Thursday, 1 January 2015

2014: A Year In Review

How this blog started: undercoating a Christmas present

My blog has now been rolling on for a full year, in which I've recorded my nerdy undertakings for the entertainment of, ooh, at least three people.  While you all nurse your New Years hangovers, I thought I'd share some analysis of the year.

And how, despite the blog title of The BEARDED Quail, I've not painted a single Squat

We're going to look at how many figures I've painted; how many games I've played and won/lost/drawn; and which of my blog posts have been most popular. 

George Used SKETCH!

First, let's look at my painting statistics.  This year I've painted the following:

 So overall that's sixty infantry, one infantry with fancy base, two vehicles, a large building, a smaller terrain piece and some miscellaneous odds and ends.  It's not a mega impressive turn of events - an average of a figure a week, really? - but that's the way the dice fall sometimes.  I'm hoping I can get a more substantive amount of work done in 2015.

Need to copy from this old inspiring Citadel Combat Card more often

 Next up is my game-playing statistics.  I've recorded 19 wargames of some stripe on blog this year, or a game every two or three weeks: how did I do in them?

Total Played

Dreadball 40K WFB Blood Bowl Sub-Total
Sister Superior 3 1 4
Charles 2 1 1 4
40K Dave 1 7 1 9
Stuart 1 1
Team Aporkalypse 1 1
Sub-Total 7 9 1 2



Dreadball 40K WFB Blood Bowl Sub-Total
Sister Superior 1 1 2
Charles 1 1 2
40K Dave 1 1 2
Stuart 1
Team Aporkalypse 1 1
Sub-Total 2 3 2


Dreadball 40K WFB Blood Bowl Sub-Total
Sister Superior
Charles 1 1
40K Dave 1 1
Team Aporkalypse
Sub-Total 1 1



Dreadball 40K WFB Blood Bowl Sub-Total
Sister Superior 2 2
Charles 1 1
40K Dave 1 5 6
Stuart 1 1
Team Aporkalypse
Sub-Total 6 5

So, what can we learn from these stats?

I have a Scottish definition of  "victory"
  • I'm not very good at the games I play: I lost 11 out of 19 games
  • Two of my wins are in group play: Team Aporkalypse was beaten by Team Tapas, and my defeat of Charles in 40K was with Rory teaming up with me.
  • I lose Dreadball when I'm teaching people how to play.
  • I can't pretend this is a statistical abnormality of 2014 because this happens all the time. 
Maybe I'll have more luck in 2015 with new games?...

Finally, let's look at the blog stats.  What are my most popular posts of last year in terms of page views?


11 Oct 2014





4 Aug 2014



29 May 2014


What can we learn from these stats?
You're big architecture fans
  • Without a doubt the Wellington statue was the most popular piece, with a huge amount of views and a lot more attention than other things I've shared on Facebook both with 40K and general friends.  (I think anyone slightly nerdy and slightly Glasweigan could appreciate the joke.)  
You like diagrams
  • The Allies in Warhammer post was a big hit on my Facebook groups, I suspect because a new edition was just around the corner and this is an oft-argued topic.

    You like big templates

  • A couple of my battle reports clock up quite highly.  These are always a popular format in magazines, blogs, forums etc.  In particular some of them were about the kind of Apoclaypse battle one rarely has the time to fight, so it's something to see 7,000 or 9,000 points of models on the table.
  • The Ode to Krisken one is pretty much the only time I've posted a link to my blog on another link so no surprises that people came over from there 
You like me mugging for camera in stupid poses.
  • The RPG posts aren't something I do a huge amount of but Ghostbusters and my dice collection got a fair bit of attention.  Maybe I should share more of my campaign shenanigans.
That I could arrange...

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