Sunday, 10 July 2016

Recalcitrant Daze - #600

Bit of a break from the usual posts tonight.

This is down to two reasons – 1. I’ve done bugger all for a week, mainly due to being knackered from work but also due to the amount of sport that has been on TV and 2. This is post #600 on Recalcitrant Daze.

Recalcitrant Daze also celebrated its fifth anniversary a few months back (didn’t notice at the time).

So here is an anniversary/can’tbeleivei’vemadeitthisfar sort of a post. However now that I have started I’m not sure where to go with it. I know, let’s ramble on for a bit and see if anything worthwhile comes out of it eh? Worth a go? Probably not but I'm going to do it anyway so you might as well either skip this or strap in for a long one.

My plan when starting Recalcitrant Daze was a bit vague, as demonstrated by the very first post I did...

“A journey without direction, a journey without end.”

As the sub title above suggests, this creature known as Recalcitrant Daze has no real plan, it goes where it desires and dabbles as it wills. There will never be a great scheme to which it adheres or a map for it to follow; it will simply jump from one thing to another on an endless search for something it doesn’t know it is looking for.

My time is mainly spent with building things. Occasionally I paint, but not often, this is a hobby so why spend time doing something I don’t enjoy? I have more projects and more ideas than is sane and no where near enough time or space for them all to come to fruition. While it is nice to truly finish a project I’m not so fussed that is bothers me if I don’t, if the journey takes me onto a new path then I am happy to walk down it.

So here I am, witnessing a new birth of Recalcitrant Daze. Less painful and bloody than giving birth to a child for certain but I may still come to resent the amount of time and money it takes up when it never shows a glimmer of gratitude or thanks.

The journey continues.
In the five years since nothing has really changed. I continue to jump from one thing to another, I still have projects in boxes waiting to be finished (including those which date from the start of RD).

I have tried on a few occasions to plan things out, the most recent being the 'what will be done in the next few months', however they died a death and proved utterly pointless.

Projects started which I need to finish:
Militia infantry build.
Militia tanks build & paint.
Militia gun turrets & gun emplacements.
RoB boards.
Zone Mortalis board + Scatter terrain.
Realm of Battle Trees & Bridges..
Deamon Prince & Decimator builds (this might actually happen soon).
Painting Deamons.
ZM Adeptus Mechanicum force.
Horus Heresy Death Guard.
Inq28 warbands.
Weirdboy Battle Tower.
War Altar of Nurgle.
Dark Future Cars.

There are more but I can't remember them. There are others I would like to start but just don't have the room available to even contemplate starting them.

I don't say all this to be negative, a lot has been just would be nice to finish some things off...

I can't see this changing. I just need to chip away at things and hopefully they come to a natural conclusion. What I certainly can't afford to do is start anything - like the Death Guard - before I get something finished. This will hopefully keep me motivated enough to get something finished.

What has proved very popular on RD over the years are the coverage I put up of the events I go to -  for example the Forge World Open Day (one week to go), the Heresy Weekender and for the first time this year Warhammer Fest. The posts get linked to from all over and the pictures get featured in various forums and blogs. As long as people link to the original source I'm fine with this. It's a lot of work doing this but I quite like putting the posts together.

The most viewed post so far - by quite a margin in fact, comes from Warhammer Fest. The post covering Blood Bowl has thus far been viewed 12,591 times (people really seem to like Blood Bowl). This is more than double the next most popular post which comes from the Warhammer World Reopening coverage back in May 2015.

If you aren't already, follow the
Blood Bowl Facebook page.
Stats on Blogger tell me that in total there have been 600 posts, 700556 page views with 2068 published comments and 343 followers. That's a lot. And a damn sight more than I ever thought it would end up.

While the temptation may have been there I have deliberately chosen not to try and cash in on the blog. I have had messages from a couple of stores asking if I wanted to join up with them to advertise for various rewards. I'm not comfortable with that and I always look on blogs who do with a little suspicion. It's a hobby after all, not a business venture and I as a principle I wouldn't endorse something I don't use myself (such as one of those online stores). I don't want to put any adverts on the blog at all, except those for other blogs or similar hobby sites. I'm far more happy to do a post on something, such as a product I have used or a service I've tried etc that I think is good. I think it is far better to do an honest review that to direct people to a business I have no experience of. I don't mean this to be a lecture as I know many do add adverts and that is fine, I hope it is because it is a service, product or store they believe in and use.

I really am rambling now. Should have planned this better. Or at all. Distinctly lacking pictures this post, I must go through and add some in.

There you go, a picture.

So moving on I hope in the following week to get back to the Daemon Prince and Decimator and get some posts up on those. I'll also try and get in another White Dwarf Archive post up. They seem to have been far more popular than I thought they would have.

Next Sunday is of course the Forge World Open Day, so expect the usual flurry of post containing many, many pictures in a weeks time.

Till then.


  1. Congrats and thanks for not monetizing the blog, I hate adverts, especially Pop Ups (BoLs @£$*es me off...)

    Here's to more random posts and quality pics. Enjoy the Open Day!

    1. Cheers. Yeah, have to say BoLS isn't my favourite site nowadays.

  2. 4 more years! 4 more years!

  3. Always great to see the blogs that are going the distance. 600 posts of content is substantial! Thor over at creative twilight did a number of posts on monetizing a blog. One of the most effective he found, was targeted ebay auctions. Basically bitz. We all love bitz. If someone buys some bitz from your link, you get some money.

    1. Still don't think I would be happy with doing that, just doesn't feel right to turn it into a money making scheme. I think it would end up changing the direction (what direction it has) of the blog. Other blogs (which shall remain nameless) have become nothing but money making schemes deliberately posting nonsense and other things to drive up the hits.

  4. Always enjoy your posts , both your event reviews but in particular your modelling attention to detail stuff. And as an author of a rambling blog myself i can relate to your desire to finish some stuff off before the next thing creeps up.