Can you believe it? Magpie and Old Lead is 12 months old today! I started the blog mainly as a focal point and repository for my hobby activities, which had been spread out across several forums. To my surprise, over the past year, the blog has become both a motivator for generating hobby content, and a gateway to other peoples’ hobbies.
I have played more games, painted more models, and enjoyed the hobby more since I started the blog, probably more so than at any point since my early gaming days in the late 1980s. The blog has allowed me to share my interests, but also been part of the discovery of other people’s hobby interests. And I’ve liked what I’ve seen!
In fact, it’s that sharing ethos which has been the biggest eye-opener. Fimm McCool posted on the Oldhammer forums earlier this week, proposing that the main ‘theme’ of Oldhammer is one of sharing. I whole-heartedly agree – this blog is a vehicle for sharing; nostalgia, a love of the fantasy genre, memories, gaming experiences and more. I think sharing is a very fine approach to this hobby of ours.
Orlygg over at Realm of Chaos 80s posed a gem of a question the other week: “what are your top Oldhammer experiences?”
Over the last 3-4 years I’ve been lucky enough to share coffee with Citadel sculptor Jes Goodwin and pore over his sketch books. I’ve attended both ‘Bring Out Your Lead’ events at Foundry and played in some incredible games. I’ve indulged myself and bought some wonderful pieces of original artwork, but none of these is my top Oldhammer experience.
In fact, my top experience isn’t really ‘Old’ and it’s certainly not Warhammer – it’s the weekend back in 2011 when, jaded by yet another evolution of Warhammer 40k, my gaming friend Mark suggested we play a game of Blood Bowl. We didn’t use old rules, but it did inspire me to dig out my old Blood Bowl Elves. That game led to a renewed interest in Blood Bowl and a reconnection with creating small teams, warbands or gangs of figures. That in turn revitalised my approach to collecting and gaming, and the rest is history. So if that Blood Bowl game wasn’t really an Oldhammer moment of itself, I guess you can think of it as a gateway drug!
The Great Brat Giveaway
So, how do I go about marking this anniversary? I’ve seen a number of other bloggers run competitions and offer up prizes as a way of marking important milestones ('sharing' in action!). Sounds like a good idea to me, so I introduce to you the great Brat Giveaway!
In the process of assembling my Brat gang, I’ve acquired some duplicates, so I will be offering up Brat #3 as a prize for a lucky winner.
But that’s not all; I will convert and paint the figure into a form of your own devising. You might want an injured Brat slumped up against a wall, or perhaps he might be blasting away with a pair of pistols. You might want your Brat in the natty orange, jade and white of my own gang, or he could be dark red and black to fit with some of your own figures! The choice will be up to the winner!
What do you need to do?
You just need to post a comment to this blog post, or in reply to my Facebook post stating:
- Your suggested pose and any particular details required
- The colour scheme (no patterns though – I can’t do freehand!)
I will select a winner by random draw on Sunday 21st September and will contact the winner to discuss the project in more detail. I will then cover the entire build on the blog (see – it generates more content for me!).
Good luck everybody!