Where does the time go, eh? It seems like only yesterday we were all looking forward to 2016 and the great possibilities that it could hold. And then it happened. And it sucked. Between dead rock stars, dead actors and a dead gorilla, everyone kind of freaked out. Add into that the dramas and tragedies of Brexit and Trump and we’ve had ourselves one of the shittiest years in quite a while. Well, it’s almost done now, and for me, one thing that has always kept me happy and my spirits up has been this blog, and, I’m happy to say, more of you have enjoyed it than ever before as well. I never intended for Heresy & Heroes to be a light in the darkness but if that’s what it’s been, then I’m down with that.
So, as is now a yearly tradition on this blog, I’d like to spend some time looking back on some of the highlights of this year, as defined by you, the reader. To that end, I thought I’d jog your memories and help you to enjoy some of the fun you’ve had here with this list of the top 5 articles in terms of visits and interactions (likes, comments, etc) that were published in 2016. Without further ado, here are the best posts of the year that you can all enjoy again. In reverse order…
5. My Blood Angel Standard Bearer
I do enjoy it when a bit of freehand work comes off just right, and this miniature certainly has a tasty illustration to show off. John Blanche’s iconic image of Sanguinius, lovingly (and frustratingly) recreated with paints on this Forge World miniature. Not only that, but it was my very first foray into the Blood Angels and 30k – a project that has lasted all year and brought me plenty of smiles. For a closer look, and some drivel about why I did it, take a closer look at my Standard Bearer and enjoy.
4. Forge World Open Day 2016
Another rare highlight from a year that can frankly go and F∞#k itself, was my annual visit up to Nottingham where I enjoyed good beer, good company and the delights that come with Forge World showing off their latest creations in uncut, high-grade plastic crack. Lots of fun had by all, and plenty of cool images to enjoy in this article. Almost everything I saw there has now been released or revealed. Almost…
3. Genestealers Speculation
I think it’s fair to say that all of us who remembered the Genestealer Cults of yesteryear were pretty excited when news of their reemergence hit the rumour mills and the first snapshots of miniatures did the rounds. We now have a fully fledged army with some fun, interesting and very strong rules to field on the table top and a ton of cool minis too, but back before they hit the shelves, I put my best guesses forward regarding what we might get. Why don’t you check it out to see if I was right. Spolier; I wasn’t.
2. I ❤ Space Marines
And it turns out you do too! The second most popular post published this year was all about why we (or rather, I) love Space Marines. Which is weird because they can be a bit boring, but then there’s a reason why GW are always pushing them onto the shelves and into our hearts – they’re just too damn popular. If you missed it, why not see if you agree with my choices, and if not, or if you have another reason to enjoy them, you can always stick a comment on that post.
What’s In A Chapter Name?
By a mile, the most popular post published this year was the Space Marine Chapter Name Generator. Not only does it give you an easy way to name your Space Marine chapter, but there’s also a Chaos Space Marine variant as well! I’ve not come across an army myself that looks like the name came from here, but enough people have visited the page to tell me that at least one has earned its monicker through this post. I hope that one day I run into an army called the Mortis Lions or the Ashen Lords and I’ll make the connect. We’ll see…
And those were the highlights of 2016. There will still be a few more posts to come, and if I get a little bit more time to paint, there might even be another finished miniature to show off, but we’ll see. Let’s hope next year will be full of even more enjoyable posts, along with fewer ridiculous political decisions, less wars, less suffering and fewer dead rock stars. What’s more, better zoo security and season 3 of Rick and Morty would help a lot too. Onwards!