30 Dec 2013

...and a happy New year!

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,
Mathyoo

20 comments:

  1. It was a pleasure to meet you despite the fact that you had been corrupted by the Northern pair who shall not be named!

    Planning projects is great as it stretches your mind, so don't ever stop that. And if you get any done I'd be happy to play.

    All the best Mate, Have a good year and get some painting done!

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    1. Hey, not corrupted, just told stories (and horrible ones they were :P) about southerners :P.

      Hah, deal, once I make something really good fully done, I'll make sure we somehow play it. :D

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    1. Thanks mate, right back at you!

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  3. Hmm, who do you think Clint meant by "the Northern pair?" Far from corrupting you, Mathyoo, I'd say we educated you and even converted you to Geordieism. I doubt if that's an actual word but you know what I mean, marrer! (Marrer = mate in Geordie)

    Best of luck with your plans for 2014. I hope they come to fruition and good luck on the job hunting front. Having you stay with me earlier this year was a blast and one of my highlights of the year. I'm hoping we can repeat it again in 2014.

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    1. I know deep down, Clint just wants me all for himself :P.

      And thanks, something should pop by! As for repeating it, I still know how the coaches work and I'm pretty sure line 57 is the one up in the Newcastle? :D

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  4. A pleasure to meet you that time and all the best for 2014!

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    1. Cheers Fran, right back at you :)

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  5. Happy New Year all the best mate. I wished I could of had the opportunity to meet you when you came over. It would of been nice to meet in person after having such great midnight chats on FB.

    Looking forward to seeing more historical posts about the fortifications and of course more miniature and gaming related things to.

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    1. Thanks, enjoy yours, too! I'm sure there's gonna be another chance, if not this year, next one, for sure. :D
      Hah, I am running out of history now, but I'm sure I can always find something if I won't have nothing better to show, he he.

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  6. Happy New Year to you my friend and I hope that you have just as goof one next year.

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    1. Thanks Bob, you're on my to-meet list to, remember? :D :D

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  7. Great seeing you and of course there must have been so much in the North of England that you hadn't seen before....electric lights, carpets, curtains etc.

    Happy New Year mate hope to see you again soon.

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    1. And a warm water?
      I have to admit you (as Englishmen in general) don't drink a real coffee and your common bread is what we only use for toast, ha!
      I did like that bacon and sausage sandwich, can't eat sandwiches here as they all got "something" I don't like in them :D

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  8. Sounds like you have a lot of plans for the coming year (for the hobby, at least). I'll bet that it doesn't work out quite like you imagine it will!

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    1. Plans are cheap and they don't take up much time, so I always carry some around, hah!
      Thanks mate, happy new year!

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  9. All the best for 2014 mate!

    Keep rolling dice and licking painbrushes!

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  10. Happy New Year, Mathyoo! All the best for 2014.

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    1. Thanks! All the best for you, too!

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