Last week I reflected on the year that was 2021. This week I have turned the spotlight on 2022 and what might be.
At the top of the list and by some distance is my hope and desire to see Covid kicked into touch. Will it? The optimist in me says yes, the pessimist says no and the realist which wins the day says we will just have to live with it. With all the will in the world I cannot see Covid disappearing any time soon and the world cannot carry on doing the lockdown version of the Hokey Cokey.
When it comes to New Year resolutions I really don’t see the point in making them.
I do see the point in making a realistic modelling “To Do List” though. Whether it lasts for more than a week of course remains to be seen but having a starting point does have its merits in my book. As lists go I’m sure mine will evolve naturally over the year just like I expect everyone else’s will. Some items on the list I will complete, others I will not. Am I bothered? Not particulalry.
As things currently stand my modelling list reads as follows:
- Complete the foot figures for my Footsore Baron’s War army.
I’m getting bored with this project now but I only have a few to do and I really would like to complete them. I still have quite a few mounted figures to do but I’m in no rush to get them done and think I will enjoy dipping into them as the mood grabs me
- Drastically reduce my lead pile.
Like us all I have a pile of lead which needs to be dealt with. I say dealt with because they are never going to get done. The aim therefore is to clear stuff out. I need a purge. Whether I put stuff on Ebay, give it away or throw it away it has to go. Just seeing it all is playing with my head and I feel the need for a clean slate. Well cleaner!
- Complete my current Dio-Bolical Monday diorama – The Earls Visit.
I’m loving everything about this project so far but it has highlighted a significant problem. The size of the diorama and the amount of elements to it has completely taken over my modelling area to the point where doing anything else along side is almost impossible. My aim is to soldier on for the next few weeks to try to get the Baron’s War foot figures done (see above) and one or two other figures I’ve started as well but then I plan to dedicate my time exclusively to the diorama. The knock on effect is that at some point it will throw my blog posts out.
- Review My Blog
For a while now I’ve not been happy with my blog. I’m keen to keep it going but I have grown a little tired of it. I think the answer is to freshen it, or me, up. What does that mean? I haven’t a clue. Come the time when I concentrate more fully on my diorama my Wednesday and Saturday posts will probably go by the board. Alternatively for a period there might be Dio-Bolical Wednesday and a Dio-Bolical Saturday thing going on. In any event I anticipate some sort of time out. Come the end of that I’ll probably end up doing what I’m doing now!
- Sort Out My Working Space
To some extent this will happen naturally when I complete my diorama and reduce my pile of lead. Not that either will solve the whole problem but it will reduce the size of the task.
- Model Shows
As things currently stand my aim is to attend Salute in April, my Plymouth Clubs show in June and Telford again in November. Ideally, unless Covid puts a block on things I’ll attend some others too.
- Decide Where I Go Next
All I know for certain is I have no plans to give up painting and modelling. What is of growing importance is to test myself. There is so much I can’t do and haven’t tried. I want to do more freehand for sure so if I can’t think of anything else I’ll start here.
For now that’s it. More modelling ideas will spring to mind for sure as the year begins to unfold.
As to non modelling resolutions I guess much depends on how the year progresses. Last year wasn’t a great one, neither was the year before. I’ll keep an open mind for 2022 but based on 2020 and 2021 this is looking favourite …