Today I'm just going to review 2015 very quickly. I'm afraid my posts will likely be quite more curt in the following month, my lovely girlfriend and I of 3+ years together departed ways on christmas eve. This was unfortunately not due to any actual problem between us but just a divergence (children wise) in what we wanted from our lives. I'm a quite unstable person at the best of times, so this hasn't been the best New Year for me so far.
However with that malaise out of the way I will also say that my blog and hobby has been an excellent distraction for me and the best form of escapism I could hope for, so I hope that that will eventually shine through. On to the review.
2015 saw the rise and fall of several armies under my control. Both by Chaos Space Marine Night Lords and my Militarum Tempestus were sold to make funds and time available for other projects. My Black Templars (Emperor Love them) will be joining them shortly sadly.
Its hard to believe but I didn't have any Blood Angels at the beginning of 2015 and I now have an entire army of Death Company as well as a smattering of "Redwing" Terminator units as well as a Furioso Dreadnought. In addition I have Lemartes, Dante, Astorath, and Captain Karlaen as special characters too! Phew the thirst is strong within me! These guys total around 4500 points
And but a few months ago at the beginning of September I had no Dark Angels and now I have nearly enough models to field 4000 points if they weren't painted! In those three months though I have managed to paint up around 1200 points of Dark Angels and so am very happy with their progress!
The latter half of the year also saw me begin a foray into bigger conversions and more importantly 30k. This began with my Dark Angels which have all been converted from Sigmarines. I have 10 of these built and 5 more to go. To go along with these I have my "jetbike" mounted Praetor on the dragon/cat mount of sigmar and a trio of bodyguard jetbikes in production. Finally for these guys I have converted a Spartan Assault Tank and a Caestus Assault Ram. All these conversions have met with mixed reviews so I think I need to improve, but also develop a thicker skin if I keep putting myself out in the public domain.
And finally the Alpha Legion are here! But they only just nipped into 2015 so not much to report!
I cannot overstate how much I think my hobby skills have improved over 2015. I think I have gone from a decent average tabletop painter to being a little cut above. Certainly I don't think I am a "great" painter but I am increasingly proud of the quality of work I produce.
I can only hope that my skills continue to improve and I get better throughout 2016. I have a little ace up my sleeve in that respect that I hope I will have a post about soon.
I would dearly love the regular readers of my blog to give their feedback on how far they think I have come this last year BUT more importantly what you think are they key areas/techniques you think I need to brush up on so to speak.
I directly attribute my increase in painting skills to the feedback I have received from this blog and so I cannot thank you enough!
Obviously one of the big events hobby wise for me this year was the birth of this very blog! I have gone from 200-300 views a month in my first couple of months to garnering over 9000 views last month and not a single day below 200 views which I am incredibly proud of. I have some 30 followers over google+ and blogger and I am quite frankly astounded!
I did not in my wildest dreams think I would be sat on 34000+ views at this point. When I started the blog my aim was for 3000 at the end of the year, so more than 10 times that amount often has me pinching myself and giddy with excitement.
I cannot thank you as my readers, occasional or habitual enough. All the comments I have received across all platforms that I throw my blog (here, facebook and google+) have been positive or constructive with very few unhelpful comments all round.
Similar to my painting, if there is anything that you think my blog could stand to have altered I am all ears :). I do plan on doing a little give away to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of the blog which will be in April I think, so hopefully that keeps you interested for a few more months :P
I managed to get a lot more games into my fairly busy life in 2015, averaging around 1.5 games a month when you factor in the two tournaments I went too. I attended both the final Blog Wars X and also Bristol Vanguards Vanquish earlier in the year. I placed poorly in Vanquish with a fun list and I placed just outside the top half in Blog Wars with a none-optimised list. I'm quite happy with these results as I have only really just begun to get into "competitive" or "dirty" gaming if you like. My aim this year is to attend 3+ tournaments and place in the top half of two of them.
In addition to those tournaments I plan to attend Nick Thrower from the Burning Eye blogs charity event:Hero for a day. I will do a full post on this in the coming month but please go and check it out here. Nick is a top notch stand up guy and its for a great cause indeed, if you are interested do let him know :)
2016 - What do you hold
Due to the aforementioned separation event in my life (or conscious uncoupling you might say...I know pop references!) I should have a lot more time for hobbying and importantly gaming. I would like to make this a once a week or once a fortnight event rather than once a month!
In addition to my commitments for the 40k Addict season run by Dave Weston I have got a list below. Much of this list is mystery as I don't want to spoil surprised (some forgeworld surprises perhaps...) that are coming up in the next few weeks/months...
- New painting technique.. (Mystery!)
- Paint shiny new units.. (Forgeworld mystery!)
- Get Alpha Legion on the Table (Includes mystery guests!)
- Complete my 30k Dark Angels army 1850 points
- Complete 1850 points of 40k Dark Angels tournament army
- Complete all Blood Angels (approximately a drop pod, 11 death company, 10 scouts and 6 Assault marines)
I think thats a pretty ambitious list myself, but people seem to be surprised at my rate of painting so maybe not? Though I think as I have said above, I routinely sacrifice quality for quantity...
What do you think?
Do you have any favourite highlights from my blog so far? What are you most excited to see from me in 2016? Is there anything you are burning to see me do first?
Let me know and I'll be happy to oblige.
Thank you all again for all the support and kindness you have shown.