Tuesday 25 March 2014

Happy Birthday to my blog! A review of the year

It was a year ago today that I started this blog, and what a year it's been! Some incredible unreleased and previously unseen Games Workshop figures have emerged in the Bryan Ansell collection; Tim Pollard's collection has revealed some fascinating surprises; Dave Perry's painted old-skool figures have wowed us; and I've started gaming and painting again after a 25 year break! There's plenty more to come in my second year - and I might even do some more painting and gaming.

The blog has attracted 157 followers, and another 51 people are my google+ followers. Does that count as 208 followers?! I guess so...Anyway, the blog appears to have had around 133,000 pageviews which I'm delighted about because more people need to see the stuff in these collections. So please spread the word!

Please indulge me as I revisit some of my favourite posts of the past year.

The blog kicked off with preparations for the forthcoming Oldhammer Weekend at Wargames Foundry, which was still 6 months away at that time, but much needed to be done. My first post offered some suggestions for chaos beastmen colour schemes, based on some of Bryan's beastmen to be seen in the pages of the Realm of Chaos books. Continuing with the beastmen theme, I began documenting the contents of Bryan's "Cabinets of Chaos" which revealed some truly stunning figures.

Being a huge fan of John Blanche's painted figures and artwork, it was a pleasure to see these early JB figures in Bryan's collection last April.

A further post in April 2013 also revealed that Ivan Bartleet's incredible War Altar of Nurgle was alive and well in Bryan's collection.

Xaxus Chaos-Thrall revealed himself in May, and it was truly a moment of childhood memories for me to see this Compendium 1 converted figure in the flesh. Converted by Bryan, painted by John Blanche - what a heritage!

In June, a retrospective of a Rogue Trader event held at Wargames Foundry in 2012 focussed on Bryan's Genestealer Cult, which not only included some wonderfully painted figures, but also some rare unreleased figures and Dale Hurst's scratch-built limousines.

I started a series of posts on the Rogue Trader Space Marines in Bryan's collection back in July (there's more to come of these).

I blogged about Dale Hurst's Tzeentch warband in Bryan's collection last August and it's great to see so many of these have survived.

At the end of August Wargames Foundry revealed that they had discovered the moulds for the ex-Citadel Blandford Warriors and Mercenaries, which raised the exciting prospect of what other ex-Citadel goodies are yet to be revealed in the Foundry "vault."

The end of August also so Oldhammer Weekend running at Foundry, and Bryan brought along a large selection of his painted figures to display. Envious Oldhammerers spent lots of time drooling over those cabinets!

I co-GM'd a Rumble in the Jungle game over the Oldhammer Weekend using Warhammer 3rd edition rules. There was plenty of Norse/Amazon/Orc/Gorilla/Pygmy action - it was a blast!

Anyone who attended the Oldhammer Weekend will never forget the site of Nico's Realm of Chaos army on the table. There are no words...

One of the highlights of blogging about Bryan's painted figures that appeared in old White Dwarf adverts came in October, when a post about painted Rogue Trader Adventurers revealed these bombshells:

I had the pleasure of bringing Dave Perry's wonderful painted miniatures to my blog last October, which started with some excellent Jes Goodwin Chaos Champions.

We've not seen the last of Dave's figures yet.

October also saw the start of some mind-boggling discoveries of unreleased figures in Bryan's collection. We had Rogue Trader era Adeptus Arbites, an unknown figure from the Rogue Trader rulebook, an Adeptus Administratum, and the "8 ball trooper."

In December I had an opportunity to trawl through Tim Pollard's collection of miniatures, looking for some rare gems. He didn't disappoint and revealed a prototype metal Dark Future car, a mulit-part metal Rogue Trader Space Marine, and a guitar-playing Space Marine!

In January I covered the unreleased metal prototype Wizards of Morcar figures (Heroquest expansion) in Dave Perry's collection. Or at least they were - Dave no longer owns them. Not only are these beautifully painted, but I need all of them except for the orc - help me someone!

In February the very rare and much sought after Nuln Spearman appeared on ebay and in a flash he was gone, along with his equally rare Guard Captain companion. *SIGH*

February also saw the discovery of an unreleased Rogue Trader Ork weapon platform in Bryan's collection. A simple but highly desirable (in my opinion!) piece of kit.

Speaking of desirable, March saw the revelation of yet another unreleased Rogue Trader era figure - an Adeptus Mechanicus - plus the "Ymgarl Genestealer," which led to much moaning and gnashing of teeth!

So there you have it, some of my personal favourites of the last year. I hope you've enjoyed following my blog over the last year, and rest-assured we haven't seen the end of these collections yet. Far from it.


  1. I have enjoyed following your blog a lot and expect the same level of high quality photos, treasure hunts and splendid gold nuggets of citadel History.

    Thanks for sharing those wonders Steve. Brilliant work !

  2. I've thoroughly enjoyed the first year, here's to many more.

  3. A consistently delightful and interesting year it's been too - a bit like a serialised archaeology dig, but with exciting finds with every update!

  4. Your Blog is one of the best reference in the Citadel oldschool culture (scene), many unreleased and pics from marvellous collection here are real treasures for us.
    Congratulation for your first year !
    Bye Nico

  5. Wishing you a very happy birthday Eldritch Epistles. How about a photograph of yourself in your yellow Foundry fleece to stamp a suitably epic full stop on this fine article? (:

  6. Thanks for a great year of amazing posts and pics, Steve! I'm excited to see what you have in store for us in your next year(s).

  7. Great summary!
    It's pure pleasure to see so much classic models in one place.

  8. Quite a year indeed! Well done sir.

  9. Many happy returns and here's to many more hereafter!

    Yellow does suit you by the way ;)

  10. Wow, didn't expect that view on the females in power armor.

    Thanks for doing the blog, even though I dislike you for showing us so much unreleased stuff :)

  11. Well done! A fantastic blog and thanks for sharing all the fantastic stuff!

  12. Happy Anniversary! Your blog is a favorite of mine and I see a bright future for it!

  13. You been Liebstered, son.


  14. Always the bridesmaid and never the bride.... My Liebster nomination arrives none the less. :)


  15. And one more from me :)


  16. Steve, I just hit you up too. Popular guy, eh? =)

  17. Sheesh, you got one from me too. Didn't know you where that popular. Anyway, here you are:

  18. Congratulations ! blogging of this calibre is quite a dedication , I have really enjoyed your posts , its like opening Christmas presents ! here's to another great year .

  19. I remember seeing that winged minotaur in a WD in the early 90's as a teen and being absolutely floored.

    I think until I saw it just then it has attained the level of a dim apotheosed memory

    Duck Sarge! A nostalgia grenade!