31 December 2013

Goodbye 2013… Hello 2014

It's New Year's Eve again and time to sit and contemplate the last twelve months and make guesses and predictions for the coming year.

First of all, wow - time does seem to fly. I can't quite believe we're at the end of the year already. 

The beginning of 2013 started as 2012 had ended - 40k. I was in the middle of my Nurgle phase and Bull was prepping for the imminent Dark Angel codex. I never did complete any of my units for that army, especially once we started gaming. The way it's always been in the past with 40k for me.

March saw me finally getting stuck in to X-Wing and racked up a few games with Bull, Fugs, Chris and Mr Awdry, managing to get a couple of them addicted to the latest shinies.

Salute was all about historical 28mm as I began my ill-fated Dark Crucible project. I also dipped by toe back into my Warmachine Cryx army after reclaiming my airbrush equipment.

The summer months were spent building and painting Romans, Celts and Vikings and playing multiple games of test rules for Dark Crucible. After sending out the rules for other people to test, and getting nothing back at all save for a couple of pretty fundamental complaints, my enthusiasm was destroyed. I'd poured my soul into this project for six months and I was spent. My hobby mojo was gone completely and the blog all but shut down.

Eventually I managed to get some interest back into a golden oldie. Blood Bowl is the new shiny, despite me not being able to play it very well it seems. I'm kind of enjoying the painting again and look forward to gaming.

So what about 2014?

Life will change dramatically this year for me and mine. We are due to move house in January which will change the landscape (literally) of things to come. I followed through with my promised last year and left my job. I now need to drum up some more clients to ensure I can take care of my family. Family will be the big focus in the latter half of the year as our adoption process comes to a conclusion. Hobby time will be squeezed more and more this year I suspect.

As for the hobby, I think Blood Bowl will continue to dominate things for the next month or so. I have a couple of related projects I'd like to attempt which could be fun. I also have some Warhammer Chaos to build in the hope that myself and Bull could get a game of that under our belts. The latest rumours suggest that a new version of WHFB have been shelved in favour of 7th Edition 40k (please, it's just getting boring now) which is a shame and I have no interest in bigger tanks, flyers and monsters for my armies.

I'd like to take a look at Bolt Action at some point (taking me back to my childhood again) as well as sort out my Warmachine and Hordes models. Malifaux may need another investigation as I never picked up 2nd Ed. I also need to offload a lot of my gear to make room, so expect to see a few Ebay posts this year, haha!

Salute may not be possible for me this year, depending on certain factors, but if it is still on it will probably be quite low key.

I hope all you visitors and fellow bloggers had a great Christmas, and the best of luck and good wishes for the New Year!


  1. Happy New Year Mike, but I was saddened by this post. I hadn't realised that Dark Crucible had coursed you so much angst and heartache. For what it's worth, my Celt War band should be ready in the New Year, so perhaps another game or two to be had? Let's not get me started on x-wing, but I do need to introduce you to Zombicide - seriously good fun; then there's the Blood Bowl team! I do hope we will find time to catch up in 2014, all the very best!

  2. I wondered what had happened to the Dark Crucible project after our conversation at Broadside, gutted it didn't pan out for you. Lets hope 2014 works a little more in your favour Mike!

  3. 2014 - The only way is up! My prediction is that it will be a great year, one to be fondly remembered for many, many reasons - so bring it on and let the good times flow. I wish you a happy and healthy new year, my friend.

  4. Happy New year, sir - may 2014 prove a fruitful and successful year for you and all your endeavours. May it bring you happiness, health and peace of mind. :)

  5. Wow, lots of BIG changes for 2014 at that!

    I love the Blood Bowl-as-fall-back plan too, it really is the perfect game, and it's so efficiently self-contained it can packed away when time doesn't allow, or give you that exact amount of game time you need, when you need it.

    Have a great 2014 chief!