This was a banner year for me in the wargaming hobby. I managed to play more Warhammer 40k than ever. In addition to all that WH40K, I played multiple new and old game systems. 2011 was also the year I started writing articles for gaming blogs.
Going full circle in my wargaming hobby, I played in Cerberus' Battletech campaign this year. Battletech was the game that introduced me to table top wargaming and the nostalgia I felt playing it again was great. It was nice to dig out some of my old battlemechs and put some fresh paint on them.
I bought the big Fantasy 8th edition rules in November 2010 and started collecting a Dark Elf army with the battalion box. I played a few games and liked it alot, but it was hard to find players. Throughout the year, I added to my army and now can play up to 2500 pts. Lately, there seems to be a lot more interest and I am hoping to play a lot more in 2012.
This year I started my foray into Warmachine. I started and expanded my Retribution of Scyrah army. It was definitely a steep learning curve and I struggled a lot at first trying to get a handle on the rules. However, the system is very well written, the Iron Kingdoms fluff is good, and the miniatures are fun to paint.
Our group dabbled a bit in the Deathwatch RPG. As an RPG veteran, I found the system a bit difficult to pick up. However, I did have fun running around as a Librarian killing stuff with mind bullets. I hope to get a chance to play this again.
Muggins spoke very highly of this game called "Necromunda". I was intrigued enough to pick up a Delaque gang and get it painted up. This game was a lot of fun and the campaign system is extremly cool for a miniature wargame. It felt cool to play "2nd edition" Warhammer 40k and probably saw a possible preview of rules that may be in 6th edition.
Last but not least, my Blood Angels army expanded. I bought a lot of Blood Angel models off of from Muggins. I got a fair amount painted, but still have a ways to go before it is fully painted. My Blood Angels army became my primary tournament army while my Tau remain my casual army for campaigns and pickup games. I am still evolving how best to play Blood Angels and want to get back to a jump pack army that I originally envisioned. However, I cannot argue with how fun and effective having a fast moving mechanized army can be on the table top.
I am really looking forward to more in 2012. We will be playing a Badab War campaign. Some new players will be picking up Fantasy armies. Supposedly a new Tau codex will appear in 2012 with corresponding new models. Oh, and 6th edition Warhammer 40k! Should be fun.