OK, this post will be a little rambling (but hopefully not too long) as I’ve a few things to chat about, so bear with me!
First off, this week’s hobby, because that’s why we’re all here, right? I spent this week building dryads. I was going to do the Tree Revenants but there’s still a bit of trial and error to do with the paint scheme so I figured I’d use the poor expendable dryads as the test subjects. Conversion wise, I wanted to make them look a bit wilder, a bit more savage, to better fit in with the untamed wilderness of Ghur. To that end I built them as instructed, then went back and clipped all the extra branches and bits off the sprues and gave them all some additional limbs and protuberances. The changes are subtle, but I think they do the trick. I didn’t want to spend a whole lot of time on these conversions seeing as there are sixteen of them and I may well end up with more than that, but I did at least want them to have a silhouette that was more striking and ferocious than the default builds. I might add a bit more texture to them before I undercoat them, and they’ll be getting a helping of Agrellan Earth bark once they’re sprayed. Might blob some more stuff on the bases as well.
The second thing I wanted to chat about was the hobby/blogging community in general. Up until a couple of years ago I followed a good deal of the hobby blogs, but I was ashamedly very much a lurker. I consumed but I never contributed, and then I just kinda stopped following them altogether. So I committed to change that this week. I spent a good few hours tracking down and resubscribing to as many as I could find. Massive thanks must also go to Krautscientist and the Weir brothers for their ‘best of 2017’ lists, as there are a lot of new folks out there that I didn’t previously know who are doing some great stuff. Twitter and Instagram hobbying has become a thing since I last checked in with the wider community, so I’ve been avidly tracking down as much good content as I can using this blog’s account on those platforms. But following all these blogs and accounts is only half the fun. I’ve read a few blog posts from various hobbyists recently that are all saying roughly the same thing, which is that Twitter and Instagram may be a quick and easy way to share your hobby with a lot of people, but long-form blogging is still a cherished art. Now that I’m in the company of such venerable heroes, I feel like I need to make more of an effort to engage with and support my fellow hobbyists. To paraphrase a post or maybe comment I read this week (I can’t find the specific one, to my shame), “One blog comment is worth a hundred Instagram hearts.” So my late New Year’s resolution is to try to constructively comment on as many hobby blogs as I can, and do my little part to keep our community going.
And thirdly, what’s on my immediate hobby radar. It’s no secret that the majority of hobby blogs out there are predominantly 40k related, and as a result of my recent quest I’ve had a real hankering to do something 40k-ish. Now, I’m committed to the Age of Sigmar so there are no worries on that front, but I do have the urge to mash together some 40k-flavoured plastic and see what happens. One thing that really seems to have taken off in the past few years is collaborative projects, where a couple of blogs or hobbyists will gang up to put on some big, often narrative driven undertaking, inviting the rest of the community to contribute ideas, models, terrain, and all sorts of stuff. There have been Iron Sleet’s Pilgrym, Echoes of Imperium’s Tor Megiddo, Johnathan Hartman’s Lesotho 2-12, and many more besides (I hope I’ve attributed those to the right people). The scale and proliferation of these endeavours didn’t strike me until I started following all these blogs again, and as I was scrolling through past posts I’d be like, “wait, that’s the same model from that other blog…”, and “didn’t I just see that terrain on so-and-so’s site?” Anyway, the point that I’m languorously meandering towards is that I stumbled upon bigbossredskull’s Nestorian Infestation that he, Helge Wilhelm Dahl and Alexander Winberg are working on, and they’re currently opening it up to the community to provide some civilian NPCs for the setting. I think this might be just the thing to scratch my 40k itch without detracting too much time from the Sylvaneth, so I’m going to give it a go. I made some pocket money the other day, so I picked up a box of Genestealer Cultists, some Skitarii Rangers, and dug out my Empire Flagellants sprues, those cornerstones of the 40k converter’s bit’s box, and started scribbling down some ideas. So stay tuned for some bonus blog posts in the middle of the week when I work out what I’m doing!
Hmm, let’s see, what else was I going to talk about…? I’m playing The Witcher 3 at the moment. Late to the party, I know, but who needs Monster Hunter! There are a lot of cool monsters in The Witcher, and I kind of want to steal them all and make AoS versions of them, so you may see something like that down the pipe. Which reminds me, I gotta go find that ExProfundis AoS28 page on Facebook. I don’t really “do” Facebook, but I feel like I could be missing some good hobby.
Oh yeah, and can somebody explain the #Warmongers hashtag to me? I’ve seen it all over the place recently, but I’ve no idea what it means!
~ Ross ~