12 Months, 25 Dollars – Part 2, February ’22

Following the example set by Dino over at Chaosbunker, starting last month, we shall abide by a simple rule:

Every month I have a budget of $25 for my hobby.

And here we are again. A second attempt at starting Black Powder French. My previous attempt was in 28mm and after collecting far, far too many kits and managing to paint only one unit, something needed to change. I am still in love with the setting, the models, and the rules but in order to actually get a 28mm Black Powder army on the table…I’d have to stop every other hobby project for about a year. And that’s not something I’d like to do. So, what’s the solution?

Well, it’s not a solution but it’s a pivot. A new approach. And a new scale. Black Powder Epic Battles is the latest rule system from Warlord Games and my hope that I will be able to capture the look and feel of a large Rank & Flank game, but without spending crazy amounts of time painting (in theory). The figures are 15mm scale, something that is new for me. All my experience is in 28mm and 32mm. Needless to say, I am excited about all aspects of this new undertaking.

MonthFunds remainingItem
Jan.$7Wargames Illustrated 410 ($8), paint ($10)
Feb.-$120Epic Black Powder: Waterloo French Starter Army ($145)

And just like that, I’m in the red. Like waaaaay in the red. Time to see if it’s even possible to lockdown the spending while at AdeptiCon 2022…


“So, after fleshing out some army lists, I locked in what I would need to complete it and pulled the trigger.”

Famous. Last. Words.

As I type with Exacto knife wounds bleeding onto my keyboard and superglue only sticking in odd places; I find myself reflecting. And that’s enough reflecting. I have to start painting….

AdeptiCon is coming…

MonthFunds remainingItem
Jan.$16.51Foot Knights, paints, primer, glue (-$84.86). Sales (+$76.37).
Feb.$-228Purchases (-$413), Sales (+$160)


“Mistakes were made.” – Me

What I had not planned on was having to make a purchase of bases for the Tyranids I bought in January. I probably could have made a smaller order for just the units I’ve got in hand, but for some reason I went for the whole army. Not quite sure why. Along with that was the purchase of some fancy glue, which I’m keen to try.

I am also going to try to pull a Jeremy here and sell off some stuff, but I can’t count those chickens until they’re hatched and thus I will continue to show in the red for a bit.

MonthFunds RemainingItem
Feb.-$60.00Tyranid Bases! Also, fancy glue.


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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