It’s been a long time since last post, my friends!
Many excellent things have happened in the intervening time, although I have realised one important thing. I am awful at sticking to one hobby for a prolonged period of time BUT there is no use in fighting this. Why force yourself into doing something you’re not currently “feeling” when you could spend time in something you are and therefore getting a lot more productivity from yourself due to your enthusiasm.
This is not to say that I am totally giving up on the hobbies I am not currently doing. It’s more that I have a better sense of when to give them a break so I am not giving “half-arsed” attention.
For example, I have not been to my archery club or renewed my membership for quite a while now despite the fact that I shelled out a fair whack on equipment. For a while my heart was not in it and I almost began to feel like I “had” to go to the weekly shoots, etc. This almost led to resentment in an odd way, not due to anyone else but just created in my own weird mind. But no-one should feel like they “have” to do their hobby. It’s about having fun on your terms and I hadn’t really, clearly seen this until recently. I think my brain can sometimes create bizarre senses of duty that drive me to do things that aren’t necessarily that important in the grand scheme of things. However, because I have had a suitable break from archery for a while now, I’m getting the itch to rejoin the club and get shooting again, perhaps get some practice with my longbow once the outdoor season starts. I’ll be aiming to get my medals for 252pts at the various distances which will be a great goal to train for and many enter a few competitions to see how I do.
Something else that has resurfaced just recently, and tends to a lot throughout the years, is Blood Bowl. I can sense a groan from my readers as I bang on about this game a lot, but it is the one game that I can keep coming back to time and time again and really enjoy. And all aspects of it; the painting, the playing and running leagues for my friends. I’ve been listening to the Both Down podcast whilst at work and this does wonders for my enthusiasm as it doesn’t just focus on the rules of the game, it deals with the fluff behind it and just what fun you can have playing with your friends. It has also given me a lot of ideas to implement in my own league.
Another satisfying aspect of Blood Bowl is because you don’t need many models to make a team, you can actually get everything painted in a reasonable amount of time, unlike if you were painting for W40K for example where the task can seem never ending. The small achievable goal of getting a team finished helps the motivation and is very gratifying. The team I am currently working on is 4 models from completion and painted models look great on the pitch.
I have been talking with some friends for a while about starting a new league for a while, but initially I didn’t have the same levels of keen as them and I was busy with a lot of other things. But now we have finally started and I realise how much I have missed the game. I had been struggling to find any interest in miniatures games for a long while. My W40K stuff has been packed up for years and if I’m honest I’ll be surprised if it gets used again anytime soon, in fact I recently just sold my entire Imperial Guard force to a friend of mine, almost purely to stop if from cluttering the house. I made a pretty big loss on it but I am glad that it will be getting used by someone that actually wants to play.
Anyway, within our league we have 1 undead team, 2 Chaos teams, 1 Norse team, 1 Dwarf team, 1 Human team and finally my Necromantic team. I could’ve quite easily gone for Orcs again but I wanted to challenge myself to try something new. I had bought the werewolves and wights from Willy Miniatures ages ago because they are easily my favourite versions of these Blood Bowl players (I will hopefully be doing a post with photos of my painted team soon). I’ve played them a fair bit on the PC game and they were really good fun to use.
I am still finding my feet with the Necromantic team though, and playing real people rather than predictable AI is a real gear shift. At this point I have had two matches and sadly lost them both. Firstly to the human team whose real life coach, Owain, really stepped his game. Before, and I don’t think he’ll mind me saying, he could be a bit unfocused whilst playing and didn’t have as strong game plan. However, in our match he really knuckled down, kept his cool and proved to be an excellent opponent. Annoyingly I very nearly scored an equaliser to tie the game but my ball carrier wight tripped over right in front of the goal line! Heartbreaking 1-0 loss.
My second match was versus Undead. Very disheartening game because tactically I was spot on. I was locking down his horrendous mummies with my puny zombies, my tacklezones were spot on for causing maximum annoyance, but my dice were utterly against me when I needed them AND my armour was getting broken all over the place (luckily only one serious injury being a zombie taking -1 movement to his stat line. No matter, he will now be throwing himself at the big monsters even harder searching for a glorious second death!). The match ended in a 2-0 loss for me, with no star player points besides the MVP. The start of the league has been rough and I’m going to have to work hard to not place last.