Sunday, December 30, 2012

My 2012

The end of the year is a great time to read peoples blogs reflecting on the year they had.  Here's some of my thoughts.

Blitzkrieg Commander was the miniature wargame I played the most in 2012.  Although BKC gaming died off in the second half of the year.  Still a great game and I want to play more.  I still have a lot of Panzer IVs that need painting to take on Godders Soviets in 2013.

Bolt Action was released this year and it is now my favourite wargame.  It is such as easy game to learn and I really enjoy every aspect of game play.  The rule book and army books are fantastic, they are presented in full colour and set out in an easy to read format.  10 out of 10 for me.  In March 2013 I am running a 1000pt Bolt Action tournament.  Can't wait.  I have also set myself a personal challenge to paint a 1000 pt army with every army book release.  The pressure is on.

Painting was up in 2012.  In 2011 I only painted 89 figures, this year I painted 105.  Hopefully my Bolt Action challenge will allow me to do better in 2013.

Purchasing was up again and steadily increases every year.  Like all of you, I suffer wargaming ADD.  Big dreams when I see shinny new figures.

Combat Commander from GMT Games is my number 1 go to wargame outside miniature wagaming.  So much fun and chaos, and no-one wins until the last minute.  GMT Games are apparently developing this game for the Ipad so my excitement is high.  Combat Commander has two new releases in 2013, Battle Pack 5 The Fall of the West (Early War), and Battle Pack 6 Operation Sealion.  I have pre-ordered both.  Can't wait,

Podcasts remain a favourite past-time of mine.  I listen to them when exercising and painting.  My top three of 2012 - Number 1 : "Bolt Action Radio."  This podcast is top shelf, very well produced and hosted.  Good work Dano and Judd.  Number 2 : "What Would Patton Do."  Although this is a Flames of War podcast, the three hosts Steven, Jon and Luke are top blokes and make a boring topic such as FOW interesting.  Painting and modeling tips are fantastic and they also cover some new games like Saga and X-Wing.  Number 3 : "Hex Encounter"  This is a new podcast in 2012 and covers the world of wargames in boardgame format.  Really interesting listening and great interviews from wargame authors.  .

Epic Armageddon was the first ever Games Workshop game I played.  I liked it.

X-Box , I played too much Modern Warfare 3 this year.  I could have painted a 1000 figures.  My X-Box name is BeccasAnzac.  Feel free to add me as a friend and we can go to war together.

The Blog , I did a lot less blogging this year, mainly because I was playing too much x-box.

Whats is Store for 2013? Battlefront are releasing their full 15mm Vietnam range between April and June next year.  This includes Anzac infantry, Centurion tanks and Australian M113 variants.  This means Cold War Commander needs to be purchased.  More Bolt Action of course.  Maybe some Saga.  I like the look of X-Wing.  I bought into the Blackwater Gultch Kickstarter so some Wild West action is coming.  And who knows what other shinny releases will distract me next year.  I am travelling to Italy, France and England next year.  Battlefield tours of the Somme and Normandy, and a visit to the Bovington tank museum.  I intend to hug a Tiger tank.

Thanks for reading the blog in 2012.  Big game of Bolt Action Pacific planned for tomorrow so I will take some photos and maybe some video.  See you all in 2013. 


Anonymous said...

Hi Paul,

Best wishes and Happy New Year to you and family for 2013.

Take care and all the very best.



Paint-In said...

Hi Paul,

If you ever wanna give CC on Vassal a try then give me a heads up. Even though I am across the globe we can work something out me thinks.


Francis Lee said...

XBOX and PS3 are hobby killers, looking forward to more in 2013!

yorkie said...

Hi Paul,

Happy new year to you and yours, looking forward to reading more on your blog next year, always a good read!


Anne said...

I hope you achieve all your goals in the New Year. Have a great game!

Rodger said...

Happy New Year! looking forward to the photos etc for the Bolt Action game!

Beccas said...

Hey Rene, I just downloaded Vassal and the Europe module. No idea how it works?

Hein said...

Hoi Paul Best wishes and a great 2013. Keep up posting and I will keep reading.

Simon Q said...

A busy year then, Computer games can be so distracting sometimes. Happy New Yea sir to you and your family for 2013

Monty said...

Best wishes for 2013 Paul - have a good 'un mate ;)
Must admit, the Xbox has been the reason for my lack of progress, trouble is, I like it too much - check out Xcom, it's great fun!

Jonas M said...

Happy new year and best wishes for 2013!

Hobbyworker said...

Happy new year and i hope you will do more battlereports ausis vs japs :)

Jim Casey said...

You mention BKC died off, why in your area?