As is customary amongst many fellow blogging wargamers at this time of year I'd like to close Tales From GHQ for 2022 with a brief review of the past year. I hope it will be at least of passing interest to my loyal reader, so without more waffle here goes...
With regard to games played; a very respectable total of 44 has been achieved. For much of the year in terms of wins to use a football metaphor I was relegation fodder it seemed but my form picked up towards the year's end and I ended by recording 19 wins, 19 defeats and six drawn games. My usual bang average performance then over the year! In past years we have managed more games, a knock on effect this year then from the pandemic I'd guess. Aside from Phil and Jon I also welcomed a new GHQ Irregular in Paul, an old chum from my days at Alumwell Wargames Society. Looking ahead to 2023 I hope to see more of all of them across the tabletop battlefield here in GHQ.
In spite of my hand and eye issues and taking other health and family issues into consideration I still achieved a decent total when it came to painted figures and new units and periods deploying into GHQ. In all I completed 616 figures over the year. For the first time in goodness knows how long I managed to paint some 15mm figures even! This was in response you might recall to Matt's challenge to do something new outside my comfort zone. The resulting Cold War Gone Hot project in 15mm plastic, resin and metal occupied a fair chunk of the latter part of the year and featured in Wargames Illustrated as well. As the year turns attention though returns to 28mm figures and the SYW expansion project. I hope to have something to show for that early in the coming year, though my mojo is sadly very weak at the fag end of the year. Two wider family bereavements in December partly bear the blame for this I'm sure.
In addition to the welcome visits to shows once more I managed to visit Wargames Foundry's Factory Shop, make two visits to Games Workshop HQ, a visit to Warlord Games HQ and finally a visit to Wargames Illustrated HQ. The latter was even more interesting for the tour Dan took me on of the behind the scenes areas.
Turning lastly to my vague aspirations on the hobby front for 2023 I must confess that despite the ever present siren lure of a new period I have nothing planned even in embryo. I've long cherished a desire to try the Mexican-American War, I even picked up the Osprey guide in Hay-on-Wye at the start of the month, but the available 28mm ranges just don't appeal sadly. Anyway, I have a considerable Lead Pimple of figures awaiting the brush for my SYW expansion project, so I really think that will have to do. Is it finally an age thing? I hope not, but who can say...?
Although my blog is about wargaming in the main, I'd like you to humour me as I sign off the year with this small reminder of George VI's first wartime Christmas broadcast in 1939. It's perhaps a tad syrupy for some C21st tastes but it contains an important truth for me in that we set out each day not knowing what may become us and ours, so perhaps we should end by reflecting each day on family, friends and neighbours and their value to us, far outstripping the few figures we might cherish. Happy New Year!
David, you enjoyed a very productive year on the hobby front. Figures painted and games played are well above average, I reckon. Given your enthusiasm and motivation, not a surprise really,ReplyDelete
Happy New Year!
Thank you Jonathan, much appreciated. Happy New Year to you and yours.Delete
David, thanks for a year of sharing your table and inspiring. 616 is a good old level of painting production. I am hanging my hat on Alumwell starting back up again next year! Fingers crossed. best wishes for the New Year.ReplyDelete
Very kind Norm, thank you. Hope to see you at WMMS then. Happy New Year!Delete
A fine total despite the December lull and no mistake. Your losses must mean that I won some away games at least🙂ReplyDelete
You certainly handed out some wallopings in GHQ! See you in the New Year!Delete
A nice little overview of your year there David. Thanks for keeping us all entertained and I really do enjoy reading your Blog posts:). I heartily concur with your sentiments at the end of the post, which as we all get older, become more important to us each and every day. Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
That's very kind SteveJ, Happy New Year to you too.Delete
David a very productive year 👍 let’s hope 2023 brings us all health and happiness 🙂ReplyDelete
I will raise a glass to that!🍷Delete
You have certainly been no slouch over the last year David..ReplyDelete
It is always a pleasure and an inspiration when I visit your Blog…
Here’s to a happy, healthy and peaceful new year…
And lots of cool toys and great games.
All the best. Aly
You are very kind, your sentiments are much appreciated. I hope all will enjoy a good 2023.Delete
Another wonderful year of fine achievement Dave, and a grand figure total to be sure. You have indeed provided much insperation to us all, Thank you for your continued dedication in sharing so much throughout the year, and here's wishing both yourself and Sue a very happy and healthy 2023! May the dice gods be with you... 🎲ReplyDelete
Many thanks Paul! I hope to see you here in GHQ quite soon once things are sorted out.Delete