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That was the year that was

2012 has been quite a year for me, personally, professionally and hobby wise so as we steele ourselves for the onslaught of a shiny new year it’s appropriate for me to look back on what’s been the first full year for Ramblings from The Trenches.

Since I’m in a good mood right now, let’s look at the successes.  Like many, I set up the blog to help me complete projects, painting, writing, building etc.  While my painting and building has not been as consistent as I would have liked I have finally firmed up some of my armies backgrounds.  It has been far more difficult that I had imagined, I’ve always had difficulty corralling the various ideas bouncing around my skull and I probably always will but I’m very happy with what I’ve currently produced and I know that there’s much more to come. 

I’m particularly happy with the background to my Chaos Marines as that’s been a slow burn project for a number of years and I’m glad it’s finally showing fruit.  However I think my biggest success has been the background for my Bretonnians that I had to produce for the ongoing Rock in The Badlands campaign that I’m playing with some of my friends.  I’d not played Warhammer Fantasy for over fifteen years so I had to get to grips with the rules and the background very quickly, as such I only had a couple of months to hammer out a decent background and, while fairly slight, it’s something that I will be carrying on after my inevitable glorious campaign victory…

Despite my slow progress, I’m genuinely very pleased with the quality of the painted miniatures I’ve produced this year.  Posting them on the blog has definitely improved my attention to detail and the feedback I’ve received has been very generous and constructive.  Now I just have to figure out how to paint faster.

One aspect of my blog that I know needs some work is consistency.  I can go for weeks at a time without posting anything original (or anything at all!) then churn out a flurry of posts in a single day.  This needs to stop.  I have the greatest of respect for the superstars like Phil and Dave for their ability to post interesting content on near-daily basis.

Another thing that didn’t quite work this year was the inclusion of regular special features.  This was due to a complete lack of planning on my part and is something I’d like to investigate anew in the coming year.

That said, the thing that I am most proud of this year is the Trenchmates series.  I decided to set this up as I have several friends with many ideas but no time to commit to their own blog and I felt that their voices and opinions deserve to be heard.  I genuinely did not think that anyone from the greater Warmonger (and Warmonger Wives) community would wish to take part and I am really flattered and humbled that so many of you have.  Indeed, one of the blog’s most popular posts was Sexism in the Warhammer Worlds by my good friend Elizabeth; I sincerely hope that she sees fit to contribute again.

 

Now onto 2013.   For a variety of reasons that I’ll be going into below, I’m not going to make any cast iron resolutions.  However I think that for my own sanity and in an effort to improve my organisational abilities a series of vague objectives are appropriate.  So in no particular order:

 

  1. Increase the amount of hobby time and spend it wisely.  I’ve not had much time to do anything hobby-related over the past year for a variety of reasons chief of which was due to my job.  I was commuting a silly distance and my job itself changed for the worse that began to seriously affect my health.  However on Tuesday 8thJanuary I’m transferring to a new role which is far more to my liking and is based in an office within walking distance of my flat.  This will significantly increase the amount of leisure time I have and while my wife will quite rightly get the lion’s share, I will be able to devote more hours to the hobby as well.

 

  1. Paint more and paint faster.  I love painting models, while I will never win a Golden Daemon it is the aspect of the hobby I love the most. 

 

  1. Game more.  This year I only played one game of 40K and less than ten games of Fantasy.  Now that I will have more free time I really want to start catching up with my regular opponents and hopefully finding some new ones.

 

  1. Improve my writing and expand my armies’ histories.  You have no idea how much more background I have to write for my four main armies.  Not only that, but I’m working on a series following the adventures of Inquisitor Malik Hakam in his efforts to track down and destroy the Heralds of Desolation.  The plan is to collaborate with my friend Tim (he of Canticles of Redemption fame) so that Hakam’s legacy becomes part of the Dark Heresy game that Tim runs and in which I play a semi-useful Tech Priest.

 

  1. Improve and expand the blog.  Gosh, that’s a vague one isn’t it?  First of all I would like to commit to a more regular series of posts, how I don’t know but I’m working on it.  I’d also like to continue my Trenchmates series (hint, hint) and introduce at least one more semi-regular feature.  Tim and I have been bouncing an idea around but I’d best not say anything more for now just in case things fall through.

 

Anyway, that’s me for 2012.  I hope you all have a great 2013 and may your dice always roll 6 (unless you need a 1!). 

I’ll leave you with a little summary of the blog in 2012 that WordPress kindly prepared.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 16,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

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