Thursday, September 8, 2011

Post #200 - An excursion into the depths of the Closet of DOOM!!

The time has finally come - the 200th post! I figured it was a good time to take a look at the state of the hobby and take some time to thank all of you readers for your encouragement and awesome suggestions and advice, as well as a thank you to the 40k bloggers community at large, there's so many great sources of inspiration out there that it's impossible to list them all (Though Ron over at FTW does a respectable job trying)! A couple quick shout outs though:

  • Admiral Drax for being the inspiration for me starting a blog in the first place.  
  • From The Warp for not only being chock full of fantastic ideas and tutorials but also being the gateway to hundreds upon hundreds of other awesome blogs. 
  • Oink's Overambitious Terrain Projects as my favorite new blogger from 2011, his weathering techniques and conversions are top notch!  
  • Eye of Error makes me despair of finishing my own Dark Eldar out of envy of his work, and also deserves a thank you for being the designer of the fancy new blog banner and the various banners for my Heresy-Era Thousand sons. 
  • And last but not least, Ex Fide Vivo, a brand new blog started by my buddy Dave - only a couple posts so far, but he's a hell of a painter and modeler, and I'm excited to see his stuff online!

I reference the Closet of Doom in a number of posts, but really haven't documented the full extent of what it entails. Below are a couple pictures of my hobby loft, in it's natural state of disarray in the midst of a project. At the moment the entire 4x8 table is covered in the detritus of the Thousand Sons army I'm working on. However to the left looms the gateway to madness. MADNESS!

Opening the blinds (no I don't know why the previous tenant had blinds installed rather than doors) reveals the looming shelves full of 20+ years worth of the hobby. Boxes and boxes of bits, drawers full of more bits, shelves of terrain and half finished projects and quite possibly the missing bodies of Jimmy Hoffa and Amelia Earhart and the gateway to lost Rl'yeh for all I know.

The shelves continue on to hold a bewildering array of boxes of conversion fodder, from old Robogear models to a selection of fantasy units and even yet more terrain. Down in the very bottom corner of the shelves are a few boxes that miraculously don't hold hobby stuff. I really should get those out of there...

Against the opposite wall is yet another small shelf, this time stacked with battlefoam trays of models in various states of assembly and painting. It is here that a number of the half-finished projects languish in despair of seeing completion - I really do intend to finish a project someday, honest. Against the far wall is the door to the Attic of Oblivion (and you thought the Closet of Doom was bad)!

I was able to extricate myself from the Closet's evil clutches and thought that it's a good time to take stock of all the projects that I have going at the moment and figure out where the hobby will be taking me in 2012. Of course, the guard is my first love, and packed up in trays is the glorious Mordian 7th. I recently rebuilt the core of the army and more or less packed them up right after the primer dried. At the moment it's about half painted, but another project has me in its grasp:

The Heresy Era Thousand Sons army I've been working on of late has, to the exclusion of all other projects, taken control of the hobby loft. The main reason for this is the fact that in March of 2012 my buddy Dave and I are planning a trip across the pond to attend the Tempus Fugitives Age of the Emperor event being put on at Maelstrom Games in Mansfield, UK as well as seeing the GW offices and Warhammer World in Nottingham (and a few days of other standard tourist-y stuff around the UK too). There's a lot of pre-planning going on at the moment with further details to follow as our plans firm up, but I'm really looking forward to meeting the awesome folks involved in the TF events, and would love to lift a pint and have a chat with any readers in the general Mansfield/Nottingham area when the time comes!

The Kabal of the Crimson Woe is just inches away from completion but I came down with a terrible case of Army Painters fatigue in the home stretch. All of the models in yellow on the chart are 50%+ painted, but I am having a really hard time finding the motivation to finish them off. Soon enough though I'll get over it, polish them off and get 'em up on eBay. They were an interesting experiment, but I found that I didn't enjoy playing them as much as I do the Guard or the Thousand Sons. They are a bit too fragile for my ham-fisted command, I suppose!

Finally, there are still a smattering of Orks lurking on the shelves of the Closet of Doom, forming the seed of what will undoubtedly be yet another Waaagh in the future...

In any case, I want to say thanks once again to all of my readers, your input and support have been invaluable to me over the years, and I hope to continue entertaining you all!




  1. Holy Hell that is a closet of Doom!

    You have like a mini GW store in your closet bro.

  2. Dear god do you have a lot of stuff in there...

  3. I was hoping you closet would make me feel better about mine... yours aint that bad though. Should I ever have time to blog again I may share some shots of my closet of despair.

  4. Wow mate you make me feel so good. Because all of a sudden what I have got to do does not look so bad, and I have been doing the the hobby as long as you. I hope I get to see you next year when you come over if I am not in some hot sunny country.

  5. @LuckyNo.5 - That's not a bad assessment. There's been several occasions where I've gone to my FLGS, bought something, and come home to discover that same thing already lurking in the CoD!

    @Da Masta Cheef - Yeah, it's starting to get a bit out of hand. I really need to prune it back a bit...

    @The Inner Geek - Glad to hear I'm not the only one out there with a CoD!

    @Oink and Commissar Dave - As the plans firm up I'll have a better idea of where and when I'll be over on your side of the pond. I'll buy the first round if it ends up being somewhere nearby!

  6. We'll get to introduce you to PROPER beer... not that stuff you drink that somehow passes for beer! You'll have to keep us updated.

  7. Sounds like a plan to me! Living in Colorado we have some of the best microbreweries the US but that's not necessarily saying much!

    It sounds like the campaign weekend we'll be attending is going to be the 3rd and 4th of March in Mansfield, though we'll be basing out of Nottingham (at least that's the plan) for that Thursday-Sunday, then head down to the London area for Monday-Wednesday for more sight-seeing and standard tourist-y crap. :)

  8. Dunno what happened to my last comment here, but hearty congratulations on the double-century, matey!

    And you're coming to Blighty, eh? Well now, I'm in the South West, near Plymouth (historical departure terminal of buckle-wearing folks with no idea how to survive winter in the Eastern Seaboard) that means Nottinghamshire's bloody miles away.

    However, as I've never yet found enough of an excuse to visit the home of GW and the (evidently fantastic) Maelstrom, then maybe this is my golden opportunity to do just that, eh?

    Kepp us posted nearer the time, won't you? (and get my email beforehand - I'll be most happy to stand you a pint of cider.

    - Chris.

  9. Good deal, Drax!

    We're still ironing out the grand tour plan, but I'd gladly reciprocate the pint should it prove possible! I know we're going to spend a couple days down London way (and pop down to see Stonehenge) so perhaps later in the trip we could end up near your neck of the woods!