Old Stuff Day – 2013 Edition

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

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As you may be aware, today is Old Stuff Day.  It’s a time to dust off old posts and celebrate them like they’re new.  In the past, I’ve used this to show off some of my own work, but this year, I’ve decided that stuff can take a back seat to some of the great stuff I’ve read about on other blogs.

In particular, I’m going to try to focus on blogs that don’t really post anymore.  The thought is that many people who are new to blogging might not be aware of their existence.

Lascannons & Lances

Lascannons & Lances is a little blog that was only active for a little over a year, but during that time, he cranked out some amazing content.  Some of my personal favorite is his scratch build dreadnought (which apparently was never finished), his riveting tutorial (pun intended), and his instructions on how to make custom shoulderpads.  It’s really one of those blogs where you can’t go wrong reading.  There is so much great stuff in there, that virtually every post is earth-shattering in it’s quality.  Sadly, it’s been close to two years since he’d posted anything.

40k Addict

Despite the fact that I’m trying to focus on defunct blogs, I just can’t gloss over Dwez’s work over at 40k Addict.  Dwez has been pushing out quality content since 2010.   He’s got a little hobby blog that covers a little bit of everything: painting, modelling, battle reports, etc.  My personal favorites over there are anything that includes painting, or modelling, as the guy has mad skills.

Check out anything from his Tyranid army for some impressive looking critters, including a chintinous Aegis Defense Line and quad gun (which I’ve shamelessly copied for my own purposes).  He also has worked up a ton of templates on how to build some really impressive terrain (mostly buildings) that warrant a bookmark from every hobbiest.  Lastly, he’s always coming out with little tokens and counters that he makes for wound templates, turn markers, mysterious terrain, and–my personal favorite–biomancy counters.  They’re high quality images, and he puts all of these templates up in downloadable form to share with the world.  Thanks Dwez!

CMBS on Ultramarine Blues:

Ultramarine Blues is a blog that hasn’t posted in a while (going on a year now).  To be honest, I wasn’t a devout follower of the blog when it was active.   He had really started and reached his prime before I got into the 40k blogging scene; however, I did go back and read through some of his older posts, and fell in love with his post on “Compulsive Model Buying Syndrome.”  It’s the sort of post that really resonated with me.  It probably won’t change your life, but it’s a good read, none-the-less.

From the Warp:

What post about fantastic content from people no longer blogging would be complete without mentioning Ron over at From the Warp.  The man is a titan in the community, and honestly, I’m not sure he can do any wrong.

I found his blog because he was the purveyor of the largest independent blog-roll out there, and he is credited with much of my early traffic to this blog, but he was more than that.  He put out amazing tutorials, fantastic conversions, great paint jobs, and so much more.  For specific links, I’m having a hard time not linking to every post he’s made.  It’s really just that good.

If you haven’t already seen his site, you owe it to yourself to go there now.  For a starting point, you can’t go wrong with starting with the first post and reading back to the beginning; however, if you want to get to some of the meatiest stuff right away, might I suggest diving into his project page.  He has links to all sorts of great paint and conversion work, and from there you can spider out into all of his tutorials and work in progress stuff.

Sadly, Ron is on hiatus at the moment, but I have high hopes that he’ll return to blogging one day.  I’m sure I’m joined by everyone else in the community on that sentiment.

Conclusion

So there you have it.  I’d like to extend a personal thank you to everyone who contributes to the community and gives us somethign to celebrate on Old Stuff Day.  Thanks to everyone who takes time to write a hobby inspired blog and share their models, thoughts, and hearts with the rest of us.  Thanks to everyone who takes the time to comment–as they’re often the inspiration to keep us bloggers going.  And thanks to everyone who is actively celebrating Old Stuff Day.  You guys are awesome.

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Old Stuff Day 2.0

Since I’ve been relatively dormant for the past few months, I thought the best way to celebrate Old Stuff Day would be to dig up some of my favorite posts from other bloggers over the years.  The following posts are mostly items that have caught my eye over the years and things I’ve bookmarked as things I’d like to attempt sometime.  These links are in no particular order (so I don’t necessarily like #1 any more than #5), they’re just in the order I found them in my favorites folder:

Santa Cruz presents: “Make your own smoke markers”

http://santacruzwarhammer.blogspot.com/2009/09/great-way-to-watch-your-models-burn.html

Two halloween’s ago, I found myself stumbling through Jo-Ann Fabrics (a crafting store) and found a nine-pack of these flickering candles for $2.  I’d remembered seeing a post from Santa Cruz on the subject, so I promptly purchased them.  Since then, they’ve made handy lights for my various pumpkins, but I’ve yet to actually get around to making these destruction markers.  They seem so quick and easy though… and they look great.

