'28mm Victorian Warfare' was created purely as a self indulgent distraction at I time when I desperately needed something to do with my hands! It became intrinsically linked with the fledging development of this most wholesome of hobbies that we all share and it is now responsible for a good part of my waking day!
So it goes without saying that when Anne O'Leary of 'Anne's Attic' left a post informing me that she was passing on a 'Liebster Blog Award' to me, I was absolutely thrilled - thank you so much Anne! To be nominated by someone with a Blogosphere presence such as Anne, truly is a honour in itself and one that I am only too happy to pass on to fellow bloggers. Now, I appreciate that it could be perceived as little more than a glorified chain letter, but when it is passed on with such good intentions then I think that there is still room for a little celebration in this often too cynical world.
I thought I would do a bit of investigation as to the 'how and why' of the The Liebster Blog Award, but would you believe it the one time you need it, Wikipedia goes and lets you down. After a little time trawling the infoweb I did manage to turn up that the 'Liebster', German for beloved, dearest or favourite, is awarded to relatively new bloggers who have less than 200 followers. I was unable to track down the exact origins of the 'Liebster', but did manage to get back to 2010, during which time there have been many variants, but I've decided to go with the following.
1. Copy and paste the award on your blog linking it to the blogger who has given it to you.
2. Pass the award to your top 5 favourite blogs with less than 200 followers by leaving a comment on one of their posts to notify them that they have won the award and listing them on your own blog.
3. Sit back and bask in that warm fuzzy feeling that comes with knowing that you have just made someone's day!
The hardest part of all this has been try to narrow whittle down my choices, but without further ado and absolutely no obligation on their part, my five recipients for a 'Liebster' are:
- 'PanzerKaput's Painted Review': Pete is a fabulous illustrator and hugely enthusiastic miniature painter and wargamer.
- 'Wargaming with Silver Whistle': The scale of Pat's recent undertakings are just incredible; a hugely inspirational blog.
- 'Ubique': Matt is a great painter and I particularly love his modelling and conversion work.
- 'Colonel O'Truth's Miniature Issues': The imagination of the Colonel is just extraordinary, if you haven't visited this blog then it really is a must see!
- 'One Man and his brushes': Dave is a talented painter, modeller and an all round thoroughly decent chap.