So 2019….

Posted: December 31, 2019 in Uncategorized

Three posts…. that’s an all time record low!

It’s obvious enough, but I’ll come clean and say I didn’t make hobby 300. I stopped tracking mid Feb if memory serves. If I look back across the year in terms of mini related hobby I’d say I got in a good 100+ days across the year, but leaned heavily towards playing rather than painting. Playing Eve online on the other hand I definitely got over 300+ days of that!

Game wise the dominance of Hordes continued in the early part of the year, but has slowly been waning. I still enjoy the game a lot, but the continued preference of the standard two list, seventy five point steamroller games has begun to grind. So much that I’ve decided not to run any events in 2020. This may change as the year goes on, but the desire amongst local gamer’s to do something other than standard steamroller isn’t there. My local club has started an Oblivion campaign, which I’m enjoying as it’s at different points levels and using new scenarios, which may or may not be as finely balanced as steamroller is. I’ll still be playing Hordes a lot in 2020, but not at the levels of 2018 or 2019. I plan on going to both the Welsh Masters and UK Nationals again, and maybe one or two more local events as the year rolls on.

The semi void that Hordes created was filled in the summer by Burrows and Badgers. This is a cracking game played between anthropomorphic animals in a fantasy northern UK setting. The game play is fast and fun, and there is a good campaign system built into the game. Mordheim with Badgers, Hares and Rabbits if you will. The models produced by Oathsworn minis are wonderful, and as some extra reinforcements arrived under the Xmas tree this game will see more play in 2020. May even try and run a campaign day at Battlefield Hobbies at some point.

Epic A continued steadily. I managed to attend my normal three Epic-UK events, finishing mid to low as is usual. The high point was attend the World Championships in Glasgow. I’d agreed to join one of the UK teams early in the year. As the event was using NetEA list the Nids I have painted don’t work so I went using Marines, a list I don’t have a good record with. TL/DR the team I was on managed to take down the strong Scottish team in the finals and took the trophy. Definitely the high point of my mini gaming year, decade or even century!

With some epic cat herding the online D&D campaign I’ve been running is still going. We have been getting in roughly one session a month, but we managed two sessions in two weeks at one point! The players seem to be enjoying it, even with my semi inept DM’ing. The group have made there way to through many challenges and are nearing the end of the Lost Mine of Phandelver campaign. Been fun to run, and Fantasy Grounds is a great app for running this online.

Also managed to get in a handful of WWII games using my favourite Battlefield rules set. The Plastic Soldier Company also put up a pre-order system for Battlefied: Northag, and I couldn’t resist so that will land in 2020 and the cold war can get hot once more.

I’ve also managed to pick Aeronautic Imperialis, the air war game set it the 40K universe. It will be a dual use game as I plan to use the aircraft in my EpicA Vanaheim army that I want to have up and running this year. This is something I’ve been saying for at least five years (could be longer!) but it is time to have an option other than Nid’s for Britcon this year.

The final new game is a late arrival, and a surprise one too. Marvel Crisis Protocol was also under the tree. This is a new game from a company called Atomic Mass Games. They are mainly ex PP staffers, so it’s not surprise that the game rules are clear and clean. I’ve already got three games played since boxing day, and I have to say I’m enjoying it quite a lot. I have to say the mini’s aren’t the easiest to put together. There are instructions in the box, but they didn’t have sprue numbers on the pictures, so some bits were hard to work out. They have fixed this with an updated pdf on their webstite. Some of the pieces are really, really small. One model doesn’t have an elbow patch on it as both of the part supplied are now somewhere on floor near under my painting table. That said the mini’s look good once together. I think this could well be the second most game played in 2020.

Paint wise it’s been a pretty barren year. I did paint new Hordes models so I had fully painted lists for both the Welsh Masters and UK nationals, but I haven’t made much progress into the queue. With the addition of many new games the queue is growing even longer! The aim for 2020 is to keep painting more Hordes, the EpicA Vanaheim and then get both Marvel and Burrows and Badgers models done… that’s a big ask!

So 2019 was a good year for gaming overall, lets hope for more in 2020.

….and maybe blogging a bit more!

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