|The Star Wars: X-Wing Empire models I acquired over the course of the year (click to enlarge).|
This now marks the beginning of the seventh year of blogging and it has been a difficult one for me; a year where I haven't been able to post as much as I would like because I've not been doing much painting for the last six months. I have a lot of things I intend to post but it means I must finish painting models and taking pictures, which I've singularly failed to do.
This has been down to two real life concerns.
The first a lingering injury in my right wrist that flared up after bad sprain and I was diagnosed with tenosynovitis. Currently, I'm wearing a wrist brace. It may also signify a flare up of rheumatoid arthritis or repetitive strain injury from typing. Whatever the cause it's a bad thing, but mustn't grumble, life could be worse. The second concern is my work. I'm writing and after three years I need to complete at least one of the novels and try to sell it. This has caused me to fret a lot about work and not take time off to do hobbies. On my other blog I've totaled up this years word count and surprised myself by how much I've done.
Still, all play and no fun makes for a dull life.
So, the plan is to do more hobby stuff. This will include wargaming but also archery, which will get me out of the flat and talking to people who are not inside my head. It will be good for me. Looking at what I've blogged, I see a number of posts about BattleTech, Ogre/GEV, and Heavy Gear, which is not that surprising given my predilections. Mustn't forget to mention Star Wars: X-Wing either, my recent passion. The only games show I went to this year was Salute and afterwards I reported on my visit to see HMS Defender that was a lot of fun.
So, having seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens (review to come at the end of January to give everyone a chance to watch and not reveal spoilers), and after listening to the wonderful soundtrack from the movie, I've relaxed a bit and sat down at my workbench. First thing I did was dust everything. Then I started painting, and while I've nothing finished to show, I can report that paint has been applied and progress is being made.
At the end of the day it's all about doing stuff you enjoy.
That just leaves me to say thank you all for coming and reading my blog and leaving comments. It's what makes blogging worthwhile. Finally, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.