Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The numbers won't lie

I have again followed the inspiration of Jonathan's six monthly reviews that I so look forward to reading on his Palouse Wargaming Journal.  Last year I copied the style and content of Jonathan's graphs and have again repeated the analysis. 


With the caveat expressed last year that my records only go back 7 years of the 30 I have been painting, I have shown how progress has gone.  I have used the point system from the Analogue Hobbies Paint site to allocate points per size of figure..

Firstly I have shown painting by year by period based on an actual figure count. 

Next up is actual figures adjusted using the Analogue points.

There is not too much to say other than I have focused quite heavily on 28mm armies for Impetus over the past three years - both Ancient and Renaissance.  As you may have seen from the blog this year almost all of my work went into the Carthaginian and allied armies with a little bit of work on others. 

I'm glad that the numbers have improved a little on last year - but they are not at the levels I was achieving a few years ago - mainly while the Guild painting challenges were being participated in. 

The next set of graphs show the same but by figure scale - again in raw figure count as well as adjusted for painting points.


So it is left to show how the inventory has moved during the year. 

I surprised myself by keeping the inventory that I had prepared last year, up to date through the year as I purchased my "raw materials".

This information is slightly misleading currently as I do not yet have the ability in the database to record what has been painted and to remove it from the inventory.  But, while not giving away too many secrets on the size of the inventory in figures (the tax man may be watching), let me say that had I removed what I painted in 2016 from these inventory numbers the difference would not be statistically significant (as the scientists say).

Having the inventory has again saved me a reasonable amount of money this year as on a number of occasions I have been almost enticed by a sale or a second hand offer only to check the inventory and satisfy myself that I needed no more - or that I was about to duplicate a purchase.

So what follows are two graphs showing the percentages of my unpainted pile by period - one based on actual figures regardless of scale and one based on an adjusted count of 'painting points'.  Again for this purpose I am using the point system from the Analogue Hobbies Paint site.

The WWII will probably always be the core of my collections and effort.  But the Ancients, Renaissance and SYW are collections that I have started over the past three years.

I have again not managed to catalogue all of the collections - namely my 6mm and 28mm Napoleonic projects and some 1/1200 and 1/2400th scale naval projects.  Perhaps that is something that can be added through the year.


  1. First rate analysis, Richard! Obfuscating the actual unpainted Lead Pile by using percentages is a clever trick. Actual figure count would be interesting and revealing and provide a benchmark for my own out-of-control pile of lead.

    1. Jonathan, let me see what I can do. I will need to work out again how I did the pivotcharts for a start.

      But I am more than a little concerned that simple arithmetic will show that I have more than a lifetimes unpainted lead !

    2. I KNOW I likely have more than a lifetime of unpainted lead. I was hoping for a little solace in knowing I am not alone...

  2. We all have too much lead! Nice to see you back ,glad you're still going on the renaissance I try and keep all the numbers in my head, I view it as mental exercise and hope it will stave off dementia!
    Best Iain