Friday, 3 January 2014

Review of 2013

I continued the good progress made in the first half so overall it was a very good year for output.

Looking at my performance against my 2013 plan:

Main projects
  • • Make a medieval Burgundian/German force – completed except for some command stands.
  • • Sort out the assorted Saracens so I can use Hail Caesar for Crusades games – core army now finished
  • • A Jacobite army, mainly of Highlanders, but including some of the possible French reinforcements – completed the readily available figures, but I need to buy the Redbox figures to complete it.

Possible projects
  • • Upgrade my WW2 Americans – if rumours are correct The Plastic Soldier Company will be releasing Americans this year, so it would fit in with a clear out and general tidy up of my US forces for North West Europe. – US Infantry are out, still waiting for the heavy weapons before getting started. – this will become a 2014 project.

Other activities
  • • Complete the last bits of the British/US Airborne. – all done.
  • • Tidy up the last bits of the DAK/8th Army – done, but I’ve still got bits and pieces still to do, mainly vehicles.
  • • Late French armée d’orient (trying to make a few French demi-brigades with pretty uniforms and pouffes sound posh) – Four infantry units completed, just need some officers and guns now, but I’ll probably get another box of Strelets to make some light infantry
  • • German/Italian/Hungarian forces for “Stalingrad” Eastern front winter game. – not even started
  • • Try and play some large 1813 period Napoleonic games, especially as my armies were originally organised for this and this is the bi-centennial. – I played Lutzen and Leipzig, and would have liked to do either Bautzen and Dresden, but the opportunity did not present itself.
  • • Attempt to rationalise the stash again - watch my trading lists. – Very slow progress and acquiring a modeller’s heap didn’t help. Started with 7,007 items and ended with 6,288 so not a credible performance, a bit over 700 reduction (10%).

Painting
Splendid output this year 1,794 items painted more than the 1,550 for last year, but as always it’s affected by the mix, particularly this year as there is a higher proportion of rebasing.
By period:
WW2
854
Medieval
395
Napoleonic
230
SYW (Lace wars)
176
Revolution
88
Colonial
49
Terrain
23
Ancient
19
WW1
8
Modern
4
  • So WW2 continues to dominate, but this includes a high proportion of rebasing. The main effort was on completion of the DAK and other bits for the SOTCW Tunisia game at Gauntlet and then preparation for the D-Day+6 game
  • Medievals covers the work on Burgundians and Saracens
  • Then there are the Jacobites under SYW that took a fair piece of effort with all the tartan.

By period:

Infantry
871
Rework/Rebase
333
Cavalry
138
Vehicle Riders
105
Gunners
99
Vehicles
48
Tanks/AFVs
35
Artillery guns
30
Commanders
29
Other figures
29
Engineers
25
Terrain
23
Equipment
20
Wagons
5
Horses
4
  • Here the extent of the Rebasing/Rework is obvious, it was all WW2 with the exception of a few Napoleonic Generals
  • There are a couple of new categories to help me keep track - "Commanders" to ensure I separate out sufficient figures for these at the planning stage and "Other figures" to cover casualry bases and other non-combatant figures

Enough of the old year - on to the new

1 comment:

Sander said...

Great review and not too shabby results for 2013 at that! I think I might nick your idea of keeping score and will do the same for 2014 from now on.

Cheers Sander