First of all, this is not an advertisement for Warhammer World, nor for Games Workshop. I enjoy Games Workshop models, the setting of Warhammer 40k and the depth of background, but there is a lot about the business model, and a number of aspects of the hobby that don’t really work for me.
I’m not a huge fan of Games Workshop stores, I’ve always preferred local hobby stores, such as the ones I used to visit as a kid, as you get exposure to different model kits, and generally because that avoids what I think can only be described as “overly pushy sales pitches” whenever you try and buy anything. Part of me believes that this sales style is there because hobbyists are considered a little meek, and therefore if you push them, you might make more sales. This is the opposite for me, and I’m actually more likely to leave with buying nothing if the staff piss me off. If I need help choosing a product, I’ll speak to a member of staff. Slight rant over!
Basically, I wouldn’t go out of my way usually to go to a GW store, and would generally go to a more general hobby store. If there was a GW store in Stafford I’d probably think differently, however as the nearest to me is probably Wolverhampton, it’s never been particularly convenient to go to one anyway.
I can’t say I ever really had a massive desire to go to Warhammer World, as I’m not and will never be a wargamer, however with a week off work booked, and nothing planned, the weekend before my break from work I made the decision I’d like to go.
This year was finally the year that I decided to push on and work on my hobbies. A close friend of mine has significantly inspired me to focus on doing things that I WANT to do, above just doing the things that I feel I HAVE to do.
This was a big step for me from a personal development point of view, and this shift in mindset was critical to me getting going.
I thought now would be as good a time as any to make a quick note of the top 5 most important hobby things I’ve done this year.
Unfortunately, life has got in the way a little towards the end of this weekend that has inhibited my painting time. I’m currently “pet-sitting” for my parents who have on holiday for a few days. The pet in question is Indy the Cockatiel, who because I’m at work all day, really needs to be let out in the evening, and to have some attention.
This is my first ever post, and I don’t quite know what to say. I’m going to be updating the appearance and content of the site fairly frequently over the next few weeks as I get to grips with this blogging malarkey, and get some content. I’m going to be backdating a few entries, but hopefully it won’t be too confusing!
Brief introduction, this blog is a place for me to show models / creative stuff I do, and to act as motivation to keep me doing it.
I work on web applications as a career, but I’m going to resist the urge to do too much with the blog in that sense; this is for my hobby interests not my job.
If you’d like to know a bit more about me, check out my about me page.