Carrying on the proud tradition of hobby recaps and resolutions on Tale of Painters, today I share my plans for 2017 and recap what I actually achieved during 2016. Read on to see what I have planned and what I managed to get done.
2017 Hobby Resolutions
Might as well get this out of the way, I don’t plan to paint anything in 2017. I have no plans to start new Games Workshop armies. I will be painting existing models, but it will be sporadic and few and far between. Instead I’ll be looking to spend my time on other hobbies and learning new skills. This isn’t me quitting, just rearranging my priorities.
2016 Resolution Recap
I actually did ok with last years promised resolutions. I painted the Imperial Knight, I finished Assassinorum Execution Force boxed game and I managed to paint a couple of Space Wolves.
2016 Hobby Highlights
The past year has been a real blast. At the start of the year I shared some ideas and advice for photographing miniatures which went down great with the community. Between February and April my Ultramarines and Tyranids took over Warhammer World and were exhibited for the public to enjoy. During spring I kept up the tradition of April Fools jokes on Tale of Painters with anAge of Sigmar Points Calculator. Throughout the year I’ve been recording vlogs on youtube, including a review of the new look White Dwarf in September, an issue of particular interest because Tale of Painters gets a mention in the letter page. In October I had the pleasure of working for Andy Chambers, the Godfather of 40k. He asked me to photograph his model collection. It was probably my favourite highlight of 2016.
Black Legion Chaos Space Marine Sorcerer Lord – February
Hawkshroud Imperial Knight Crusader – February
Blood Angel Baal Predator – March
Deathwatch Ortan Cassius – March
Deathwatch Vael Donatus – March
Deathwatch Zameon Gydrael – March
Deathwatch Rodicus Grytt – March
Deathwatch Ennox Sorrlock – April
Deathwatch Drenn Redblade – April
Black Legion Chaos Space Marines – April
Black Legion Chaos Cultists – May
Dark Angels Scouts – June
Primal Kings Stormcast Liberators – August
Deathwatch Garran Branatar – September
Deathwatch Jetek Suberei – September
Deathwatch Jensus Natorian – September
Deathwatch Edryc Setorax – September
Deathwatch Antor Delassio – September
Primal Kings Stormcast Retributors – October
Primal Kings Stormcast Knight Vexillor – October
Dark Angels Assault Marines – November
Space Wolves Wolf Guard Battle Leader – November
2016 saw me paint a lot of single miniatures and very small squad sizes with only a couple of large vehicles painted. The amount I’ve painted is less than previous years and it feels very natural to slowly move away from the Games Workshop hobby and put some of my other interests first and learn some new skills. If you’d like to stay in touch and see my other hobbies (prop building, cosplay, photography and hopefully new for 2017, 3D modelling and 3D printing) then feel free to add me on facebook. I’ll still check in on Tale of Painters from time to time and post the odd model.
Thanks for the kind words Crodon. I like the idea of photographing some armies. I'll see what i can do.
I Can definitely second seeing more photography from you here even if it's older models. I've found your tutorials on taking picture really handy for showcase so more with mood and scene photos would be a blast.
I second the idea of group shot posts.
Also, I loved the photography post. I would love to see an article of that level of how to blog/post pictures online.
I'm horrible with technology (I'm only 38) and it's the last thing keeping me from enjoying the hobby to the fullest.
Interesting idea for a post. I don't do this, but many people post their pictures to flikr and some get picked up by games Workshop and white dwarf. Might be worth you creating a flikr account. If you want to share your work with others, there are forums and facebook groups. Search for PYGS on facebook. It's my group.
Awesome work as usual!! Its nice to see so many pictures together.
gonna miss seeing your work Garfy. You've kept me inspired to keep on with what is my most favoured hobby. I understand what it's like to have other interests vying for your attention, and the need to upskill, move out of your comfort zone and really grow as a human being. i wish you the most heartfelt best for the future good sir.
You put this more eloquently than I could. I'm stagnating just painting miniatures. Been doing it for years. I'm enjoying learning new skills at the moment, an enjoyment I wasn't getting from painting models anymore.
First of all: Great works! Paintings and taking pictures.
I totally understand that you're moving on. I wish you all the best and I'm pretty sure you'll be also as awesome as you've been here.
Not moving on. Just posting less.
- Ciaran Dillon
Second all the above – good luck with your other endeavours but hope you keep popping back to the blog!
I will be back from time to time. Thank you for the kind words.
I've always loved your painting Garfy, great to see all of your models recapped. It'll be a shame to see you post less often, but wishing you all the best with your new endeavours. Looking forward to seeing your posts in 2017! 🙂
Thank you Amy.
Must admit your focus on other projects will really effect all us ToP fans here, your very regular input here will be missed.
Please dont let it be to sporadic, we are all without doubt fans of your work and tutorials.
On the flip side of this however I know that it can be very hard to stay excited and focused and I think you have reached that point, So stepping back and other projects will help restore the hobby lovely and in that I wish you good luck and great successes. If I'm not hugely mistaken first on the list for you is Bobba Fett (Gives you an alternative to the stormtrooper) although you very rarely see speeder bike troopers being done and think this would be an interesting challenge for you
Na, there are great painters here doing a fantastic job, you'll hardly notice I'm gone.
Boba Fett is still progressing. Biker Scout is a cool costume, especially as I love riding motorbikes. But I fancy having a go at making armour from scratch next. Maybe a shoretrooper. 3D printed helmet. Fibreglass armour… seems possible.
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While it's great to hear that you're giving yourself time to focus on other projects, it will also be sad to see you being more intermittent in posting (half the reason I started to read the blog regularly was your painting – shhhh don't tell the others). Even so a remarkable year of painting nonetheless and some great models. I hope you do find some spare time to finish off all your current models sitting in boxes.
As a little request, maybe you could maintain some presence without having to actually do the painting perhaps by photographing shots of your different armies (armies of the imperium, black legion etc), as I think after the tremendous work you do, it would be nice to see some group shots.
Anyway keep up the good work and no doubt I'll be following along your other projects when I can. Happy New Year to you and the other painters!