It’s the time of year to look back on what’s been achieved throughout the year in terms of hobby and quite honestly, I am hanging my head in shame this year.
I started off this year really strongly, finishing off a fair chunk of the Khorne related section of my Chaos Daemons army – I really enjoyed doing these as well, specially the ‘Khorne Dogs‘ as they are really nice models and were pretty quick and easy to paint. The Skullcanon was a pretty impressive model to paint as well. I think one of the bigger models I’ve tackled.
In with the Chaos Daemons, I also have another unit of Bloodletters base coated and awaiting highlights – but can’t include them in the line up as they’re not finished yet.
The first model I finished this year was the Pin-up Commissar by Anvil Industry. Pictured here with a Neglected Model from a challenge by BlackHandMarines, also finished this year. The leader of my original Necromunda Gang, also… Rambo.
Speaking of Necromunda, two of the other models I finished this year are from a Cawdor Necromunda Gang. Lord Commander Eloth and I intended to play a Necromunda Campaign this year, inspired and excited for Necromunda: Underhive Wars. Unfortunately, the Video-Games was the biggest disappointment of 2020 (Which, considering the year is saying something!) and it killed the inspiration for the both of us. I do like the Cawdor models though and am hoping to be able to get the motivation for the gang again, if not the campaign.
2020 saw the release of the Indomitus Boxed Set and a bit of a reset/rebrand for Warhammer 40K. Lord Commander Eloth and I brought the Box Set and shared out the Marines together (The Necrons are still in the box.) I’ve not done as much with my selections of Marines as I’d have hoped – a grand total of four Assault Intercessors.
The other two blurred out dudes are a Captain and the Librarian – I’m not too sad about these models not showing up too well in the wrap-up because I think they both snuck in due to having finished their bases.
The last models I managed to finish are the Demigryff Knights and the base of a Stormcast Eternal from the 2019 Paint-a-thon.
I am really, unimpressed with the amount of hobby that I’ve achieved this year. While I do believe that quality over quantity is a thing – and that the quality of my painting has improved; especially the bases – I am do feel that I should have pushed myself to do more. Finish off more models rather than start by base-coating and washing and moving on. This is something I intend to fix in 2021 as I started to in December. Finish a single model off before swapping to something new.
However, I can’t beat myself up too much. I have read and reviewed a grand-total of 60 books over on Eternal Bookcase and drawn more art-pieces than I can count. With the absence of art, I am hoping that I’ll get more time to both read more books and do more hobby.
Of course, Covid-19 had a big impact on everything this year. There were times where motivation was lacking and evenings were taken up with ‘gorming’ out on the sofa in front of the television.
I’m not one for setting overall goals and looking back on the 2019 wrap-up post, some of the goals are going to be repeated. Spend more time on Hobby and less art; which shouldn’t be a problem, I’ve not felt the desire to art since mind-November. Finish off some of my already started collections. Keep the hobby varied with random, palette-cleanser, models. Mostly, I’d just like to get the bug biting again for the hobby and hopefully this yearly wrap-up will do the trick. (After photographing the models I did stick my remaining models in boxes together, so that’s a step in the right direction.)
I’d also like to put more time and effort into the book blog as well, as I feel that’s been going from strength to strength lately and I’d hate to self-sabotage it!
I hope that you all had a good year, regardless of the trials it has thrown your way and that next year will be even brighter for you and that you achieve all your hobby-goals, whatever they are.