Then I got this email the other day from a reader...
"Tim,I just wanted to thank you for your blog and the articles relating to mini converting and making your army "your own". You see last night I finally took the plunge and put blade to plastic. It was extremely terrifying and extremely fulfilling. I don't think I would have been up to had I not gotten the nudge from your blog. While it's been small little things so far its already giving my confidence to take on more ambitious parts of my grand scheme. (Urban commando Tau Pathfinders)
I've only been in this hobby for about a year now but already I feel like I've learned so much from you and many others. But I feel like I still have a long ways to go. (My "high" quality painting is many others "table-top" quality)"
Yes, I did ask for permission to share his email, and no, I don't do this for egotistical reasons. I'm sharing this for everyone who blogs, posts on forums, or somehow shares their experience and talent with a multitude of people they don't even know. What you write and share makes a difference to those who read it. The online and blogging community for our hobby is huge both for those who give to it and those who take from it.
I'm also sharing this for those who read their favorite blogs and hardly, if ever, comment on them. What you have to say matter to those of us who are saying something. We don't write just to read our own words, we do it to share with the community. Even the blogs that exist just to log a large project to two, those folks need your feedback. Without feedback, we miss a key piece of the puzzle when it comes to bettering ourselves and our hobby skills. I will preach that til the day I die.
Casey was kind enough to share some of his recent work with me and those are the pictures that you'll find below. He also shared the following with the pictures:
There isn't much on the conversion front yet, I've added grenade launchers to the rifles, changed the posing on a carbine, and have krootifying another carbine. I want my conversions to reflect my idea of what my army is. People tend to play Tau without many allies, but fluff wise they are all about their allies. I plan on making my force more integrated with kroot and maybe even vespid strewn throughout the regular ranks. Some Eldar weapons and bling might find their way in as we'll since I plan on using them as allies and I want to tie the two forces together."
Bottom line is that hearing from our readers helps push us to continue blogging. So if you like what your favorite blog has to say and show you, let them know it.