Friday 21 August 2020

The 2020/21 Hobby Season starts soon, join me!

Afternoon #warmongers and #warhammercommunity the 2020/21 hobby season will be starting soon so for those alumni who joined in last season it's time to start looking back at your  TO DO lists - at what you've TO DONE!, what might have slipped and those lovely unexpected successes that happened despite life getting in the way and loss of mojo - I speak from experience [yet again].

The original plan when I started with 'big stamps of approval' was that I wouldn't do multi-coloured stamps, just alternate between red and green but who was I kidding? As the  2019/20 season has felt like a bit of a bust and I love the Great Big GALACTIC Stamp of Approval I kind of wanted to keep it, or swap the background for a different galaxy. In the end I had another idea and asked Marc from which to go with and he thought a new stamp would help move things forward [we can come back to GALACTIC stamps another time]. So I give you the official 40kaddict 2020/21 Great Big GRANITE Stamp of Approval! That's right folks I've come back to earth with a nice salmon, rose, peach, whatever you want to call it piece of granite. Feel free to download and use them on your blog as and when you get stuff  'TO DONE!'

Or you can record your achievements with an 'unbranded' version.

And should you feel inclined to differentiate your efforts yet further here 's the major goal stamps

And minor goals [which I actually found a use for last season].

And I also got the Big Build...

 and Base [and obviously Prime] Stamps done too. I heartily recommend this video from Tabletop Minions to understand where I was going with the 'Big Build' concept, he's touched on and expanded exactly why I created this a few years back.

Just a reminder of what it's about, in 2011 I made my first To Do List, amusingly it now looks like this:
  • AoBR Tactical Squad
  • AoBR Dreadnought
  • AoBR Terminators
  • Scout Squad
  • Ravenwing bike squad
  • Dark Angel Drop Pod
  • Purity Seal all of my son's Tyranids
  • Gloss Varnish all of my son's Tyranids
  • Tyranid Prime
  • Mycetic Spore
  • Paint Vent Tower
  • Paint defence platforms x4
  • Complete pot pourri vegetation
  • Complete future containers
  • Complete 40k Cathedral tower
  • STC Single story ruin
  • STC Hex Defence platforms
  • STC Targus Assault Blockade
  • STC Vent tower
  • STC Athena plateau
  • STC Mercury plateau
  • STC 40k Cathedral tower
  • 60mm Dreadnought crater
So 4 things still haven't been done and quite frankly never will ;) . The purpose was to try to focus my efforts to outline a list of things I'd love to do over a twelve month period and if I achieved any of them great, all of them, so much better. But more importantly I needed a structure to cling to when my efforts became aimless. That's not to say deviations from the list were forbidden it was more for when I went 'well what's next?'

It became an annual blog post to review what I'd done and set new tasks and throughout the year I would reveal my 'To Dones!' as completed items both on and off the list. Showcase posts are nothing new to hobby blogs but again it was a structure to help build the identity of this blog. Then in 2014 I invited readers and passers-by of the blog to join in. Well, when you have a good idea why not share it around. I got about 10 people joining in and it looked like we were quite a supportive little bunch. I think over time steam ran out a little bit but folk continue to join in each year and hopefully the same will ring true for 2020/21.

To help things out a bit I've created a Hobby Season Facebook group, it's here:

So, if you're joining in just ask and I'll add you into the group, that way you can share your blog posts or any efforts to those also joining in. I hope this platform will allow more interaction for those taking part and keep us all motivated.

I guess the last question is why 28th August as the start/end date, why not January 1st?
I think back in 2011 it was at that time I thought a structure needed to be in place and it was as good a time as any to post a To Do List, afterall the footy season starts around this time too, no one complains about that, do they?

Anyway, 28th August join me for the new Hobby Season :)


  1. I'll be there again this year, with some pretty big To-Do's! Love the granite; it reminds me of the rose coloured granite we have on the Opera House forecourt, the material for which comes from Tasmania (I went kayaking around the area it came from). It gives me good vibes :-)

    1. That's serendipitous. Now I'm really glad I asked you to choose if I did a fresh new stamp this year! 😊

  2. I'll continue to join in the fun as well. Sorry, no Facebook for me, but I'll be out in the blog-o-sphere posting away as usual. I have always thought this was a great idea, right from the first year I read of it here. Love the badges too.


    1. That's great, no pressure for Facebook, its only for those who are comfortable or prefer social media. It's very quiet on there anyway. 😉 Good luck with your efforts.

    2. That's great, no pressure for Facebook, its only for those who are comfortable or prefer social media. It's very quiet on there anyway. 😉 Good luck with your efforts.

  3. Thanks for the open invite, I would love to participate. I have been noticing the hobby season badges for the last year or two on blogs that I enjoy and wondered how to get in on the fun.

    I've been participating in an epic painting challenge for the last few months and just started a 2nd edition WH40K painting challenge so the hobby season goals can help me organize my efforts in those directions for the next few months. After that there's always more grey plastic hordes for hobby season to put some rhyme and reason too.

    My blog can be found at:

    I'll check out the FB group as well. It's an election year here so I need more groups to push all the nonsense out of my feed and replace it with pictures of miniatures :-)

  4. Glad you want to join in, feel free to organise how you see fit and be as flexible or as strict as you want. It's always great to see how folk adapt it to their way of hobbying. For me it's just a reminder as I often throw in stuff 'off list'. Progress is progress and most of the time I've learned it's best to paint what you want rather than what you must. Keeping that mojo up is often more important than ticking things off as it can build momentum for overcoming for those more challenging tasks. Good luck.