Recommended Hobby Blogs

I haven’t had much time and energy to devote to painting miniatures let alone playing any games, I am still seeking full time employment. About all I do is follow blogs in my RSS readers. I’ve found some new ones lately that I like and I have a few old favourites so here are some recommendations for those people interested in miniature painting, modeling, and miniature war games particularly games produced by Games Workshop.

  • Dylan Gould’s Model Works shares a love for the mid 90s GW models that we both grew up reading about as much as painting. Kids these days don’t know how good they have it with the Internet, world wide web, and smart phones. I’m still somewhat surprised that video games haven’t completely killed off the hobby.
  • Recalcitrant Daze is an even more recent discovery that seems to be working on Nurgle and Orks for Warhammer 40,000. Just like I would if my life was better and I had time and energy to spare.
  • Rust and the City is doing a Nurgle Renegades army based on the rules published in Imperial Armour 7 from Forgeworld, just like I always said I was going to do…
  • Fawcett Avenue Conscripts are also older than the average GW fanboy and seem to have a number of old school veteran armies that they drag out and use and continue to expand.
  • Roundwood’s World shows just how good a modular WW1 trench table can look.  Maybe I’ll finish my modular trench table eventually.
  • Kings Minis is another blog devoted to a large and growing collection of old GW models that still get used in games.

There, go subscribe to the RSS feeds of these blogs, they won’t be as disappointing as they are making progress on their projects and include lots of nice pictures and interesting models you don’t see every day.

Update December 2019

It is now many years later and I’m back to blogging and painting or blogging about painting or at least editing blog posts about miniature painting. You can read my latest post and I will clean up the sidebar once I overhaul the taxonomy of this website, because I’m all about Quality or at least I try to prioritize Quality over quantity and vanity metrics. One of the blogs above is now private, I can’t read it, so I don’t know the story. I’ll probably remove it from my sidebar, just like I unsubscribed from RSS feeds that are to blogs that are no longer actively maintained. Hopefully I can keep updating this blog on a near weekly basis as I have a lot of unpainted miniatures.

Miniature Scale

People who don’t paint miniatures and just see them online in say my Facebook feed don’t realize that a lot of effort goes into them. They are actually quite small even though I mainly paint heroic 28mm scale, there are both smaller and larger scale miniatures. Some how I ended up on my own Flickr feed after adding a contact and I thought this model looked pretty good even blown up like that.

I still haven’t used them in a game and with the way my life is going my models may soon go into storage for an extended period of time. I just can’t find a job. Today I haven’t been the most productive, just stayed at home and surfed the net mostly. But I thought it would make a fun photo to take the mini out of the cabinet and hold it up beside the picture on Flickr as shown on my 13″ MacBook Pro, to give an idea of scale. I did something similar once before on Muskblog.

Miniature shown next to photo of miniature to show scale

Lead Painters’ League is On

There are a record 70 official competitors. So if you want to see a pile of cool mini’s you know which link to click. Every week for the next ten there will be a bunch of freshly painted unseen miniatures in all types of scales and genres. People can vote for their favourites.

My naked chicks should be in there somewhere. I didn’t take the best group photo as I only have an iPhone. Some people didn’t even enter as they couldn’t take good photos which seems strange… I’ve been hit by ‘real life’ but I have two entries done, so hopefully this week I’ll make progress on my OOP Bezerkers. In the meantime I’ve got some minis to check out.

Painted More Miniatures

But I can’t show them to you. Them’s the rules in the Lead Painters’ League. If I don’t watch it, I’ll turn into one of those miniature painting blogs, where they don’t actually paint any miniatures. They show pictures of models they own or in often cases don’t own, they complain about the prices, the rules, how much time it takes to paint, how hard it is, how they’re no good at painting, how they can’t find a recipe or a tutorial, or a decent brush or whatever.

My advice to them remains:

Shut up and paint!

They have a word in the dictionary for people like that, hypocritical. They have another word too, lazy. If you’re too busy to paint, surely you’re too busy to blog about not painting. Blogging about not painting is like dancing about politics, it makes no damn sense and is just a waste of time.

Just scroll back to previous posts and imagine the unpainted miniatures painted. That must be what those other bloggers want you to do too… …except I really will show them painted when I’m able to in a few weeks, or you can just follow the Lead Painters League over at the Lead Adventure Forum.Random Miniatures

Next up for me is some more Khorne Bezerkers. I took a picture of what the models look like lying around on the shelf above my painting table. I’m going to convert and base them, then I’m going to paint them. Then they’ll look rather like these ones, which I painted.

Someone took a photo of my bezerkers and put it on their blog and basically said, if they were going to paint some Bezerkers, you know if they had time, and determination, they’d want them to look something like these ones.

The three Khorne models I've painted in dark red armor
The three Khorne models I’ve painted in dark red armor

Of course they didn’t credit me with painting the models or link to my website. It was a picture of just the two bezerkers, not sure where I posted that, maybe on the Bolter and Chainsword, it isn’t on Flickr…

Immortal Brush Year Four

The Immortal Brush is a local painting competition in Vancouver put on by Darren at Strategies. I actually remembered to drop off some entries this year. I don’t usually paint for competitions and I didn’t paint anything special this year, I just entered two categories using models from my Chaos 40K army or armies. My chaos army has gotten so large it is probably better to think of as three armies.

Into the fantasy squad category I entered five fairly recently painted plaguebearers. Most of those models have likely been featured on this blog.

Horde of 40 Nugle Plaguebearers

My more impressive entry is “The Council of Chaos”. You have to enter five models on 40mm bases or smaller in the sci-fi category. It doesn’t have to be a legal squad so I cherry picked some models from my collection. I chose models that have never been entered into a painting contest, certainly not Darren’s. I also then chose one representative of each chaos power and one worshiper of chaos undivided.

The models I chose were mostly character models, models that have lead my armies in various tournaments. I wanted to use Da Kanopena, as it was my newest spiffy model, even though some people like his little buddy better.

Da Kan Opena

To represent Slaneesh I naturally opted for the Phantom of the Rock Opera.

The Phantom of the Rock Opera

To represent Tzeentch I went with my renegade with lascannon conversion. Which I can’t seem to find a picture of online…

To represent Nurgle I settled on Malefactor the Marred, at least I think that is the model’s name. He’s on a 40mm base, the same one as the Phantom of the Rock Opera and was painted around the same time. He was actually used in some games, unlike the Phantom.

Nurgle Lord with a Kai Gun

Finally for my undivided model I chose my Chosen with Autocannon or Renegade with Autocannon conversion, the one everyone likes. I was worried it was on too big of base, but Darren has no problem with it.

DIY Havocs

These five are all visually cool looking and they fit together due to the purple and black motif. I think the Nurgle guy is well painted but the Phantom and the Khorne guy got the initial glory from people in the store.

I want to try and swing by tomorrow around 4pm to see who wins and to see the other entries. I also want to check out some of the free concerts and other stuff happening in Vancouver as part of Main Street Drift.