Five years!

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Now would you believe it: Another anniversary snuck up on me while I wasn’t looking: As of this week, Eternal Hunt is actually five years old! That means five years of screaming into the void — quite an achievement, wouldn’t you say? 😉

But seriously, I am actually really proud of having managed to keep this blog going for so long. Now I realise that some people may consider posts like this to be self-congratulatory. But in a hobby where maintaining focus and motivation is so very important, it feels like a little self-congratulation every once in a while doesn’t hurt, so if you’ll indulge me…?

 

Speaking of the raw numbers, five years of Eternal Hunt means 345 posts, all in all, and around 829,000 views. There have been 311,000 visitors to this blog and I have managed to attract 320 followers to date. Given the fact that the blog is a mere hobby project, those are some numbers to be reasonably proud of — I really do want to hit a million views, though! 😉

 

Anyway, in previous years, I have always used the blog’s anniversary to showcase some of my earlies hobby efforts, but five years of constant blogging have managed to pretty much bleed me dry on that front: I have shared my somewhat embarrassing first Space Crusade models as well as an incredibly bad paintjob for the classic HeroQuest barbarian, the first model I have ever attempted to paint back in the day. I also showed you my first WFB and 40k armies, respectively, as well as my attempt at creating a Mordheim chaos warband back when Mordheim wasn’t even really officially a thing yet. And I even let you take a look at the highly deriative fantasy artwork I cobbled together during my late teens. So there’s really not much more of my past embarrassments for you to entertain yourselves with 😉

So let’s do something different this year: Let’s not focus on my models, for a change, but rather on some of the fantastic pieces I have been given by fellow hobbyists.

You see, this blog has enabled me to not only talk about my personal hobby experiences, but also to get in touch with some extremely talented artists and creators, some of them venerable hobby legends. And while that’s already cool enough in and of itself, I was also lucky enough to have been sent some truly wonderful models over the years: Some of them completely painted, some to be painted by be. Some were already assembled, others came in parts. But they all added something unique and interesting to my collection of models, and some of them even made me approach a particular project or a part of my collection from a new angle.

Plus all of those models also make for a pretty eclectic group when collected. Take a look:

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Now these are the finished models that were given to me by fellow hobbyists in one form or another.

Given the focus of my blog, it shouldn’s surprise you that the XII legion (and their daemonic allies) feature heavily:

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The massive Obliterators were built thanks to some wonderful custom parts that I received from fellow hobbyist Thamier. BrotherJim sent me an excellent converted Khornate champion in his trademark style from Australia. Sagal and AMaximus provided me with some vintage Bloodletters. And the centre piece is definitely PDH’s wonderfully painted Lord Zhufor that he sent over as a surprise – and just in time for the blog’s 2016 birthday! And while I bought those Heresy era World Eaters from fellow German hobbyist AgnostosTheos when he sold off his collection, they came about as the result of a little joint hobby project — and ultimately served as a sort of blueprint for my own exploits into the world of 30k.

And there’s the wonderful world of INQ28, of course: This is the category where I have received some particularly grimdark and Blanchian pieces:

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Neil101 let me have that wonderfully sinister Khornate Champion (and …erm his bucket), while the legendary Ron Saikowski and Drone21c from Australia, respectively, sent me some stunning models based on classic John Blanche artwork. The little powder monkey was originally part of a bitz drop from PDH — and after being turned into a small augmetic familiar, he was named “PeeDee the Monkey” in Peter’s honour 😉 Oh, and let’s not forget that cyber-mastiff, converted from a Malifaux model I won in a raffle over at MiniatureTim’s blog.

And then there are my friend Annie’s wonderful additions to my Blood Bowl team, of course:

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And that’s not nearly all, because those are only the models I have managed to paint so far (or the ones that came pre-painted, as it were). As it happens, I still have some wonderful donations from fellow hobbyists to look forward to on my painting desk:

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Among those are Malthus Dire, a Khornate Chaos Lord, courtesy of Commissar Molotov. A grimdark belle sculpted by Steifer. A really, really old Imperial Guard Trooper, once again kindly sent over by Drone21c. The Space Wolves model given to me by the owner of my (now sadly defunct) FLGS. And a freaking Forgeworld Primarch, sent my way by Adam Wier of Between The Bolter And Me — the latter in particular forms a stunning addition to my collection, and I’ll make sure to do him justice!

And that’s still not all either, because I haven’t even talked about the various bitz drops and the constant exchange of ideas between me and other hobbyists — the list goes on and on.

In short, both my collection of models as well as my entire hobby have been enriched by generous gifts and creative ideas from fellow hobbyists from all across the world. And getting in touch with them has only been possible via sharing my work as well as my ideas online, and by commenting on their work and learning from them in turn. And this entire process continues to be an extremely rewarding and, occasionally, humbling experience!

So whether you are one of the brilliant people who have sent me models or bitz over the years or you are a follower, reader or even frequent commenter on this blog, thank you! From the bottom of my heart! Because your contributions keep this blog running, and your influences have really broadened my hobby horizon!

