New Year Resolution? : ‘The Pledge’ for 2015

Following some banter of Twitter yesterday, I thought I’d put together a quick post about one of my resolutions for 2015.

As you know, I’ve spent some time in the last few months sorting through my miniatures and boardgame collections, with the aims of:

  • Reducing the amount of space my collection takes up in the house
  • Bringing some sanity and reality to my collection – what am I realistically going to have time to build/paint and play in the foreseeable future?

As a result of this, a number of projects have been shelved and I’m currently selling quite a few items that I’ve collected over the years.

So, what does this mean for 2015?

The plan is to concentrate on several existing projects, finally get some figures painted and play lots more games.

Since I’m clearing out my hobby excesses, the last thing I really want to be doing is buying more stuff to replace it, so my plan is to paint and play with existing models, rather than buy anything new this year.

There are potentially a couple of exceptions to this:

  • I am allowed to buy figures that will complete armies that I already have (for example, I have just bought some 15mm US and German minis to finish my forces for Chain of Command/IABSM)
  • I’m allowed to buy expansions for existing board games (such as the new Prussian Army box for Commands & Colors: Napoleonics)

However, starting a new project is not really allowed.

There are a couple of areas in which I am ‘challenged’. Too Fat Lardies are planning to release two sets of rules this year: Fighting Season (Modern Chain of Command) and a subsequent Sci-Fi conversion for these rules (name as yet unknown)

Whilst I have modern forces in 40mm, I don’t have enough for a full British or US Platoon, and since HLBS moderns are now OOP, I am seriously considering switching scale to 20mm for this period. So not a new period, but a new scale. However, it’s a complete switch of one model collection for another…

Secondly, I already have several sci-fi forces with which I could play SFCoC (although these need painting, naturally!) and would be looking to round out at least one of these (Hasslefree Miniatures Grymm) – which is allowed. However, I have been promising myself that I would get the Heavy Infantry and Kolony Militia from Pig Iron Productions for the longest time, and these new rules will provide the best excuse yet for buying a platoon of each (especially as both have a great selection of specialist and support weapons). But this breaches my resolution 😦

I suspect that I will end up buying the Pig Iron troops (once the basic squads come back into stock) and potentially leave the moderns until next year (depending upon how well ‘The Pledge’ goes this year)

How long will this last? Err…

9 Comments on New Year Resolution? : ‘The Pledge’ for 2015

  1. Good luck then! πŸ™‚
    Yet just a thought: Why not make use of synergies? By concentrating on one or two scales for (most of) your projects you could easily get away with using just one collection of terrain (with some ‘period centre pieces’ thrown in for the effect). That is instead of preparing generic items like hedges, woods or highways in three or more different scales. Some other bits are usable in a variety of settings, too; e.g. adobe houses are suited to any dry environment-ish theatre from the ancients period through to SciFi.
    Done it myself and it helped greatly reducing my gaming luggage.

    • That’s one reason why my 40mm collection is going. I now essentially game in 3 scales: 28mm (Saga, Sci-Fi, Empire of the Dead, Vietnam.), 15mm (WW2) and 6mm (Ancients & Napoleonic)

      We are looking at making generic scenery as much as possible – another reason for trying to limit the scale divergence!

      Cheers
      Neil

  2. jimmylogan0916 // January 14, 2015 at 16:21 // Reply

    Interesting – and I’ve been enjoying these reads! The only miniatures I do is X-Wing, so it’s easy to not go overboard. πŸ™‚

    I did make the comment that I’m NOT planning to get Armada, though, because I don’t get enough play of X-Wing as it is. I’m not going to invest in yet ANOTHER game that I don’t have time to play. πŸ˜‰

    Same thing with Imperial Assault… There are three groups I would play that with. One is a no-go because we all live hours away from each other so we play the Star Wars RPG (thanks to Meeples on the Edge) via roll20.net. The other group is local and we JUST started a campaign last week. The third group are not Star Wars exclusive but board game players (and some X-Wing) but they already have a backlog of board games that either haven’t been played or only played once or thrice. πŸ™‚

    • I’m not getting Armada (though I am sorely tempted by it) for exactly the same reason. I have quite a bit of X-Wing stuff and have not really played it last year, so I’d like to concentrate on that.

      As for Imperial Assault, well, I have lots of the 25mm collectible SW figures, so have more than enough to skirmish game with, so why buy a board game to do it? They seem ripe to use in a Deadzone conversion.

      Besides, I already have Doom, which was FFGs previous sci-fi Descent-style game. Not played THAT much either.

      Beside, Mr. Hobbs has just bought Imperial Assault, so I suppose I could always travel to Wales if I fancied a game!

      • jimmylogan0916 // January 23, 2015 at 21:25 //

        Well my wife helped me finish my collection of X-Wing for Christmas, and I’ve gotten a few games in this year, so that’s better. πŸ™‚

        And I don’t know how far Wales is for you, but at least you have the OPTION of Assault. πŸ™‚

  3. What sci-fi games are you planning on running?

    • My current Sci-Fi rules of choice are ‘Tomorrow’s War’ (sort of a spiritual successor to my all-time-favourite ‘Stargrunt 2’), though I am looking at:

      a) Converting ‘Deadzone’ to hard sci-fi forces
      b) Playing the sci-fi version of ‘Chain of Command’ when it comes out in the autumn.

      BTW – loving the avatar!

  4. Mervyndouglas // January 18, 2015 at 21:58 // Reply

    Good man – always good to have a plan! They’re a rotten lot on that twitter arent they!?
    I’m looking forward to the TFL modern skirmish rules too but like you will probably have to go 20mm for that as the Britannia range is so tempting. As I dont have anything else in 20mm though that’s not so good…
    If you need anything else for your 15mm WW2 range (figures/vehicles/buildings) let me know – I’m thinning mine out and will be at Hammerhead if you are there again this year?

    • I was looking again, and it seems a bit silly to start a 20mm collection when most of the scenery were making is for 15mm or 28mm. (My only 20mm figures are Samurai) so will go 15mm.

      Not overly impressed with QRF (except for vehicles), so will probably look at Khurasan. However, I think that I will probably return first to one of my favourite scenario books: Day of the Ranger. Peter Pig do most of the stuff (except for Deltas, which are available from Frontline?) So they have been added to my shopping list, but not until later in the year!

      Thanks for the offer on the WW2 stuff. Yes, planning on being at Hammerhead, so probably best to e-mail with details of stuff and we’ll go from there

      Cheers
      Neil

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