Tuesday, January 12, 2021

2020 Year in Review

This post is criminally late. I apologize for that. What can I say about 2020 that hasn't been said thousands of times before? For me 2020 included, in addition to the pandemic, some personal challenges. I got divorced, had to buy a new home, move and start many parts of my life over. Through it all, my wargaming hobby, family and friends (many of them are wargamers) helped me get through the dark times. Here's hoping 2021 is as much as an improvement for all of you that I hope it will be for me.

Now on to the hobby content. My favorite unit of the year, pictured top left, was my Macedonian Hypaspists. Honorable mention go to my Finnish WWII Ski Patrol squad. A majority of the projects this year were 28mm Macedonians, with a smattering of Finnish WWII and even one science fiction project, some Fallout Wasteland Warfare miniatures that I painted for my friend Gordon. Due to being held up in isolation from the global pandemic, painting totals were up significantly over 2019, but games were way down. Much of what I painted is yet to be based, as I still haven't finished setting up the infrastructure for my laser cutter, so I am without means to cut bases. Hopefully that will be resolved soon.

This year's totals:

  • Painted 25/28mm Figures:235
  • Painted 28mm Vehicles: 2
  • Terrain/Misc Created: 8
  • Stands Re-based: 0
  • Puchased Painted 28mm Figures:133
  • Purchased Painted 28mm Vehicles:0
  • X-wing Mods & Re-paints: 4
  • Games Hosted: 1
  • Games Played: 8

Games played this year were primarily virtual games. The majority of these were one on one games of Chain of Command played via Zoom generously hosted by my friend Greg. The one game I hosted was an outdoor game open air in my garage.  


I paused painting completely for about four months while I was in transition between homes. Once my new home was purchased I set up a temporary studio in a spare bedroom in order to resume painting and streaming on my Twitch.tv channel. My new home has an unfinished basement that I've already begun finishing. This new space will hopefully be just as nice or maybe a little better than my previous game room and painting studio. Being single does have some advantages. When buying houses I looked more intently at the basements than any married man would have the luxury of doing. 

Here's hoping 2021 brings all of you a vaccine, and a return to face-to-face gaming. I know we all could use more of THAT.


Aly Morrison said...

It certainly has been a year to forget Allan...
I can’t imagine what it would be like without a creative hobby and all it entails to help me through these troubled times...

All the best and here’s to a brighter year ahead...


AJ (Allan) Wright said...

Same to you Aly!