So, another year ends. As we wave bye to 2010, I wanted to get your thoughts on your hobby throughout it. What are your proudest achievements? Where did you fail? Just how has your year in Fantasy been?So, another year ends. As we wave bye to 2010, I wanted to get your thoughts on your hobby throughout it. What are your proudest achievements? Where did you fail? Just how has your year in Fantasy been?
2010 without a doubt was dominated by 8th Edition. There is no way to discuss a Fantasy Year in Review without starting with the new edition of the game which has, in my opinion anyway since I'm not privy to GW sales figures, exploded the game in terms of popularity. Thanks to 8th Edition a solid two month block existed where no one even brought their 40k stuff to open play at the LGS. That's saying a lot. I have to give a lot kudos to GW for producing a rule set that gives all armies at least a chance to win without having to write new army books. If you told me a year ago that Orcs and Goblins would be nearly a Tier One army I'd probably have laughed at you. I'd probably have laughed even more if you had told me that Vampire Counts would be one of the lower tier armies. But it came to be.
So on a personal note...
My proudest hobby achievement of the year was starting this blog. I've had the idea to start a blog for a couple of years, but I never did it because I didn't think anyone would read it. I also suspected that I had nothing original to add to the internet dialogue. Boy was I right about that! Despite my unoriginal and banal contribution to our genre, I'm still pretty happy I went for it.
My biggest failure was my inability to downsize. I made a conscious effort to downsize by selling a few armies. My Daemons sold immediately, my Eldar failed to sell, and my Warriors of Chaos failed to sell. Add to that I expanded my 40k Marines by about double and I didn't downsize at all. Oh I forgot, my Dark Elves, so I actually increased the space in my house taken up by models. Additionally, in previous years I would buy a kit, build it, and paint it before buying anything else. This was the first year where I had unopened kits sitting in my house for months. Hell, I won a bunch of Razorbacks at 'Ard Boyz and they are still sitting in my closet shrinkwrapped. I blame this on my Dark Elves too, since I put everything aside while I powered through an entire army of painting and modeling. My 2011 resolution is to catch up on my projects and not have a backlog of unopened kits. I'd also like to downsize my armies. Anyone want to buy a fully painted Eldar or Warriors of Chaos army?
Looking forward to 2011 in Fantasy, I can't wait to see the new O&G book. I am anxious to see what the GW design team is going to do with the 8E books and the different directions they take. My hobby goal, is as I said, to catch up on my backlog of projects and be able to actually downsize my collection to the minis I actually want to own. From a competitive standpoint, I want to make it to the Fantasy 'Ard Boyz Finals, and I'd like to attend and hopefully do well at a GT. Maybe the NOVA, or Bolter Beach since it's in my state. I also plan on winning the state cycling road race championship for my category this year, so I will definitely have issues with free time.