Sunday, January 3, 2016

2015 Year in Review

   2015 has come and gone. It was a rollercoaster of a year, that started on a really, really low note but has happily ended on quite a high one. Hobby-wise, I've struggled, but in every other aspect of my life I am so much better than I was a year ago. So all in all, 2015 was pretty legit.

Hopefully you didn't drink as much as Party Troll.
   I really only set one goal for myself for 2015, which was to paint more. I failed on that front pretty hard. To be fair to myself, when I set that goal, I didn't know I was going to be in school for the latter half of the year. I also started a new, more demanding job, so between the two, I haven't had much hobby time.

   But that isn't to say I haven't painted at all. Just not as much as I would like to have painted. I worked my way through several commission projects and had a lot of fun with those (especially the Fire Dragons). I never really went full tilt into commission painting as I had intended, for the same reasons I didn't paint much. But I am hoping to really get that together after school is over (in June).

   I still managed to do 3 events- Adepticon, Historicon, and NOVA Open. I had a ridiculously good time at Adepticon, and I am very much looking forward to attending this year in 2016. I've signed up for 12 hobby seminars which is... ambitious. But I want 2016 to be the year of leveling up my painting skills. I'm definitely on track for that.

   Historicon was enjoyable as always. I made a killing at the Wally's Basement flea market. I bought some assorted miniatures that were just cheap (AoS just came out so Fantasy stuff was at steep discounts) and I picked up a good half of a Tyranid army. I've since collected a whole army and am looking forward to working on them. I'd like them to be my big project of 2016 but I think I'll wait for a new codex first. Shouldn't be too long.

   2015 unexpectedly turned out to be Year of the Board Games for me. I started playing board games in a big way. I received my Blood Rage pledge and my Zombicide Black Plague as well. I can't speak highly enough of Blood Rage, it's possibly my favorite board game now. But I've also gone through several Fantasy Flight titles I'd never tried before, and about another dozen besides that. 2016 will probably be just as big for board games, which I am really looking forward to.

   I did a lot of things for myself this year- started taking better care of myself (especially mentally) and I am in a much better place than I think I've ever been. I'm greatly looking forward to what 2016 has to offer, both personally and professionally.
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