Warhammer 39,999: The Logo – Revisted (Feedback Requested)

I often forget about just how long I’ve been maintaining this blog.  It doesn’t seem remotely reasonable that I would’ve started this whole shindig back in 2009, but I did.

As a result, how long ago changes were made to various things always come as a bit of a shock to me.  I’ve been toying around with the idea of having an official logo created for the blog for a while now.  Just how long, I can’t rightfully say, but since I last updated the logo of the blog back in 2012, you can safely assume that it’s been more than five years.  Frankly, I suspect that my aspirations of a blog specific logo go back as far as the blog itself.  The earliest inspiration I can think of was when I did up a few test banners for Maunderings of a 40k Gamer back in 2010 (a contest which I won, by the way, though never got my prize for!!!)

In all fairness, that’s because I was both a little too ambitious and a little too lazy to get things going.  It wasn’t through any fault of Dvernings.

Anywho, I started rekindling an interest in Magic: the Gathering over the past few years, and have been following a number of folks on Twitter related to that aspect.  One of the guys that I follow there is called “The Proxy Guy” who does some pretty fantastic renders of various magic cards.  Well, he happened to tweet out to someone letting them know that he’s also an artist available for commission work, so I shot him a message to talk pricing and availability, and we agreed to some terms.

That’s where you come in.  I gave him some baseline suggestions about what it was I wanted, and he came up with some ideas to work from.  My original content requests were:

The logo I had in mind was a play on GW’s old second edition logo.  Obviously having the 40,000 replaced with 39,999. But also aged. Cobwebs on it, cracks in it.  Maybe one end of it broken off.

From that, and a little banter back and forth, these are the options he came up with:

I’ve asked some friends for their opinions, and there doesn’t seem to be a consensus on what is the best solution.  From top to bottom, I’d number then 1-4.  Which one(s) do you like the best, and why?

Do you have any suggestions on how to improve them?  I’m going to forgo leaving any of my own personal thoughts on the matter (Short of saying that he is a pretty fantastic artist), so as not to taint your thoughts.

Thanks in advance!

 

Old Stuff Day – 2017

Old Stuff Day was meant as a way of dusting off nostalgia from the past and presenting it to a new audience of bloggers.  You see, blogging as a medium is relatively thankless.  The pay is atrocious, and the fame is fleeting at best.  So, when you come up with a great post, it lives in infamy for a couple of days at most, and then generally slinks back into the shadows.  I started this holiday in the thought that I could bring out some of my older stuff and maybe breathe a little life into it.

This year though, Old stuff day is six years old.  No… wait… that can’t be right.

Ok, when I started writing this post, I swear that Old Stuff Day was only five years old.  That being a nice “even” number, I felt like I could go back and reminisce about what I’ve done; however, it actually seems that this is the sixth year.

Oh hrmm, I guess that does mean I have five years of posts to go back and reflect on, doesn’t it?

Anywho, this year, instead of looking back at specific posts, I thought I’d harken back to “Old Stuff Day” posts of old and see how they’ve progressed over the years on my blog:

2011

This is where it all began, and includes links to view:

2012

I changed up my strategy for 2012 and instead of posting my own old stuff, I went ahead and focused on some older content from other blogs, including:

2013

In 2013, I switched up the format a little bit more and highlighted some blogs that I liked that had received little fanfaire.  These included:

At first I thought it was ironic that of all of those, only Dwez still posts, but I see that my goal back in 2013 was to highlight some blogs that didn’t post all that much at the time–so it should be no surprise that most of them are still defunct.

2014

A year I seem to have missed posting entirely, but I did write a post a few days later harkening back to my progress in painting Tyranids over the years

2015

This year lead me back to my own blog, where I had some newer content to highlight:

2016

My most recent endeavor, that mainly involved me rehashing things I had already brought up in previous years.

