Saturday, 5 December 2015

Happy 4th Birthday to the Shedwars Blog

Happy 4th Birthday to the Shedwars Blog !
Believe it or not this blog has now been running for four years – hasn’t the time has flown by.
In my last birthday post  I set myself the 400 goal – that was to achieve 400 posts, attracting 400 followers and gaining 400,000 hits.

Last years post

Well how have I fared. The blog post count is in my control and over the last 12 months I have been steadily adding to the tally and I can safely say that post #400 was past last month. So I can tick one of the goals.
The other two are to be frank outside my control. I can only hope that the content is sufficiently appealing and resonates with the audience to achieve the stated goals. As you can see from the table below I have built on both the number of followers and hits to the site.

Based on current run rates I’ll top the 400k hits in January but the number of followers has dried up in the last few months staying static around the 370 mark for the past three months. I shouldn’t complain too much as there has been growth during the year.
I continue to add between 6-8 posts per month and the hit rate now runs around the 12-13k /per month. I appreciate that the stats aren’t perfect but by my reckoning each new post gets about 600 fresh hits and the rest goes towards the historical posts in the blog. This means I am probably getting a large number of new visitors each month but they don’t want to follow.


Number of followers
Number of page views
Dec 2012
Dec 2013
Dec 2014
Dec 2015

The objective for next year will be to hit the half million mark for hits and 500 posts – This should be achievable barring any disasters.

So onto the highlights of this year and the chance for me to indulge a bit…

Perhaps the biggest highlight in 2015 has been to play so many wonderful games and share this great hobby with so many people.

A couple of years back the Shed only really had a couple of regular visitors but thanks to this blog and some fortuitous meetings I can now boast a regular weekly gaming group of 6+. It is with sincerest thanks to all those who have frequented the Shed in 2015 and for giving me the opportunity to play with all my toys.

We have played a vast array of games from the deserts of Egypt to the Frosty City of Felstad, from the steamy jungles of Central America to the Docks of Liverpool. So many genres, so many rules and so much fun.

The Big Pirate Game - First Game of 2015

Our first game of Lion Rampant played in January 2015 - Robin Hood

Muskets in Tomahawks in March
First game of Pulp Alley in April

Celebrating waterloo in June

Kicking off my Pulp Campaign in July
Pulp Campaign - Germany 1938

Massive Lion Rampant Crusader game
The painting front saw me complete my Armies of the Third Crusade and although they have only been out a couple of times I can now proudly boast two big 28mm armies. Add to this the additional units for my VBCW campaign – Postie Unit and the Naval Units. Plus Daleks, Sikhs and more Arabs

Arabs in the 1930's

The painted Saracen Army
Sikh Forces for my Pulp games

A Dalek Army

Over 100 Pulp figures painted for my scales of Anubis campaign including the rifle armed Arabs, and more recently I have started painting some fantasy stuff for Frostgrave. Best guess around 800 figures painted this year.

Some pulp minis painted in 2015
I finished all 200+ Crusaders !


The terrain building keeps going. The year started with my tramp steamer, and onto the docks of Liverpool. Most recently I have been building the boards for my Frostgrave campaign. I am fairly sure I can now feature most standard terrain types in the shed.

Remember the Volcano for the LAF Build something contest? I came fourth !
One of my most popular posts - building a static grass applicator
Started the modular tomb
The 1930's Docks finished
Tramp Steamer finally finished
Latest project - Frostgrave tables

The Shed Wars message continues to be broadcast to the bigger world – a couple of mentions in the printed press and two published articles in Wargamers Blogger Quarterly.

Front cover of Wargames Bloggers Quarterly - my Egyptian Terrain

BLAM, the annual meet of the LAF went without a hitch (phew), and I was fortunate to travel to Tactica early in the year to meet some wonderful people. Add to this trips to Salute, Colours and Warfare my show needs were sated.

BLAM in my local Pub

Visit to Tactica in February


2015 has been a great year for the hobby – I hope 2016 is as good

Even the Shed got a lick of paint !
Thank you for following everybody....

Eric the Shed


  1. Happy 4th Blogday Eric and thanks for sharing the Shed!!

  2. Congratulations on the milestone!

  3. Awesome stuff mate, well done!!

  4. Congrats, and happy blogday!

  5. A very happy Blogday and what a fabulous year it has been. Although not the most regular comment leaver, you can rest assured that your very many builds have had a lasting impression on me, being hugely inspirational. One question I've been meaning to ask, if I may be so bold, is where did you find the splendid scenic backdrop shown to particularly good effect behind the wonderful church in June 2014?

  6. Happy Bloggiversary! I am sure that I can speak for all of us when I say that your terrain is inspirational to gamers the world over. Thank you for all your splendid posts and pics over the years - here's to many more!

  7. Happy Birthday from Warsaw, Poland

  8. Happy Blogbirthday! Its not all about metrics, its about the quality. Your productivity and diversity while maintaining fantastic quality of eye-candy is amazing. Thanks for sharing it with us all Eric.

  9. Congratulations! Your milestones are well earned. I always look forward to the new hotness that you are working on. You have great games and fantastic terrain. Thank you for sharing all of your hard work; it's an inspiration.

  10. Happy birthday to Shed Wars!

  11. I am so grateful for being invited to the shed on a regular basis! May your blog continue for many years!

  12. Happy Anniversary! Here's to many more.

  13. Happy Blogiversary sir. That's an incredible year by any measure. Can't wait to see what you have in store for 2016!

  14. Happy Birthday Shedwars! Thanks for the past content and more to come...

  15. Happy 4th Sir, happy blogging!

  16. Congratulations.

    Long may you continue to Blog.


  17. Great stuff, Shed! Happy blogday!

  18. Congratulations!! You are an outstanding example to the wargames community ... the breadth and depth of the periods you've covered over the years is impressive! I'm sure you'll have no problem at all hitting your goals. Keep up the great blogging sir!

  19. Great achievement, well done

  20. Hippo birdie...! Always something of interest here so keep it up!

  21. Congratulations! As a fairly recent follower, long may the Shed Wars posts continue! Inspirational stuff for us blokes in sheds!

  22. One of the best, if not the best, wargaming blogs. Happy birthday and keep it up!

  23. Congrats! Looking over the past y4ear, it's the ship that still gets me. Wow!

  24. Many congrats and a happy 4th bloggo birthday!