Friday, 19 October 2012

100 posts - A Praetorian Review

Welcome everyone to the 100th post on the blog!

To celebrate my first ever blogging milestone I'm going to have a slightly different take on my usual posts. This post will attempt to review the last 10 months of blogging, showcasing some of the highlights, and having a look a look at where this army has come from and where it might be going in the future. As usual expect plenty of photos and plenty of pithy commentary and analysis!

There will be links to aforementioned posts throughout this post, be sure to check out the early ones if you are new to the blog, or if you want to see a load of work in progress, the army has come on leaps and bounds!

In the beginning...
The first post on this blog was 11/11/11 and was the aptly titled New Dawn which marked my return to the hobby after a 7 year absence! It was my stumbling upon Col. Gravis' blog and the subsequent posting of my old army on his blog that really got me started again.

Here we have the tanks that I painted before my sabbatical, devoid of weathering, proper unit marking, freehand and much more, A sorry sight...

Some miniatures do however remain the same, in particular this command section is still largely the same, though some notable models are missing.

One of the first projects on my list when I restarted the army was some new cavalry. It just so happened that it happened to be Cavember! A project started by Col. Ackland and Col Gravis and coinciding with Gravis' original cavalry sculpts I got to work making some new Rough Riders of my own in my second post entitled The whole world has gone cavalry mad

I also got started on a new Command HQ and got to work, with the help of Victoria Lamb, on finally making some Praetorian Highland Veterans! A long held hobbying dream.

It was a busy November and even Col. Winterborne himself made an early appearance. The total for November which was only my first (not even a I started 11th!) month blogging had a grand total of 11 posts! Decemember would then proceed to beat that with a mighty 15!

My Rough Riders were finished, I started planning the banner for my Command HQ and I got to work on updating some of tired looking tanks with lots of shiny freehand! Not a lot got finished in December but a lot of converting and modelling was done to bring the HQ and Highlanders up to speed and ready for painting. This month also say my first ever battle report and victory for the army!

The new year saw another great surge of hobby activity and recorded a blogging high of 18 posts in January! How on Earth did I find the time... There were battle reports against Eldar and Chaos, and the Command HQ was finished along with a fair few tanks weathered and updated.

It was sure a busy month as my work station testified but rather alarmingly there are some models I was working on that I still haven't found time to paint!

These guys really need to get done, even to this day I haven't finished the modelling side of them and need to get the green stuff out!

February saw me paint my first new tank from scratch and you got to say how I do it from start to finish with the Salamander Command Vehicle (I love this tank, I really must get a few more for the army...)

February also saw the 4th lose against a beautiful Dark Eldar army, me manage to get a whole heap of tanks finished and also the very first storm trooper using the DKOK grenadier models.

Somehow March seemed to fly right past and it wasn't unitl April that my next posts registered. Nonetheless I focused on two units... A new Lord Commissar started to raise his head and the Highland Vets finally neared completion...

May. Oh May, what a month, a mammoth of a hobbying month. I played in a South coast tournament and was off to the BadabWar Part 2 Campaign weekend at Warhammer World at the end of the month and it spurred me on to tremendous hobbying feats! I finished no less than a deathstrike, a bane wolf, a chimera, storm troopers, leman russ executioner, 20 man blob, commissar lord and the highland vets!

The army as it stood before the painting and modelling frenzy...

I even invested in making some explosion markers for when my vehicles got hit.

A bloody encounter with the ork menace at Triple Helix in Westbury.

The boys did me proud at Warhammer world and I managed to scoop not only the best badab hero for my commissar but also best army and a I finished on the winning side of the campaign! Three cheers for Praetoria!

Hobbying sadly seems to come in peaks and troughs and after May the frequency of my blogging has declined somewhat, not through disinterest or lack of passion but unfortunately due to the pressures of the dreaded real life! That hasn't stopped me (hopefully) producing some quality posts but it has meant they have been fewer and farther between.