In closing, allow me to share just one further example for the amazing way this whole blogging business leads to more and more surprises:

While browsing for inspirational artwork of Angron, the XII Legion Primarch, I recently came upon this illustration of Angron created by artist Dariiy:

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Angron illustration by Dariiy

Now I did notice certain similarities to my own conversion of Daemon-Primarch Angron, so I sent Dariiy a message enquiring about whether or not that was a coincidence — and imagine how happy and surprised I was when she wrote back that the illustration, done by her as a birthday gift for a friend, mostly used design cues from Alex Boyd’s iconic artwork of Angron in his Daemonic form — and, indeed, from my model version of the character. Now that’s the awesome and crazy stuff this hobby of ours can lead to: An illustration resembling a model you’ve built on the wall of somebody in a totally different country and shared with the rest of the world via social media. Incredible stuff, wouldn’t you agree?

Make sure to check out Dariiy’s tumblr, by the way, as there’s some pretty cool work on diplay over there!

 

So anyway, thank you all, once again — here’s to the next five years, eh? 😉

As always, thanks for looking and stay tuned for more!

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41 Responses to “Five years!”

  1. Congrats on 5 years of quality blogging! Hope you last at least another 5 more 🙂

  2. Congratulations!I’ve got a few months yet to hit my five year birthday (December) but you’re well ahead of me on views! Probably because your content is always so inspiring – serious quality stuff, keep going and we’ll keep reading (and help you reach that magic million!)

  3. Congratulations, here’s to the next five.

  4. This could very easily be an isolated, almost anti-social hobby, but it really comes into its own when people start to get together, collaborating and sharing ideas. Well done and thanks for five years of inspiration, here’s to the next half-decade (and reaching that magic million!)

    • Thanks, man! The interesting thing is that it’s really easy to find the anti-social angle to this hobby as well — just head to some of the more hardcore rules forums, for instance, or enter some hobby store when the regular crowd hangs around and you’re the newbie 😉 But that being said, I’ve found the online community to be quite charming, overall, and full of generosity and constructive criticism, and it has also managed to improve my projects in a way I wouldn’t have thought possible.

  5. Congratulations on 5 wonderful years! You always have been an inspiration on how to run a blog, and that excellence is mirrored in how many people want to contribute in some small way! Keep up the great work, afterall Khorne always needs more skulls…

  6. Congratulations, you’re an inspiration. The thing I love most about your blog is the wonderful enthusiasm for the hobby contained in every post.

  7. Half a decade eh? Soon you’ll need to release a new edition of Eternal Hunt with lots of rules bloat and huge, impractical minis!
    Congratulations and I join the rest of the comments in saying I greatly look forward to the next 5 years.

  8. So, happy bloodday !

  9. I wish I could remember where I discovered your blog from, but I really can’t (if I had to guess, probably from a blog like Dark Future Games, or Inq28). Flicking back through past posts, I think I must have been aware of it since around December 2012, though I wasn’t a regular reader until a few years after that. I’ve also just gone back and read your very first post for the first time!

    Thank you for sharing your models, opinions and stories with us (I’ve also found a bunch of other cool blogs from your posts and showcases, so thank you for that too!). So congratulations on the last 5 years, and here’s looking forward to what’s yet to come!

    • Thanks FirBholg! As it happens, I recently had a look at the first few posts as well, and it does seem like the blog has come a long way since then, if I do say so myself.

  10. Inquisitor Mikhailovich Says:

    Wow – five whole years! The part of that that makes me the most happy is the fact that I have been around for very nearly that whole time, at least three years and probably more. Your hobby exploits have perhaps been my primary inspiration over the years.

    I would also like to point out that, should https://killingcrons.wordpress.com/ ever reach five years old, you would be among the “veritable hobby legends,” as you put it, that I have been gifted to work with. Keep up the good work and there is no way that you won’t be viewed as such, not only by myself, but by the rest of the community!

    As for one million views, I think we can do that for you…

    Happy birthday, man!

  11. Congratulations on hitting the five year mark. I started reading a couple years ago and it’s been a treat.

  12. Congratulations Krauscientist!
    All the best for the next five years!

    Cheers,

  13. Congratulations buddy! It has been a real pleasure to follow your work all these years (I wasn’t there the whole five years but it’s still been a while), and see you nail project after project. You never fail to produce jaw-dropping models with real thought and background behind them, and you are one of the few hobbyists out there that I feel has a distinct, characteristic style that is all your own. I’ll be following this until the wheels fall off, so don’t you stop anytime soon!

    • Thanks, Dexter! Exchanging ideas with you on a regular basis has been yet another particularly rewarding part of my hobby life over the last couple of years, so thanks for that as well! 🙂

  14. One of the best blogs out there. Congrats on the milestone again!

  15. Dave Taylor Says:

    Congratulations on keeping up the pace for five years! Keep up the excellent and thoughtful post : )

  16. Kudos krauty._dont know how you do it.But glad you do.:)

  17. Happy 5th year Krautscientist! Thank you for the energy you put here and for the inspiration! I wish you 5 more years full of beautiful screams in the void! (I love that metaphor!)
    Cheers!

  18. Have been reading your blog for about 10 months now but this is my first comment. I wanted to say thanks, its great reading, and based on your blog and another, ‘Heresy and Heroes’, I’m toying with the idea of starting my own. Thanks for the inspiratio and well done on getting to five years! Happy blog birthday!

    • *inspiration. D’oh.

    • Cheers, man! Thanks for stepping out of the shadows 😉

      As for starting your own blog, my general advice would be to go for it: It can be a lot of worth, and doing some preparation and concept work before you start will go a long way, but it can also focus and enrich your hobby activities in extremely rewarding and unexpected ways, so it’s worth it. Feel free to drop me a link, once you get started! 🙂

  19. Very cool stuff mate, and well done on the 5-year mark.

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