10 years ago I started a blog. A few fellas were insisting me "man, you need a blog", "oh, but I feel comfortable in the fora". Well, at last I heard them and came here to Blogger! I had tons of questions, starting on the very name of the blog (I wish I had come with a better one, but I don't think I'm changing it after this long), the way to upload pics, even the language I was to use (by now I'm pretty sure you've noticed English is not my native tongue!).
I had quite a large stock of old pics, but was I making too many updates? Not enough to keep people interested? Would my work be up to the internet standards, would people like what I was doing? Was anyone in fact reading me? You know, all the noobie questions. I guess everyone's been there in one way or another.
During the years some blogs came, some others left, and a few are still out there, still rocking. Because despite everything, here we are, 10 years later. Blogs were a thing back in 2012, quite more than they are today. Facebook came and threatened to engulf everything, yet here we are. Instagram is taking all the artists these days with its visual appeal... Yet here we are. A number of other platforms have (and will) come, but I still feel comfortable here, doing what I do. Updating whenever I have something to show and not caring anymore but to please my own taste (yet trying to be hard to please).
So this blog is kind of my own Hobbit hole. The place where I come to feel comfy, where I can have all my hobby pics organised and at reach (I survived the Tinypic debacle. It took me like a couple of years of willpower to restore all the pics lost from 2012 to 2019) and where I can lose myself on the blogroll and keep updated of so many talented, inspiring artists out there. That's you, stubborn, old fashioned fellas, still caring to share your thoughts and stuff on your wondrous blogs! This blog is still working partly because all of you, I love interacting with you all, even if I don't get but to drop a couple of words on your comments sections. Know that even when they are lousy, my words are always sincere!
But enough chit chat! I'd like to have a look back to what I've been up to since last November.
First of all, I finished the AvP project:
|"Finished". Ha! Spoiler: I have new minis to paint! That will be for another day...|
I made this strange couple:
|Wandering through the galaxy|
2022 started strong with Orks:
|Viking Orks lookin' for Squig Mead|
|The long desired box for the Gargant|
|But also had time to get the Ol' Painless out of the bag|
|And to revive my likings for Undead. Revive, haha, I said revive|
|I went full Rogue Trader with the lovely Bombots|
I had a Secret Santa with my pals in April (can we call upon Santa in April? Is it legally permitted?)
|I painted this|
|And received this wonder|
After such a long time, I finally put my hands on the Astropolis crew, which I turned to my setting:
It's been a good year for scratch building. I made these grav mules:
|For more scratch stuff keep on scrolling|
And I had the chance to get back to the colourful World of Twilight:
I got some more Ork artillery done:
This year I had to stay abroad for a few months due to work issues. I used the opportunity to connect back with myself and to draw again, something I hadn't done in years:
I've also started a crazy, yet most exciting project, a 28mm scale Athenian trireme:
|I hope you'll see plenty of her in the near future|
I've used a lot of unusable stuff:
|I've learnt that John Deere in fact has a copyright on those colours!! I hope I don't get a C&D|
And I've also been back to my most beloved mining town vertical board:
After some more Orks...
And Rebel zombies...
...I'm closing this 10th year of blogging with two crazy scratch built projects. The space ship made from a pencil holder:
|The... Calmy? Tranquility?|
And of course the floating turbines from a couple of weeks ago:
All in all, I would say this year has been fruitful. I'm afraid that those years with 80 or 90 posts are long gone, but I'm still enjoying every single mini I paint, and that's quite more important than anything else. I sadly don't get to play (wow, not a single game this year! Gasp!), but that's something I do have to take care of!
I know you've seen plenty of pics by now, but I think that a blog doesn't get to become 10 years old everyday! I believe the number deserves a brief review of its whole existence!
Well, let's face it. There's no way I can make this brief! Just please indulge me on this day and allow me show a few random pics of old, I hope I can see any evolution on my work!
Get ready for time travel!
