With less then 3 weeks remaining in what has been a rather good year for myself on a hobbylevel, I`m going to start this annual tradition with looking back on the evolution of myself as a hobbyist, and as such the road the blog has been taken more and more.
And by doing so, let me talk a bit about my further transition from a desk full of brushes and paints to a desk full of bricks and small sketched papers. While cleaning out some folders last week on the PC, I came along this old picture of a Helm`s Deep me and a compatriot once build for the Crisis 2003 wargame show, he making the Deep, me buying and painting a lot of LOTR miniatures.
Moi, the Ringbearer, and Nemesis, the dice chucker
It was a good time back then, but it also is now 11 years ago, and hobbies come and hobbies go, and this has almost certainly completey died down. Yeah, I keep `a certain force` in a big box safely tucked away should the urge ever arise again, but seeing the way GW currently is handling things, I fear that hobby part is on a rollercoaster to self destruction.
On the other hand, my Lego involvement has been evolving and getting bigger over the year, my focus settled on a period I truly felt the most comfortable in in building, and I did my first show as an exposer. And I loved every moment of it, I never thought I would become the kind of person that would love to see `those small people that tend to be annoying` (no, I don`t mean hobbits) actually smile.
I think, on a level of personal evolvment, I could say I build wargame armies to prove myself, and build Lego to share with others... less testosteron involved.
This has in my opinion a lot to do as well with the larger community involved in the hobby, making a bigger field of skill sets out there, and the lesser need to get to that `top tier`. I`m a MOC`cer of medium skill levels, and I can live with that, while when I was still wargaming, the level of competitiveness was bigger inside myself and I went consistently for the wins and the top spots.
A large Mitgardian force found on Eurobricks
But the blood keeps crawling and wargaming has been part of my DNA for almost 20 years, those same 20 as I was in my Lego `Dark Ages`. Yes, I did quit building with bricks to start painting armies, and I stopped painting armies to build with bricks. They perfectly evolved into each other over the years.
And as such, I cannot resist the sight of large armies, not even in Lego. And the Castle theme is one that lends itself to it perfectly, as you are effectively building the equivalent of scenery like houses and trees, man them with civilians and march your regiments through it.
A castle siege in progress, no idea who build it though
The only difference is that you don`t actually `battle` with them... though there ARE rules for those things out there, and maybe one day I`ll first try to convince my Nemesis to join in, and contact my old club to do a demo of a Lego wargame sometime. Maybe a samurai force like this one by AC Pin might be something for him ;-)
Oh, and this is how Helm`s Deep looks in Lego btw... build by RK
Part two will be dealing about how the blog evolved and grew over the past year, but that will be for within a few days, until then, brick on!