A Gentleman’s Verdigris

http://agentlemansones.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-way-weathered-statues.html

Speaking of eloquent, simple effects that have inspired me to purchase (though not yet do anything with) materials, Brian over at A Gentleman’s Ones had an eye-popping solution for “verdigris.”  If you’re scratching your head at just what that means, you’re not alone.  It’s a fancy word for rust–but a specialized greenish rust that happens to bronze statues.  I saw this post and immediately bookmarked it as something I had to reproduce.  I even asked for the statues for my birthday last year (which I got), but I haven’t ever gotten around to assembling them–much less painting them.  Rest assured, when I do, I’ll be using Brian’s guide.

Nurglizing models with hot pins:

http://www.rollwithit.org.uk/?p=2516

As I’m starting to get back into 40k, Chaos is part of my greatest focus.  And when I think Chaos I almost always think of Nurgle.  While other gods have their benefits (and indeed, are just superior in game play terms), the festering ones have always held a special place in my heart.  I need to convert up some plague marines, and this seems like a great little tutorial to make unique marines.

A tutorial on Rivets

http://lascannonslances.blogspot.com/2010/05/riveting-mini-tutorial.html

This tutorial isn’t one that I bookmarked originally.  In fact, it wasn’t until recently that I found myself trying to dig up just where it was that I saw it.   It shouldn’t be too surprising that it came from Lascannons & Lances.  Veghist did some amazing scratch building work on a few tanks, and had some great tutorials on casting things.   Recently though, I found a need to make some rivets on my models, and this seems like a pretty good tutorial for doing so.  I’m not 100% sure this is the final solution for me, so if anyone else has any recommendations, please let me know.

Night Goblin Unit Fillers

http://trollhoer.blogspot.com/2010/11/night-goblin-unit-filler.html

Ok, I don’t play WHFB.  In fact, I trash talk square-basers at every chance I get.  That doesn’t change the fact that I’m swayed by those around me.  As of late, the local gaming scene seems to have turned away from the light that is 40k and into the dark depths of fantasy…  I’ve managed to keep away from it, but I do find myself glancing at a rather large pile of Goblins & Skaven I’ve accumulated over the years.  The Skaven I purchased largely to stand-in as a Nurgle-based chaos force (rat swarms for nurglings, plague priests/skaven for plague bearers, rat ogres for demon princes, etc.  (though originally Skaven & Rat Ogres were to serve as Mutants & Big Mutants–if you can let your mind slip back to the Eye of Terror codex).  There’s something about night goblins that always turns my head, and Troll Tales exemplifies everything I loved about those little buggers…

So, there you have it: my submissions for Old Stuff Day.  Thanks for dropping by.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to scour posts for more projects that I can purchase and probably never finish….

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Some of the Best Posts You’ve Never Read – Old Stuff Day!

In celebration of Old Stuff Day, I’ve taken some time to comb through the blog to uncover some of my favorite posts since the site’s inception that seem to have had a disproportinately low amount of traffic for how spectacular they are (humility be damned!).As a blogger, you spend time on posts, and you’re never sure whether they’re resonate with your audience.  What you think is a spectacular post might not raise the eyebrows of your readers for various reasons: perhaps the title was ill-suited, or the timing was wrong, or really any number of reasons.  Some posts are quite different and can be almost viral from the moment they hit the page, but they’re soon lost in a sea of other blog posts.

Today is the day to celebrate these old posts: both to the popular posts who fade into the night as if cast members from “Different Strokes,” and to the red-headed stepchildren posts that nobody seemed to love (my apologies to the gingers in the audience).  So, I’ve taken some time to dust off some posts of both categories that I’d like to draw your attention to.  Without more adieu…

Making Mycetic Spores:

Slimy!

I’d have to say that this is my single greatest modelling achievement to date: making drop pods (aka. Mycetic Spores) for Tyranid forces out of discarded sea waste.  I’m still not 100% sure where I came up with the idea to use barnacles as Tyrannic drop pods, but I’m just pleased as punch with the end product.  Despite what I believe to be a great end product, they just never drummed up that much interest.

As a whole, I try to avoid the desperate plea for attention.  When posts flop unexpected, I pick myself back up, dust myself off and keep plodding ahead, but this time, it’s personal!

I know it shouldn’t be, but if people really don’t love these pods as much as I do, maybe that somehow means that my affection is somehow misplaced.  Please don’t tell me I’m the type of father that thinks his creations are beautiful while others sneer at their mishapen forms…

You can read how to make your own mycetic spores here.

My Eldar Falcon:

While it might not be my best paint job ever, this Eldar Falcon, holds a special place in my heart.  Probably because it’s the oldest fully painted model I still own.  I’ve been notorious in the past for starting an army, painting parts of it, and then offloading the entire lot to someone in order to play a different force.

Copyright Rob, Circa 1999

Yes, I was a dreaded army-hopper.  But I can honestly say I wasn’t hopping to the latest and greatest forces–I just was hopping to another army I hadn’t played yet (oh, and Harlequins… I kept hopping back to them for some reason).

