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Crisis 2019

It’s that time of the year again: Crisis! For many years this has been a staple in my event calendar so I was happy to visit again.

With the date set after the original date for the Brexit, I feared a lot of traders would stay away from the journey to Antwerp. Maybe some of them anticipated this and stayed away, but most of them were there. However I felt there were less visitors than last year, although this is difficult to gauge in an event of this size. I heard some German among the crowd, but not so much English than the past few years. We’ll see what next year will bring when the Brexit *might* have happened 🙂

Most traders are the same than the previous years, although there were some eye-catching booths: Wargamer’s Games’ 1666, Ouroboros Miniatures, Discworld, and speaking about staples: Freebooter Miniatures of course 🙂 But the personal highlight for me was Atlantis Miniatures. It was there first time at the show and they caught a lot of attention! They have been running a bunch of kickstarters in the past (I’m not a fan of those so that’s probably why I don’t know them), to build the line of miniatures and planning a skirmish ruleset next year. I resisted in buying some of their stuff, but will probably order some when I have a bit room in my painting schedule.

I bought some brushes, paints, nothing out of the ordinary. So that left me with plenty of time for photo’s and videos, the results of which you can see below:

Infinity Nomads IV

Infinity Nomads III

Looking back to 2018, forward to 2019

First of all, happy 2019! May all your hobby wishes come true 🙂

At the beginning of 2018 I started logging everything I paint in a dedicated notebook (I might spend another blog post on this). This now makes it very easy to sum it all up:

  • 101 miniatures painted
    • 68 Age of Sigmar
    • 18 Infinity
    • 15 Lord of the Rings
  • 287 hours spent assembling and painting

I think these figures show I have been quite focused the past year. I finally finished the first edition Age of Sigmar starter set, just in time for the release of Soul Wars, which basically occupied most of my painting time in the second half of the year. At the time of writing it’s nearly finished, with only one miniature left! What I also finished was the Shadespire starter set.

Left: first edition starter Stormcasts, front: from the Shadespire starter, right: Soul Wars

The bulk of my Lord of the Rings army was laid out in 2017. I expanded a bit on it last year, but not as much as I would have liked. The Infinity miniatures are all commissions I did for the same customer. He supplies me with some challenging assignments from time to time, with enough time in between to allow me to work on my own projects. I am very happy with the results being so consistent. Basically there weren’t any hiatuses last year. Especially the work on the Soul Wars set I am pretty proud of.

So what will the next year bring? First of all bring my Age of Sigmar stuff together. What I mean by this is taking good overview pictures of the armies and secondly playing a few games. For this I invested in a game mat and some scenery (which I still need to paint). Another upcoming project is the Pelennor Fields set from Lord of the Rings which I bought in September when it was released. This will be my main focus in the coming months. Next to that there are more Infinity miniatures on their way. I don’t consider these resolutions but I am planning on breathing new live into my YouTube channel and also write more on this blog.

I hope your past year was also a success and that you have some good plans for 2019. Thank you for reading this!