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2Oct/200

The Tabletop Parking Lot Situation

I have talked about evaluating projects in the past, just recently as part of the ongoing decluttering of the physical brick & mortar chaosbunker.

Where I have valuated the projects by doing a kind of SWOT analysis, I think that space and purpose are two strong factors, that weigh in a bit more. As for space, that is probably in our hobby a much more limiting factor than financial assets (beside available time maybe), as you can get the same miniatures very likely second hand or get a deal on them on a show or so, but going for a different scale changes the overall experience (and doesn't give you the same miniatures). So I came up with a parking lot theory to sort my projects.

Is this one of the car allegories? You betcha!

Hobby Desk 2012 Hobby Room Cabin
Lightcraft Desk Lamp
(throwback from my 2010 set-up, really let that bright wallpaper soak into you ... an my current setup)

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10Aug/200

12 years of “professional” wargaming

Due to the lack of conventions and events this year, I had a look through my archives to see if there would be content that would be interesting for a throwback. While looking through the documents and pictures, I noticed that I have my 12th anniversary of "professional" wargaming this year.

Games Workshop Warhammer Store Darmstadt Salute 2012 with Mike McVey RPC 2011 Huddle

(Left: 1999 Warhammer Store Opening in Party in Darmstadt, Germany,
Middle: Mike McVey at Salute 2012 London, UK
Right: RPC 2012 Kick-Off in Cologne, Germany)

What do I mean by that? I am wargaming since 1996, but in 2008 I got a trade licence to run a blog. A trade licence for a blog? Seems a bit oversized, don't you think? Well, it depends on what you're going to do.

22May/200

Splitting and updating social media

On the right column on the blog you see this button, to follow me on instagram.

chaosbunker - follow me on instagram

I dediced to split the wargaming content from my private account, dennismit2n, to cover wargaming in a more focused and pure way. Along with not drowning my family and friends with plastic toys. I already did take care of that on facebook a long time ago by using lists, so I only share those contents with people that have some connection with our wargaming hobby.

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20May/200

Oldhammer – Spotting and identifying Recasts

While you're looking for old miniatures on eBay and trading groups the risk of a recast is rather minimal, at least while looking for regular rank & file units in the one-digit value area. Some miniatures tend to be rare and very sought-after, creating prices for a single 28mm miniature of 30 EUR, 50 EUR or in some cases even beyond that on the second hand market. This demand and willingness to pay such prices, creates the interest of mischievous parties to cash in on this situation.

As I am doing the occassional coverage on Oldhammer projects, mostly 40k second edition so far, with a bit of Realm of Chaos, my personal risk is minimal. I bought a lot of the miniatures that are now valued either NIB or second hand from trusted sources. But when I added the Legion of the Damned to my Space Marine lot, of course I thought about Veteran Sergeant Centurius. The model was only available for a brief moment in / around 1996, for the opening of the 100th store in the UK. I am not sure about re-release in the US or Europe for similar events. But the miniature is rare and a real one, ideally NIB, easily makes you 50 to 70 EUR the right time. So I waited and watched the market space and eBay from time to time. I was a bit surprised that the prices dropped below 50 GBP.

Oldhammer - Legion of the Damned Centurius eBay

21Apr/200

One Thick coat? Two thin coats? Most important some primer!

As there seems to be shortage in Citadel Chaos Black primer and people are asking the same question again and again. Who can I buy a can? Well, before you pay some stupid mark-up price or go dire. Get this - there are other manufacturers who provide primer in a can.

Blood Bowl Halflings Freeblade - Paint in Progress

23Feb/200

Lollis, Titans and the White Dwarf

Let us start with a serious topic. Health is such a valuable good and many of us take it for granted. DKMS has developed a lolly, that makes it pretty easy to get yourself registered as a donor for blood / bone marrow cancer. You can order the lolly for free, follow the instructions, send in the swap to get registered. Easy as that.

DKMS - Life Lolli DKMS - Life Lolli DKMS - Life Lolli

25Jan/200

Event Schedule for 2020

A brief overview of the events that are on my radar for this year.

Update: May 22nd 2020 due to COVID-19

Chaosbunker Travel

15Jan/200

Kick-Off 2020

As promissed, instead of closing the year with a summary, I want to look ahead into 2020 with a proper Kick-Off.

I could begin with the usual new years resolution, setting unrealistic goals like not buying any new miniatures before the others are painted and such. But I want to focus on activities that are fun, that are pro-active. And as such, I want to have a good time in 2020. The goal is not necessarily to have a better time, but to keep on having a good time with(in) my hobby. As pictures speak more than words, more of this:

Warhammer Fest Europe 2018 Kick Off - 2020 Hamburger Tactica 2019

Painting Get Together Brunnenfest Oberursel Kick Off - 2020

7Jan/200

And I am back!

We began the new year with a brief vacation in England, with trips to London and Nottingham.

Spent the majority of the time in London, going for a city tour. We had our daughter with us, so this was a family trip and not a guys tour as some of the other journeys I have covered here. Therefore content and focus was a bit different, but I'll come to that later.

While in London, we went for some of the must-haves, parks and squares, that would be accessable with a stroller. While near Hyde Park I came across the Animals in War Memorial, and had to think of of the Man with the Donkey in Wellington, NZ at the National War Memorial. Of course, with my latest interest in the age of sail, and Black Seas, a visit to Trafalgar Square was out of question. And you know about my gusto for burgers, so having the chance to drop by one of the very few Shake Shacks outside of the United States, I just had to.

 London 2020 - Animals in War Memorial  London 2020 - Shake Shack  London 2020 - Trafalgar Square

3Jan/200

The Old World – Goblin Wolfriders

Warhammer - The Old World

Goblins have always had a somewhat unusual stand at Warhammer Fantasy, and with the announcement of the ominous Old World system we'll be revisiting some of these green fellows from times long past. To be exact, from the year 2002, because in that December a Goblin wolfrider army by Dan Tunbridge could be admired in White Dwarf 276 (issue #275 in the US), which was enough inspiration for me to add some goblins to my then Warhammer Fantasy army.

White Dwarf - December 2002