Friday, February 24, 2012

One Year & Counting: Laughing Ferret Lab is 1

One year ago I started this hobby blog.

Time doesn't march forward, it punches the hyperdrive.

So happy birthday to part of me:

The time went fast, but I did accomplish a lot of hobby:

- Met a fun local minis-game group and have had some great games with them.  This got me motivated to start painting my Quar, creating a VSF aspect to the Quar as the "Quar of Phobos", letting me paint not just the Quar but steam tanks, robots & airships for them.  And then more recently two weird war II projects of the Frau Tottenkinder force and the Belgian Liberation Army. 

- I painted a couple Blood Bowl teams for myself (though I had to sell one) and got to take part in a couple tournaments, placing Wooden Spoon in one and Overall Champion in the other.  I love you too Nuffle. 
And I've had the Blood Bowl league which is always fun.

- I've completed some other projects this year that I'd looked forward to: I 'finished' painting my Twilight Devanu and two fleets for War Rocket.  

- I had a good time with the Legends of the Old West with my Bandidos, and had looked forward to Legends of the High Seas, but not enough people could make games, so it was canceled: I had to miss a session due to working overtime hours, so I'm at fault there too.  Hopefully next season opening we'll give it another try. 

So what lays ahead for year 2?

Hard to lay concrete plans, but some things I hope for:

- Paint some more War Rocket fleets, as well as my GZG fleet and do the conversion-scratch build fleet I've had planned for a couple years now. 

- Work on the rules for a pre-history miniatures game I started writing rules for, and paint the minis for it. 

- Get back to World of Twilight and paint my Fubarnii to start, then the Delgon.

- Gladiators.

- SAGA

- I really like the look of the new Goblins from Mantic... I asked them and they said they do plan to release goblins with bows later in the year, so I'm tempted to make a large goblin army. 

- 15mm sci fi & fantasy.  I have some ideas for a 15mm large scale battle fantasy wargame, so I may work at that. 

- Work toward my goal of having 1 (or more) of each Blood Bowl team, fully painted. 

- Do the Lead Painter's League 6 Challenge. 

The Blog itself:

Mostly a big thanks to everyone who follows, visits & comments.  I could talk to myself in an empty room, which I can neither confirm nor deny, but it's much more fun to share the hobby with all of you. As of today, 137 followers, 222 posts, and closing in on 50,000 hits. You're only encouraging me, which I don't mind at all.  It's been great to 'meet' so many fun people. Thank you!

18 comments:

The Angry Lurker said...

Congratulations on the year and the damn good blog! Happy Birthday!

Anne said...

You are a prolific painter and do such good work, it's nice to come visit. Congratulations on your anniversary. I hope I make it till mine!

Dr. Willett's Workshop said...

Congrats on keeping going and all the best for future plans. I do enjoy visiting your blog. The highlights for me were your painting of the Bloodbowl teams and I remember you doing an "How to paint yellow" which was quite good.

Paul of the Man Cave said...

That means I've been enjoying your awesomeness for a year! Here's to many more :-)

Chris said...

Happy first blog-birthday! I've enjoyed your work so far and I'm looking forward to more.

Spacejacker said...

Congratulations! Your blog is a welcome sight whenever you update, and a nice place to visit. Keep the inspirational work coming :)

Michael Awdry said...

Congratulations, looking forward to many more to come. It has been a delight to see so much inspirational work on this marvelous blog.

styx said...

Congrats, been on the blog a short time, but there is some some great stuff here!

Tael said...

Happy Birthday Ferret, cute photos too. ;)

Congrats on your first year, hyperdrive would be a good way to describe it indeed!

best,
Seb/Tael.

Tristan M said...

Over 200 posts in a year is very inspirational! I started in late 2008 and am only just about to make my 350th post!

Love your painting and all the thought process you put into words for us - keep up the great work!

tomogui said...

Congrats on a rip roaring first year, mate! LF is one of my fave hobby blogs across the whole blaggorealms, both in its outstanding content and tone. Looking especially forward to seeing what you do with 15mm fantasy and the prehistorical stuff.

Brummie said...

Happy birthday to a Fantastic Blog keep it up!

Mr. Lee said...

Fantastic blog, but surprising it is only been a year! Your posts come so often, and with such great stuff.. very inspirational indeed. Will be hitting a year myself soon, but have not posted anywhere near what you have, nor to the quality. Something to aspire to I reckon!

Looking forward to seeing how well you get to your goals in year 2! Especially the Mantic Goblin project. Will be keeping an eye out for that!

Laughing Ferret said...

Thanks for the kind words & wishes everyone!

Thanks Angry Lurker! High praise coming from the man with such a cool blog!

Thanks Anne! Your blog is also a whole lot of fun & funny stuff, hard to believe you haven't been at it longer.

Thanks Dr.W! Plenty more Blood Bowl in the future, that seems to be a constant for me.

Paul & Chris & Styx & Brummie: Thanks, I enjoy keeping up on the blog, so sure I'll be doing it for a long time to come.

Thanks & Likewise Spacejacker: you're constantly making me want to get back to some 15mm minis

Thanks Michael, very kind!

Tael: any excuse for me to put up some ferrets ;)

Thanks Tristan. I probably do spend more time than is healthy in thinking of ways present different ideas, but I enjoy it, so guess it can't be too bad for me :)

Tomogui: Thank you very much! When I hammer out the rules more, I'll be sure to post the W.I.P.

Thanks Mr. Lee! The goblin army might be biting off more than I can chew, but I keep thinking about it, so I may try for it, we'll see. And you live in Istanbul? That must be great! I was there in 2010 and really liked that city. Lucky man!

Mr. Lee said...

Well if you attempt it, I will be following it with interest!
Also if you come to Istanbul again, drop me a line, and I can show you around.

Laughing Ferret said...

Thanks Mr.Lee! If I am lucky enough to return I'll definitely take you up on that. My girlfriend and I both really liked Istanbul a lot. The 5 or 6 days we spent there wasn't enough. We went to several places in Turkey, Goreme we also loved a lot.

Chris said...

Congrats! I discovered your blog a few weeks back and I'm constantly impressed with the solid content. Keep it up - definitely my favourite blog of the moment!

Laughing Ferret said...

Thank you Chris! That's very high praise. Glad you're enjoying the blog!

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