I am sure I am not alone in thinking that the years are passing quicker and quicker. Also I think that being a wargamer tends to mean that your 'to do' list is always longer at the end of the year. Looking back I do not think I have too much to complain about, 8 shows attended, c30 games played, (despite the various interruptions from holidays and the real world) and c200 figures painted and added to the collection. However, there is one failure in particular, the lead mountain has continued to grow, (and at an increasing pace). For most of the year I did manage to hold my resolve and not purchase more figures, however, there were three major lapses;
In January I took advantage of an offer from Warlord Games and purchased an ECW package of 90 infantry and 24 cavalry. Then in August at Britcon I fell for a collection of 15mm Austrian infantry (another 100 figures to paint). Finally, in September came the largest fail, a collection of 25mm Hinchliffe Ottoman figures part painted, almost 200 figures in all. In my defence I will say that this last purchase was a real bargain (where have we heard that before?) Here are a few photographs
First the 4 units of Sipahi
As you can see all the figures will need weapons and some painting,
To accompany the Sipahi are 6 units of light cavalry, 2 of archers, a Deli unit and these Arab light cavalry
With the cavalry came 3 units of infantry, (each 20 figures strong), one each of Janissaries, archers and musketeers.
These musketeers require the least work, but the whole collection will take up a sizeable chunk of painting time for the coming year.