No new painting project blitzes surfaced in the the first half of the year so that accounts for some of the reduction too. With no deadlines, the paint brush lay idle. I can't use increased group gaming as an excuse either although solo play has increased. One group game per month is about all I can schedule.
Enough excuses! Let's see what I did manage to get off the painting desk thus far.
In terms of raw numbers, it looks like about 500 figures crossed the painting table with about 43% of those being 15mm. Yes, I know that aggregating by full year prior to 2014 distorts the picture somewhat but we can extrapolate and imagine full year output, can't we? If I can manage to duplicate first half output by finishing with 1,000 painted figures for 2014, I would be pleased.
When examined by era, 15mm Italian War of Independence (1859 Project) saw the most action having about 20% of the output.
Of course, raw totals weight all figure sizes equally and we know that a 28mm Roman takes longer to paint than a 6mm Roman, right? To account for this variation, Adjusted Counts have been computed. For Adjustments, I use the Analog Hobbies Painting Challenge points system.
After that adjustment, 28mm takes the lead by figure size (scale) at over 43% while 15mm falls back to 28% of total output.
So, what would I like to see cross the painting desk in the second half of the year? I have such varied interests and collections that almost anything is possible to surface upon the paint table at any time. Maybe I will try to maintain the variety seen in the first half by employing a shotgun approach to painting targets? That is, every project will be in my sights for possible work.
I have a few 28mm Napoleonic foot and horse units that could use a smack with the brush. Painting three foot battalions and six horse squadrons would just about exhaust my stock pile of lead. In 28mm, I still have a large supply of Reconquista and Punic Wars lead. Perhaps, knocking a few Impetvs sized units will be in order. I bet SAW Americans cross the desk to give my Spanish some opposition too.
On the 15/18mm front, I enjoy working on the 1859 project and I have not hit the critical mass required to field a game for the Napoleonic 1799 project. Both could see work in the second half.
Of course, plans rarely survive contact and in the end, I paint what moves me. Don't we all?