you noticing a theme here? This might end up being something I need to build and play before I commit to painting everything I have for it, but it’s definitely the game I’m most interested in learning to play.
Cruel Seas: Ok so this is technically an entirely new game, but I got the starter set of it for Christmas, so that counts as a 2018 backlog acquisition! I’m also firmly keeping this in the “dipping my toe in before going crazy” category. I’ll paint the handful of ships in the starter set and give it a try first, no matter how desperate I am to build some Pacific-themed forces to recreate some island landings with Bolt Action.
Warhammer 40K: I’m sure I’ll be playing this a lot again this year, but I bought and built so much of it last year that there’s very little new I plan on building or collecting. I’d like to finally finish my Eldar army once and for all, and complete a few items for my Blood Angels. While I’m not seeing anything on the horizon from Games Workshop that has me itching with excitement, no doubt there will be something that lures my attention this year!
Flames of War: With all the new books coming out for Late War this summer, I’m hopeful to get a few games going with all the minis I haven’t played with in a very long time. I’m also eagerly anticipating building a Stalingrad table.
That’s everything I can possibly see on the horizon right now. It’ll be fun to revisit this and see what I actually get done.