2021 – Getting back in the groove?

There is no doubt that 2020 ended with somewhat of a whimper, hobby wise (well, non-hobby wise too really). My plans to finish my third painted army of 2020 were somewhat derailed in October last year when my mum suffered a serious fall and I found myself looking after my parents for the duration of the second COVID lockdown in the UK.

The trouble was, even when I got back home in December, if found my hobby mojo to be severely lacking – something that has only just started to be rekindled in the last few days.

So, what’s the plan for 2021?

More of the same from 2020 to be honest. In the absence of face-to-face gaming, painting models and role-playing via Roll20 are the order of the day for the foreseeable future.

First job is to finish the Goblins I started painting before Christmas, and then paint the Elf and Dwarf armies that are in the queue behind them. Once those are done, there are a number of projects vying for my attention:

  • Star Wars: Legion
  • Oathsworn Warbands
  • Baron Wars
  • Aliens: Another Glorious Day In The Corps
  • Space Hulk (Third Edition)
  • Imperial Assault

I’ll probably run two or three of those concurrently, just to give me some variety – something which I think didn’t help when it came to motivation in this last year – Mr Hobbs calls it “Following the brush” – making sure that painting remains enjoyable rather than a chore.

On that subject, probably one of the best things to come out of last year was ‘Paint and Chat’. A group of us started meeting up in an online chat room on a Saturday afternoon for a few hours to paint models and talk about anything and everything. Not only does it provide time for painting, but gives much needed social contact with friends that isn’t otherwise available during these ‘interesting times’. Long may this continue into 2021.

3 Comments on 2021 – Getting back in the groove?

  1. With the absence of the M&M podcast now following these updates is a regular part of my hobby life on the web. Thank for keeping us informed. I hope you enjoy your paint and chat in the new year as well.

    • I am trying to get back into #hobbystreak after falling off the painting wagon badly at the end of last year. Also, I need to get back into updating things on here regularly…

  2. Neil, your ‘limited’ list of projects for the year made me smile – then I thought, we’re all the same. I totted up the rest of my HaT Sumerian armies, their period- and climate-specific terrain, and in 28mm my Roman allies and slave legions, Carthaginians, Southern Italians, Etruscans and Spanish. Maybe a few more Celts. I think I’ll need to leave the English Civil War until 2022…

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