Peering in to the COVID ball, what can we see for this year?
First a little painting breakdown by Army/Period for the last 2 years:
2021 – 3,890 points
Great Italian Wars
ECW (roughly 50/50 K or P)
Ancient Sea Peoples
About half Napoleonics and half Ancients, with a few Renaissance/ECW troops thrown in.
2020 – 3,865
ECW (roughly 50/50 K or P)
About 1/3 Napoleonic, 10% ECW, and over 50% Ancients.
Now on to the plans and projections!
Last year was nearly $3,000; I expect 2022 to be an expensive year as well, with purchases already high in the first month. We’ll see if we can hold it under $2500 for 2022.
Both 2021 and 2022 were all time high years for painting; I doubt I’ll be able to match them for a third year in a row. We’ll aim to exceed 2400 points this year. If COVID continues to limit travel, the total could exceed 3,000 points again. Major projects are a moderate sized WoTR force for use with Test of Resolve and planned games at Historicon 2022, completing the expansion of my Mauryan Indian army, all those Wurttemburgers from the Kickstarter, and quite possible some additional Napoleonic Spaniards. I have plenty more Ancients and assorted Napoleonic’s to paint any time the spirit moves me as well.
I managed 26 games last year, the most in a long time. 2 games a month on average is doing quite well – Goals is 24 games in 2022. It would be nice if HMGS would announce the Theme for Historicon 2022, though. The theme isn’t usually a big factor in deciding what games to run there, but it definitely has an effect some years!
2021 was a record year at 116 posts here as well. Goal is 100 posts or more for 2022.
Rules: This is the one area I fell far short in 2021. Goals there are the same or more than last year!
There at least 5 different Napoleonic rules sets in the sights – Blogger sets Eagles Cheaper than Brain Cells and 123! Napoleonics, plus a Napoleonic variant(s) for Bloody Big Battles (Jared has been using this last with his students), an updfated Morschauser set, and a playtest of Poquer when Bob Jones releases the next playtest version. .
Verbatim from last year: Several Napoleonic Age of Sail rule sets to try as well – Grand Fleet Actions in the Age of Sail and Form Line of Battle.
Also almost verbatim from last year: For my large collection of Superior Starfleet Wars/Galactic Knights ships, play at least one game with Starmada, Stars and Lasers, and Ascension of the Galaxy (from a Kickstarter).
When I acquired the Sea People and Hittite figures from the collection of the late Bill McHugh, it included a bunch of his Medieval figures.
The cross country trip wasn’t kind to them at all, as can be seen. About 40 Knights, 2 organ guns, and crew. Manufacturer unknown.
They will need considerable repair, touch up, and rebasing work to become a useful force. I have a few Medieval odds and ends gifted to me Ken Baggaley many years ago that would probably go with these as well.
They have languished awaiting same, because, frankly, I wasn’t sure what to do with them. I have no idea as to the manufacturer, either.
Now it seems to me that they would do passably well as HYW French, Burgundians, and even Catholic Crusaders from the Hussite Wars.
Looks like about 24 Flail men, 24 spearmen, 12 Handgunners, 6 Crossbowmen, 16 Billmen, 8 Foot Knights, and about 12 Halberdiers, plus a few odds and ends. I definitely won’t be adding these fellows to any official tallies until such work is done, though! 🙂