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Thursday, 1 January 2015

The Challenge 2014 - Fighting the battle against the lead mountain

On the sidebar of the blog I keep a tally of the figures purchased and acquired against those painted or disposed of for the year, so it is time to crunch the numbers and see if my lead (and increasingly plastic) mountain grew or shrank down the year.


Figures Painted and Based: 566 28mm figures, 12 28mm cavalry, 15 28mm vehicles, 7 28mm guns, 9 28mm buildings, 47 6mm Tanks, 74 6mm figures:

  • 90 Perry Miniatures Desert Rats including three tank crew, two Vickers, two 3" Mortars and a 2-pdr AT gun. 
  • 51 Warlord Games WWII British Infantry. 
  • 25 Perry Miniatures AfrikaKorps (for Quinton) 
  • Warlord Games M3 Half-track 
  • 2 Force of Arms Bedford trucks 
  • 2 Grand Manner Carentan buildings 
  • 48 Empress Moroccan Regulares 
  • 12 Empress Legionaries (for James W) 
  • 2 Empress Nationalist mortars each with 3 crew (for JW) 
  • 2 Empress Guardia Civil Officer (for James W) 
  • 9 Musketeer Miniatures armed 1930's civilians 
  • 7 Scratch built Spanish buildings 
  • 2 Perry British Tank Commanders (for James M) 
  • 1 BlitzKreig Mk VI B (for James M) 
  • 3 BlitzKreig Mk VI B 
  • 1 BlitzKreig Matilda II (for James M) 
  • 1 BlitzKreig Matilda II 
  • 24 Empress Guardia Civil 
  • 60 Empress Republican Militia 
  • 1 Force of Arms BA-6 Armoured Car 
  • 2 Empress Nationalist light mortar with 2 crew each 
  • 1 Empress Pz 1A 
  • 2 Empress Republican light mortar with 2 crew each 
  • 22 Adler British AWI infantry 
  • 52 Adler Continental AWI infantry 
  • Partizan King Edward VIII 
  • Partizan Armed Priest 
  • Empress Bilbao Armoured Car 
  • Empress Republican 75mm gun & 4 crew. 
  • 67 Empress Falangists. 
  • 14 Black Tree WWII British Infantry 
  • Empress Tiznao armoured truck 
  • 3 Mutton Chop VBCW tank commanders 
  • Empress Nationalist PaK36 with 4 crew 
  • Empress Luftwaffe FlaK18 with 6 crew (for Tony) 
  • 3 Bolt Action PaK crew (for Tony) 
  • 16 Gripping Beast El Cid Tribal Skirmishers 
  • 12 Perry Miniatures French Hussars 
  • 2 Foundry 5.5" Howitzers with 8 Perry / Foundry crews 
  • Warlord Games Type 97 Chi-Ha 
  • 4 Assault Group Gurkhas 
  • Empress Republican T-26 tank 
  • Empress Nationalist Hotchkiss MG with 3 crew 
  • Empress Nationalist Schneider 75mm Howitzer with 4 crew 
  • 4 Force of Arms Nationalist gun crew
  • 2 Empress Condor Legion 
  • 1 Empress Nationalist Banner Bearer 
  • 11 Wargames Foundry Gunfighters 
  • 16 Victrix Hastatii 
  • 15 Victrix Velites 
  • 16 Victrix Principes 
  • 7 Victrix Triarii 
  • 3 Victrix Roman Commanders 
  • 12 Great War Miniatures Germans 
  • 6 GHQ T-10M 
  • 6 GHQ BTR-50 
  • 10 Heroics T-34/85 
  • 3 Heroics SU-100 
  • 3 Heroics BRDM1 
  • 3 Heroics GAZ69 
  • 5 Heroics T-72 
  • 10 Heroics T-54 
  • 1 Heroics BRDM2

I am very impressed with that total, however, not all are reducing the lead mountain as quite a few were painted for friends, if I take out those 53 28mm figures that leaves 513 for myself, still a good number as I had hoped to do 500 this year

New Figures Purchased: 255

  • 52 Empress Spanish Civil War Moors 
  • 36 Empress Spanish Civil War Militia
  • 20 Black Tree WWII British Infantry 
  • 7 Perry Tank Commanders 
  • Perry 2-pdr and crew 
  • 36 Empress Spanish Civil War Falangists 
  • Empress Spanish Civil War Bilbao Armoured Car 
  • Empress Flashman 
  • Empress Son of Flashman 
  • Empress Republican 75mm gun 
  • Empress Nationalist 37mm gun 
  • Empress Tiznao Armoured truck 
  • 8 Empress Spanish Foreign Legion 
  • 60 Victrix Republican Romans 
  • 9 Assault Group Gurkhas 
  • 24 Great War German Infantry

Now, this is interesting, I only purchased about half the figures I painted, a good tally by anybodies accounts.

However, I also acquired loads of figures due to the generousness of family and friends and in exchange for the figures I painted for friends.


Unpainted Figures Acquired: 281

  • 26 Perry Miniatures Desert Rats - split a box with Mog - Birthday present. 
  • 25 Bolt Action British Infantry - exchanged with Phil. 
  • 20 Bolt Action British Infantry - picked up 2nd hand 
  • 17 Bolt Action British Commandos - picked up 2nd hand 
  • 38 Perry Miniatures Desert Rats - picked up 2nd hand. 
  • 2 BlitzKreig 1/56 Matilda II - for painting Quints DAK 
  • 4 BlitzKreig 1/56 Vickers MkVIB Light - for painting Quints DAK 
  • 16 Empress Republican Militia - anniversary present from Victoria 
  • Force of Arms BA-6 Armoured Car - eBay 
  • Empress Panzer IA - from James W 
  • Force of Arms Bedford Truck - from James W 
  • 4 Empress Guardia Civil - from James W 
  • 16 Empress Guardia Civil - painting figures for Tony 
  • 12 Empress Militia - painting figures for Tony 
  • 4 Mutton Chop VBCW tank crew - painting figures for Tony 
  • 31 Empress Legion - eBay 
  • 2 Empress Condor Legion - eBay 
  • Warlord Games Type 97 Chi-Ha - Facebook 
  • 4 Force of Arms Nationalist Gun Crew - James M 
  • Empress T-26 Tank - painting figures for Tony 
  • Empress Schneider 75mm Howitzer - painting figures for Tony 
  • Empress Hotchkiss MMG - painting figures for Tony 
  • 12 Black Scorpion Cowboys - Facebook 
  • 12 Great War Miniatures Germans - Birthday Present 
  • 36 Perry 100 Years War - Christmas Present 
  • 6 Perry Desert Rats - Christmas Present 
  • 6 Perry Napoleonic Generals - Christmas Present

So, combined with the figures purchased this gives me a new total of 536 figures, so, I purchased and acquired 23 more figures than I painted which would be a negative balance on the lead mountain, however, this year I also sold off and gave away some of my unpainted lead:


Unpainted Figures Disposed Of: 143

  • 16 Bolt Action Commandos 
  • 30 Ebor & Front Rank WSS 
  • 37 Artizan Moors 
  • 2 Blisters of FoW Infantry 
  • 60 Ebor WSS

So....

My lead mountain ends 2014 with 120 fewer figures than it started.

Result!

I want to wish all my followers and readers a prosperous 2015