Corvus' Miniatures

Painted sf & fantasy miniatures by Gerrie Schenck

Looking back at 2011

Site stats

2011 saw a jump in traffic coming to my blog, 7500 more visits than 2010, good for a total of 22000.

A lot of traffic comes from my followers on the different platforms, the number of blogger followers nearly doubled, with 123 last year, and 240 now (scroll to the bottom of this page to find the blogger follow widget). My Facebook page even did better, with 186 fans, 100 more than last year. On Twitter there are 125 followers, but it's probably the platform with the least amount of messages being converted to visits (almost none... strange).

There were 52 blog posts in 2011, with the most visited article on this site is the one about the cloud backdrops, which is actually an article from 2010. New, better backdrops will become available later this year. When taking only 2011 articles into account, my third part of the Finecast stories is the number one, closely followed by the Painting Crusade and DUZI event coverage.

Achievements

2011 was a great year for me. After a couple of years with weakened motivation and inspiration, I feel like I've put everything back on track this year. The golden trophee I brought back home from DUZI illustrates this. It's my first prize in 4 years, and my first one from abroad.

Another fantastic thing was my Drune Red Karnagh appearing in the CoolMiniOrNot 2009 annual. Too bad I have missed the 2010 one, but 2011 will probably feature one or more of my miniatures once again.

A great piece of acknowledgement was the invitation to join the international Chest Of Colors team. Being a member of their forum since it was founded, this was of course only a formality and I gladly joined them. View my member page here.

Best of 2011

Here are some highlights of articles, paintjobs, releases which I thought were some of the best last year. In no particular order:

If there's one tutorial you'd have to have read last year it's probably the making of the "Hunter or Hunted" diorama by Raffa, which won him the German Slayer Sword in 2010. Check out the article on Massive Voodoo.

Speaking of Massive Voodoo, this artwork called "Maestro" is probably the best thing Roman painted in 2011, in my opinion at least.

Companies will always be compared to Rackham, and I think Imbrian Arts has some of the French spirit in its sculpts (although they operate from Australia), especially when painted up by a French guy as seen here. Hmm I should buy one of these sooner or later.

The most flawless paintjob of 2011 is probably done by Darren Latham, check out this Arjac Rockfist, impressive, although not really a style I like that much.

An almost mandatory link to the German Slayer Sword by Matt Cexwish. No seriously, I like it a lot :)

Lot's of YouTube videos in 2011, great trend to see more painting related videos there. This one is probably my favorite of last year, great how he can make it look so easy :)

Best freehand of 2011?

Worst of 2011

Well I think you can guess my first choice: Finecast. A lot has been written about this product, also on my blog. Two things really bother me about this: 1) a company with such an expertise puts out such a crappy product 2) people are buying this.


Second is Legacy Miniatures. At first I was really thrilled about this so-called Rackham revival. But it turned out to be a badly marketed, expensive joke. I have no trouble paying 15 USD for a miniature, but I don't want to pay 90 USD for a box of which I only want one. Hunting down the old metals is still more feasable, in fact a lot of stores still have a bin of those at serious discount.

Conclusion

Painting wise, 2011 was a big success for me. It's the year I really put my showcase painting back on track, with some very important achievements.

I've also noticed the online community is more active than ever, the quality of online tutorials and articles have gone up a lot. It's a trend which is really good for the hobby.

There have been some very good releases in 2011, but I'm still waiting for "the next big thing". Some highly anticipated products (Finecast, Legacy Miniatures) have failed miserably. Maybe 2012 will have more interesting stuff for us, like for example the release of Privateer Press' new SF game.

3 comments:

adrenalbooster said... @ January 17, 2012 at 3:24 PM

keep it up, keep it painted:)

ethelie said... @ January 17, 2012 at 10:23 PM

nice banner ;)

about twitter I personally never click the blogpost-links there because I prefer to view them in my rss feed, so if people already follow you elsewhere I'm not surprised if they do the same :)

Mahon @ chestofcolors.com said... @ January 18, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Congratulations, Gerrie. Lots of positive things achieved in the past year!

I was going to do a similar summary for Chest of Colors but haven't found the time yet. Seems January is a busy month for me...

Regarding Twitter - in my experience conversion rates are terrible there for us miniature painters. Probably because most of us follow each other on several platforms anyway...

And what was your besc converting platform? Facebook for me for sure...

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