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!!

 

 

Old Stuff Day – 2016

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been participating in Old Stuff Day since 2011.  Has it really been five years?  Heck, have I really been blogging for 7?!?

40kMiddleAgeOld stuff day was started years back as a selfish way to share my own old posts with the community.  Over the years, it’s spread a bit from that, and others have joined into the movement (though I will admit that it’s fallen by the wayside a bit from time to time, because I don’t give it the attention that it deserves).  I think it’s great that other people are participating, but for myself, I’ve slowly changed what it means.  Though it originally was just intended to share my own content, I’ve used the platform in recent years to promote old stuff from other people’s blogs, or just old blogs in general.

This year, I’m taking a sharp right turn back into selfish town and celebrate a truly old gaming aspect: myself.

I wound up turning 40 this year.  Most of those years I wound up playing games in one way or another, but I’ve been playing 40k since 1991.  For those of you youngin’s that are still struggling with “Common Core,” that means I’ve been playing GW games for the past 25 years, so not only is this my 40th birthday (and the start of my foray into “middle age”), but it’s also my silver anniversary of playing 40k.

wh39kCakeYes, this means I’ve probably been playing 40k longer than you’ve been alive.

For that reason, I think I officially qualify as “old stuff.”  I won’t bother you with reflecting too much on my days of yor, but will say that I had my first real birthday in over a decade, and it was really pleasant.  We had cake and BBQ, friends and games, and just an overall great time.  My wife surprised me by swiping a bunch of pictures off my blog and had them printed on the cake, so it seemed terribly apropos to include photos of it here.

So, take some time to reflect on great blog content of the past, but also remember your old friends on this day, and consider reaching out to them to let them know what they mean to you.  It really feels great.

So not to be completely sappy, I’ll include some links to older content that by now everyone who’s been to this blog has already seen, but need to include for formality’s sake:

Tyranid Terrain

Spore (Medium)These were actually my home made “Mycetic Spores” from back in the day, which was the old fashioned word for Drop Pod.  These have since been replaced with Tyrannocytes, which are far skinnier (and perhaps taller) than my models; consequently, these don’t see the table that much as drop pods.  Nowadays they see the table as Sporocysts (have I ever done this?), or possibly as Vengeance Weapon Batteries, but most often when they get dusted off, they’re just old-fashioned terrain.

When I made them back in the day, I expected they’d attract a fair bit of attention, much like my stained glass windows (see below), but interest in them fell flat.  This is the one project I have where I’m super proud of them and nobody else seems to care…

Painted Buildings

Wh39kBuildings (44)This year I wound up accomplishing quite a bit, including finally getting off my arse and painting up a ton of GW buildings. With the help of Brandon (and a few others), I managed to finish them all off, so now I have some pretty nice looking terrain.

Beyond just having nice terrain, I’m proud of these buildings because they’re my first real attempts at a bunch of different painting techniques: Using an Airbrush, Rust effects, Lighting effects, and posters. Plus I used some of the previous effects that I’ve had a modicum of success with: bronze patina, marble, & blood stains.

So, if any of that tickles your fancy, feel free to check out my series of posts about buildings here.

Stained Glass Windows

wh39kStainedGlass (1)Ok, so these were really a subcomponent of the painted buildings displayed above, but as they only had a part in one building, they’re easily glossed over. I know others have done stained glass effects with success in the past, but I couldn’t find any good start-to-finish tutorials, so I dug around and pieced together my own.

Of all of the buildings I have, my shrine of the Acquila definitely gets the most compliments, and it’s because of the stained glass. Again, there’s a step by step tutorial on how I accomplished the stained glass windows in this post.