This group shot makes me happy. It is so awesome to see most of my characters in one place and although they’re all from different factions I’m really pleased with how uniformed they all are.The lenses, blades, metals, robes etc are all painted the same way. I think my Deathwatch needs a Grandmaster rather than the Chaplain Cassius to lead them. After the jump I ramble on about the “worst article ever”.
I like to read your feedback. I also like doing my own thing. Ultimately I paint to please myself but the other day I read a comment on Facebook saying “Probably the worst article I’ve read in living memory. What a waste of time.” I laughed at first. Don’t worry, I don’t take these things to heart. I try to respect everyone’s point of view. Initially I just brushed it off and forgot about it.
There was a little niggle at the back of my brain, something just wasn’t sitting right with me. I looked back at the article in question and you know what… he has a point! It was a really lazy blog post. So what am I going to do about it?
I never thought of a showcase blog post as an article. It isn’t news, it’s not a review or a tutorial. It’s purpose is to show top quality miniatures in a well lit and clear photograph. Text is limited to captions underneath the photos with a few personal thoughts. It’s exactly the same as Warhammer Visions (remember that?), a monthly coffee table magazine that has filled it’s pages with beautiful photos of gorgeous models… and look at how long that lasted!
Should I turn each post into a long winded article with paragraphs of text talking about the intricate details of model painting? No, I don’t think so! I don’t think the majority of people would read all of it. I think it’s like Youtube videos. Most people like the short sharp and to the point videos that speed along and get things done in 15 minutes. I think blog posts are the same. People want to see the pretty pictures and have any potential questions answered like “do you have a tutorial for all the marines in that photo?”
So I apologise to any regular readers who might consider my recent posts lazy or a waste of time. Truth be told as I mentioned at Christmas, I’ll be winding my hobby down. I hardly paint anymore. It’s just not a main interest of mine. Anyone who has added me on Facebook, can see most of my Facebook posts are about photography, 3D printing or cosplay. Not to many GW hobby posts nowadays.
So to conclude, I’ve written this long article to apologise for not writing long articles in the past.
If you’ve made it this far without falling asleep, why not ask me a question on anything you want in the comments. My next article will be a Q&A and I’ll answer all the questions.
Yeah, since we're paying top dollar to read your thoughts and look at your beautifully painted miniatures, I also expect a lot more! At least give us our money's worth…oh, hang on, you do this all at no cost to us…
So thank you for what you do. I've loved your blog posts (long and short) and loved your models here and as features in White Dwarf. Here's hoping that you get more of the bug back soon. And here's to hoping that internet wankers can just fuck off once and for all.
This is great! They're like the old "Heroes of the Imperium" boxed set that got realeased in the days of 2E or 3E Warhammer 40K. Really nice to see build a collection where you have equivalent characters from across the ranges painted consistently, rather than falling into the trap of "oh now I have to collect a game-legal army".
The article in question was fine, a little light in detail, but it was a showcase after all. Maybe pick one particular aspect of the model and describe in more detail how you did it, like with the Gravis Capt, maybe the cloak? It doesn't have to be a how-to paint article but more of what made you choose those colours and design choices or whatnot? I wouldn't take it to heart, the moment you try to please everyone, you'll please no-one including yourself. Do we subscribe and pay to see your blog? No. Then post whatever you want to, it's not a job. It's a reflection of your hobby.
- Ciaran Dillon
Always enjoyed the posts. I personally prefer a little more details on the painting, but that's what the tutorials are for! Still a shame you're winding down but hopefully not completely.
How many years of painting did it take you to be so dang good at it? Also, no stress about article length, sometimes just a simple showcase with a few words is all that is needed!
I appreciate all the articles you've written. Seeing your work, and everything on ToP, I encourages and inspires me to do more.
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Each type of article or post has a different function. Just as every page in white dwarf does. A showcase is just that.
Readers models in white dwarf has very limited text because its purpose is to have nice pictures same with a showcase same here your completely in the right. A paragraph or two is enough if the model has something that needs to be said.
Sounds like a typical Facebook hater and if you wrote a longer article to accompany the pictures they would probably moan abut to much text.