Well, here we are, over a week on, after previously saying that I was hoping to post an AAR at "the back end of the week"!
I hereby acknowledge the fact that the Yuletide season IS going to impact on my previously well laid blogging plans - and alternative arrangements are now the order of the day.
To be honest, putting up the decorations, chauffeuring SWMBO and my Mum on their shop-pain trips, and doing the "Christmas Party" gigs aren't the only drain on hobby time - oh no! It's "That Time Of Year" again, so of course one of the major household appliances had to break down, and this year it's the washing machine that I've had to read the last rites over. (Much less of a disaster than last year, when it was the combi-boiler's turn!!). Then there's the "Speed Awareness Course" I've got to attend to avoid the 3 points on my license, after getting zapped doing 37 in a 30 zone (speed freak eh?)...... 2:30 in the morning heading home on the Nottingham ring road - dual carriageway all the way, but with 40mph AND 30mph sections to trap the unwary and ensure there's sufficient funds in the Nott's Constabulary Christmas Party Fund. Oh well, it's only a 4 hour course, and I've only got to drive to PETERBOROUGH to attend it - I'll just have to put my foot down to get home at a reasonable time in the evening LOL.
So, "alternative arrangements" for what? Well I'm glad you asked, because considering the current weather conditions here in the East Midlands, one thought has led to another and there's been an appropriate 'snowball' effect, and I'll itemize them below......
It all started with the WfG game that didn't take place last week, and the report that failed to materialise. Currently I'm just blogging 'on the fly' so I'm constantly setting myself deadlines (and failing to meet them).
1) I'm going to try and change the way I blog and build in a bit of "slack" by getting ahead of the game - I've got enough projects on the go at any one time to be able to do this, so it makes sense.
Speaking of which, the one thing I HAVE managed to keep up with in spite of all the demands on time, has been the painting and basing of some more 17th century mini's.
This has only been possible because I'm lucky enough to have easy access to my painting table, and have just cracked on doing 'little and often' whenever I'd normally just sit down with a brew, check the mail, check the blogs, print stuff off for work etc, etc.
Considering the fact that I've not had chance for a proper painting session at all this week, I've still managed to bash out a troop of horse,
Despite the progress, painting the ECW mini's for the game that was "hopefully going to be over the Christmas period", I've realised that I've bitten off a bit more than I can chew!
Funny how your memory works isn't it ?? I'd quite forgotten just how much more time it takes to assemble and paint up mounted units! Yep, I was WAY OFF with my guesstimation of how long it would take to put two opposing armies together!
2) It's pretty obvious now that an ECW "battle" isn't on the cards before the New Year - so I'm going to lower my sights and aim at playing a skirmish action, and
3) This in turn has got me thinking about going for a smaller scale (yet to be decided - 15mm, 6mm, or even 2mm) for the large "battles".
Finally, going up into the loft for the Christmas decorations gave me the opportunity to bring down the last remnants of my previous "gaming life". Along with the stuff already in (and on top off) my WARdrobe. I was delighted to find some bits and bobs I'd completely forgotten about, that will come in useful, but t here's stuff here that I don't think will ever get used, so
4) I'm going to have a clear out!
I hope the above hasn't bored the pants off you too much, and that everyone is staying warm (and safe if you're venturing out on the roads), and you come back soon to read a 'normal' post.