Looking Back at 2014 and 2015 Hobby Resolutions Part 3

Following Part 1 and Part 2 of the Hobby Resolutions series, in today’s 3rd and final post, I ask Atlas for his answers, whilst penning a few thoughts myself. Read on for more.

Atlas

What was your hobby highlight of the year? Perhaps your greatest achievement, or a notable first?

Oddly, perhaps, my hobby highlight of the year was a long and torturous journey of self-discovery: what I enjoy in our hobby, what I don’t enjoy, when to detox and when to get stuck right in.

Building an army purely for fun is limited in the amount of fun it is to play. Building a business around toy soldiers is hard, teaching kids how to play the many and varied games we love has its ups and downs and our hobby is always subject to change.

What was your favourite model you discovered or painted in 2014? Why?

Does anybody remember the releases well enough to answer this properly? Nagash is a big one that sticks out in mind; discovery of much of the Infinity range is very exciting — I’ve even enjoyed a lot of Prodos Games’ models I’ve discovered towards the end of the year.

Hobby Resolutions 2 - Prodos Games

If you could do one hobby-related thing differently in 2014, what would it have been?

Organise my time better. Be realistic in what I can achieve and how to go about it. Spending more time on personal projects is a big one for me.

What are your overall hobby plans for this year?

My hobby plans revolve around building a new Mad Max bike army where every model is converted. But more excitedly I want to recreate the Olympians blog to be bigger and better. I want to take some real time in looking at how we consume our hobby content online and push the boundaries in creating something of real quality.

What pledges and hobby resolutions have you made?

Bike army made and ready for Vanquish. After that it will probably be Infinity-related or some Fantasy.

Hobby Resolutions - White Scars

What are you most looking forward to this year?

Seeing how the online stuff works out. Outside my own projects I’m excited to watch the competition between Games Workshop and smaller / independent model manufacturers heat up. It already feels like the dial was turned up a few notches last year, so 2015 should be very exciting.

Also Games Workshop-related, with every codex being 7th-edition’ed it’s exciting to see what 40k holds next.

Hobby Resolutions - Adepta Sororitas

What new thing are you going to do or try this year?

Actually write some content of my own.

Ares

What was your hobby highlight of the year? Perhaps your greatest achievement, or a notable first?

Operation: Icestorm’s release. This set was fantastic. Infinity has really taken our gaming group by (ice)storm, if you’ll forgive the dreadful joke. The Operation: Icestorm set provided the catalyst to get a lot of people involved in a new game. Excellent miniatures, simple (at first) rules and an involving new background meant that most of the Olympians have either played a few games and enjoyed them or gone all the way and own a couple of armies already.

Hobby Resolutions 3 - Operation Icestorm

What was your favourite model you discovered or painted in 2014? Why?

I was going to say the Knight Castigator by Forge World, but I think someone has already used that one, which is a shame as it’s an awesome model. What’s not to like, it’s a big stompy robot with massive guns? However, right at the end of 2014, Corvus Belli released a new model for their Infinity Bootleg range, this time a reimagining of the Penthesilea character for Aleph. I’m a keen motorcyclist myself, and whilst I’m a big fan of the original sci-fi model, this badass old school chopper bike is fantastic too. I’ll definitely be getting this one at some point in 2015.

Hobby Resolutions 3 - Penthesilea

If you could do one hobby-related thing differently in 2014, what would it have been?

If I could go back in time, apart from a few tactically chosen Lottery numbers, I’d definitely paint my Ultramarines differently. Not a different colour, obviously! Just in a different way. I’ve learned a lot of about airbrushing since then and I definitely feel like every new army is an excuse to put into practice something I’ve learned before, as well as a way to pick up new techniques. It’s useful to have someone like Hades around, as he does write such excellent tutorials and is always very helpful with advice.

What are your overall hobby plans for this year?

This year, much like Apollo, I’m having an absolute blitz of my collection. Whether it’s 40k, WHFB, Mordheim, Necromunda, X-Wing, Infinity, Magic: The Gathering, or others. I simply have far too much stuff sitting in boxes doing nothing. Whether it’s deciding to get rid of stuff, or just getting some older models out to paint them, I’m really going to have a proper sort out and consolidate my collection.

Confessions of a Hobby Butterfly - Hobby Splurge

What pledges and hobby resolutions have you made?

I’ve promised to my fiancée that I won’t buy any more models or hobby stuff until after we’ve bought our first house together. This saving scheme has really got me appreciating the models that I’ve already got. As keen hobby butterflies, I know some of you will have piles and piles of unbuilt and neglected toy soldiers in cupboards and boxes. This year I’ll be getting everything out of their boxes and getting down to business with some awesome kits.

The army I’m most looking forward to assembling out of the cobweb-coated horde of plastic is my Bretonnians. Yes, they might not have a recently updated army book, and they’ll probably go off into space like the Lizardmen when 9th arrives, but nothing beats a lance of Knights smashing into one’s foes on the fields of battles. Forward, men of Bretonnia, for the Lady! For the King! For Bretonnia!

What are you most looking forward to this year?

The recent rumours for the next version of Warhammer Fantasy have really shaken things up. I’m really looking forward to this summer, when it’s rumoured the new box set will be arriving. I’ll be embracing the change and enjoying the hobby, rather than whining about why things aren’t the same as they used to be. In anticipation of this, I’ll be finishing my Wood Elves and Warriors of Chaos and hopefully getting some more games with those armies in.

Outside of Games Workshop, I’m really looking forward to Fantasy Flight Games releasing the Scum and Villainy faction for X-Wing, it’s going to be awesome to have Boba Fett, IG-88 and other favourites zooming around the board soon.

Most Wanted - Happy New Year

What new thing are you going to do or try this year?

I’ve built plenty of models for an Alpha Legion 30k army, but not painted any or played any games. This year I will be getting the Alpha Legion chaps out of their cases for some Heresy action on the tabletop. Watch this space!

Hobby Resolutions 3 - Alpha and Omega

That’s all, folks. What about you? What hobby resolutions have you made this year? Feel free to comment below with your own answers to the above questions, let us know what you’ve enjoyed in 2014, and what you’re looking forward to in 2015.

Check back tomorrow for an update on Zeus’ Warriors of Chaos in the Tale of Fantasy Gamers series.

Until then, happy hobbying!

– Ares

  • http://www.feedyournerd.com/ greggles

    I’ve enjoyed this little series. Found some new mini’s I have to buy now. 🙂 Thanks guys! Happy new year and best hobbying to you!