Nominations for the Wargaming Blog Excellence Awards

I was lucky enough to be nominated for a Wargaming Blog Excellence Award by the indomitable Dagger and Brush. Perhaps the inclusion of my blog means he is letting just anyone into the club, but I feel quite honored, nonetheless!

Part of being a nominee, is that I’m to provide a blog tour, highlighting a few of my favorite blogs. It’s extremely difficult to edit my list of favorite blogs down to just a couple, but thankfully Dagger and Brush has already nominated some of my favorites (mainly 40kterminatus for his super clean 15mm AFVs and Mr. TinPotRevolutionary for his beautiful painting and vignettes), and I can leave them off the list. Only the list on electronic paper, though, not the list in my blog-heart!

Ok, enough of that, here’s the list, itself.


Dagger and Brush

Perhaps it’s predictable to re-nominate the person who just nominated you, but, in this case, I am certainly NOT just being polite. Dagger and Brush would have received a nod from me, regardless. I will point out a couple of particular selections in a moment, but I want to say that the most remarkable thing to me about D&B is the consistency of his posts-they are of the absolute highest quality every (and I mean every) time. Whether it’s his super detailed and easy to follow tutorials or delightful, story and character-infused reviews, a Dagger and Brush post in my WordPress reader feed makes me click with particular vigor! I’d mention his terrain, but if you click through, you’ll be suitably amazed without my shilling for it! The highest praise I can give him, though, is that he inspired me to start my own dungeon-crawling project. It’s languishing horribly, at the moment, but I did start it!

Ad Machina Wargaming

Ad Machina Wargaming is, simply put, my favorite WWII wargaming blog out there. Whether it’s his top flight AFV and figure painting, his astoundingly good buildings, or his some-of-the-best-in-the-hobby photography, each of his posts fills me with a jealous rage! Just kidding about the rage part. He’s really very very good. I only wish he wasn’t such a reasonable person, taking off his summers for non-wargaming related activities, in lieu of producing more content for his fans to enjoy. Also, Thomas is notable for being a generous spirit. He sent me a couple hundred ACW figures (the Danish Texans I’m always going on about in my AARs) that he wasn’t using…just because. Transcontinentally! Go check him out. It should be getting cold and dark in Denmark, so I expect he’ll be posting again soon.

War in Black and White

Last, but certainly not least, there is WarPanda’s War in Black and White. There are other terrain makers that manage to evoke a sense of place in their game boards, but none do it on as large of a scale and with as much detail as WarPanda. His tables are a thing of joy to look at. There are scarecrows. SCARECROWS! I mean, that just blows me away. But I’m weird like that.

And as if his incredible terrain weren’t enough, there are the superbly entertaining AARs, done in a comic book style. Usually my eyes glaze over when reading AARs (especially my own), but the ones posted up at War in Black and White are always an exciting read from start to finish. War in Black and White also features some detailed analysis of Crossfire, which has been of great interest to me of late.


Whew! I think I’ve used my quota of superlatives for the rest of the year. Do give these blogs a look, though. They are well worth your time.


What to do if you’re nominated for the Wargaming Blog Excellence Award (and feel like it):

Make a post featuring one, two, or more of your favorite blogs with under 200 followers. Feel free to point out specific examples. Show us your hidden gems! No, not those hidden gems. 

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  • Paul Wisken  On 11/05/2014 at 1:14 pm

    Well done. Always a pleasure to read your posts

  • Thomas Nielsen  On 11/05/2014 at 1:27 pm

    Congratulations with the nomination – it is well earned. I really hope you win.
    And thank you for your kind words – very flattering :-)

    • arkiegamer  On 11/05/2014 at 1:35 pm

      Thanks, Thomas! Hope things are going well for you.

      • Thomas Nielsen  On 11/05/2014 at 1:48 pm

        Yes very well. We had a fantastic summer in our new house – Nola our little 3 year kid have been enjoying the nature and me too, 5 minutes away from some of the best mountainbike trails in Denmark. I am again building myself a new bike, which is adding to my happiness, really neardy… Only thing is I feel I am falling behind with my Normandy project, but hey the “winter is coming”… ;-)
        How are things going over in Arkansas? :-)

      • arkiegamer  On 11/05/2014 at 2:06 pm

        Glad you’re enjoying the country!

        Things have been good in Arkansas. I’ve been learning the cello since July, and went for a vacation in the Rocky Mountains, both of which are/were very fun.

        Looking forward to more work on Normandy :)

  • tinpotrevolutionary  On 11/05/2014 at 2:24 pm

    Well done Mr Arkie! And very well deserved too! :)

    • arkiegamer  On 11/05/2014 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks-and yours, as well!

      • tinpotrevolutionary  On 11/05/2014 at 2:31 pm

        I would have nominated you myself had I got the chance!? Gonna have to have a rethink.

      • arkiegamer  On 11/05/2014 at 2:39 pm

        Same here! Fortunately there’s an embarrassment of riches out there to pick from.

  • kaiserbill  On 11/05/2014 at 3:02 pm

    I think you deserve that nomination, I wish you good luck
    and keep the posts coming

    • arkiegamer  On 11/05/2014 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks, Andreas. And now I’m slapping myself in the head-I should have nominated you and forgot! Talk about under appreciated blogs.

  • daggerandbrush  On 11/05/2014 at 5:38 pm

    No worries, I naturally chose blogs that inspire me and should be read by more people. Thank you also for your recommendations. Some excellent stuff there and I’ll subscribe!

  • roemersworkshop  On 11/06/2014 at 1:26 am

    Congrats on the nomination Arkie! The genre you write about is a little different from what I do but what I see I like on your blog and it is well deserved.

    To continued excellence!

  • 40kterminatus  On 11/06/2014 at 3:44 am

    Well done on being nominated because you really deserve it and thank you for your kind words :) Oh and please keep the battle reports coming as its saving me from buying books lol

    • arkiegamer  On 11/06/2014 at 8:24 am

      Is that a subtle hint that I’m too long-winded? :)

      Thanks, and congratulations on your well-deserved nomination, as well!

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