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Monday, 15 September 2014

Return of the King (of this blog) and Fulfilment of the Liebster Award

My previous post began: "It's been a long time since my last post!"
So I can only say now: "It's been a ridiculously long time since my last post!"

The last year has been rather busy due to the necessary evils that are A-levels, and as a result my hobby work unfortunately was not exactly top of the list of activities. However, this year is a gap year for me, so that means time for the long-neglected paints and brushes to get to work!

As you might have noticed on the right hand side is the Liebster Award logo ->
I have been very kindly (and very long ago) been nominated twice, the first time by Chris, Guard of Mardat (http://chrisgomhobbyblog.blogspot.co.uk), and most recently by Karavatis (http://karavatis.blogspot.com.es). Thank you to both of you!

To my shame, however, I neglected to fulfil the requirements of the Liebster Award. The aim is to generate a wider awareness of blogs with fewer than 200 followers through one's following and nominating of more blogs. The rules seem to be slightly different depending on who nominated you, but I will follow an amalgamated scheme from my two nominators.

Firstly, my answers to Karavatis' questions (note that the original questions were in Spanish, so some of the questions appear to have lost their essence in translation - I will do my best to answer what was intended, Mr Karavatis!)

1. Why did you decide to blog?
I decided to blog after seeing some of the blogs belonging to One Ring members. I decided it would by a good way to display my hobby work!

2. What are your favourite war games?
Since I have only ever played the 'LotR/Hobbit Strategy Battle Game' and 'War of the Ring', I have a limited choice, but I definitely prefer the SBG! I am intrigued by Gripping Beast's 'Saga', however...

3. Painting, converting or gaming?
I personally prefer the manual sides, so that would be painting or converting. But, since painting can be reversed and converting can be hit-or-miss, I would choose painting. Though I do enjoy each aspect in its own way.

4. A favourite movie?
The Fellowship of the Ring!

5. A favourite band or singer?
Those who know me personally will be more than aware that my tastes in music literally go back hundreds of years! My favourite group would probably be 'Capella de la Torre' - a Renaissance ensemble from Germany. You can check out their website here: Capella de la Torre, and listen to some of their music here: Youtube. My favourite album is their 'Christmas Concert' - not your usual Christmas carols!

6. A couple of blogs you find indispensable?
I hope this one is translated correctly? Anyway, I will include two blogs here that I cannot nominate as they have over 200 subscribers: Je Lay Emprins, which I find inspirational. He paints and converts mostly Perry miniatures for the Wars of the Roses period, which you can also see in my Fiefdoms projects. Also his other blog: Harness and Array, which includes his projects for the Hundred Years War.

7. What is your favourite work you are proud of?
This is a tough one, but I'm particularly pleased with some of my Mithril Minatures paint jobs. I really can't decide!

8. A dream that is special to you?
I'm not sure of the original meaning of this question! I'll take it as meaning What is your greatest aspiration? in which case it would be to serve my Lord Jesus Christ as best as I can!

9. Approximately how many miniatures do you have?
A very good question! I started a count a good time ago, but I can't remember what the total was. This is probably something I should try again, but I'm guessing it's approaching about 3000!

10. A virtue?
As the apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church:
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always trusts, always protects, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

11. A wish for the remainder of the year?
To be of use in whatever I happen to do in this gap year!

The nominees below may answer these questions on their blogs if they so desire!

Secondly, in no particular order, some blogs that I wish to nominate for the award (all nominees are automatic winners!):

East Grinstead Wargamers
The battle reports here are excellent. Note - I do believe they are now operating as the West Sussex Wargamers, but this blog is full of excellent work!

Simmuskhan's Battle Blog
Again, the battle reports here are excellent. They were a great inspiration for me to write my own!

Sid the Sloth's Lord of the Rings Blog
I particularly enjoy looking at Sid's Thorin's company - some lovely subtle conversions and painting!

The Dead Marshes
Most painting does not get near this level!

Hopefully I will get this blog kicked back into life soon!

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