Making stuff, painting and maybe even a bit of gaming are the parts of the hobby I enjoy the most but beneath the acrylic and dullcote there are other tasks that aren't that much fun executing but are the necessary evils that keep the fun bits rolling and running as they should be. I suppose it's like every year where I have ambitions and things that I hope to do. This time around might require a bit more logistical support to keep everything rolling so doing a quick examination of the, "not fun" parts and looking at how they fit into the grand scheme of things seem warranted.
|Void Space Stats. The August peak was an all time high in viewing department.|
Void Spaces turned 6 as 2018 winded down. I feel that the blog has improved significantly; Particularly in the last couple years. I also find it to be a bit of chore but it's one of those sideline tasks that support my practical hobby and that makes it worthwhile. I threw some numbers out in the review but they are small change until to paraphrase Iron Maiden you realize it, "Is a human number". With 50k views, and 39 followers I probably have less than 10 people who comment with any regularity on posts. That's actually quite a lot. Having 10 people checking in and caring enough to say something, and express interest in something I'm passionate about is humbling. To anyone reading this I thank you for checking this out and if you happen to be someone who has commented on past articles you have made maintaining the blog worthwhile. I keep Void Spaces as an archive because my computer is dogshit and I hope to preserve a record of what I've been up to that's safe from my hard drive. It's also a place where I can share stuff I've been working on with other hobbyists. It's easier to stay motivated and productive when you connect with people who are excited about what they are doing as well. There is also a subtle pressure that comes from bragging about what I intend to do that goads me on when I'm having a slow period and can't muster the drive to get on with it. This year I have some plans for different content I hope to post on the blog but those were covered in the project specific parts of the plan. Here the only condition I'm applying is that I maintain 2 posts minimum a month. It's a realistic goal that I know I can reach and doesn't place an upper limit on content.
|Ramblings. Part of it are set requirements to run the TWD story campaign.|
Even the fun projects start out as drudgery and have a bunch of paperwork supporting them in the wings. Now more than ever I tend to carry a notebook with me when I'm out doing other things. Sometimes I'll have an idea that I might think will useful somewhere down the line and jot down a reminder or just a kernel of an idea. When I sit down to write a story piece to accompany some painted models this proves to be helpful. I often do full drafts because I hate writing on a computer screen and having already done the work on paper the electronic task is just a matter of transcription. For terrain pieces I usually do some doodles to get a general idea of where I'm going or just to see how some parts will fit together. Quality may vary from the crude to more drafted plans with proposed measurements.
|The peaks of Shame Mountain are high even when neatly packaged. Warhammer Death to be painted.|
The last area of the plan involves the dullest bits and the prospect of new shinys. These are the projects that are sitting fallow or new miniature project that result from me being a hobby magpie as much as a hobby butterfly. I look at them both as backups and filler when I get put off by the primary projects. Any second string projects provide a change of pace from the principles of 2019 and it's good to have backups that keep me making and painting. Models I already have that I can work at include AoS/ Warhammer Death, LotR Haradrim, Napoleonics, and some Battletech mechs. Possible new things that have caught my eye include the new Battletech launch, new Chaos Marines for 40k, and Blood Red Skies by Warlord Games. That's the wrap! With Hobby Plan 2019 featured it's time to stop forecasting and getting on with some hobby doing. Thanks for checking in and best in your 2019; Hobby and otherwise.