Before I talk about my own projects I want to take a moment to pat my compatriot Scott on the back. After looking at his year in review entry I went through every entry of 2009 that I did between my old blog, Redemptors of Golinar, and here at 2nd City Warzone. What I discovered was really disappointing. In the first weeks of 2009 I had completed enough scenery to complete an entire table. You can see that here. Then, over the course of 2009 I pulled all my models out of the figure cases, did minor upgrades to a few, and then put them back in the case. I'm pretty sure I only finished 4 Angels of Absolution and added shields and 5 Skeletons to a unit of Skeletons with Hand Weapons.
So not exactly the most prolific hobby year. In fact, I bought the Imperial Guard Codex, played 1 game with it. I bought Planetstrike and haven't played a single game with it. And I bought a Stompa that remains untouched. I really want to turn things around in 2010 and walk away with something to show for it like Scott did last year. Especially with having a new born midway through the year and having all sorts of other things on his plate, he powered through and really accomplished a lot.
That being said, what are reasonable goals for me to have for 2010? These are the things I'd like to accomplish:
- I'd like to get the Angels of Absolution to 2000 playable points. I have over 1500 right now and adding just another 4 or 5 models will make certain squads playable pushing me to this goal.
- I'd like to get my Tomb Kings of Khemri to 2000 playable points. Once again, painting a handful of models and updating a few units will get this army to this goal.
- Complete the Ork Trukk I've been working on for the last 2 years. This is my only Ork goal. I just need to paint the crew and do some weathering. It's so close to completion it really shouldn't sit like this anymore.
- Complete my Humboldt Park/Chicago themed city board. Last year I started the project of making buildings loosely based on buildings in my neighborhood and putting them on giant sidewalk edged movement trays to create an authentic yet playable city. A week of work and I can turn the work I've put in into a 4' x 6' or possibly larger board. I really think the end result will be very dramatic and I'm looking forward to it.
- Update: Run a narrative campaign that links a mere 5 games with the Nerd Night crew.
All that being said, exactly like how I started last year, when the holidays come around I feel compelled that I should be playing with toys, so that's what I did. Here are 4 new pieces of scenery I made to go along with the scenery I started 2009 off with.
A quick note on these pieces of scenery. The "concrete tube" piece was a piece of busted PVC pipe I found on the ground while walking the dogs. Similarly, the railroad track section was one of several railroad track bits I found busted in the alley while walking my dogs. The desert "giant thicket" trees are based around broom bristles from a beat up broom I found in the trash somewhere, and the pile of metal pipes - the tubes are from the center of a roll of dog poop bags. Recycling at its finest. Here's to a productive and fun 2010!