That aside, this model is at least ten years old, and the paint job–while certainly not contending for any golden demons–still stands up for me.  I definitely see places where I could’ve improved, but I’m still content with the finished product a decade later.   Another reason I’m fond of this piece is that I loathed painting at the time.  People would offer me $90 to paint a single model and I’d turn them down simply because I hated it so much.  In hindsight, I was moronic, because that’s great money, and I was unemployeed much of the time, but being paid to do something you hate is well… unpleasant.

Anywho, this tank is painted in the classic Biel-Tan style (read: white & green with thorns), and since I couldn’t figure out wet blending at the time, it was done almost entirely with drybrushing.  I think my total time investment was around 20 hours, but it could’ve been more.  It’s been so long and my memory’s fading…

You can see the finished pictures of the tank here.

“Counts as” Tyranids:

My post on using alternate models, specifically those from Hordes’ Legion of Everblight, as Tyranids is another post that didn’t seem to get any traction.  I’ve read through it and the content is really fair at best, but I was completely enamoured with it for two reasons:

  1. Using my “l33t skillz” in microsoft paint and Paint Shop Pro, I was able to cobble together a picture of the Count (from Sesame Street) with a lictor’s talons.  C’mon… now that’s funny, right?
  2. I added a tacky “One… One tournament!  Ha ha ha ha… ” to keep up the theme.

Ok, so I’ve a horrible sense of humor and a twisted tendancy towards nostalgia (that alliteration is for you, Loquacious).

Nerf Necrons, Now!:

Until now, the posts presented have all been of “Woe is me, why does nobody love the blog” sort.  This one, however is an exception.  My post suggesting that Necrons are overpowered and need to be nerfed (or to the non “l33t,” toned down) has attracted more visitors and more replies than any other in the blog’s history.

In large part, I’m sure this has to do with the fact that the post is controversial.  It definitely bucks the norm of what the internet/blogosphere seems to think of the ‘cron codex in general.

Some people have inquired as to whether the post was a joke or not, and I can say with 100% certainty that I truly believe what I’ve said in that post.  I feel that the ‘crons have been overpowered since their inception back in 2nd edition, and hope that GW does something to tone them down in their next rendition.  Of course, that isn’t to say there’s nothing in the book that needs to be fixed.  Sure, I’ll agree that they suffer from low initiative (though I’m not sure I concur on just how serious a problem that is), but as a whole, I think they need more “nerfing” than “buffing.”

I recognize that I’m in the minority on this one, but if you have something to add to the conversation, please do so in the comments of that post.

Apocalypse and Blogging Tips Sections:

Before I had started the blog, I had played in a grand total of one Apocalypse game.  Now, I’m pretty regularly hosting 3-4 per year, and attending others to boot!

A (perceived) problem I have with Apoc games is the inherent imbalance in the forces.  Yes, I recognize that it’s intended to be an over-the-top sort of battle, but I still would like to see things fair and balanced.   With that mindset, and a personal prediliction towards house rules, I’ve started changing each game I host to include different missions and objectives with some success.

Some of my personal favorites include:

Despite playing relatively few games per year, I seem to have a lot of things to say about Apoc games overall.  You can puruse the rest of my posts on the subject by looking at the APOCALYPSE Category.

The other section of mine that isn’t a focus, but does seem to draw a bit of attention is the section on Website Administration.  This isn’t a section for me, but rather a category of posts intended to help fellow bloggers improve their sites as a whole.  In hindsight, it would’ve probably made more sense to call it something more obvious, such as “Blogging Tips…”

Honorable Mention: Guest Bloggers

The last section you should take note of is that Warhammer39999.com is no longer simply about me.  I’ve enlisted the help of a few good volunteers to help keep the site fresh, and each of them deserves a mention in this post.  Though none of them have quite the number of posts I have, they each bring a new quality to the site to enrich the experience.  Whether it’s Tom’s recurring progress on his Keepers of the Flame force, Scott’s introspective look at the game, or Tony’s inspiring way of keeping the game fun, I’d encourage you to read into what each one has to offer.

Next year for Old Stuff Day, I fully intend on having several of them unseat my own posts as the most memorable to date.  Tony’s post entitled “The 40k Rulebook: Page 2,” is a strong contender already, and is a must read for anyone who plays the game.

Anywho, thanks for taking a moment to indulge me and my previous posts.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to celebrate some other blogger’s best works of the past.

Oh, and if you still don’t know what Old Stuff Day is, please, take some time to read this post on the matter and all will be revealed.  If you want to participate, don’t fret–the day is still young, you’ve still time to contribute a blog post of your own.  If you don’t have a blog, you can also participate by going to your favorite blogs, and dredging up a great old post of theirs and leave a comment.