Tuesday, 6 May 2014

040. Liebster Award...

Apparently its a thing!
The Internet is awash with chain mail-esque devices, most of which are click bait loaded with malware leading to no good.  The Liebster Award is a like product, but for the purposes of good and not evil!

I became aware over the last month of the Liebster Award after my blog roll starting filling with the same images - the image you see above, and which may now also reside in your blog roll.  I'd seen something similar a few years back and then it had all gone quiet, but this year it is back with a vengeance and I have scored not 1, but 2 nominations for one which to tell you the truth I am quite chuffed about, enough so that I went and bored my missus with the details of it all.

While I blog mainly for my own pleasure, and as a vehicle to store a blog roll that provides me reading content for the bus trips into and out of work each day, I (like I imagine most people) do get a little buzz when someone else comments on what I'm doing, even if it is a simple 'good post' type comment - it means that while I occupy a few electrons (or whatever the appropriate measure of Internet space is) worth of the Internet and post about things I am happy to show in a non-public/aliased forum, someone else has also stopped by, read or looked at my post and been kind enough to leave a few words.

To have not one, but two fellow bloggers recognise me publicly on their own blogs as worthy of stand out amongst the hundreds of other small blogs out there is something else again.  So I must extend my thanks to both Adam over at Between the Bolter and Me (where you will find many fantastic posts showing the intricate level of detail Adam and his (what I presume in my own mind to be) brothers go to with their models - absolutely cracking stuff) and Kieran (AKA Headologist) from Do You Have A Flag? whose past posts on Necromunda gangs and terrain are real gems, and whose recent delve into adventure gaming books had me reliving my childhood vicariously through the images his posts stirred up in my minds eye.

Enough of this drivel, on to the meat of the post, shamelessly copied from elsewhere:

The purpose of the Liebster Award award is to allow bloggers to recognise a selection of blogs that they think are exceptional, with a focus on newer or smaller blogs that may not have as many followers or are still trying to carve out a niche for themselves.  Each nominee is asked to state eleven truths about themselves, answer eleven questions from the blogger who nominated them and finally come up with a series of eleven questions they would like their nominees to answer.

So here go my replies:

