At the start of the month I said I was going to approach things a little differently this year and allocate a hobby budget. If you haven’t read this I recommend a quick glance over ‘Hobby Fit’ first, otherwise you will have no idea what I am going on about. Assuming from this point on you have, here is the skinny for January (sorry, bad pun I know).
In total £137.80 was injected into the fund for the month. This is far higher than what it would normally be because, purely by chance, January also happens to be the month my Birthday is in. Lucky old me. As there was not a single instance of lunchtime snacking, despite considerable provocation, the full £66.00 was locked in, the rest being made up from vouchers and birthday gift money. So a nice amount to kick off the year with.
Spend wise, £78.57 came out. This consisted of:
- A new respirator mask for use with the airbrush, as the old was a bit worn out.
- GW Plastic Great Eagles
- Late War British paint set
- A couple of Panzer Aces colours
- Some FoW decal sets for the British and SS/Heer
- A pack of hex bases from Mantic
This left a balance of £59.23 which I can carry over into February’s fund. Probably quite useful as I have already pencilled it in to pledge on Rick Priestley’s Kickstarter.
Other than what’s above, there have been no other hobby purchases and I can quite honestly say I am sticking to it vigorously.
So what about the other element, the weight part? Well, after sticking with the tanks and troops for lunch regime I can happily say I have lost 1.5Kg (or 3.3lb in old money). Who says our hobby can’t be healthy?
The painting total for the month is also looking equally healthy, as I have worked through:
- 6 Epic Tactical Stands
- 3 Epic Rhinos
- 10 Dreadball Veer-myn
- 4 Epic Whirlwinds
- 4 Epic Dreadnoughts
- 4 Epic Rapier Battery stands
- 10 Dreadball Forge Fathers
Total = 41 painted in January.
Last night was also Dreadball match night and the first time I put the Forge Fathers to test against Kev’s Corporation. Overall it was a bit of a curious game, with neither of us seeming to show much ambition to break ahead. I think I played the Forge Fathers a bit cautiously, worried about their lack of mobility and Kev worried about leaving his strike zones too exposed. A lot of pinning blocks and counter blocks resulted in something of a meat-grinder on either wing until I eventually muscled the ball carrier through by dint of some effective slams by two Jacks and a Guard. The game stayed with only one point in it right up until the dying rushes, at which point poor Kev’s dice rolling had a complete meltdown resulting in several longterm injuries and two deaths. With such a wide open field three point strikes inevitably followed and even with both my Strikers on the subs bench at that point the 5 – 0 score seemed a formality. Maybe I won’t melt his dice down after all (just kidding!)
With the Forge Fathers painted and last wave of Epic finished, I will clear the workbench tonight and start thinking on what to work on throughout February. Most likely it will be some more Epic, in fact I have sort of promised I would do a walkthrough now of the method I use for the vehicle painting, so I guess that’s on the cards. With three of the four Dreadball teams now in play I will see about starting on some of the MVPs like “Slippery Joe” and “Wild Card”. And if that wayward order from Wayland ever shows up, I can start thinking about Sherman tanks. Until then, I’m off for a well earned beer and break.
Mission accomplished and on into February. Now, to survive pancake day!