2012 Frugality/Hobby Progress Report 1st Quarter,STAR PHANTOMS full army shot

Well, it has been a great 1st quarter, as I got a raise at work, and Nanette and I bought a house! It was sad to breakdown the old game room in the basement of our old apartment and pack all the games and hobby materials, but my new space has amazing potential, and I’m researching games rooms, to plan an amazing games room, I’ll have two games tables, and I’ve got some ideas for the project. Since some things have changed I’ll re-evaluate my hooby goals and put in place a new spending freeze for the year, and I’ve got a chance to really sort and organize all my projects, and prioritize and store some things for future goals.

To start, I’ll say that purchasing the home, packing and moving has taken most of my free time, and a few irregular rehearsals with my band DRAWN AND QUARTERED, and spending time with friends and family, including several birthdays, and EMERALD CITY COMIC CON hs taken a lot of my time money and energy, especially work! Now I’m getting slowly back to functional again, and want to get my hobby progress back to some level of production. I did finally finish the STAR PHANTOMS 2000 point Space Marine army, right before I started packing for the move and even won a couple of games with the army! March was  spent moving and I just attended a huge comic convention, so I’m ready to start getting my gaming projects started and organized. I’ll start by re-visiting the goals I set for the New Year.

1) Finish the STAR PHANTOMS. Done, I’m tempted to add a Dreadnought, or a Captain to the list for some options, but I’ll stop for now and move on to something else.

2)SUPER DUNGEON EXPLORE!-I have built all the models, and even got the special foam to store them in. I’ll learn the game and try to get some games in before the July vacation to Disneyland, and Palm Springs. Not feeling in a rush to paint them, but will probably start with the bad guys, for fun. Ultimately this is one of the main games I’ll want to have to display and play in the finished games room(of the future). So I’ll have to think about when I’ll paint these guys, I’m not 100% inspired to do them next.

3)Tournaments-One of my future goals is to be a miniature gamer who attends and plays in some tournaments. I feel like I’ve got some work to do as a gamer. I need to learn and feel comfortable with a few more rule sets. I considered trying HEROCLIX at the comic con, but I resisted the urge to spend more money on games, as I’ve got plenty for years to come. I may not attend any this year, unless it is at PAX, or some local event, I’m not seeing any local tournaments worth playing in currently, as CONQUEST NORTHWEST doesn’t seem to be happening and the Spokane thing at Merlyns seems not to be happening. Perhaps I’ll have some other armies games that I can play, for more and varied opportunities, maybe mixed with a trip/vacation next year and beyond, I’m not so sure, now with recent events, and current plans. I have been buying foams, and some cases for future packing/travelling.

4)WARPATH-I have the ULTMATE WARPATH DEAL with 170 models. I also subscribed to the MANTIC ELITE deal, getting two more small armies and a boardgame. I just got the Corproation, and excited to build those guys. And maybe a small group of Marauders. This is a project I’m excited about, and I’d like to be playing the game. I’ve written a Marauders list, and will do the same with the Corporation, and build the two forces. Then I’ll add them to my painting que.

5)HEAVY GEAR BLITZ!-Not my top priority, but a very fun and cool project. I even got the Field Manual, some wrecked modles/terrain and some markers. One of those projects, I’d like to do from start to finish. This and WARPATH are two more Tournament possibilities for the future. I’d like to have some significant progress on both of these projects this year.

6)SISTERS OF BATTLE-I recently wrote a new list, and built a few models for this army. It is all built and ready to paint. It would be a very good idea to proceed and finish this army. Before I build anything new, I should finish painting some of  these built armies/projects in the works. I will make this the first project I finish in the new house. The weather is clearing, and I can start to try out the airbrush some more. I will not buy any 40k models or armies until this project is complete, and it might take all year and beyond. I could set a goal/spending freeze and try to finish it before we leave for vacation in late June. If I focus, I should make good progress. Theoretically I could finish, but due to my sometimes erratic schedule, band, work, relationship,new house, this realistically could be the main project I get done this year. I’m going to be very carefull before buying into anymore 40K armies. I should be able to resist MANTIC, but so far not so much!

7)SPACE HULK-I have enough old TERMINATORS and GENESTEALERS to play now, but I’d really like to start playing again, with the latest version. I’ve built the TERMINATORS and need to build the GENESTEALERS for the new set. This project needs to happen this year, so it will be second on my painting que. They have been around unfinished for a few year now, so before any more games are purchased, this set will need to be completed. I had a grand vision of painting the Termies as LAMENTERS SPACE MARINES, and using them as a basis for a of a new Army using the BLOOD ANGELS CODEX of course. And doing some simple scheme for the TYRANIDS for a future, small 40K army. Alas, I’m finding way to many projects before adding any more models/armies. I’ve got five 40K armies, now. 5000+ points mostly painted SPACE WOLVES, 3000+ points mostly painted DARK ANGELS, 2000 points painted STAR PHANTOMS(+many units of unpainted Space Marines for future expansion).  My 2000+points of SISTERS OF BATTLE make army #4, and I’ve got a collection of IMPERIAL GUARD, that could be assembled in various ways for some armies lists. There are a ton of options available, and more money could be easily spent on more Chimera, Tanks and Heavy Support options. I have enough 40K armies. The IG will probably be one of my main projects for NEXT YEAR!. It would be nice to have a XENOS/bad guy army for 40K, and with a Tervigon model, I could field a small (1000-1500 point army) of TYRANIDS with my Genestealers and gaunts for fun home missions. That will have to wait a while, and I sure don’t need another SPACE MARINE army. I’ve got units for the three I have now to add  when I want. It would be nice to have BLOOD ANGELS army and some LAMENTERS to fight against my STAR PHANTOMS for some BADAB WAR action. Something I hope to re-visit in the future.

