Monday 21 August 2023

The 2023/24 Hobby Season starts soon, join me!

Afternoon #WarHamFam and #warhammercommunity the 2023/24 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? I absolutely loved the Great Big RUSTY Stamp of Approval, and my own upcoming review of the 'season of rust' feels so satisfying. But what of the official 40kaddict 2023/24 Great Big Stamp of Approval? Well, feel like I've come full circle and it's back to red... blood red! That's right folks, the Season of Blood is upon us and Bloody Great Big Bloody Stamps of Bloody Approval all round. Now to fit all the splatter and such in they're technically smaller [inside the same dimensions] but I just wanted to try it for once. 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 - which I can't decide if the old blood looks better?

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

And minor goals [which I occasionally find a use for].

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 2023/24.

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 will absolutely be joining in for my 7th season (started in 2017)! Cheers for the excellent stamps. Sorry, no Facebook for me, though. But folks are always welcome to stroll by

    1. No worries about Facebook, it's from back when I had more people accessing the site through that platform and if I'm honest I don't post much to the group either. If I could automate just my TO DONEs it might be worthwhile.

      Good luck with your efforts, I can't believe this is the 12th season! Not that it's turned into a hobby movement or anything but even so I'm beginning to see just how much hobby I've created over these years and it's massively impressive, compared to what I used to do.

  2. Great to see this still going! Hoping to get some more hobby done this year, got some new terrain sets for the club to start.

    1. Glad you're still at it Mike and I do like all the club terrain you get up to. I saw Eric, from Eric's Hobby Workshop on the Painting Phase the other day and his passion for terrain was inspiring. Keep at it.