Unbelievable how fast time passes when you're having fun. Today marks the fifth year I've been blogging about my hobby. I'd been planning to start earlier, but I kept finding excuses to put it off. Chief was wanting to keep it all in my own hands. In other words: as long as I didn't take some time to build my own site, I wouldn't write. Well enough of that - I thought five years ago - you're a copywriter for #@$@'s sake. Just produce some content on blogger and take care of the rest some other time. This marks post number 286, but I'll move someday soon....sure I will ;) Anyway enough bla bla. I was planning all kinds of spectacular posts, but to be honest I've been to busy with work, life and unfinished projects. Instead lets just reminisce about my favorite projects. I'll start with 'Buddy'.
|Who's a good boy? Buddy is!!!|
|Look at his banner Becky, it is soooo big and out there....|
|A random Facebook person called this guys armor 'too shiny'. A very obvious point was missed that day.|
|I really need to find a way to incorporate this castle into a game....|
I kicked off 2019 painting the Mighty Fortress. I've owned this polystyrene castle by Games Workshop since it was launched in 1988 (the full color box is still in a place of pride on top of one of my display cases). I had a lot of fun adding tiles to the interior and I....learned....a lot about epoxy resin and cure times making the moat. Stir, then stir some more and then just keep stirring for the hell of it, is my advice. On an unfortunate side-note: this terrain piece has never been used in battle. Lately I've been considering using a Dremel to take off the entire moat. That will make it an easier fit on the table (and incorparte it in games. On the other hand: the fortress has served me quite well as a backdrop for photos and the moat was truly hell to make.
|Now this move would've made the movie Face Off actually interesting.|
Much to my amazement 2020 was not my most prolific year when it comes to writing on this blog. I had a (shall we say) interesting time trying to keep my small business afloat during the pandemic. It all turned out more or less okay in the end, so I can now safely conclude 2020 was a lot worse for many, many others and count my blessings. I painted Malicia Ironhoof during the pandemic and she's just awesome. I think its quite safe to say every single one of the Chaos Sorcerers released in the eighties is an awesome model to own, but this one just has that little bit of extra mystery added. I'm going to stick her on the tabletop every chance I get. With the Corona-induced slump in gaming my 'games played'-counter sits at a very solid 'one', but things are about to get back to normal here (I think) and that spells opportunity for Malicia.
|Not every new model hits the mark, but these one tick so many 'awesome' boxes.|
Last but definitively not least are these five Lumineth Realm-Lords Vanari Dawn Riders. They stood for a few months in a basecoat of silver on my desk before I stripped them down and went for white and orange instead. Good call. I'm very satisfied with how these turned out and I have to say I'm quite enthused about most of the Lumineth line Games Workshop produced. One thing that makes this book especially attractive (and both the Skaven and Legions of Nagash Battle Tomes before it) is that it gives you the chance to use the models you've painstakingly collected and painted over the years or decades. That motivates me to keep collecting and painting. Now please give me a chance to use my Greenskins again (I have a good feeling about that one, considering the upcoming AoS 3.0 release).
|I'm still overtly proud of my two Armies on Parade wins (one silver and one bronze).|
I hear people grumbling that there's no incentive for GW to make models and books if you keep using the old stuff. Humbug I say! (Yeah had to make myself extra old there ;). To me the wargaming hobby at its core is about creativity, collecting stuff and socializing. There's nothing quite like a nicely build table with pretty models on it and good company at the opposing end. As long that goal is achievable, the till at GW will keep ringing. Looking at my collection, which features models from the past four decades, I can safely say that the hobby endures, GW endures and some very talented independents do as well (insert a nod to Tim Prow at Diehard Miniatures here). Lets end this five year post with some awful pictures I recently shot of my display cabinets. I had to use them somewhere and the article I was meaning to use them for keeps getting delayed.. I'll leave you here (from a text perspective). I wish you all happy gaming, painting, collecting and socializing (as soon as safe). I'll go on and see where the next five years will lead me. Who knows....I might get my hands on both the Realm of Chaos tomes, or - even better - the crazy plastic giant from page 18 (3rd ed. for the confused youngsters among you). More on the hideous chaos in my cabinets someday soon, in the meantime thanks for all the comments over the past years. Its truly awesome to see people read my nonsense ;)