One of those posts is here and invokes the definite feeling of community spirit that could be achieved if we all adopt the principle. James came up with the post after we had a discussion about some wish lists. He had mentioned painting a spare Saga force and putting it up for sale, me wanting another force for my use enquired about a purchase and before you know it we are discussing a skill set swap. Now this is not a problem for me its a concept I like, as both people should get something they both desire out of the venture with out losing out. I have done this before, and have Kevin painting 15mm ACW for me in return for his gaming tables and terrain. So I will be creating a Community Currency page in the near future.
Another post I read said basically that if you go beyond block painting you should just stop F***ing about, or you end up with pointless works of art !!! and that it was the fault of good figure painters that miniatures were now too detailed.
I would say that the hobby has moved on since the dark ages and we are blessed in our hobby with some great sculptors and they sculpt to the demand of the masses, so on that basis there is a demand for detailed figures. Now I cant paint to the high standards of some figure painters we all get exposed to but I can paint reasonably well. When I buy figures, I buy quality figures, I want detail and I paint them to the best of my ability and how I want them to look. I like the effect of nice shading and highlights and I am not afraid to play games with them. After all they are my figures, it does not matter that I may have to wait a small amount of time to paint them to a better standard, I play with my toys and for me I am not wasting my time. However I do understand the block and dip and shove on the table mentality I just don't like it personally.
So as you can see from these two examples blogger opens you to a world of differing views, and its good we are all different, even if we disagree on occasions. It provides food for thought and healthy debate.
The other thing blogger can do for you is get you involved, be it some research or poking fun, some body will always offer some help or advice or you may be able to offer some if asked. The internet and blogger in particular can make you feel part of a wider community. It is good for building a network of like minded friends. Obviously the internet has its pitfalls but as adults there is always the
The bloggers for charity project has me very inspired at present and combining efforts with the team, has boosted my confidence. Using our combined knowledge and resources is really proving to be very useful.
What are your experiences of blogger, have they helped you in similar ways?