Eleven Truths:
  1. I love coffee and orange and poppy seed muffins for my morning teas at work and secretly have them every morning without telling the missus - that's why I need so much 'bus money'.
  2. This is my second blog.  My first blog, Rogue Pom, I gave up and deleted after our young dog died suddenly throwing my life at the time out of kilter.  I regret deleting the blog (the domain name is now in the hands of a porn pusher), but miss even more greatly my beloved dog Astro.
  3. I work for the government collecting taxes (or at least 'managing' risk and directing those who actually go out to collect taxes) - it was not my first job preference - I wanted to blow stuff up for the army but they wouldn't let me in as '16 year olds have no life experience' - you don't get experience I've found unless someone gives you a chance to get onto that first rung!
  4. I have tossed up more than once giving up my job and going back to uni to get a Masters or re-skill myself.  I am still fascinated by engineering.  The only thing stopping me is the idea of leaving my family destitute while I chase a whimsical dream.
  5. I started to collect miniatures in the dying months of 2nd ed 40K - my first official game was at the launch weekend for 3rd at the Marion GW.  Looking at the 'kids' in the shops now-a-days I shake my head and feel old.  I'm not even 30 yet - the older side of 20 something shouldn't feel old.
  6. My best mates are all cops.  I have on more than one occasion entered a station in their presence and been presumed to be an undercover officer - I have at no time agreed to that notion, nor disproved it.
  7. I entered Australian GD on three occasions, in the second two I went through the regionals and got 'runner up' pins on both attempts at the nationals.  I stopped fooling myself when I saw the real quality of GD winners first hand - I'm happy with my standard, but it's no GD winner.
  8. I have no ability to float - something about my bones being dense - my missus wouldn't believe it until I threw myself into a pool and nearly drowned. I can't swim either so it wasn't the smartest way to prove a point.
  9. Frothing Muppet is a play on my first Facebook alias, An Angry-Muppet (hyphenated to trick the name function on Facebook into thinking it was a legit real name), before I grew up and reverted my alias back to my real name.
  10. I'm from England originally but memories of those days are hazy to say the least.  Last month I celebrated 22 years in Australia, and 20 years as an official (albeit paper) Aussie.
  11. My 11 month old daughter sneezed snot into my mouth just before I sat down to write this post and because I was in the middle of changing her and the price of her 'making mess' everywhere outweighed the cost of the alternative I swallowed it and got on with the job at hand.
Eleven Questions to Answer (care of Adam):
  1. Eisenhorn or Ravenor?  - Eisenhorn all the way - he's a radical but I'm thinking he's still rocking out on the side of the Emperor!
  2. What is your favorite aspect of the miniature hobby?  - Building a kit.  I love seeing it come together, and recently the kit bash aspect of building has really gotten to me.
  3. Will dread Cthulhu rise from his sunken city of R’lyeh?  - I honestly had to Google 'Cthulhu' - I've seen the name around for years but never in material that has directly been of interest to me
  4. Who is your favorite artist?  - Anyone who can take a half decent landscape (natural or urbanscape) photographic spread.  Whoever does the Windows desktop backdrops that cycle on my Windows 7 machine at work - I love a good landscape.
  5. If you are about to embark on a long drive with nothing to think about, what musical album would you want to listen to?  - My mate and I would take a road trip across/around Australia each year before my little one came along and all we ever played on the stereo was ACDC's greatest hits.  He likes Hip Hop and I like alternative rock - neither of us liked or had listened to ACDC before our first trip but it was our laugh at a compromise CD.
  6. Have you ever played the cRPG: Planescape: Torment?  - No.  The only RPG I have ever played was a little Dark Heresy and 2 sessions of DnD.
  7. Games Workshop’s White Dwarf magazine recently switched formats and is now weekly, thoughts?  - I bought the first of the updated monthly WD when that switch happened and was not impressed and havent bought one since.  I have acquired through nefarious means a couple of the new weekly version and like you can get rules in it but I still miss my old WD's - circa issue 245 (Australian) to 270.
  8. Is the Alpha Legion the Imperium’s doom or their salvation?  - I don't know - Abnett left a cracking cliff hanger there in Legion though.  I think subsequent books and mentions by other authors have spoiled what he set up.
  9. Benchmade or Spyderco? - That was another Google job - Knife Ownership in Australia is obviously not as prevalent or big a thing as it is in the US.  On website design and functionality its Benchmade, but on product looks its Spyderco.
  10. What boardgame would you most like to play this weekend?  - Risk.  I was talking to Col. Ackland about it over the weekend.  Risk is a great game.
  11. Who is your favorite sculptor? - Jes Goodwin just because all my first miniatures were his and they were (and still are) brilliant sculpts.  Some of Simon Egans stuff though is jaw droppingly good.
Eleven Questions to Answer (care of Kieran):
  1. Why did you start blogging? - As a way to keep track of what I had done, when I did it, and with a vain hope to document how I did it - this last part has not worked as planned as I forget to document the how (ie paint recipes).
  2. If you could change one thing about the wargaming hobby, what would it be?  - I'd get rid of the WAAC mentality that has crept in and been promulgated through the blog network - this should be a fun 'hobby' for friends - not a blood sport.  The current online discussion spawned by the 7th ed leaked WD images is horrendous and a great example of the ugly side of this hobby.  Also, GW should allow direct sales to Australia and wind back the prices.
  3. What is best in life?  - Seeing my daughter smile when I get in from work - instantly brightens my day.
  4. Do you want to live forever?  - What would be the point?  I have my family hear now, I'll watch them grow up and start their own family and then my bit is done - why linger around longer than you need to.
  5. Fame or fortune?  - Wealth enough to live to our needs (not necessarily our wants) and allow me to do what I would like with my life.  My secret desire is to own my own hobby/gaming shop.  The kind that you see in the US on the tele with big open playing spaces, comfy couches, paint stations.  But a store where making money wasn't the point - the point is to have people around that I want to hang out with and trade insults and have a laugh.
  6. What miniature are you most proud of having painted?  - I'm going to say my test Tactical Marine I did a few posts back.  It went back to my roots in reimagining my original Ultramarines so has nostalgic value, plus it was the first time I'd successfully (in my mind) managed to edge highlight a miniature, plus free hand on symbols, plus pull of a decent flesh tone, and get the shading and overall look of the miniature exactly as I wanted it from my mental image.
  7. How do you deal with burnout?  - I remember that this should be fun - if I'm not having fun, then why am I doing it - no one forces you to do this hobby.  I step away - it will all be there later on.  Even if GW went and disappeared tomorrow, I'd still have all the product and paint I needed, together with the rule books and supplements I'd collected over the years to carry on gaming with like minded people.  I don't worry about burn out.  I have an Xbox and hundreds of DVD's.  Even when I personally have no mojo flowing, I still read my blogs in the feed every day - eventually I see something that sparks an idea that I want to try to capture.
  8. Why is a raven like a writing desk?  - What sort of question is that?!  Pfffttt!!!!
  9. Star Wars or Star Trek? - I used to love Star Wars - I would watch the originals every 6 months.  I even had the missus on that routine and she hates sci-fi.  And then the prequels came out.  Then Lucas couldn't leave good enough alone and we got Hayden Christianson in the end scene of Jedi.  And now I find I can't watch the movies without cringing.  I misquote them.  It makes me sad.  The other day I read the EU is not considered any form of canon - even the stuff Lucas Arts put out.  Sod that I say.  JJ has done a brilliant job with the relaunch of Trek - the cinematography/colours/sounds of the reboots are brilliant.   Having said that, its currently Star Gate SG1 all the way baby.
  10. If you could only buy from one miniature company from now on, which one would it be?  - Forge World - I'd do Heresy and Mechanicum if money allowed.
  11. What is your favourite takeaway? -Ging Ling Chinese take away down at Daws Park was the best Chinese food I ever had - and then we moved.  Lamesauce.
Eleven Blogs (in no particular order):
  1. John's Toy Soldiers
  2. Mordian 7th
  3. Officio Convertorum 
  4. Admiral Drax
  5. Recalcitrant Daze
  6. Excommunicate Traitoris
  7. A Galaxy in Flames
  8. Eternal Hunt
  9. Devos 4
  10. Palladian Guard
  11. Miniature Tim
I am sure some (if not all of these) have already been nominated, and some are not so small anymore - but so be it - they rate as the blogs that I have followed for years under one guise or another, who have consistently put out content I have found useful, interesting, copy worthy, and fun to look at and/or read, and which people visiting here for my content, may enjoy just as much as I do.

