Happy new year folks!
Welp, tis that time when we reflect back on the year past and summarize that bitch.
On the hobby front, I actually got a reasonable amount of stuff done, a little over 30 figures finished through to varnish, and plenty pushed along in a factory pipeline kinda way. I think the progress made on the other figures is probably going to mean a lot of finished figures this year.
BAD STUFF 2014
My hobby time in 2014 was interrupted by two weeks of hospital stays, some severe depression and a flurry of freelance work. Sublime to ridiculous. My laptop for Skulldred died, the B broke off on my $100 keyboard, which isn't replaceable and was clearly built to break. Logitech. Grrrr. Teeth.
GOOD STUFF 2014
It was definitely a good year for aquisitions. I have a Cryx warband
and several Malifaux 1.0 warbands in various stages of production,
collected several big boxes full of Games Porksword sprues and bits
ranging from Forsaken through to Genestealers which should see me fixed
for a year of conversion hobby fun, and of course some fantastic classic
metal. This year I added a one peice limited edition Zoat, a metal
reaver Titan, two metal marine Dreadnoughts, a Mcdeath Dragon Turtle, A
Bob Olley 'Dragon vs. Dwarfs', some classic space pirates and a few more
figures for my Lichmaster collection. I also found a box of metal 40k
minis just laying by the road ready for the street rubbish to be
collected... it included 90's blood angels, metal landspeeder and metal terminators. I know right? Amazeballs. I wonder how they are enjoying my stripping jar?
Speaking of finds, in a few weeks it will be CANCON and my Birthday, which means more haul if I am lucky. I LOVE that my Birthday falls just before Cancon's second hand stall manifests. Race you to the goodies kids, and try not to trip over the guilt of not having painted ANYTHING you grabbed last year. ;) I REGRET NOTHING!!!!
REALLY GOOD STUFF 2014
First up, let's talk about you. Last year I did something I was terrified of doing, which was come out as intersex and announce my transition. It could have gone really, nightmarishly bad- there are a lot of messed up people out there who just cannot fathom biology past primary school standards. But it didn't go bad. It went well, and clocked up the biggest response of any of my blog entries. Oh geesh, I am starting to tear up a bit. Thanks everyone, it is brilliant to have such support, and even better to have several people write to me and talk about their own struggles with similar issues. I feel I have already helped by standing up and taking that big step.
Pat yourself on the back humans!
My transition has gone extremely well. I have been able to go about my life as a woman without fear of harassment or abuse. Apparently I just look like your 'average mid 30's lesbian arty geek chick' as one person so eloquently put it. Suits me!
It is sooooooo relaxing to be in my correct gender now, and I love the way GW staff are not quite sure how to react to me.
GW Dude: "Who are you buying for?"
Average mid 30's lesbian arty geek chick: "Oh, these are all for me."
GW Dude: "Oh. how long have you been collecting for?"
Average mid 30's lesbian arty geek chick: "Uh, I think since 1985. Kev Adam's metal snotling pump wagon and a Minotaur Lord- but my collection goes right back to first release citadel figures. I have a literal ton of the fucking things."
GW Dude: "................................................ Okaaay then.".
Heh. Rofl even.
BIGGEST AWESOMEST STUFF
Kat and I finally fell pregnant through the magic of science! Little King is due in March 2015! I should have him painting minis by 2025... stay tuned!
PLANS FOR 2015
I think I am going to call 2015 as the 'year of wrapping up hovering
projects' for me. Let's clear the deck and freshen up this studio's
energy a bit. But all this is dependant on the sleep little babes is going to give
us. Let us all give offerings to the chaos gods he sleeps through the
I have two boxes of unfinished scenery, which would not take too long to wrap up, so that is a good start. Having a cat kinda stopped my tabletop gaming with lots of scenery. I have no idea how to solve that problem. Hopefully more space in the house we hope to move to this year.
I am hoping to do a few more classic 'eavy metal style articles, focusing on things like orc skin, tinting, extending GW kits and of course the one I have been itching to do. The SHERWOOD store opening robin hood dwarf I was so honoured and blessed to be given in order to make the John Blanche 'Undead Assault' tribute. That needs a special edition all to itself.
On the Darkling front, I hope to get the new webstore finally up so we can list all the new minis I have made. Oh, and the paint. I have BOXES of paint here to flog. :)
I have already started sculpting again, you will be all glad to know it is the sphincter beast kit is first up. Yep.
Okay, fuck off and do something important. By the way, I hope you all had a FANTASTIC year and will have a BETTER one!
LOVE, PUTTY AND HUGS!