December 6, 2012

Blogger Liebster Award!!!

Apparently this little peer determinated award has been floating around the Blogosphere for some time now but until recently I honestly hadn't heard of it - but after some searching it appears to be extremely prevalent.

Even more surprising was to get a nomination from the Kapiti FOW Gamers who had some really nice things to say me about - Thanks Guys its really nice to know that people enjoy reading and looking at what I post here!!! Anyway the rules of the Liebster award are fairly simple:
  1. Copy and paste the award on to your blog linking it to the blogger who has given it to you.
  2. Pass the award on to your top 5 favourite blogs with less than 200 followers by leaving a comment on one of their posts to notify them that they have won the award and listing them on your own blog.
  3. Sit back and bask in the warm fuzzy feeling that comes with knowing you have made someone’s day!
  4. There is no obligation to pass this onto someone else, but it’s nice if you take the time to do so.
 So who am I nominating?  Over the last 4 years of blogging I've linked to a lot of sites and followed many more 40-50+ probably.  Some are inactive, others semi-active and a few extremely active in terms of their posting but I enjoy them all.  There are however a handful that I make a point of visiting nearly everyday just to see whats up, or whose less regular posts I look forward to reading.  So the Stumpyheaven nominees for the Liebster (in no particular order) are:

The Fields of Blood
If you are a New Zealand wargamer and you play WHFB (and 40k) then you know who Pete Dunn is.  Fields of Blood is his blog and its a great one too.  While he doesnt go in for posting pictures of his armies (which are all fantastic and awarding win quality btw) he does provide a lot of insightful comment about wargaming in general, tournaments, WHFB rules, 40k, new gaming products and updates on new releases. While he is devote in his dislike of Dwarfs (although me thinks he doth protest too much) the Fields of Blood is always the first blog I check out every morning. It is also an unofficial hangout for NZ WHFB players and a great place to read/debate key gaming issues.

The Bloody Beast
The blog of Rafal Maj a professional painter from Poland and it shows.  His talent with a brush is simply outstanding and everything, and I do mean everything, he posts is World Class covering WHFB, 40k, Mordhiem, Kings of War, Blood Bowl, LoTR and many others.  Not only that but he posts regularly and I am constantly amazed at how quickly he churns out top quality work like the example below.  Site is in English as well.

AVs Corner
This is Dutch blog which is almost exclusively focused on FOW.  Its updated regularly with AAR, the authors painting efforts - which are really good - and thoughts on list building and various army intelligence briefings.  The blog also has a strong historical element to it as well with regular posts linking the game of FOW to events in WW2 and discussion of other events of interest - notably Dutch WW2 history.  It also provides a large number of Excel files for building FOW armies.

The Magnificent Bastards
A collaborative gaming blog run by a collection semi-professional (or professional not sure) painters and WHFB gamers, although other gaming systems turn up occassionally.  I have to be honest and I say that my interest in this blog is extremely biased due to the absolutely stunning Dwarven army created by one of its authors - Clan Blazenbeard - one of the best I have ever seen.  Blog has a host of tutorials not just on painting but sculpting etc as well.

Finally and by no means least is

Crac des Chevaliers
How this blog doesnt have more followers is a mystery to me as his FOW painting is some of the cleanest and most alive looking you will ever see.  Doesn't post that regularly - seems to come in fits and starts - but every post is well worth the wait.  Blog contains numerous FOW AAR as well as tutorials, army lists, historical posts and regular painting updates.

I could name several more but the limits 5 but check out my reading list down the right hand side of my blog and you'll find a ton of good reading...

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