Being up at Warhammer World for the Badab War made me get my wallet out and a few goodies from forge world were swiftly mine, a bombard, hydra and most significantly a Macharius Vanquisher! While to this day the two smaller tanks remain in a state of undercoat the month of June saw the Vanquisher finished (minus the crew who came later) and there were plenty of posts about what I consider to be the best looking tank GW or FW have ever produced.

I absolutely love this tank, I really must get a squadron of them...

I spent almost the entirety of July away and consequently got no modelling or painting done whatsoever, I did however take part in a rather epic apocalypse game of 40k - The Siege of Magnus Hive (the battle report for which has been in my to do list for some time, hopefully soon it will be ready!)

But here are a few sneak peak photos...

More of those to come in the future along with a full report...

August, September and October have only yielded a handful of posts but I have still managed to make a few new additions to the army. Notably the tank commander for the Macharius and a Psyker to make the most of their new rules in 6th.

And that walk down memory lane brings us just about to the present day and the present state of the army (more or less with the addition of Macharius tank crew and Aegis defence line).

It has been a thoroughly enjoyable 100 posts of blogging and I hope you have all enjoyed it too. Here are a few statistics about the blog. 

Here we have the top 5 posts of all time, by individual page views - 

1 Black Dragon Space Marine Army (not even a Praetorian post!!!)

So quite a surprise there, but the most popular post doesn't even feature any Praetorians! I'll have to see what I can do to rectify that in the next 100 posts...

So what next for the army. There is plenty that needs to be converted and painted on the to do list - Hydra, Bombard, AT heavy weapons teams, a dog, tech priest and servitors, 2nd platoon. On top of that I really want to get a thunderbolt and a Baneblade and chimeras for everyone that is stuck walking at the moment. I've already filled a massive KR multicase with this army and I think I might need to get another... Not a good army for space economy! 

Right that is quite enough of what has been an utterly mammoth post. I hope you have all enjoyed it. To finish I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that follows my blog, comments on my posts and posts equally brilliant stuff on their own blogs. In particular I'd like to thank the Praetorian community who are always inspirational!

Here is to the next 100 posts! 


  1. Really excellent post. A nice way to recap the year and the previous 100 posts.
    I can't believe you've managed to crank out so many posts in a year! I find it hard enough to get one or two done each month.
    Keep up the excellent work and here's to the next 100!
    - Courtney @ Cadian 127th

  2. That was really cool, I remember them all and have enjoyed every post.
    One question, what did you paint in your "7 year absence"? Your paining is so good that I'd expect that you were painting something?
    Well done on your Badab awards, they are truly well deserved for an inspirational army.
    My stuff will get there slowly, I just can't paint as fast, as well or give it as much time as you. Still, thanks to quality blogs like yours I'm pushing myself to get better, and I expect to have more free time to hobby next year.
    I am looking forward to 'The Siege of Magnus Hive' - that are great photos!

  3. Congratulations on the first century! I've thoroughly enjoyed your blog, and I'm looking forward to seeing more Praetorian goodness!

    Keep up the great work!

  4. Keep up the good work Sir.

    seeing your progress is part of what keeps me plugging along on my own army.

    here's to the next 100!

  5. Congrats on a worthy milestone. One of the better quality blogs on my blogroll, keep it up.

  6. Thanks! I'll try my best to keep it going strong, there is still plenty more guard to convert and paint and I've almost finished Colonel Winterborne's Praetorian Ridgeback...

    Sadly during the 7 years I never picked up a paint brush! I think my free hand is better than it ever has been now but regarding the quality of my painting I reckon I'm finally getting back to my level pre break when I was really at my best!

  7. Congratulations, probably my favourite blog, every time you post its usually something special!

  8. Well done mate and I have loved every moment and I for one is glad you are back. I must admit I have used a couple of your ideas as you have made them look so good.

    I hope to see you and your army in November for the campagin weekend at Warhammer World.

  9. Congratulations on the Century, Winterbourne...and yes, the Macharius is indeed a superb vehicle, and I'd love to see a squadron of them!

    Incidentally, Mrs Drax and I are half-tempted to name our imminent second child 'Winterbourne' - not least because my surname is King, and that'd be a kickass name, right? Annoyingly, it's going to be a girl...