In total, that’s not a bad lot of posts.  Methinks I should start accomplishing something else great though so I have something to recap in 2018…

 

Reminder: Old Stuff Day is a week away

Old Stuff Day (Small)  Original Art by http://firstkeeper.deviantart.com/

Old Stuff Day (Small) Original Art by http://firstkeeper.deviantart.com/

Well, technically speaking since Old Stuff Day is March 2nd, that’s less than a week away.

For those of you who are wondering, Old Stuff Day is a chance to look back at some classic blog posts (either your own, or others’) and presenting them to a new audience of blog readers.

It really started as a self-serving notion of getting some of my older content a second chance to be seen by a fresh set of eyes, and now that the blog is going on 8 years old, it’s never been more true.

Wow, can that actually be possible?  Have I really been blogging for 8 years?  Well, I guess since I didn’t start until the very end of 2009, it’s closer to seven, but still…  For that matter, is Old Stuff Day really six years old?

Well, use this as your reminder to dust off some old posts and get them ready to go live next Thursday!

 

 

 

 

These are NOT New Years Resolutions for 2017

I don’t really make New Year’s Resolutions.  In fact, if you search the blog, you’ll find that the last time I did so was back in 2011.

wh39k-WallofMartyrs (1)The problem is that such resolutions don’t really pan out.  In fact, of the 11 goals I set back in 2011, I’ve actually accomplished very few of them–and that’s been in six years!  I’ve created army specific pages (though never bothered to flesh them out or take pictures of everything), created some crappy banners, and painted a good number of models (including all of my buildings).  You could argue that I’ve had more than 104 posts since then, but never in one year.

All-in-all, if I give myself some fudge-factor and six years, I can say I’ve completed five out of the eleven goals.

So that’s why I don’t make resolutions like this anymore.   I tend to also have personal goals to do with exercise, knowledge, parenting, etc.  and professional goals of education, certification, etc.–none of which I capture on my personal blog.  Some examples of things that I want to achieve in those realms this year are to walk 5,000,000 steps on my fitbit, learn Spanish, and get my Microsoft 2012 certification.

On a hobby front?  Well, that’s another story.  I will stop short of calling these “resolutions,” as that seems to drastically decrease the likelihood of me accomplishing them, but I would like to knock out the following this year:

  1. Keep on track for $0 net spending this year.  Last year I went a little haywire, but hopefully I can right the ship.
  2. Paint all of my Genestealer cult.  This seems totally doable, since I don’t have all that many more models left to paint… maybe 50ish?
  3. Paint my Tyranid Bastion.  People have clamoured to see it finished, and I want to, so why not?
  4. Paint all of my fortifications.  This is the lofty one–and the one most likely to fail.  I have a significant Wall of Martyrs, a Skyshield, an Aquilla Stronpoint, a couple of Firestorm Redoubts, Plasma Obliterator, and another Bastion.  And that’s just what I can think of off the top of my head.  It would be nice to knock it all out though..

I won’t set goals for how many blog posts I’ll knock out, or other hobby goals–aside from my typical 12 games per year (dare I try to get in that illustrious 13th game?).  All should be achievable…

But keep in mind, they’re NOT resolutions–merely goals.

 

2016: A Hobby Year in Review

I’ve started a bit of a tradition with doing recap posts, so I figured why buck a good thing.  I’ll use the format created in my 2015 year in review and just update it with the new information.

Frugal Gaming

I’m going to break this into it’s own post because it’s a lot of information.  More to come on this soon.  Suffice it to say that this will be ugly for this year.  I’ve honestly made very little attempt to keep spending in check this year… and I even went out of my way to spend an absurd amount of money on things I know I shouldn’t.

I’m a slow learner.

Games Played

As always, my goal is to get in 12 games per year.  Yeah, it’s a fairly pitiful goal, but it’s something I’ve managed to keep on track with year over year for quite a while now.  It’s a low bar, but any less and I seriously have to question why I spend so much money in this infernal hobby (not that 12 is a good justification for the amount of cash I dump into it, but at least it keeps me off the streets, right?).

