Time to reflect
Posted by Martin on August 7, 2012
I’m just back from a relaxing ten days away on holiday in the Scottish Highlands and over that period I’ve had some time to sit back and reflect on the progress of this blog. So now that I’m home again, I wanted to share some facts and figures with you all.
This version of the BfK blog started in February 2007 (Eek! Over five years ago) and before that, there was the original version that existed in another format for two years and attracted over 100 comments from you lot (sadly, I don’t know how may postings I wrote for it – that’s something now lost to the mists of time). Anyway, the current version of BfK gets, on average, around 10,000 page views per month and this will be the 281st posting on it. Those postings have, to date, attracted over 1,500 comments (although a proportion of those are my replies to your input).
I’m delighted that I have built up a circle of regular readers and commenters from right around the world – the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada to mention just a few. You all know who you are and I’m deeply grateful to all of you for joining in with what started out as a small experiment with technology and has turned into one of the main supporting pillars for my continued involvement in the wargaming and figure painting hobby. There have been times that, without your support and enthusiasm, I might have given up – and I venture to say that the same is true for Peter F. during the dark days of the vulcanizer crisis at Calpe Towers. I’m very proud of this blog and the thoughtful and friendly way in which you all contribute to making it something more than just a lone lunatic shouting into the wind.
So why all the navel gazing? Well, because I think the time has come to do something a bit more tangible in the way of thanking all of you than just writing a few words in the electronic ether. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been hatching a plan to do something a bit special for (and with) all of you. It’s still at early stages but I can now confirm that Peter F. has kindly agreed to help out, so this posting is about moving the idea on to the next stage. So here’s the thing…
I’m going to commission Peter F. to sculpt a pack of a small number of figures that will be cast in limited numbers and made available to you guys – the regular BfK readers and commenters. Now, lots of the details remain to be sorted out: I don’t know how many figures will be in the set, I don’t know what these figures will be (read on for more of that below) and I haven’t worked out the financials yet. But there are some things I’m fairly certain of at this stage: they will be 28mm Napoleonic figures, the number of figures in the pack will be no more than can fit into one mould, they will initially be a limited edition only available via me and Peter F (though, in the longer term, they will probably become part of the the standard Calpe range. Some of you will remember the three landwehr figures Peter F. did as a cover mount for Wargames, Soliders and Strategy magazine that are now figures PL31, PL32 and PL33 in his range), I intend this to be an exercise that aims to cover its costs rather than make a profit.
This whole process is going to take a while, so I’m not going to make any commitments about timescales but today is about getting the ball rolling. In particular, it’s about getting your input into the decision about what sort of figures I should commission. Now I already have some ideas of my own which will almost certainly become apparent in the thread of comments that will inevitably follow but, for now, I don't want my preferences to influence things. What I'm interested in is your requests and suggestions. If those coincide with my own ideas, then we'll be in a happy win-win situation. If they don't, well this isn't a democratic vote – the judge's (i.e. my) decision will be final.
And with that, I throw the floor open to you guys!