Well, a week of 2013 has already come and gone. I think it’s safe to make … let’s call it a declaration. Pop marketing is far too focused on resolutions and the fact that the odds are greatly against them being kept. Fortunately, rather than trying to make a big change, I’ve already been gradually improving my attitude over the course of the last several months, so I can opt to work toward a far-more-likely small-scale improvement. That said, I have a few declarations that I should easily be able to follow, and that will leave room for improvement within themselves:
- No more buying new models. I have a fairly large number of GW boxes and a few Forge World blisters that are unopened, and several more kits partially assembled. It will hurt a bit, since there are now two fortifications I am very interested in, but I have plenty on my plate as it is.
- Build and paint the stuff I have. Up until recently I have spent a lot of time not building and painting a fairly large number of perfectly good models. My free time isn’t set up like a lot of people’s is – I work essentially 14-hour days, so on days when I work I have practically no free time. I also, however, only work three or four days a week, so I have lots of entire days free when I could paint a bunch. So I will endeavor to do that.
- Improve my 40K game. I haven’t exactly made it a secret that I lose almost every game of 40K I play, especially solo games. I know the game pretty well, but I’m pretty sure I also make a lot of errors in deployment and play that cost me games I should have had an even chance in. Fortunately my opponents usually still seem to have a good time and I don’t mind losing as much as I probably should, but if nothing else I’m heading for my third Adepticon, and my third year of playing in Combat Patrol events. I owe it to myself to make a good showing there.
I also plan to redouble my efforts to absorb every bit of information I can about 40K, which will probably involve more reading and more podcast listening (and better preparing for ours). I’m not calling that even a declaration because I said so. I’ve been playing 40K for too long to pretend I’m not committed to it. Despite certain events and trends that are occurring in my favorite tabletop wargame, I think the near future holds a lot of promise and I look forward to it with a great deal of optimism.