Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Painting Summary 2012

The last figures to make it across the painting table in 2012 were four Baccus heavy chariots for Commands and Colors: Ancients.  With these chariots, I should have all the component pieces necessary to game any of the scenarios in the base game.


For painting output in 2012, I show about 1,700 figures completed.  That represents my second highest annual output.  These figure totals are broken out in the pie charts below by ERA and by SCALE.


When Era is considered, Second Italian War of Independence and Punic War projects capture over half of my 2012 output.  I began a 15mm Samurai project in December and that period, in one month's time, moves up to over 7.5% of total output.  About 130 figures were completed in December for this new project.  There are two Punic War projects: one in 6mm and one in 28mm.  The 6mm Punic War project dominated the 28mm output and the effort to produce 6mm figures can have a distorting effect to the totals.
   
When broken down by scale, just over 41% of 2012 effort was towards painting 15mm figures.  Notice that the chart lists both 15mm and 18mm distinctly.  The 18mm figures are in the SYW and Bonaparte in Italy projects.

Raw output can be skewed by scale so I took the scoring from Analog Hobbies Painting Challenge and applied these criteria to my own painting output.


After adjusting for scale-points, the Punic Wars project falls from about 28% of total to about 18% of total output based on Era. The Second Italian War of Independence project remains about the same.  


When considering output on an adjusted basis by scale, 28mm jumps to 33% of total output from about 13% while 6mm falls to 5.6% from 24%.

To me, it helps to quantify painting effort by adding Curt's figure scoring mechanism into  the counts.  Since I have maintained a painting log for a number of years, for fun, I extended my annual painting totals to produce the charts below.  Again, these charts show  adjusted painting totals by ERA and SCALE from 1995 through 2012. 



By producing both of these graphics, I can tell at a glance where my efforts have been focused over the years.  Each project tends to have a unique life cycle ebbing and flowing as either interest increases or wains and as projects are finished or left to languish.  For example, the SYW project finished as the leading project in years 2008 - 2011 only to fall to no higher than fourth in ranking in 2012.  In 2012, the Second Italian War of Independence project received the most attention as I worked to get figures ready for their first game.

Do you track your painting output and, if so, how?

13 comments:

  1. 2012 was a very prolific year for you!

    I keep a count by figure/troop type, scale and project in a Word doc. I was running the numbers a couple of days ago to see my final tally. Looking at your tables, I'm thinking I should upgrade to an Excel spreadsheet for the New Year. ;-)

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    1. Yes, switching from a word processor to either a spreadsheet (or better yet) a database allows much easier data manipulation. What was your final tally for 2012?

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    2. Less than yours! Your post got me to write a 2012 tally as well.

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  2. Well yes, I do track my painting totals, but I do not create so many cool charts!

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    1. Glad you liked the charts! Much easier to tell the story with a picture.

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  3. I think you win the end of year figure tally update for 2012.

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    1. Not quite! Did you see Scott's output? With his production, I sometimes wonder if Scott is actually the cobbler, incarnate, from Grimm.

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    2. I was referring to the blog post itself. This is the most exhaustive analysis of painting trends I have ever seen. I am envious of the amount of detail you put into documenting the development of your collection. I am reticent to even do an end of year summary as I fear you have set the bar too high....

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    3. Glad you enjoyed the analysis. It was a useful exercise for myself, too. As I discovered, painting 6mm figures really deflates the totals on an adjusted basis. Don't let the colorful graphs dissuade you from your own painting recap.

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    4. Nah, I just have trouble leaving the house. When the kids are asleep, pretty much all I can do is grade papers or paint.

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    5. Scott you just summed up my existence as well

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  4. And I thought I did well for 2012..

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