Saturday, January 7, 2017

Goals and Plans for 2017

With 2016 now firmly in the record books, it is time to turn my gaze to the future, and consider my hobby plans for the coming year.

It looks to be the Year of the Ancients here on the "Danube"

I really want to try to hold my hobby expenditures to $1,000 or less for 2017. I think this is doable this year, as I have a rather impressive backlog of lead to paint (for me, at least), and nothing pressing that I need to buy for my 2017 plans.

1) Finish our Lannes Napoleonic "Campaign". This has been a lot of fun, and bar the unexpected, should be no problem.

2) Playtest game of "For King and Parliament (TtS!  based ECW rules)

3) Host a game here for Jared and others; rules/Genre TBD; could even be the ECW test game (due to the alloy pikes, these troops are hazardous to transport much)

4) Host a game at HAVOC in March if my schedule permits

5) Hopefully participate in another Snappy Nappy Campaign in a Day event this Spring

6) Historicon Games (pending derangement of my plans by an inspiring Theme for 2017, still yet to be announced!):  Raab 1809 (Thios was the plan for 2016, but got bumped by the Cavalry theme for 2016). At least 2 games with To the Strongest, and one additional game - maybe a "small" Napoleonic game, or a Great Italian Wars game. Play in Eric and/or Jared's game(s)

7) Run or assist with another game day with Jared's middle school game club

As intimated above, I anticipate not buying much in the way of new figures this year. At one point, my plans for 2017 included starting my Spanish Napoleonic army, but I think that is now on track for 20018 instead. I do have a modest amount of lead already on hand for that project anyway, should I feel like starting it. Other than that, it's hard to think of much that I will need to buy this year, aside from a few minor additions to my British Napoleonic forces, and the elite companies of the 4 bicorne wearing French Ligne regiments that I painted this fall, and there is nothing pressing about either one. If my purchases stay low, I might flesh out the rest of the lead for my Eureka Tyrolian Rebel project. Of course, If Murawski releases Baden Light Dragoons and or Artillery, they will soar to the top of the "Must Have" (and must paint) list. I do want to buy most of the existing Rawkins uniform E-books, but there is nothing pressing about that either.

1) Finish the existing British Napoleonic  troops on hand - maybe by the end of January!

2) Refurbish and base the Canaanites that Ken gave me last year. Paint some of the bare metal lead included with them as time and motivation allow!

3) Make a substantial dent in the huge pile of Macedonians acquired from Edgar in late 2015

4) Assyrian Heavy cavalry (BTD)  and 4 horse Chariots (Hinchliffe)

5) Ancient Commanders/Heroes (Old Glory)

6) Great Italian Wars - The Essex Gendarmes, and maybe a new Pike block (Lead for all on hand).

7) Consider starting the Tyroleans in the Fall of 2017.

Keep about the same pace of posting as I have the past 2 years.

Work on the Renaissance Galley rules. It looks like that might be a post Historicon project. With Historicon moving much closer for 2018, that would be a good year to run a Sunday AM Renaissance Naval game!
Maybe work on a Snappy Nappy Campaign in a Day booklet(s)


  1. Sounds like a good plan, more Assyrian chariots, you wait ages for one and then you get loads !
    Best Iain

  2. Peter, you have laid out achievable and interesting goals for yourself in 2017. "Pending derangement of my plans" had me laughing out loud! "Derangement?" Maybe you meant "derailment?" Derangement is a good one! Most of our plans are somewhat deranged, I guess.

    Good luck to you, Sir!

    1. Thanks, Jon; the (mis)play on words was deliberate, so I'm glad you enjoyed it. Yep, our plans are all somewhat deranged!

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    1. Well, no hobby plans survive contact with reality, to paraphrase the famous military aphorism!

  4. As you can imagine I'm looking forward to seeing a Great Italian Wars game and the Essex Gendarmes and new pike block painted up!

  5. Waiting for the Assyrian goals!

  6. That looks like a great series of projects and I am especially looking forward to the play test of the ECW rules as I am on the lookout for an interesting set.

    1. As you probably know, there was a detailed playtest of the first version back in ?October here - Battle of Montgomery. The search for rules that I like has lead my ECW armies to be under utilized, even though they are among my oldest, the bulk of the figures having been painted back in the mid 1970's when I was in college!

  7. This sounds totally doable, I'm still dwelling on what I want to do this year in all respects.

    1. Yes, until the unexpected project comes along, LOL!

  8. Happy New Year! I should have the final play-test version published next week. It is ready to go, but I want to play it once, myself, before sending it out. There is a nice new scenario by Andrew Brentnall included.

    My own resolutions... get a whopping great ECW army into the field by mid-year!

    Best, Simon

    1. Good news, and may your ECW armies materialize, and give you much joy, Simon!

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