2018, a year full of exciting stuff. From combining a full-time internship and a part-time job during the week and weekend to hobbying and dungeon mastering during the hours that were left. And all of this was challenging, new and old and above all really enjoyable. I met very nice people and less nice people (but really, mostly just a lot of nice people).
I gave myself less hobby time than I would have liked but I started (yet never really finished) some cool new projects: a Daughters of Khaine army , this one didn’t really lift of. Yet I have a built Morathi waiting to be painted!; an Idoneth Deepkin army, this one got some more attention with a more worked out core fore; a Lord of the Rings Minas Tirith army for the Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game, I was well under way with this army until a host of new miniatures were released during the last quarter of 2018; I started a Homebrew Dungeons & Dragons campaign set in the massive city that is Taytrenvia, a magical mega-metropolis; I sort of started with Star Wars Legion, I am going to finish a Stormtrooper force that includes Darth Vader (Star Wars Battlefront really inspired me to pick this up again) and much much more.
Top 5 miniatures
Of course, what’s better to begin a new year of hobbying than to look back at what came before. In the year 2018 lots of great things were brought to us. Below is my personal top five miniatures of last year.
5. Morathi, High Priestess of Khaine / Morathi, the Shadow Queen – Warhammer Age of Sigmar
Both versions of Morathi are just spectacular sculpts. The design of her whole being has been done very well. She is as mighty a presence in her aelven form of beauty and grace as she is in her form of shadow, terror and dark sorcery. Morathi was quite possibly the most powerful aelf sorceress of the World that Was, it was no surprise that she managed to escape the belly of Slaanesh (one of the four Chaos Gods). Yet, Slaanesh corrupted her form in what is the Shadow Queen miniature.
4. Gandalf the White and Peregrin Took (Guard of the Citadel) – The Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game
Quite possibly one of the best Middle-earth related releases of the year is the Gandalf the White and Peregrin Took (Guard of the Citadel) miniature. It shows Gandalf while swinging sword and staff around, fighting off whatever enemy you place in front of him and Peregrin Took wearing Faramir’s old Citadel Guard armour. It also has Gandalf, and Pippin, riding Shadowfax.
3. Eidolon of Mathlann, Aspect of the Sea (and Storm) – Warhammer Age of Sigmar
This is one of those sculpts that those blows you away. A miniature that manages to make use of negative space so well, with a design that is so fitting is just amazing. The lore behind the miniature as the paint job are crazy enough. A figure that towers over others because of the wall of water it is balancing on. I don’t have a lot of words left about this one because I don’t really think I need any.
2. Hurin, Warden of the Keys and Ingold, Guard of the Ramnas Echor – Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game
A surprise, but a welcome one: The Wardens of Gondor are just fantastic, top quality Forge World products. Amazing details have been worked into these models: from the hilt of Ingold’s sword to the keys hanging from Hurin’s armour.
1. The new Gloomspite Gitz Mangler Squig.
Even though this one has not been technically released in 2018 (it will be released on January the 19th instead) it was revealed during the winter period last year. I really, absolutely adore this Squig monster. It is a dynamic miniature with lots of detailing going on. The Squigs and Grots have a lot of character. This is a dangerous looking miniature, one I am certain I will be painting very very soon.
Three Hobby Resolutions for 2019
So although these resolutions might mean nothing after the third week of the year, it is still always nice to write something down. Even though I might forget or just discard these resolutions altogether.
- It is time to finish things before getting loads of new things. I will try to slowly work through my hobby backlog.
- I want to try and make more dioramas. Telling stories with miniatures and a nice scene built around them.
- Well, a third… No, these first two are more than enough for me.
- ( Oh wait, there is a fourth: Finish a new Warhammer Age of Sigmar Gloomspite Gitz army. )
So, even though it is not much, it is at least something. I especially like the idea of slowly finishing overdue projects and slowly but surely building a Gloomspite Gitz Moonclan Grot army.
What to expect this month?
This month you can expect some writing about Taytrenvia, my Dungeons & Dragons Homebrew World; more hobby related things that include my Warhammer Age of Sigmar Free City and loads more! Maybe miniature kit review!
That’s it for today’s post folks. To you, dear reader, I ask: what are your hobby resolutions, any miniatures that were your favourite from last year and what are you looking forward to? I would love to hear this!
*All the images are taken from the Games Workshop and Warhammer Community websites and thus are not made by me,