12 Months, 25 Dollars – Part 9, December ’21

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.

I did it! Finished up the month with no hobby spending! Sadly, I still ended the year with a negative balance. It was that damn battlemat that pushed me into a hole that I couldn’t claw out of. I have no regrets on my hobby spending in 2021 and this was a helpful exercise.

I look forward to launching into this again in 2022. I am highly motivated to hold tight on the $25 a month. So here’s to 2022 and new year of hobby!

MonthFunds remainingItem
April$13Stug Ridders ($12)
May-$5Zodiac Kickstater ($15), Jaws Board Game ($15)
June$1Campaign: D-Day: US Sector ($24)
July$11Warhammer Armies: Ogre Kingdoms ($14)
Aug.$-9Wargames Atlantic Skeletons ($19), Tomb Kings bits ($15)
Sept.$-2.26Paint ($27.26)
Settra the Imperishable and Screaming Skull Catapult ($80), Battlemat ($102), Bitz trade sales (+115)
Nov.$-4Campaign: Italy: Soft Underbelly ($25), Undaunted: North Africa ($4)

Whelp, that’s that. I held the line for December but still ended the year in the red. Now all that’s left to do start it up again with a clean slate in January 2022!


End of the year! We did it. A lot of purchases this month but I made some sales to counteract. Some highlights include:

  • Metro wheel cart, “The Ribbit Rover”
  • Froggy Warrior
  • Batteries, powered LEDs for the display board

I was lucky enough to snag some high value sway from my Everwinter Best Painted award and sold off some sprues and box sets. While Games Workshop has some of the best models in the business, I tend to build my armies based on a wide variety of companies and styles.

MonthFunds remainingItem
May$10.05 PoweredPlay circuit board ($14.95)
June$14.01Ring Light ($10.99)
July$0.00Egyptian Horus Guard ($13.19) and General’s Handbook ($42.25)
Aug.-$25.67Green Stuff, magnets and 28mm Predator masks
Sept.-$3.95Magnet bases, transport tub, metal sheeting ($38.95), Sales (+$35)
Oct.-3.00Sales (+$50), Vallejo, primer, airbrush paint ($50)
Nov.-$25.75Hot glue ($5), Kurgh ($20), sold a model (+$4)
Dec.-$24.54Batteries, Powered LEDs, Cart, Froggy Warrior (-$149.53), Sales (+$137.82)

We finished the year positive! This was a great exercise and forced me to actually be honest about my hobby.


While still bogged down by my day work, which has become a one man show of sorts, I again didn’t manage any progress in terms of hobbying No games and no painting but I did print and build up some terrain for my Moderns. I found some really really lovely free designs on Thingiverse that prints great on my FDM printer. Again aiming to use that all for Zona Alfa and having it set up in an abandoned overgrown style … But until then its still quite a few steps to go.

In terms of spending, I bought the rulebook for Reality’s Edge, which is a very nice cyberpunk skirmish ruleset with your skirmish friendly RPG set from Joseph McGuire, who also wrote the rules for This is not a Test. With Osprey backing it at its “higher priced” range, it has a great hardcover and is nicely structured, which is rare in a lot of rulesets as we Wargamers know, right? I had this a long time on my wishlist, but the price for the book was always around 40€ and as this cyberpunk theme would be a complete start from scratch, it wasn’t really high on my priority list. Doing my occasional online-window-shopping on my favorite sites, I spotted the book with a big discount, costing just 28€. It was a defective copy, with some damage to the hardcover, according to the description. I didn’t hesitate, because I care more about the pages inside than the covers – so I got it 🙂 And you want to know what the defect was? Just a really fine scratchy-dent on the front, can’t even spot it really…well good for my spoils! I did start reading it but it’s a whopping 320 page rulebook, so yeah – maybe Hot Take in the near future (no promises though), but it seems great!

This brings me to the next two purchases for December. I have a bunch of the cyberpunk miniature STLs from the UNIT9 Patreon, I backed a while ago and this rulebook is with the September 2021 purchase of the x3 Exploit Zero PDF rulebooks the overall reason for buying and wanting it. Being for a short period in my own Hype Bubble of Cyberpunk I backed the UNIT9 Patreon again, costing me 9€, which though gave me some really nice game mat designs (from previous months as well strangely) in PDF format besides the nice STLs for their stunning 28-32mm miniatures. That said, I think you already know what I am going to say next 🙂 Yep! I did order a 3×3′ version of one of the game mat designs of the Tokyo Streets at my local printer. It’s printed on 900g/m² PVC which is fire, water and rip resistant (as they state) and cost me 22€ including shipping. Lovely, just lovely! But see for yourself!

And that concludes the December hobby and finance update! Small teaser for January – I won’t come out of the negative balance, but pummel further into it – totally worth it though!

MonthFunds remainingItem
June5.02€ Campaign: D-Day: US Sectors (19.98€ )
July30.02€ 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
Dec.-59€Reality’s Edge rulebook, Tokyo Streets game mat, Patreon STLs


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.

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