Now for the Frugality re-cap. I haven’t been frugal at all, really. I ordered some things I’d really wanted for some of armies and projects in motion, and added the Mantic stuff and the SUPER DUNGEON EXPLORE games to collect and follow. I wont be starting anything new for 40K despite all the cool new armies over the last couple of years, I’ll resist the New Space Wolf and Tyranid stuff for now. I’ll spend my 100 dollar a month budget only on my comics subscribed, and start fresh after vacation in July. I’ll limit any souvenirs if any from DISNEYLAND(maybe a reasonable STAR TOURS item) I really shouldn’t be buying anything new other than a book or some paint, so I’ll put 450$ of hobby money towards the X-Box Star Wars Kinect bundle, and the rest and any gift money towards any aother comics/hobby supplies for the year. I may add a unit or two to my 40K armies or WARPATH armies or something similar later this year, but nothing major. Maybe terrain if I detail my ROB board first! So I’m not limiting model purchases to zero, from July-December, but little to none, unless it is a well thought out addition to an army that is being played and already painted! Painting and finishing projects, gifts and overtime, maybe used as exceptions to game/video/hobby purchases. I haven’t and don’t have to be extremely frugal, but will tighten a little for the rest of the year, and remain restrained and conservative, despite the constant influx of shiney new toys!

So updated and even less ambitious goals and outlook for 2012-With a possible job promotion/diferent location for my job, and unsure of my future schedule at this point, I will try to get organized and sort/consolidate all of my models and projects. I don’t feel the need to sell anything, and have even more space to get organized, and catalog my collection. I have a decent collection of Fantasy armies, and some alternate rules, and small forces to use in about a dozen or so games, and figures to use for them. I’d also to like to add an RPG or two, and a few other types of games for various players,for the finished game room in my basement. So this is the grand plan; I’ll give 5 years including this year, to have all of the games and modles I have painted/learned playable/game room finished. I’ll also have a big HDTV with XBOX 360, and a PC with DAWN OF WAR exclusively playable, as well as at leasty twenty games of various types, and organized books, comics, rules and music collections. In the future any games, purchased will be painted/played in a more timely manner. Smaller and more diverse projects, with occasional larger projects, alternating yearly between armies, and terrain/boards themes. There should be at least one large themed battle per year, for now. Start/buy less, finish more. More gaming less building painting. Still ok to have a project or two in progress, just not 30!

Current revised 2012 top 10 goals:

1)Focus on SISTERS OF BATTLE, this army must be painted this year. I want to move on with my life!

2)SPACE HULK-the funnest game out there, I should be playing this weekly! The models are incredible, rules are easy and fun, must have game, and it’s time for me to finish this project!

Actually those are the main goals for the rest of the year, and realistically all I’m gonna’ get done this year! Until these are done I must resist any GW purchases(except the new rule book!)I must resist all that good FW Space Marine armour, vehicles, and termies, upcoming MINOTAURS, books, Space Wolves models, etc!

3)SUPER DUNGEON EXPLORE!-Learn to play, maybe paint some of the models. No pressure here really, just a fun diversion.

4)WARPATH-Mainly would like to try the rules, with painted armies. Good opportuniy for some speed painting techniques, simpler paint jobs/rules. Diversion and palette cleanser for 40K. Models could be used for other games/vice versa. Potential for future. Corporation fun as I.G. or STAR SHIP TROOPERS themed games.

5)HEAVY GEAR BLITZ-A fun, different project, and new game to learn. Have made a decent investment, and need to see it through to get maximum entertainment value for the dollar. This hobby is cheap if you consifer the dollar per use ratio, but it must be used to its fullest to do so.

These are the top five goals, and I’d be doing pretty well to have made significant progress on the #3-#5 goals by years end. The rest will be related goals, not as much pressure, just some necessary work to enable the main goals.

6) Organize, sort, consolidate, downsize and catalog my hobby collection, including music, comics, and books. I’ve just moved so it’s a good time to reorganize, and re-evaluate. A good way to set some future goals. Also re-inforce spending cap by seeing what I have.

7) Turn my old computer into the DAWN OF WAR full time designated machine, and max it out.

8) Come up with a design plan for the game room, start the process.

9) Come up with the money for an HDTV and XBOX 360. Find a way to make it happen, but not with credit.

10)Pay off my Pay Pal account before any hobby purchases this year, beside current subscriptions.

In conclusion, this update is a better, more realistic outlook for the remainder of this year. As I finish a couple of projects and start a few new ones, I hope to develop some new systems and techniques to help better achieve my goals. I’ve had some major life changes in the last 9 months with a new job and house, that is taking a lot of my time and energy, but I still hope to increase my hobby output for the next few years, and this years goals are a step towards that ultimate game room, and involvemnet and achievement in my hobby.


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