Friday, May 6, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award?

Thanks to Chris aka Admiral Drax I'm pleased to note that my blog has been nominated as 'stylish' – never thought it could be stylish but I’m proud never the less –
Thank You!
When I first saw this award cropping up in the blogger sphere I thought of it as a chain mail virus, but hey, The Stylish Blogger Award is like a pat on the back from one of your peers for a job well done.
So I’m more than happy to accept it and “carry the torch” to my peers.

There are four 'rules':

-- Thank and link back to the person giving you the award (see above)
-- Share seven things about yourself
-- Select 10-15 blogs who you think deserve this award
-- Contact these bloggers and let them know about the award

Seven things about me? Let’s see if I can find anything interesting…

1.) I was born in 1965 and my favorite album is “Crimson Idol” by WASP.
2.) After school I started an apprenticeship as photographer, but I never completed it. From 1984 to 1994 I worked for the US Army in Germany as “maneuver instructor” of the locally stationed Armored Brigade, working in the local training area and on the firing ranges with MILES – Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System.
4.) While I was working for the US Army I took correspondence courses studying graphic design and graduated as a graphic designer. Since then, (17 years!) I work for a software company in the marketing department leading a team of 19 talents spamming the business world with our newsletters and emails.
5.) During my Army and early marketing years I did a lot of airbrushing and was pretty successful. I was commissioned for airbrush wall paintings (i.e. in Jeans Shops), painted helmets, and even some advertisement and packaging artworks. In the late 90’s I gave it all up and just now I start to pick the airbrush back up.
6.) Before getting into the 40K and miniature hobby I used to play a tactical wargame called ASL – Advanced Squad Leader – a WWII wargame with extremely nice hexagon grid maps, cardboard counters, very detailed and complicated rules for almost 20 years.
7.) Even though I build and paint a lot of 40K stuff, I never played one match :)
And that’s why my blog only contains stuff about the building and painting, but never playing.

Now that you know a bit about me, let me tell you a bit about the blogs I enjoy.
Well, actually my blog subscription list contains 196 blogs, from ++From the Warp++ to “Yours in a White Wine Sauce”!
Since part of the award is to nominate other blogs for the award I initially went through my subscription list, and ended up with 28 excellent blogs, but I'm going to choose just 15 other blogs (in alphabetical order) that I think really deserve the award.

Definitely top deserver and outside of ANY ranking is From the Warp – Ron Saikowski’s network of blogs. We all remember how shocked we were when he announced the temporary pause of FTW – I’m mighty glad he’s back :)
But now, the real list:
1. Guardsman Guide to Glory – GunGraves modeling blog with Elysians, Kriegs, and even ‘Nids.
2. Admiral Drax – Even though Chris already received the award and was the one nominating Dei Greci I think he is an integral part of my daily reads :)
3. All things 40K – Great minis and a lot of Step-by-step painting.
4. Bestienmeister – Chris is a stunning painter – ‘nuff said!
5. Col. Gravis Praetorians – Praetorians, self sculpted Pith helmets and Praetorian Orgryns!
6. Corvus Miniatures – not stricktly 40K, but superb – I also follow him on Facebook
7. Dante’s Inferno – Excellent sculpts and painting can’t get enough studying his work.
8. Dave Taylor Miniatures – Nothing I need to say :)
9. Excommunicate Traitoris – Karitas’ WIPs and Tutorials are an absolute must
10. John’s Toy Soldiers – A real gentleman with a broad spectrum of interests and a respected author.
11. Les Bursley’s Blog – Awesome Paint Job – the name is program.
12. Massive Voodoo – The Jungle Crew! Check out their site and study all their material – come back when you close your yaws ;-)
13. Mordian 7th – Adeptus Mechanicus!
14. Painting Mum – Ana’s bilingual blog is a true source of inspiration
15. Trulls Fantastische Welten – a German blog – probably the best terrain builder around!

Obviously there are a lot more blogs that do deserve the award and the attention, but my list is already too long…however... I really HAVE to mention HEROES OF ARMAGEDDON! The collaborative army build charity drawing supporting Doctors Without Borders!

Again, thanks for the award and I’m gladly passing the torch to you guys.