Little thing to show, barely a month of posting. Mostly my old Black Legion
This belongs to a time in which I planned to draw regularly and have a blog with both miniatures and art (sigh)
|I still have this on the shelf!|
|Ahh, my old Imperial Guard army...|
Most productive year ever. I also planned to have a very varied blog, with lots of different stuff
|I've been wanting to redesign the Paratroopah for 10 years|
|Dreadfleet and the dreadly rigging|
|Oh, you remember the War of the Ring game painted?|
|I played Kill Team before it was invented! With Rogue Trader rules!|
|My first take on Realscale Marines!|
|The Book of the Astronomican campaign!|
|The extensive conversions on Zombicide minis|
Productive year too!
|Time to play WH40K 2nd Edition|
|I made a lot of larger scale stuff back then!|
|Da pirate landship!|
|That time I took a 3-week course on photoshop and never drew again ever since :(|
I'll try to pick as few posts as I can, or else this will be endless!
|But no one can resist Battlefleet Gothic!|
|WH40K2. Field police and the wrecking ball incident. You gotta read it|
|Last time I played Epic. Shame on me!|
I'll try to keep it brief!
|From Imperial Assault conversions...|
|...to my first complex scratch built structures|
|Cops & Thieves, Rogue Trader edition|
|Mutant Warband made with GW's The Hobbit Goblins|
This was the year I finally lost any remnant of shame I still had and dared to show my puny art in the shape of an ooold WH40K comic I had started back in 2003 -and never finished!
|GW's "Fury of Dracula" with metal minis!|
|First incursion in World of Twilight|
|Frostgrave. Father Christmas and his Elves against the Grinch and his Gnolls|
A very 40K oriented year!
|The completion of my Arbites|
|Scratch built Genestealer Cult vehicle. Not exactly a limo|
|Don Quirixote of Manchae Prime and Sancho Panzer|
|Last time I used this board. A strike, protesters and the Governor trying to escape|
|A dungeon for the Genestealer cult. I still have to finish this project!!!|
|My own version of Underworlds: Shadespire|
|With my own 3D version of the boards, of course|
|A new take on Realscale marines|
I'm speeding up!
|A commission for a second set of Don Quixote and Sancho|
|Ash wastes tanker|
|More weird Underworlds Shadespire|
|Ohhh, this is how this board started...|
|I needed to build this unnecesary building!|
|Those are not Gargants, but Windmills!|
|Maori Realscale Space Sharks Marines|
|This blog is oldschool for a reason!|
Are you still there?
|Take my love, take my land, take me where I cannot stand...|
|Don Quirixote faces Khoron Avir and the Cult of the Covidians|
|Will I be crazy enough to build full fleets this way?|
|Da white Dread!|
|Chivalry, epic poems and crazyness in 20mm|
|The mining suit for the Genestealer Cult|
|Another wasteland walker|
|Hur hur hur|
|Sudden loss of sanity points. The whole Conan Kickstarter|
|If only I also had a shovel|
|United Orks of Benetton|
|In the pipe five by five|
And so we got to 2022, wich you already saw!
If you got down here, congratulations! You scrolled through a decade of hobby. Wow. Ten years, and Blogger says this is post #600, so it's a happy coincidence to have such round numbers today :)
I wouldn't say this exactly qualifies as a life achievement, but well, it's pretty close! I'm so happy to share the event with you all, which have grown close through time. I won't get tender and say I love you... But I love you, guys! Thanks for reading, for commenting, for just being out there all this long. Your blogs, older or newer, are inspiring, your feedback is highly encouraging and I'm glad I can share this hobby with you. Here's to you all!
So, today starts Season 11 of this show! Not that I have a script (which I wouldn't follow anyway), but you've seen I have pleeenty of work ahead. So wish me luck and let's see what happens! Grab a seat, get comfortable and know you are always welcome to my humble Hobbit hole. After all, a Hobbit hole is a place as good as any other to start an adventure...