Saturday 21 August 2021

The 2021/22 Hobby Season starts soon, join me!

Afternoon #warmongers and #warhammercommunity the 2021/22 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 'great big stamps of approval' was that I wouldn't do multi-coloured stamps, just alternate between red and green, but who was I kidding? The 2019/20 season felt like a bit of a bust and I loved the Great Big GALACTIC Stamp of Approval I had originally planned to resurrect it for 2021/22, after coming up with the Great Big GRANITE Stamp of Approval for the 2020/21 season. But once again I couldn't help myself and there'd been one glaring ommission from my choice of materials Great Big Stamps of Approval... So I give you the official 40kaddict 2020/21 Great Big BLESSED VERDIGRIS Stamp of Approval! That's right folks, favourite weathered copper, brass and bronze is going to mark our every success. Not only that there are 3 subtle shades of blessed verdigris, some with more patina. So if you like the Major and Minor stamps you will got variety, or if you adopt the Big Build you can get the same, 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. Throughout the season 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 season and hopefully the same will ring true for 2021/22.

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. Ah, Blessed Verdigris...I love it! 262Krieg will definitely be on board for another season! Thanks for generating the stamps and the inspiration. It's great fun!!

    1. Thanks for sticking with it. I know it's not as organised as it could be, but it's nice that some find it useful in keeping their hobby on track. Good luck with your review and and next season.

  2. Old School Gaming will return for another season. I love me some verdigris :-)

    1. Glad to hear it Marc, just realised it's the 10th Hobby Season for me, 7 years for everyone who joined in, that's you that is. Great to see folk coming back to the Hobby Season when there are other 'bingo' and New Year's hobby resolutions to sign up for.