Hobby Goals for 2022

As we rapidly approach Hogmanay and the end of 2021, it’s time to have a wee think about what we want to accomplish in the year to come. This is the last of my end-of-the-year posts, following on from my 2021 Hobby Review, my Best of 2021 Awards, and my Top 10 Games of 2021.

Today, I’m going to set myself some goals for the coming year. I’m quite enthused about 2022 for a number of different reasons, both hobby-related and personal. So yeah, let’s see what I’m going to try to do!

Before we begin, let’s take a look at how my 2021 goal panned out. Spoilers: not well…

2021 Goals Review

Part 1 of my goals from last year were my painting goals. These have been fundamentally quite unsuccessful:

  • ~4000 points of Gloomspite Gitz (2000 points of Troggoths and 2000 points of Squigs)
  • Expand my Necrons with vehicles and more troops
    • Unsuccessful. I built the Necrons, but never got any further.
  • A small force of Eldar for 40K and Kill Team
    • Unsuccessful. I started this but quickly lost interest.
  • At least one Blood Bowl team
    • Unsuccessful.
  • At least one Warcry warband
  • At least one Necromunda gang
    • Unsuccessful. Utterly.

I cannae really blame any of this on Covid. If anything, being stuck in the house should have made things easier. The lockdown at the start of the year did see a real blurring between work and homelife. That was difficult and led to me working quite ridiculous hours and killing my motivation to do much else. I did have the rest of the year, though. In the summer, I managed to make some progress on the Gloomspite Gitz and do the entirety of my Maggotkin army. Note that the Maggotkin army was not on the initial set of goals. It was an impulsively-chosen project that I took on and then quickly completed.

I never really picked up much steam with painting from September on, though I did make a lot of conversions that I hope to paint next year, and I did paint Kragnos. It occurs to me that I haven’t shared any pictures of Kragnos on here yet…

I don’t know that these targets were actually that unrealistic. I think it really came down to circumstance, mood, and motivation. In some cases, as with the Necromunda and Warcry goals, my priorities just shifted.

My second batch of goals were to do with gaming. Looking back over them, I actually did better than I’d have expected, given how difficult the year was in terms of gathering together, socially. Here’s how I did:

  • Continue engaging in regular RPGs
  • Try to play more RPGs that are not D&D
    • Mild success. Played some Vampire, Mutant: Year Zero, and Traveller.
  • Run a fae-based campaign
    • Successful. Currently playing in one fae-heavy D&D campaign and running another. Would have liked it to be a different game, but it’s all cool.
  • Play Twilight Imperium 4 again
    • Unsuccessful. I blame covid for this one.
  • Play some of my as-yet-unplayed GMT Games titles.
    • Unsuccessful. Again, covid was a big factor here.
  • Get back into playing Warhammer 40,000 and Age of Sigmar
    • Very successful. Not been playing any 40K, but have had plenty of opportunity. I just keep picking Age of Sigmar instead. It’s just great…
  • Play Warcry
    • Successful. Played a few games with my Maggotkin. Looking forward to trying out some more options once I expand them a bit.

As I mentioned in my Top 10 of 2021, D&D was important to me this year. It’s been a real tool in maintaining a social existence and I can’t really overstate the importance of that to me. It also gave structure to my week outside of work, and that’s been good, too. The board game-based goals were not accomplished. This was largely down to lockdowns, social distancing, my GMT-buddy moving away, and (let’s be honest) a lack of motivation this year.

Finally, I had a batch of goals for my wider life. These involved things I wanted done or skills I wanted to improve. Overall, these were done pretty well, with just the one exception:

  • Try making more plant-based dishes
    • Successful. I branched out well in this regard. Star dishes have been an onion fried rice, vegan chilli, butterbean korma, and tomato curry.
  • Continue to vary my cooking and be adventurous
    • Very successful. As above, I tried lots of new stuff and am pretty happy with most of it.
  • Bring a bit more order to my kitchen
    • Successful. Upped my pantry game.
  • Have a thorough tidy of my hobby space
    • Successful, but only very recently so.
  • Start planning what I am going to do with my garden (this will be a long-term project)
    • Mixed results. I don’t feel I’m a lot further on, but the tree stumps causing problems at one side of the garden have been taken care of. I can do more in the coming year.

The garden will be an embuggerance for years to come. I know this. I need to work something out that makes me happy with it. We’re blessed with a large garden, but it’s currently just a small field. I want to do something more, but I’m struggling with both ideas and, again, motivation. I’m a pretty bangin’ cook, though. Just sayin’.