  1. https://warhammer39999.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/batrep-apocalypse-winter-2016-edition/
  2. https://warhammer39999.wordpress.com/2016/03/23/batrep-word-bearers-vs-black-legion-1650pts/
  3. https://warhammer39999.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/batrep-black-legion-vs-ultramarines-600-pts/
  4. https://warhammer39999.wordpress.com/2016/05/11/batrep-orks-vs-tyranids-1584-pts/
  5. https://warhammer39999.wordpress.com/2016/05/23/batrep-imperial-fists-vs-hive-fleet-proteus-1349-pts/
  6. https://warhammer39999.wordpress.com/2016/06/15/playing-warmachine/
  7. https://warhammer39999.wordpress.com/2016/08/31/batrep-ultramarines-vs-death-guard-1850-pts/
  8. https://warhammer39999.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/batrep-salamanders-vs-hive-fleet-proteus-1845-pts/
  9. https://warhammer39999.wordpress.com/2016/09/14/apoc-2016-the-battle/
  10. https://warhammer39999.wordpress.com/2016/09/26/batrep-imperial-knights-vs-ultramarines-1799-pts/
  11. https://warhammer39999.wordpress.com/2016/12/07/batrep-genestealers-cult-vs-space-wolves-1850-pts/
  12. https://warhammer39999.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/batrep-ultramarines-vs-black-legion-1500-points/
  13. https://warhammer39999.wordpress.com/2016/12/21/batrep-hive-fleet-proteus-vs-salamanders-2159-pts

Hobby Progress

Like last year, I’ll break hobby progress into the painting and modelling subsections.

Painting

In hindsight, I’d have to say this is easily my most prolific year to date.  The models I finishing painting this year include:

On it’s own, that list isn’t overly impressive, though I would argue that it’s respectable in it’s own right; however, where my painting really stood out was in the vast number of Zombicide models that I whipped out this year.  I managed to crank out every figure that I own (well, except those damn helpers, which I think are still unpainted).  That includes: 

The links are often to WIP posts because I didn’t do individual sections for completed zombies (especially after dipping and blood effects), and the numbers are somewhat approximate as I tried to count how many were in each photo (why can’t I find a good resource online that specifies exactly how many of each type are in each box?).  And the level of quality on a drybrushed zombie isn’t up to par with a standard model for 40k (though the characters certainly are).

In total though, that’s about three-hundred and eighty (380) painted models for Zombicide alone!  If the first lot of 40k stuff wasn’t respectable enough, this surely puts me over the top.

Modeling

If painting was above normal, I’d say my modeling progress this year was relatively slow.  I didn’t do all that many posts on the subject, and many of them were parts of minor series.  The stuff I worked on included:

There was more to modelling than I posted on.  For instance, all of my genestealer cult got cleaned up (thanks in no small part to Brandon), and I also wound up assembling some other models–but I don’t always post my modelling progress online.  Especially if it’s something boring like “put together a stock model without any frills.”

Not a huge success, but I’m not displeased with the progress either.

Blog Progress

wh39kCakeTo date for 2016, I’ve written a total of 88 blog posts this year (including this one).  Granted, that’s a bit short of the “two per week” that I try to do, but there are always reasons why I can’t live up to that goal.  Of course, the point of goals is to try to make them, but rather than look down upon myself for not hitting it, I’m going to focus on the positive.  Last year, I was only able to do 81 posts, so that’s about a 10% improvement year over year, which ain’t bad if I do say so myself.

I only managed a single post in the category of “website administration,” which was for Old Stuff Day (which I’m not sure is technically website administration, but it doesn’t seem to fit into other categories either.  All in all, this was a quiet category this year.

Summary

With the exception of my frugal gaming progress (which has been basically excluded from this post entirely), I’m going to mark this year down as a rousing success.  I did better than last year in most of the categories, and set a new bar to meet in 2018.  Let’s hope I can get in that 13th game!!