Sunday, April 19, 2009

Runners complete... and oh dear...

Things are a little slow on the wargaming front at Steve-the-Wargamers pad, activities are moving along, but not in the productive way I would like - having said that the campaign is moving along nicely, I am keeping up on my reading (part the way through the very latest Jack Steel novel dealing with Oudenarde and the siege of Lille - a review coming when I finish it) so all has not completely stopped..

I did finish off basing the runners though (see following)

In the end I went with four based singly (obviously carrying orders somewhere on the battlefield), and two clustered with one of my army commanders (waiting for orders to carry)

...for the time being at least these will provide wargame table colour - should I develop any rules to do with written orders (not likely as I'm not a fan..) or changing orders then they may develop a role of their own - but right now I like the colour they provide to the table..

...and "oh dear"??

...well on Friday I went down to check the boat was OK and found it was not on the mooring and had been moved to another one.. no idea why... quite worrying...

..the tides being what they were the first opportunity I had to get down and check the boat was Saturday morning so after a 5:30 start (ouch!!) I found myself on the boat and holding the frayed end of the old mooring.. looks like it had frayed and broken at the point where it is secured to the big concrete block on the harbour bottom. She must have gone adrift, but some kind soul had rescued her and moored her safely - no idea who, but I owe them a beer as the boat seems undamaged in all respects! Whew..... now all I need to do is go mud wading to find the concrete block and repair the old mooring!

So - "oh dear" (and I can promise you what I actually said was slightly pithier that that..) but all's well that ends well - I have this Wednesday off and am planning my first solo voyage; fishing rod has been found, reel unearthed from the back of the attic (neither used for at least 20 years!) - should be fun..

Oh, and family had the first sailing trip last Monday - we hit nothing, broke nothing, no-one was seasick, the sun shone, the wind was ideal and they want to go again.. job done!

Distance: 3.5 miles (8.5 miles year to date)
Wind: light


  1. Phew, good news on the boat! All maritime trips with my parents in law are fraught with imminent disaster, so to have an incident free trip is a bonus!

  2. "Oh dear" indeed.

    As for the fishing reel . . . if it hasn't been used for that long, it might well do to replace the fishing line . . . old line tends to deteriorate a bit . . . I can remember my Dad replacing all of the line on his reels at least once every two years.

    And interestingly, Steve, we in the former colonies used to use "fishing rods" instead of trying to lug a whole "road" with us . . . *grin*.

    Have a grand trip!

    -- Jeff

  3. Are we sure it wasn't an enemy cutting out mission? Those dastardly Frenchies will try anything to increase their fishing quota!!

  4. Oh no it looks like I am getting dragged into the club's 15mm (I can't see them!)WS project. Your other blog has already been very useful!

  5. Looking nice, I am still not totally convinced by Chandlers idea that it was a good idea for the Duke to send all his messages by foot.

    Still what the hell, they look good and add a bit of character even if they do turn out to be footmen.

    By the way well done on motivating your crew, obviously a born leader.