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Dysartes' End of the Year Address

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Ladies and gentlemen, you join me here at the cusp of a brand new year. The new day has not yet dawned, my fellow WAMPers, but already we are looking back to the past as well as forward to an unknown future. Ignoring the wider geo-political concerns, ongoing conflicts and possibly ecological issues, who knows how 2011 will influence our gaming, painting and purchasing habits?

Before we look ahead, let's take a quick glance in our personal rear-view mirrors and see what we've done in 2010. Speaking personally, I've managed to complete 71 figures this last year, which is more than I've achieved in the last few years, certainly since I was working on my Imperial Guard army while at University. I bought my first miniatures from four companies I hadn't bought from before, and painted samples from two others. Until now I've really only painted figures produced by GW and Privateer Press, so I view that as an achievement.

I've contributed to four issues of Irregular, I've helped run two events and attended a number of others. I've run my first RPG campaign for a good four or five years - which, while not a resounding success, has provided me with the material to write a setting supplement for the system itself, which I intend to finish early this year.

Looking at the market, there have been some impressive achievements by the major players. Privateer Press managed a complete reboot of their two major systems, releasing two core rulebooks and nine out of ten faction books during 2010 - with the last one due in the first couple of weeks of 2011. Games Workshop continued to produce quality plastics, as well as the 8th edition of Warhammer Fantasy Battles. Unfortunately, they also finished the year with another IP-based legal suit.

Looking at smaller companies, Mantic have continued to develop their Kings of War line, and the core rules look pretty good. Heresy Miniatures have finally finished the Dragon, a two year labour of love, hate, and barely controlled madness. Hasslefree have continued to produce an interesting range of figures. Wyrd have continued to expand the Malifaux range.

2011 - the year of austerity; the year before the Olympics in London. What do I think we'll see? Well, I suspect the Coalition will still be with us, to the disgust of some. Whether England manage to win the Ashes 3-1 or draw 2-2 is a bit fuzzy, but I'd like to think we have a strong chance of winning the World Cup. WAMPed! will be successful, exiles' Help for Heroes project will raise some money for a good cause, and I still won't have entered a ladder, or monthly, competition on WAMP by the end of the year.

I'm expecting PP to continue with a high rate of releases, though admittedly at a slower rate than 2010 - we're currently only aware of one supplement outside of the Minions Forces book, meaning support for 6 factions. You'll still find it hard to predict what GW will release when, thanks to the Iron Rumour Curtain of Doom. The VAT rise in the UK may be used as an excuse for additional rises by some companies, but that's less sure. I'd also give you 50/50 odds that the GW vs. Chapterhouse suit hasn't gone to trial by the end of 2011.

In terms of personal goals, I only really have four:

  1. Continue to contribute to Irregular, be that as co-editor, proofreader or author
  2. Stick with the miniature rationing
  3. Finish my WAMP Army Challenge entries - possibly even on time.
  4. Have cleared at least half the entries from my grey horde - though I'll need to finish cataloguing it first.....

I make no promises, however, so we'll see how things pan out.

Anyway, having sat through the fireworks while thinking this all up, I feel I should sign off now. I'll wager that by the time this year is done some of you will be looking fondly back at 2010, while others will be looking forwards to 2012. I'll continue to move on in the style of Jonathon Trott's batting - treat each day as it comes, and take it steady.
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  1. Boris's Avatar
    Wishing you all the best for this new year Nick.
  2. warhammergrimace's Avatar
    Very interesting read. I've no idea how many I painted this year, buts it gotta be around the 70 mark or more as well.
  3. Ulfgrimr's Avatar
    Hope it's a good year for you Nick.
  4. precinctomega's Avatar
    Other than the fact that I painted approximately five times the number of miniatures you painted (although certainly not as well) it sounds like we had similar years. Happy New Year, WAMPers!