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? I absolutely loved the Great Big BLESSED VERDIGRIS Stamp of Approval, I'm only sad I didn't get to use it as often as it deserved! But despite that, my own review of my season feels so satisfying, so I can't complain. But what of the official 40kaddict 2022/23 Great Big Stamp of Approval? Well, I decided to continue the theme from weathered copper and bronze to good old weathered iron and steel. That's right folks, Great Big Rusty Stamps of Approval all round. Not only that, there are again subtle shades of rust. I know it's similar in tone to 2020/21's Great Big Granite Stamp of Approval, but I'm definitely feeling this more, so I hope you like. 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 :)