2022 Hobby Goals

So, as discussed recently, I bit off way more than I could chew last year. I have a lot of projects on the go and the disparate nature of them contributed to my inability to really commit and get any of them done last year. With that in mind, I’m going to try to really focus on one or two projects at a time this year and try to push through them. I think it’s reasonable to assume that, with a bit of commitment, I can manage these three:

  • 2,000 points of additional Maggotkin of Nurgle: I recently wrote about my intention to expand my Maggotkin of Nurgle. Currently I have mostly Daemon units and the Glottkin. I’d now like to add a pile of mortals and a Great Unclean One. I think that 2,000 points is quite reasonable when I intend to focus so much on Pusgoyle Blighlords and the Great Unclean One.
  • Complete my 2,000 points of Troggoths: I have about 1,200 points of Troggoths already complete, with another 560 almost finished. I think this goal is within reach.
  • 2,000 points of Sons of Behemat: Really, 2,000 points of Behemat could be, what, 4 models? If I can get a handful of gargants done over the course of the year then I will be absolutely delighted.
  • 1,250of Genestealer Cults: A late addition to my goals, but one I am hyped for. I’d like to get more of these guys done but 1,250 would be a good size for games, locally.

If I do manage to complete the above goals, I’ve got a few secondary objectives lined up. I’m not counting on getting these done, but they’d be a nice bonus if I do:

  • A couple of forces for some Osprey wargames: Oh, I say that I’ll do this every year and I never do. I have some Frostgrave minis primed and ready to paint, and some cars and conversion parts for Gaslands. This isn’t a huge priority, but could be fun if I get the chance.
  • Complete my 2,000 points of Squigs: As above with the Troggoths, I made decent progress, but I need to follow through and finish them. The Troggoths have proven to be a bit more fun, which is why they are taking priorities over the squiggly beasts.
  • 2,000 points of Kruleboyz: My love affair with Age of Sigmar’s Destruction alliance continues. I spent some time in November and December putting together the miniatures for this army. I am really looking forward to doing this army.
  • 2,000 points of Slaves to Darkness: I’ve spent a fair bit of time prepping this army, and I’m delighted with some of the conversions that I’ve done.

I’m not too concerned about getting everything done, but I’d like to finish off the half-finished stuff from last year and generally do more than I managed in 2021. I think that’s pretty reasonable as a core objective.

2022 Gaming Goals

This year was actually surprisingly successful in terms of gaming, at least when you adjust for the current apocalypse we are all living through. I kind of just want next year to be more of the same, building up the amount that I’m able to do as the country opens back up. In terms of articulating specific goals, let’s go with these:

  • Play a lot more Age of Sigmar: This is a biggie. I really like this game and I want to play more. I want to get more consistent and stop forgetting things. I’d like to have a healthy rotation of my various armies for the sake of variety. I’d really like to get back to playing bigger games, as most of the games at our club just now are around 1,000 points. We also have a wee campaign coming up. That’ll be fun!
  • Get my Necrons to the Table: In 2020, I painted up an army of Necrons for Warhammer 40,000. I’m actually really happy with how they turned out. The thing is, I only actually got to play 9th edition 40K on Tabletop Simulator. Next year, I’d like to remedy this situation by getting my Necrons onto the table a few times. I do prefer Age of Sigmar, and that’s ok, but I do want to see some use from this army.
  • Play a wider variety of board games: I love board games. I don’t think the industry is in the best place right now, but I still love the games. I’ve managed to get a few games to the table this year, and I want to build on this next year. I want to try new games, games that have been on my pile of shame for a long time and, as I’ve recently stated, I do also have a list of games that I’ve played but wish to return to. I don’t really want to put an exact number on it, but if I can manage to play 20 or so games this year, I’d be delighted.

I’ve not set a goal for RPGs this year because, really, things are going pretty well on that front and I’m just continuing on with what I’ve been doing. Namely, this is a lot of Dungeons & Dragons, along with whatever non-D&D games I can get into. If Tabletop Scotland runs this year that will be a great opportunity for trying out different systems.

2022 Other Goals

As with last year, there are a couple of things that I want to accomplish in my wider life. Well, there are probably a lot more things, but these are the ones I feel comfortable sharing:

  • That bloody garden: I don’t even know what to say, specifically. It won’t be done done this year, but I really need to so something. If I can just start moving in the right direction then I’ll feel a lot better.
  • Lose Weight: I’m not the only one to have put on some weight over the course of the pandemic. I already needed to lose weight before that, but it has crystalised that need for me and (I hope) will prompt me into action. I’m not going to log progress or share numbers here, but weight loss is something that would help me to feel better and maybe help with my energy levels and motivation.

Yeah. I’m a lot more motivated for one of these things than the other…

Conclusions

2021 wasn’t too bad. I accomplished a decent amount in the hobby, even if it’s not exactly what I had initially planned. I got more games to the table over the past few months, and really got into the new edition of Age of Sigmar.

2022 looks a bit more promising. If The Economist is to be believed, then we should see a gradual return to normality. We’ll see if the reality of this is reflected in government policy. Working in schools, I can assure you that Scottish government policy on Covid has very little connection to reality.

This will be the last post on here before we get into 2022, as I head south to visit friends for Hogmanay. I hope the new year finds you well and that you are able to celebrate with loved ones.

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