Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas New Year hiatus/catch up...

In to the 'dog days' of Christmas here at Chez Steve the Wargamer and I have the week off... 

The Christmas haul was good, mostly self funded from various vouchers requested, and gratefully received...  the two Arnold titles are novella's by the way ("short books" to you and I) and stupidly cheap for your Kindle - less than a pint * for a good read...  the Kydd book is an absolute bargain though, three books for the price of pint...   I'm well into the 'Prince's Gambit' at the moment (which chronologically takes place just before the Marston Moor book) and it is well worth the money spent...

* as in beer...  currently about £3.70 in the posh south of England.. 



...but the current Mrs Steve the Wargamer did come up trumps with the following surprise...


...concert footage from the Floyd "Pulse" Tour back in the day (she was pregnant at the time with our eldest ...  who is now 20! Gah!!! Where did that time go???) Looking forward to seeing it immensely..

Elsewhere - Steve the Wargamer is not a huge television watcher these days - not enough time (and usually bolleaux on there anyway) but I do wholeheartedly recommend "Dickensian" [clicky] if you get the chance (and for those in the UK it's all on catch up) - what an absolute diamond of an idea - imagine the characters in all of Dickens's books existing in a single story line, and what would happen...  imagination running wild at it's very best by the writers....  the Scrooge depiction, and Fagin, are spot on... hideously recommended, and the BBC at it's very best...

I'd also recommend "And Then There Were None" [clicky] which is another BBC drama, this time of the well known Agatha Christie...  3 episodes and it's edge of your seat stuff..  brilliant actors, good script, fantastic film work, looking forward to episode 3 tonight very much as I have no idea "who dun it"

On the war-gaming front, yesterday I repaired to the loft (where the "stuff" is ) and embarked on the first of two fairly major projects I have in mind for this coming year, which is to re-base the Sudan and AWI collections..

The AWI collection because it is now over 25 years since I first based them, and some of them are looking a little sad and threadbare - I also have a view to change the base style so that more information is available on top of the stand (name of unit, and perhaps some basic rule stats?? etc)..

The Sudan collection because I have grown increasingly un-enamoured of the 6 to a base for the infantry - they're too cramped - so I am moving to four to a base, and also taking the opportunity to standardise the basing material, and move to MDF bases..

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  1. Looking forward to the Scarrow book myself - I dropped enough hints with no effect.

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  2. Paul, less than 3 pint's on Kindle.. :-)

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  4. A very nice haul Steve! I've read the WotR books, they're excellent!

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    1. Ray, always ask for vouchers and the haul is always tailor made.. :o))

      Happy New Year to you and yours for this Friday ..

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  5. Some nice looking titles there!
    Merry Christmas Steve

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    1. Paul- should keep me going for a while.. :o)

      Happy New Year to you and yours for this Friday ..

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  6. Happy New Year to you and yours Steve :) Nice haul.

    'And Then There Were None' was a gripping watch. I thought initially overlong at three hours or so, but it kept us guessing right to the end and really racked up the tension. The final 'twist' was brilliant.

    'Pulse' is superb I agree :)





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    1. Happy New Year to you and yours as well, Lee.. Pulse was without a doubt one of the best concerts I've ever been to... I remember the seats in the circle at Earls Court were solid concrete, and the bass reverberated through them and started litte'un jumping about in the bump... :o))

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