Hoping the new year goes a little bit better than this...
First off, I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and all the best for you and your families in 2012!
I'm not a big New Years guy. To me it's just another day except for the NHL Winter Classic. Resolutions can be made any day of the year, blah, blah, blah. Anyway, on with looking ahead to the rest of 2012... Life has been bumpy lately in terms of both time and money, so hopefully the new year sees some of my projects get back on track and the ability to afford to start a few new ones.
First off is getting back to my Imperial Guard Mordians. With a little more consistent effort, these guys should progress fairly quickly especially with all the vehicles. I have mixed feelings about the 6th Edition of Warhammer 40k coming out later this year. I like 5th Edition and the way the Imperial Guard plays right now (at least my list), so I'm apprehensive. Then again, things could always improve...
A new army book for my Warhammer Vampire Counts army is coming out this month and one is rumored for the Empire in the Spring. Although I love the minis, my enthusiasm for Warhammer 8th Edition is at a low ebb right now, and I'd rather start a new historical project or two than work on my Warhammer armies. Still, you never know when inspiration strikes, so we'll see if the army books breathe new life into my Vampire Counts, Empire, or even Kislev armies.
Another project that needs to be finished up is my Dwarven Army of Erebor for War of the Ring. I have some human allies from the Kingdom of Dale in the works, along with evil armies of Easterlings and Mordor. These other projects can wait a bit though, and who knows what Games Workshop has in store for the LOTR line later in the year as The Hobbit movie gets closer. Still, I think a few games of the LOTR skirmish level game needs to be played fairly soon.
A more immediate project I'd like to address is working on my War Room. As I mentioned in the related post, my goal is to get a game table set up again here at home, so that might include some small terrain projects. Regardless, I'm looking forward to rearranging things a bit, and get a new painting area set up.
What I'm really itching to do is get back into historicals and this time with 28mm instead of 15's or any smaller scales. The miniature ranges that have been coming out in recent years from Perry Miniatures, Victrix, Warlord Games, Calpe Miniatures, along with old stand by's like Wargames Foundry and Front Rank have been pretty amazing. Along with this recent high production rule sets like Black Powder and its supplements, Lasalle, and Maurice due out later this year are very encouraging.
The main question is whether to start with the Seven Year's War or a Napoleonic era army. For SYW, I'm prepared to work on all the armies myself starting with the Prussians and Russians from Wargames Foundry and then adding the Austrians from Crusader Miniatures (Plus some help from Front Rank for all of these). The metal miniatures will be more expensive to be sure, but I hope to start off with two smaller forces to get playing and grow from there.
With Napoleonics, I would hope for at least one other local partner in crime if not two or three. This will be a problem as the local gamers I know and enjoy playing with are firmly entrenched in GW games. Although I wouldn't mind starting a Prussian or French brigade or two, I'm definitely interested in seeing new plastics for Austrians and Russians.
Although the new Maurice rules and Imagi-Nations might open some possibilities for SYW stuff, I see this as a finite project. I really like the style of the Wargames Foundry range, since I see my SYW armies as more collections of "Toy Soldiers" than the more gritty realistic feel I hope to go for with Napoleonics. So maybe it's best to start there, as opposed to a more open ended project like Napoleonics.
There are a few other dark horses out there such as Franco-Prussian War, English Civil War, or even some Victorian era skirmish stuff, but right now there are no immediate plans just ideas bouncing around in my head. I think a good place to start is by painting my collection of foot and mounted Cossacks from Wargames Foundry. Not only can these figs be used for Eastern Renaissance, SYW, Napoleonics, or even Kislev handgunners, but they're also perfect for skirmish games and (Black Sea) pirates for some Legends of the High Seas action.
Too many words and not enough pictures I know... If you read this far, then God bless and good luck with all your endeavors in the new year!