Tuesday, January 26, 2021

A look back: Notable Hobbyists of 2020


Earlier this month, we looked back at all we accomplished in 2020. This is always a fun exercise, letting us consider how we evolved as hobbyists over the year. Even better, however, is to reflect on the hobbyists that inspired us during the strange and turbulent 2020. Like years past, we are always amazed by the quality of work being produced by the community, and wanted to showcase some that stood out to us. The sheer volume of impressive hobbyists makes it impossible for us to acknowledge everyone, but we wanted to focus on a few that really helped us through 2020. We intentionally did not choose hobbyists that we have featured in previous years, so we would encourage you to look back on our selections from years past, as many of them are still actively producing incredible work!

Friday, January 22, 2021

Building a RX-78-2 Gundam [Beyond Global]

The RX-78-2 [Beyond Global] HG 1/144


Last year I was reintroduced to the Gunpla hobby, partially due to discovering the Cutting Mat podcast. As a result, I ended up building a few Bandai plastic kits, including a Gouf and a Zaku II from the Gundam Universal Century, and Eva Unit 01 from Neon Genesis Evangelion. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Gunpla, Bandai created a redesign of the original RX-78-2 Gundam, deemed the [Beyond Global], in their HG 1/144 scale. The model was intended to show how far Bandai has come since 1980 with their injection molding technology. For less than $25, it seemed like a great kit to build and see what Bandai could achieve for such a low price point!

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Between the Bolter and Me: 2020, a year in review

A selection of models painted in 2020.

Although 2020 was a chaotic and traumatic year, it marked the 8th year of Between the Bolter and Me as a blog. Like with many others, the pandemic changed how we all interact with the hobby. It allowed us to focus more on our podcast Dragged into Turbolasers and develop a consistent, albeit small, streaming schedule! With this post, we wanted to recap the year as a whole, starting by examining the 3 most popular posts on each of our various platforms (blogger, podcast, instagram, etc.).

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Dragged into Turbolasers Episode 80: Reflections on 2020

Our favorite GW model of 2021!

In a special extended episode, we celebrate a turbulent, but productive 2020 with guests, Voxmorbus, Red Wet Skeleton, K0rdhal, and Modern Synthesist! First, each of us look back on our favorite personal hobby projects of the year. Then we transition into discussing Games Workshop’s releases during 2020 and pick out some of our favorites. We close out the episode by setting some hobby goals for 2021! Finally, we end by asking a question pertaining to Between the Bolter and Me, and encourage people to email/ message us via Instagram the answer for a chance to win one of two Guardian Spindle Drones from Blackstone Fortress.