Well, I didn't really plan to write this post at first, but I guess looking at the previous year is a post worth writing...if nothing else, it can surely inspire me to work some more on my hobby projects.
I have to admit the time is running past me so fast, I don't even have time to complain about wasting my life. So I checked my past posts to see what I've been mostly up to.
As a whole, I've apprently planned so much I haven't got much done, except for the mid-year, where I can proudly said hobby really kicked it off.
Most of the work done has been related to Strange Aeons game of eldritch horror. I even played quite some games (shown it to two guys at my club at two occasions!), but none in a while. I have really covered most of the profiles in the game and I had a blast. I really like adding my touch to my miniatures, so I prefer plastic kits, as they can be easily customised. I have done just about anything imaginable with my Mantic zombies. They were used for zombies (doh), degenerates, ancient warriors, some were used as part of other monsters and some turned out to be great ghosts.
I've also sculpted from scratch a lot and I'm really proud of what came out.
I have started major sculpting project of modern slovene infantry, but the project has bogged down since and I haven't done anything for it lately.
Looking at my posts, around october (thats also when I've defended my postgraduate tesis by the way :P) the enthusiasm faded and not much has been done since. That's odd, as I got all the time in the world now. On the other hand, I've mostly stopped buying hobby related things as I think I'll need my savings sooner or later if all this free time persists. I've bought myself some thin wire for sculpting and I still got loads of miniatures to paint, so that's not such a bad thing. But I've found out income of fresh lead really kills me. Ever since I've painted my last FOW miniature, I have no joy playing the game anymore :D.
In April, I went to England. I have to admit I had no intention to ever visit it until I went to London two years ago. While it was nothing like what I've expected, I liked it. Being the guy I am, I had most fun in the museums. Anyway, this year I was saving money for another trip and I was decided to make sure I can attend Salute everyone talks about so much. I had some high flying plans about visiting multiple destinations, but I've eventually settled for a visit to Newcastle's finest and London, about a week each. It was a first time I traveled alone, but I have to say I didn't mind it too much. What I didn't like was the fact nobody was there to share my enthusiasm when I saw something interesting, but on the other hand, nobody ever finds things I like amusing. Being alone, however, means I do what I want. Which is always nice. I would like to thank for a millionth time to Bryan and Joe, as they've taken the time to show me around. I've seen all I cared to see and then some more. They even took me to the beach, ah! Salute was great, especially as I could meet other bloggers there, most notably Clint and Dave from the ZBA. I've also had the chance to thank Geronimo from Fenris personally for a nice miscast piece of a Sun stone he sent me earlier this year. I've even met the infamous Rejects Big Lee, Fran and Ray (or is it Ray and Fran?) and Postie himself :P.
Thinking back, I've been all over the place this year, as I was accompanying my dad on his "recon" trips to Prague, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and even Leichenstein. As I've already mentioned, I made lots and lots of planns for various projects and to be honest, its a good thing I'm only planning and not leaving them half done!
On non hobby front, I've decided to use my abundant free time in a spirit of my education, so I am now researching the interwar era fortifications around my home. Not much is left, as Italians were destroying them systematically, and most of them were never finished anyways, but I'm having great fun finding forgotten roads in the middle of the woods and just imagining how majestic it would all look like finished. I mean, visually. People that lived here back in the time were less enthusiastic about having a fortified front line running 200 meters from their houses.
I would also like to thank every and each of you who have taken time too read at my posts (or at least take a peak) and I really, really promise you, next post will have miniatures in it again :D. I am also painting 4 zombies (2 Studio miniatures males and 2 Vixens) at the moment and I plan do paint them in batch of 4 at least until all the vixens Bryan gave me will be painted. Once that is done, I think it would be time to test the Grekwood rules. That will probably be the minor project for the early 2014, but I plan on continuation of my work for Strange Aeons later in the year. I'd love to have scenery and miniatures for special scenarios.
Happy New year,