Well, as anyone following me on Twitter will know, I’ve very excited for hobby in 2017! I have a dedicated hobby desk set up, I have a whole horde of Bloodbowl models assembled and primed, and made a start painting them!
But thats not a plan – thats the situation! Whats my overall hobby plan? More painting and gaming, basically, which is easier said than done! One key is focus, which isn’t my forte!
Here, I plan on 2 main armies to focus on throughout 2017 (at least until I’m happy with them!) I plan to work on my Imperial Guard until I can field an infantry army! I’m enjoying painting them, and there are enough quirks and odd platoons I like to keep them interesting. In addition, I love Sisters of Battle, and new releases like the Canoness and the rumoured Saint Celestine will keep me busy, together with starting a new army if they actually go ahead with a plastics release. The mix should be varied enough to be interesting, but focussed enough to make progress.
This is the joker in the deck, and may dominate the year if I’m not careful (or heck, if I just enjoy it that much!). I don’t know what we’ll see in terms of a release schedule, so it may be busy or just occasional flurries of hobby here. I think this may well end up being my game of 2017 though! At present, my main goal is to get some key teams painted up that myself and my regular opponent will enjoy, together with humans and orcs for any intro games.
Warmachine is an odd one. I love the models and the fluff, but I don’t have any regular opponents, and the hardcore gaming nature and new version is a little off-putting when my gaming is pretty irregular. I suspect if I found a regular group I’d love it, but as it is, I think my Warmachine stuff is going into storage this 2017, with maybe some minor painting for fun! I quite like the triple Haley pack 🙂 Go swans! And if there is a army paint and auction for WAAC this year, I’ll probably look at taking part again. I may look at eBaying my cygnar off at some point if my interest doesn’t take back off.
I really need to study back up on my malifaux! I have a wonderful set of Resurrectionists that just aren’t seeing action at the moment, though a local gaming group may let me kick off with them! I have a few other unassembled bits and pieces, but I really need to just try a few games here before anything else. I may reach out to Twitter and get some recommendations for tweaking my Ressers and target a few upgrades, but I’m not planning on Halifax models particularly at the moment.
Guild Ball is a bit of an odd one – I’m not sure if it will sink in my hobby year as Blood Bowl fills a similar slot. I think I’ll get the 2 player starter, and see how that goes before making any decisions. The teams in the starter aren’t my personal choices though, I quite like Butchers.
Star Wars – Imperial Assault
This is going to be big for me this year! I’m hyped for Star Wars after Rogue 1, and the minis are brilliant. I’m booking in some games of this already, and especially if they go well, I think its going to swing in and dominate my painting after the initial Blood Bowl rush. Loving the models.
Star Wars – X-Wing
I enjoy X-Wing, but I think Imperial Assault is going to be my main Star Wars game going forward. I’ll fit in any games I can, and the fact I don’t need to paint the models is a big draw with limited time!
Star Wars – Armada
Not sure on this one, oddly. Minimal painting needed, which is good, but individual games need a lot of space and take a lot of time – I think its going to overlap with 40K. Its high on my list in theory!
Fantasy Battle/9th Age/Kings of War/Age of Sigmar
Fantasy gaming is an odd spot for me, as I love the armies and battles, but don’t really have much in the way of opponents, and its a slot I struggle fitting in time wise. I think in terms of fantasy, the focus is going to be individual heroes and undead.
Dungeon Saga fits into the same sort of slot as Imperial Assault, and has the bonus extra of solo play. There are some cracking models to paint up, and there are some great options for other companies models too. Its really exciting, especially for Undead, as it goes into the next game
Zombicide Black Plague
This is a fantastic game, lets me use zombies from Dungeon Saga and others, and lets me get some solo games in too. Going to be big for me in 2017 as a co-op game with a few mates as well.