Sunday, 22 November 2020

Happy 9th Bloggiversary!

So. 2020, huh?

This year's retrospective is brought to you by the colour Tolkien. I've also knocked over some older projects that have been lingering too long, and painted some quirky individual miniatures.

Tolkien points

I had an unexpected resurgence in my interest in all things Middle-earth. I played in a tournament (remember those?) in January. I have enjoyed Journeys in Middle-earth. I dusted off (and was pleasantly surprised by) Battle of Five Armies. I got in a game of War of the Ring. My favourite piece of the year is my Sauron vignette. Not to mention the travelling Gandalves.

Orcs versus dwarves

On the slopes of Orodruin


Battle of Five Armies

Other projects

I'm glad to have finished all my Batman figures, and the 40K Assassins that were an albatross around my neck. Also two more Blood Bowl teams. I'm secretly relieved that GW has called 'time' on Blackstone Fortress, as I wasn't able to keep up with the admittedly slow pace of releases. I've still got a few more to paint, and many hours of gaming to go.

I'm Batman!

40K Assassins
The Green Streaks
Blackstone Fortress: Escalation
The Dunwich Hoppers

Other quirky figures

Unexpected Inquisitors

Intrepid archaeologist

Undead emperor

Drunken pirate

Rogue Trader Trooper Chow

La Légion Étrangère Camel Sousaphone

Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

I particularly enjoyed the Skullfight I had with Paul of the Mancave during AHPC X. I painted 200 skulls, but Paul pulled out all the stops and smashed me with 543 skulls on the Skull-o-meter™. STOP THE COUNT! I conceded, and handed over Skully McSkullface, who I was very pleased to see star in a later battle report.

Skully McSkullface

The coming year:

  • I'm looking forward to AHPC XI.
  • There will be no CanCon in January, because of the Pangolin's Revenge.
  • I'm working more on 3D printing.
  • I await some crowdfunded boardgames.
  • Can I resist the siren call of Necromunda and the grim darkness of the far future?
  • Time to revisit WW1.
My AHPC X output

My journey across Challenge Island


  1. Excellent Barks. I owe you a mini for the last challenge. Drop me an email.

    1. Cheers, John- no rush! I’ll get around to it sometime.

  2. Quite a year! Any year where you paint both Sauron and a camel playing a brass instrument is a vibrant one indeed 😄. It's always a pleasure to see your work!

    Happy nineaversary!

    1. Thank you very much! I do like an opportunity to whittle away at my eclectic lead mountain.

  3. That's quite a year of painting!

  4. Happy Anniversary!
    Quite a year you’ve had, there so much variety, my favourites were ‘the Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ figures and the ANZAC Fuzzy Wuzzy set up.
    When you referred to the Battle of Five Armies board game I had to click the link half expecting to see the 1975 release, one of my mates has it includes a Smaug vs the Dwarves scenario. Quoting that scenario's rules: "This is where all the Dwarves face a 100-100-15 Smaug. For this scenario Smaug may only killed by Bowfire. Note: In this scenario the Dwarves have no Bows." WTF? 🤔

    1. Thank you, Darling!

      I’ve seen some Star Wars games where Vader is unkillable.

      Fingers crossed for a catch-up in 2021!

    2. Ooh I forgot about the Papuan and Anzac Dio! That was great, and came with a little history lesson. I'm gonna go back and revisit it now.

  5. Happy anniversary! Oh, it seems that I missed some of the updates, thanks for the catch up! You had a busy year, and you also seem to be a man with a plan, I totally love it.Cheers and all the best for the 10th year!

    1. Thanks very much for your active support throughout the year, I greatly appreciate it!

  6. Happy blogiversary to you mate! Another cracking year with all sorts of wonderful work on show.

    1. Cheers, Millsy, I’m looking forward to keeping on!

  7. Congrats on another year of blogging!

  8. Congratulations Barks!
    Y que cumpla muchos más!
    Pd: I laughed a lot whit gandalves