Following the example set by Dino over at Chaosbunker, starting last month, I will abide by a simple rule:
Every month I have a budget of $25 for my hobby.
Hobby spending never stops! As much as I’m struggling to follow this hobby budget rule, there is another hobby rule that I follow without failure – if there is a new Bolt Action Campaign book, I buy it. Thus, I truly never had a chance to hold my $25 for November. I made a second purchase as well, the follow-up to Undaunted: Normandy (my favorite game of 2020), Undaunted: North Africa!
I have not yet had the chance to play but I cannot wait to give it a go. Undaunted: North Africa adds vehicles to the game along with asymmetrical forces, LRDG vs. Italian Army. Ben and I played through all 12 of the Normandy missions (Ben narrowly won the overall campaign) and I also played through many of the missions solo. On top of that, there is the recent Undaunted: Reinforcements announcement, it’s a great time to get involved with this game.
Now for the other purchase. I dive into detail in the Hot Take but Italy: Soft Underbelly is a mixed bag. I love Bolt Action and I love new Campaign books but Soft Underblley was a bit of a disappointment.
|April||$13||Stug Ridders ($12)|
|May||-$5||Zodiac Kickstater ($15), Jaws Board Game ($15)|
|June||$1||Campaign: D-Day: US Sector ($24)|
|July||$11||Warhammer Armies: Ogre Kingdoms ($14)|
|Aug.||$-9||Wargames Atlantic Skeletons ($19), Tomb Kings bits ($15)|
|Oct.||$-33.26||Settra the Imperishable and Screaming Skull Catapult ($80), Battlemat ($102), Bitz trade sales (+115)|
|Nov.||$-4.00||Campaign: Italy: Soft Underbelly ($25), Undaunted: North Africa ($4)|
Damn. Still in the red. December is where I must draw the line and hold the funds in an effort to claw my way back out of this hole.
Back in the black! No Black Friday temptations here. Focus on the mission, that is what matters.
I picked up a pair of hot glue sticks and finally pulled the trigger on a Kurgh, a 3D sculpt turtle warrior to finish my Sarus Guard unit. I’m going to add a Predator mask to make him an intergalactic space warrior. I sold a random model to continue offsetting costs.
One more month to go, but should close out the year positive!
|May||$10.05||PoweredPlay circuit board ($14.95)|
|June||$14.01||Ring Light ($10.99)|
|July||$0.00||Egyptian Horus Guard ($13.19) and General’s Handbook ($42.25)|
|Aug.||-$25.67||Green Stuff, magnets and 28mm Predator masks|
|Sept.||-$3.95||Magnet bases, transport tub, metal sheeting ($38.95) + Sales (+$35)|
|Oct.||-3.00||Sales (+$50), Vallejo, primer, airbrush paint ($50)|
|Nov.||-$25.75||Hot glue ($5), Kurgh ($20), sold a model (+$4)|
Seems like I have been again a good boy, or should I say a “busy” boy? This month flew by in no time, work being overwhelming, but who am I talking to? 😀
For November, I just bought a rulebook. This rulebook I have been waiting for and it kinda got released out of the blue, with just some teaser here and there on their Patreon – the Black Powder Red Earth Patreon that is. Yes, I am talking about the Black Powder Red Earth 28mm Skirmish Rules. If Andrew is ok with it, I will do a “Hot Take” on it (Andrew is very ok with it – Ed.)
Along with that, I finished four minis that I 3D printed from Combat Octopus, which are meticulous and magnificent multipart modular ultra-modern miniatures – that’s a lot of “M”s!
But back to the funds! This lavishly illustrated rulebook set me back for 33,-€ which was a bit over the monthly budget, but thanks to last month’s “conscious spending” *cough cough*, the Hobby Bank Account still remained in the black.
|June||5.02€||Campaign: D-Day: US Sectors (19.98€ )|
|July||30.02€||x3 Rubicon Models Schwimmwagen (39.71€)|
|Aug.||-88.56€||Sale of terrain (+140€), Big Spectre order (243.87€)|
|Sept.||-5.12€||Sale of terrain (+79.17€), Exploit Zero PDF (-20.73€)|
|Oct.||25€||No purchases! Is this even possible?!|
|Nov.||-33€||Black Powder Red Earth rulebook|
The Fine Print
The $25 per month limit applies to models, rules, paint and supplies. It does not apply to event tickets or travel costs.