Finally I painted ruined altair – one of 3D Bases from Manorhouse Workshop. After filling air bubbles with Milliput I glued some static grass (not too much, just for diversion). Then I primed it with dark grey Vallejo polyurethane primer and then airbrushed with shades of beige and light greys. I wanted to make it quite light color. Actually airbrushing made 80% of paintjob and shading. After applying some darklining between stone tiles I drybrushed it with almost white (trying not to overdo it). The last stage was applying some brownish pigments in random places. That’s it! With relatively little work I got really nice diorama, perfect for RPG games or just better presentation of my miniatures.
What is a better way of making the terrain alive than adding some miniatures!
Mage accompanied by a group of warriors entered the abbey ruins to get rid of lustful deamonettes.
It is not easy to say what I have to say, but the time has come to make the decision. We decided to close the forum.
Closing the chapter
It has been an important part of the website for so many years. I mean since early 2005, which means in 2020 it could be celebrating its 15th anniversary. It had its better times and worse times, it’s ups and downs, but in its glory time it was a thriving hobby community and a common ground for Polish hobbyists, who could learn, exchange experiences and comments, and just enjoy their hobby together there.
Then the time of Facebook came, Facebook groups took place of many internet communities, and despite being less informative they were much more accessible. Popularity of internet forums faded and we knew it but still didn’t want to close the forum. We decided to keep it going as long as there were people interested in using it.
Unfortunately time we could offer to the forum was shrinking, more and more people moved to their serious adult lives, having less and less time for socializing online. Having less and less hobby time, many had to choose between spending it online or actually painting or converting miniatures…
We discussed the future of the forum and we knew one day we would have to say goodbye to it. It would be when the effort to keep it alive, to clean it from spam and to oversee it will be more than the return we were getting – no matter if it’s positive feedback, rewarding hobby time, or just plain participation in the community. With little life going on there and much maintenance required to keep it spam free and enjoyable to use, we thought it was the time to pull the plug.
I thought it’s no use taking it offline, it would serve no purpose. The whole collection of information, feedback, advice or guidance would be lost. Instead we decided to keep it online. Inactive but still online, so anyone interested could take a trip into the past of the hobby, into the past of one of the very active miniature painting communities of the early 21st century.
All the good things about the community we used to have here were a result of a common effort of the people who participated in discussions and events there. For some it was almost like a second home. They considered the place theirs. Some of them did it even without being members of our team, some joined us. Some came, others left. The community lived on.
As it was already said, the forum will stay where it was, it will just be inactive. Let it be a museum, a library, a sentimental trip to the hobby as it was when we had time to spend hours discussing it.
UPDATE: As some people contacted us and asked about a replacement for the forum, we re-activated our Facebook group, so if anybody wants to join and discuss, feel welcome there. 🙂
We aren’t leaving!
We’re not quitting the hobby. One does not simply give up miniatures. 😉
So, well, see you elsewhere…
See you in different parts of the internet. See you at various hobby events. See you at exhibitions. See you at figure painting competitions. See you on our website, see you on our facebook page! Stay in touch, just because the hobby is much better when enjoyed together! 🙂