zondag 8 februari 2009

Quick update...

Not a lot going on this week as I just couldn't keep my mind on painting with all the stuff that is hanging over my head. I made a few attempts to start, but after only a few minutes I gave up.

Club night last Friday was better, I got a game of Songs of Blades and Heroes done. At least the "play more" part is still holding on. It was quite a long game, but that was because of all the distractions. One of the other members was dealing stuff, I mean selling someof his old 1/300 Heroic and Ross collection. I resisted temptation, but Stef needed a fix and broke down. He is now the proud owner of a WWIII (no typo) Russian Army.

All this got the three of us talking about big battalion old school gaming and then some other stuff as well. Looks like we'll be checking out FoG next week to see if we can start something new in the club. And because we're thinking of going the 1/72 route, this will cost me almost nothing. I have an extensive collection of plastic and some metal in 20mm stashed away. Carthaginians, New Kingdom Egypt, Assyrians, Indian (Alexandrian era) and then some... Being a pack rat does have its rewards, you just have to wait long enough.

maandag 2 februari 2009

Good news, bad news, other news...

The flu bugs that have been doing the rounds overhere turned out to be pretty resilient and it takes most people a lot longer to completely get over it. Because of this I haven't been doing any painting or gaming (or blogging) but now I'm going to pick up the brushes again.

The good news is that in the near future I will have lots of time to tackle my Himalaya range of unpainted miniatures... The bad news is that this will be forced on me due to early retirement on medical grounds, at the ripe old age of 39! And for a pretty trivial problem at that. At this time the decision hasn't been taken yet, but there are several management reasons why this is the most likely outcome.

This off course means that frugal gaming will no longer be a choice, but a necessity. The pension I will get for 23 years of working is rather on the low side. And the limits imposed by the law on any other income through labor without losing the pension are also pretty low. All those years of unbridled buying will turn out to be my rescue, I can last years without buying anything new... And one of the avenues I'm exploring to get extra income is games related as well. Producing terrain pieces and selling them at the different cons I normally go to.

In other news, my club ran its annual Warhammer tournament yesterday. It is one of the, if not the, biggest one in Belgium. I didn't play myself but ran the secondhand corner, the first time we did this during a tournament. Not a lot of the players showed up with items to sell, but what was there changed hands rather easily. With the 10 percent commission on the sales price we made a rather nice "profit" for the club coffers. Now that people know there is the opportunity to sell their unpainted lead or plastic, I expect that next year there will be a lot more for sale.

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