So it's been AGES since I've managed to update the blog. Mostly this is because we have recently bought a house! The house part itself was great but the moving/cleaning of the old place was less phenomenal. However, we were finally ensconced in our new place and then my parents arrived for their annual visit. This is always something of a stressful time. They stay for about a month with is a LONG time to have guests in your house who need to be entertained and looked after. Combined with working a forty hour job and doing a few project around the house this has SERIOUSLY cut into my hobby time. As if this series of disasters were not bad enough my camera recently met with a wet and mysterious death! I'm also studying for the next in an interminable series of degrees which occupies a good deal of time
So to recap, no time, no money and no camera.
So much for the negatives, now to the positives.
I have a new house! This comes complete with a full basement which is slated to be turned into a batcave (this is essentially a man cave with family applications). I will hopefully be doing some designs of my dream game room in the near future although financially it might take a while to actually materialize. The current state of the basement is sufficient that I can unpack and access most of my minis and equipment which previously was all boxed up which has made it much easier to organize my mountain of half completed projects.
I've also been spurred to action by my local gaming scene. We have an annual meeting and swap meet coming up on the 28th of July and I'll be participating in a Day of Battle tournament. This is a medieval small scale battle game that has been produced by a guy in our local area. I wouldn't have normally gone in for it except for a neat feature of the rules that requires you to design and personalize your own warlord. This lead to a few write ups of character histories on our forums and the creative trash talk that set in really sold me.
I have absolute no figures for this period (25-32 mm medieval) and a few of our local guys are generously brining extra troops to allow us to play. IN order not to be a complete beggar, and to have an appropriately characterful warlord, I'm putting together a unit for that. This has gotten me back to the painting table in a big way. Once its done I will hopefully put up an article featuring this unit.
I've also been inspired recently by the Meeples and Minatures pod cast. I normally listen to a lot of audio books and lectures but I was having a bit of drought in this area and needed some audio to listen to in the car. I had heard Meeples and Miniatures' name kicked around in a few online forums so I decided to check it out. I have to say I really love it, it keeps my mind focused on gaming and is really really interesting. To be honest it makes me want to spend an enormous amount of money on miniatures and board games because the narrator's enthusiasm is incredibly contagious.
All these positives still leave me with the issue of being camera less (except for my wife's laptop camera) which has to be addressed.