Saturday, January 01, 2011

2010 Wrap Up, and 2011 Resolutions

[Disclaimer: This post contains fluffy, introspective nonsense... Just like last year's did.]

Once again, I find myself at the beginning of a new year, and it's time to look back at the previous year.

Last year's goals:
1) Focus on a KublaCon painting entry that I am really proud of - Check! Last year was awesome for KublaCon for me. I'm still pretty psyched about how well I did. More than just that, I got a lot of useful feedback that helped me improve my painting.
2) Close out my unpainted Malifaux backlog - Uhh.... not check. I've still got several left, and I'm not making much progress on them.
3) Refine my own "style" of painting - Uhh... sort of check. I've been trying to do this, but in all honesty I haven't been doing a good job of it. It's hard for me to really elaborate more except to say that I'm more keenly aware of where my weaknesses are in my painting style.

Models painting last year:
This year turned out to be pretty similar to last year. All things considered I find that to be a feat unto itself given that I have a child now, along with a job that has become more demanding. The total comes to 69 models, 3 over last year. This year had a number of beasts as I was really working hard on my Legion army.
Legion: 27
Mercs: 18
Protectorate: 3
Circle: 2
Cygnar: 7
Khador: 1
Minions: 1
Malifaux: 5
Other: 5

Goals for next year:
1) Enter the KublaCon painting competition at the masterclass level. I promised myself if I got a gold in the open level, I'd move up to the masterclass level the next year. Last year's entries were good, but I need to step up my quality even further. Amazingly I am already thinking about what I'm going to enter.
2) Close out my unplayed factions. I'm really only playing Legion now, and I'm thinking about starting a minion "army" just for fun. But I really want to get done with the remaining models for the other 3 factions I don't play actively. It's only 12 models actually, so it shouldn't be that big of a deal.
3) Do a series of posts on "speed painting". This is a project I've started working on already (in terms of research and planning), but I want to make sure it takes shape. Look for this to start happening in the next couple weeks.

Well the evening hours are burning up, and there's models on my desk to paint. It's time to put the keyboard aside, pick up the brush, and paint like I have a pair. Happy new year everyone!


Von said...

As a chronic speed painter, I look forward to your series on the subject; it's always nice to pick up new tips.

Damn good resolutions, too. :D

Nixon said...

Speed painting a thing you either love or hate.
I have tried to be a speed painter but have found that the result is seldom to my liking.
But I will take a keen interest in your endeavours.