Monday 1 January 2018

Quarter 4 Painting & Year End Hobby Review 2017

Quarter 4
Another hobby year comes to an end, and to be honest it has felt like a bit of a mixed twelve months personally, so I am hoping to use January 2018 as a fresh start.

Outside of my own hobbying, it has been great to see what other bloggers have done over the year, especially in the annual Zomtober outputs - well done to everyone.

This year I managed to paint 62 minis across 10 ranges/projects, a bit of a drop against 2016's 67 minis painted. The beginning of the year saw Knight Models drop its Marvel license (or be dropped by Marvel - speculation varies as to which of those is the case), curtailing my SMG and MUMG projects. After a slow start to the year things picked up, but I had no motivation to paint in December which felt like a missed opportunity, but I really can only face painting when I do feel sufficiently motivated.

I only managed to play 13 games, mainly because I am no longer playing or painting BMG, which meant my usual four or five tournaments attended in a year was only one in 2017.

Quarter 4
I have added to my terrain this year, although a lot of it hasn't been blogged; I have built more 4Ground stuff including Valian's Stables which my thoughtful wife got me for Christmas and which was tackled over a few sessions. A post of that will follow soon-ish.

In February I left Pulp Monsters after a few years of partnership and working to develop the game and its characters. There were a few reasons which lay behind this decision, but it was the right one for me and I wish the Maciej and the Pulp City game and range well. I also started serious work on developing my own Kitbash Games products which I hope to release as low-cost books via Wargames Vault in time - this is taking longer than planned, but I have gotten to a stage where I need to teach myself some new skills to progress. On the industry side of things there have been a couple of set-backs, mainly due to people not doing what they had committed to. On the plus side, I have started work on an editing polish for supplementary material for an existing game which is an interesting job and should be finished in January (at least on my part).

My painting in 2017
I once again set a high-end target of 60 minis for the year and again thankfully exceeded that. I think I'll be setting the same target for 2018, and will be adding in another new project (since my Knight Models projects are on hiatus for now), which will be in a new scale for me -1/35!

Quarter 1: 7 minis
SMG (Spider-man Miniatures Game): 5 minis
Pulp City: 2 minis

Quarter 2: 22 minis 
BMG: 11 minis
GI Joe: 5 minis
SDZA: 3 minis
Other Supers: 2 minis
SMG: 1 mini

Quarter 3: 14 minis 
G.I. Joe: 13 minis
Tooth & Sword: 1 mini

Quarter 4: 19 minis 
Chibi Fantasy: 7 minis
Tooth & Sword: 5 minis
Zombies: 4 minis
28mm Fantasy: 3 minis


  1. I think you've had a corking 2017, PulpCitizen, and have thoroughly enjoyed all your postings; albeit I do miss your superhero-stuff. In particular though your "G.I. Joe" stuff has been highly intoxicating, and I'm hoping to see more this year to help nudge me to do some more of my own. Tip Top Year to you :-)

    1. Thanks Blaxkleric. :)

      I hope to do more supers stuff before too long, and more G.I. Joe is a certainty. :)

  2. Thank you for many beautiful models in 2017! And best wishes in the New Year!

  3. Brilliant all around! Your brushwork is absolutely amazing :) Looking forward to following along in the coming year!

    1. Thanks very much Ivor.

      A slower start than I hoped for to 2018, but painting is now underway. :)

  4. Excellent work, well done indeed! Your output puts my measly ten figurines/scale models completed to shame. I need to buck up and paint faster!!!

    1. Thanks FourEyedMonster - the difference is you go big and complex so don't do yourself a disservice. :)

  5. That's a great set of figures as output for the year - I hadn't realised you were no longer with Pulp Monsters - its a shame it was your blog that drew us to the game in the first place with all the lovely figures painted!

    1. Thanks JamieM. :)

      I wish Maciej well into the future with Pulp City and maybe I will get around to finishing some more of my PC minis eventually. :)