Blog update! And a question about the Golden Throne diorama...

Blog Update:
Hello everyone, it's been a while since I updated the blog... My apologies, not gonna make excuses. Just had a lot of other things going on in my hobby time and spending more quality time with the kids over the summer holidays.

But I finally got around to finishing off all the posts I had sitting around in draft-limbo, that I had previously mentioned on the post with the sneak peek of the almost finished Golden Throne diorama, more on that later in this post...

I apologise for my wave of posts that probably gummed up your blog feeds, but I wanted to get them all written and dealt with while I still had the drive to do so.

Also it seems I had done goofed somewhere down the line, while editing the posts I noticed that I had deleted my hobby tips page without a back-up. I still had them backed up in the old school way of images and a text doc in folders, so I went about rewriting them. I've tried to backdate them when the images were first taken and hoping they appear in my blog feed that way, who knows, what's done is done.

But that's it, blog is more or less back up to date as of right now!

My Question To You About The Golden Throne:

It probably hasn't escaped many of you that have me on other social media platforms, that the Emperor on Golden Throne diorama just exploded in popularity when it was first posted.

I was inundated with questions about it, request for more images and hobby advice and generally tons of questions on how I made it.

If I'm being honest, I was really taken aback at it's reception and stepped away from it for a while because frankly I'm a big bag of nerves.

But I told everyone I was just waiting to get my blog back up to date and to take some better pictures of the finished diorama. I have done those things now...

So my question is:

If you are interested in seeing how the diorama was created, how would you like to see that done?From the position I'm in now I can see a couple of options:

It's probably better to post it all here on the blog, then it doesn't just get lost in the void of social media feeds and will be easier to find and/or link back to.

I could do one huge article, from start to finish on the project (the less desirable option).

or I could break it up into 2 or 3 articles, something like:

  • The Finished Golden Throne Diorama
  • Building The Golden
  • Painting The Golden
  • The Finished Golden Throne Diorama
  • Building & Painting The Golden Throne
You see I'm not terribly sure how I'd like to approach it, I took many pictures all the way through the process, but how to publish that, not a clue.

So I thought I'd open up my problem to your scrutiny and fish for a little advice on how to approach it.

All comments and conversation are welcome

Take care.

Tales From The Ashen Stair - my invitation to a collaborative group project

A while ago... July of 2018 in fact, I was invited to join a closed group project by Jordon Lee of paintspencilsandplastics. This would be a collaborative setting and narrative building project for The Age of Sigmar in Jordan's own setting which he'd been developing on his blog for a while and this setting was named The Ashen Stair.

Some of the work I've been doing for this project has been posted up on other social platforms here and there, but it really has deserved something more from me here on my own little corner of the internet to document my involvement so far.

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We had followed each others blogs for quite some time and it was as we had both gravitated more toward Instagram that I was approached to join in off the back of the Nurgle conversions I had been creating at the time.

He pitched me a few ideas and a rough overview of what he was attempting to make of this collaboration. And the basic themes I gleaned from our first conversations were as follows:

"The Ashen Stair is an ash covered, twilit, nightmarish hellscape, a limbo demi-plane lost between realms and all who find themselves here do not usually do so by choice, cut off from their gods and the rest of the mortal realms, they are left with little but the most basic need to find a way to survive or escape, with little hope but to die forgotten attempting either..."

What can I say? It spoke to me on an almost primal level, this was something I could really get into...

I accepted the invitation and my Maggotkin of Nurgle found a bleak, unwelcoming new home.

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Instagram seemed to organically become the main home of #TheAshenStair as we hashed out ideas for the setting in private messages, pitched ideas about our creations to one another and shared works in progress on the platform.

I actually have a Meandering Shade YouTube channel

I have a channel, but I haven't done anything with it until recently.

I've had a fair few people ask if I would consider recording hobby videos, the honest answer is I wouldn't know where to start.

I have one video up there at the moment, I made a short turnaround video of the Golden Throne diorama for people who wanted to see all around the piece and I thought it was as good a place as any to host it.

Full disclosure, my kids helped me make the video because I didn't have a clue what I was doing :D

I have considered trying out creating some videos, but I'd rather do it when I was more prepared.

There is a large and burgeoning miniature hobby community on YouTube and I'd say I spend a fair amount of my hobby time joining in with chats on livestreams here and there.

That's all really, i just thought my followers on here may have missed this recent chance to look around the diorama and thought I'd post it here for you to see.

Take care