Monday 2 March 2020

Old Stuff Day 2020

Afternoon #warmongers it's #OldStuffDay 2020. A few years ago now warhammer39999 wanted to join a movement to rediscover lost gems from the world of hobby blogs. To choose one of your own blogposts that your most proud of, or may not have got the attention it deserved or any thing that may warrant some necromantic blogpost bothering. On top of that you were to share blogposts from other bloggers which you thought deserved the same spotlight of attention before they were returned to their dark nightmare infested slumbers.

Here's some great posts from other bloggers [apologies to the many great bloggers out there I haven't included, you do sterling work too, these are just the ones I was reminded to remember over the last 12 months]:

Siph_Horridus is a huge support to 40kadddict and the blogging community, much like Greggles, constantly commenting on posts - I don't know how he reads so many blogs, I wish I could do the same. But he's also a blogger in his own right as part of the WeeMen collective. Their blog has been going for 12 years, you know a blog is old - when it has a From the Warp Blogger Group Badge. So, why not go back to the very beginning - 6th November 2008 and basing made easy:
While you're there also check out what Siph did over the next 10 years with those Relictors:

Speaking of Greg from greggles tabletop, how about his amazing rust cart for the Nova Open 2017. There's amazing close-ups and more importantly the recipe, for how to do that weathered rusty yellow:

I'm not entirely sure what specifically prompted me to include this link [I add posts throughout the year and then cobble together the Old Stuff Day post just before the date]. However, there is plenty to look at from tutorials to painting galleries, so just explore the blog.

You know me, I love a good weathered bronze statue. Brian from A Gemtleman's Ones hasn't updated his blog since 2014 but he did this post on verdigris back in 2010
Now the weird thing is a month back, when thinking about what to add to the links for my Old Stuff Day post I recalled a series of posts about some amazing Kill Zone [one of the intermediate home-brew rules for Kill Team that existed before GW brought '40k in 40 minutes' back in from the cold]. I knew they had been for some big American event but I did a search and there were just too many Kill Team boards from recent events, not helped because I didn't know if it was Nova, LVO or Adepticon. Anyway, when I go back and research why I picked these posts to resurrect I have another look at the blogs and lo-and-behold Brian was the creator of the tables I was looking for. He made these amazing tables and if you click the link and go backwards through the posts you can see how they were built. There is so much more to see on his blog so go check it out:

I know this isn't quite 6 months old but this post by Andrew about the hobby, social media and self-imposed expectations on your efforts is an amazing read. He managed to encapsulate so much about the way we as hobbyists might aspire to the heights of social media notoriety that other hobbies/interest have, when in reality we should be content to pursue our hobby at our own pace and to our own goals

David Soper is a 5 time Golden Demon Slayer Sword winner [among many other awards] his blog is fantastic if you want to see how the experts do it. I've shared links in the past, in particular his guides to stippling is well worth checking. What I wanted to share this time is two posts he made about 'building a better tank' I'm not sure if this ever got finished but you should look at it for the awesome kitbashing that goes on:

Another blog that sadly hasn't been updated since 2017, although that's what Old Stuff Day is about. But because it has gone into hibernation it may be unknown to many. That said the Painting Bunker has some awesome scenery posts. I recently saw someone questioning the parts used having just seen an image on google or some other image aggregation site and thought 'folk should see the rest of this stuff' - check 'em out.

I've not yet done a concept army or monotone one as I've dreamed of yet. I may have been able to adopt a more painterly style that I think is enjoyable to do, looks good and doesn't actually require the smooth blending skills I now have neither the time, patience, motor skills or aptitude to achieve. But check out this amazing cel-shade Robotech model - I mean it's just flat colours. Maybe there is another way, I wonder what it's like on more organic forms?

And now for something completely different. Before I fell off the wagon and started the hobby again I was happy in my kendo world and I blogged about that too. One of those posts was on the Japanese concept of giri which I may very well have completely misunderstood. But, without kendo, without what I believed giri was, without that sense of belonging, duty and commitment, I would never have been able to adapt to losing my passion and rediscovering my old love for the hobby. Being able to play a game as a shared experience, instead of 'win at all costs', without kendo that would never have happened.

Happy Old Stuff Day, I hope there are some gems in there that caused you some inspiration or motivation.