If they hadn't nominated me, thus excluded themselves from my list above, both Adam and Kieran's blogs would have been up there as well.

That's a long winded post of text to digest so I will leave it here.  For the interests of completeness to anyone on my list wanting to carry this forward I am too lazy to extend this post further by writing out another 11 questions, so feel free to answer any combination of 11 questions from the ones found above, with one rider, you must answer the following question:

If you could change one thing about the hobby, what would it be?

Genuinely interested in others views on this as at the end of the day, it is our hobby to make of what we will - we shouldn't (and don't) need someone else to put the hobby in a box and tell us this is how it must be done.

Cheers all,



  1. Very deserving of the award. I remember your old blog, was sad to see it go, but I'm glad you are keeping this one fresh and regularly updated with quality posts. Keep it up!

  2. A very deserving award, and many thanks for my own nomination sir! Always look forward to see what you have posted.

  3. Well deserved, man! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog, and am always jazzed to see what you have next. Keep up the excellent work!

    1. Ta muchly, and many a same sentiment is felt about your blogging effort - cheers Mordian.

  4. Very well deserved, and thanks for the kind words. I'm sure Blogger has it in for me as this is the third time I could have sworn that I'd already replied and can see no sign of my comment. Either that or I'm going senile in my late twenties :P Some fantastic blogs there, some that have managed to miss - which is another reason I like this Liebster thing. Some very interesting answers there too, I remembered that we started this hobby lark about the same time. Completely agree with you last sentiment, it is our hobby so why does it get spoken about as if we have nothing to do with it's direction...

    1. As the Raven / Writing Desk question, blame Drax :P I think it's from Lewis Carroll, it's a riddle with no answer apparently

    2. You hit the nail on the head there. The great thing about these awards is finding those new gems to follow. I've found a few new blogs looking at others lists.

      And yes, let's blame Drax!

  5. Nice one Muppet, thanks :) I'll try and answer this myself :)

    I too Remember the old Rogue Pom fondly :)

    1. Cheers Mate.

      Yeah. One of my hobby regrets.

  6. I blame Drax. It's a pity that the Rouge Pom blog content has gone...

    1. Thanks Zzzzzz.

      There used to be some good content there.