Friday, 31 December 2010

Twelve down..Twelve to go.

Well, that was a bit of a hit and miss year, as far as projects are concerned. This is what I set out to do:

On the plus side, I did complete three big and three small projects, including thirty odd Ju88's for the club show game, the VBCW BUF, the Pirates and the scratchbuilt sloop, the Axles and Alloys cars, the Bag the Doodlebug planes and the last of the North Africa Axis planes for BTH2. Not bad, especially as two of them were in 28mm!

On the downside, only a couple of these were on the original hit list for completion this year, with the two major 28mm  projects appearing from out of the blue, thus infringing the dreaded New Years Resolution:

Oh well.

Even worse, although I tackled a few of the things on the list of projects I set out to complete, several of them remain half or three quarters finished including the 12mm ARVN battlegroup, the 1/600 scale MiG Alley planes, the 1/2400th scale Victorian ironclads and the AK47 Dictatorship army. The VBCW Reds are a good example, being 90% finished and requiring just a little more oomph to be done and dusted.

It's not all bad, however, as at least two of these are in a 'good to go' condition with all the tedious cleaning and basing done. A bigger issue is a lack of an opponent for some of the erstwhile 2010 projects, so one or two are likely to remain incarcerated in their respective boxes, particularly the ARVN.

I did add a few other things to the leadpile that weren't originally planned too, including the Rapid Fire! stuff, the Warmaster Dark Ages project, the 1/600 Nononhan planes, the 10mm BKC Norwegians and the 10mm BKC Italians. These will also be shifted over to the 2011 painting schedule as they're all things I'm keen to tackle rather than leave to gather dust. 

So, I think my original New Years Resolutions were a little ambitious and, more to the point, far too restrictive. As a result, in 2011, I'm going to give myself more room for manoeuvre by not specifying exactly what I'm going to do and how long it's going to take.

I will try to tackle at least half a dozen projects, in a variety of scales from 28mm down to 1/600. Other than that, it's all up for grabs! There are some definate front runners for the next twelve months, however, so I'll be setting out a top ten of favourite options to choose, as and when they grab my attention. 


  1. Best wishes for the new year Jim - hasn't all the snow rekindled the flame for the Norwegians? I'd like to see what you do with that (in fact any of the 10mm projects in AoA).

  2. Happy New Year - I still think you're the most prolific producer out there - I really don't know how you find the time to share it all with us on the Blog, but am glad that you do.... keep up the good work in 2011!

  3. I'll take some responsibility for leading you astray sir (or is it the other way around?)I think you've managed to get quite a bit done when you look at it. Also you have to take into account that your stuff always comes out top notch. I think we could both get a lot more done if we were less bothered about the visual side of the hobby.