Tuesday, 2 August 2011

AWOL and a purple heart?

So no posts on here for quite a while.  

Unfortunately, I injured my hand in a "bloody painful short term, hopefully not a major problem long term" kind of way; some muscle and tendon damage making any repetitive motions agony.  And, although it is only my off hand that's the problem, I've been unable to do almost anything productive - work, chores, paint or assemble anything, play the guitar, use the computer or the Xbox.

Fortunately, there's been an absolute heap of sport on:

Watched every stage of the Tour de France - something I haven't been able to do in years!!!  Some great climbs and an immense time trial by Cadel Evans - brutal!  A really worthy winner. Sssschleck brothers, as usual, tried not to lose the Tour, instead of trying to win it (and pissing people off by whining about the dangers of downhill racing!?! WTF?)  Hope Contador isn't punished retrospectively as he's still a great cyclist (and the thought of a Scccchleck winning the 2010 Tour by default would be pretty hard to stomach!)

I also flicked through all four days of the Open golf (stop moaning Fozzy Bear, I mean Rory,) watched each Grand Prix (really depressed over the new BBC/SKY deal though,) some darts, a fair bit of cricket and some pre-season football games.  I made a point of catching the start of the Scottish league season, but unfortunately Aberdeen got off to their usual start (home draw, away defeat.)  

Gaming has been non existent, as has any painting or modelling.  I have gone through some rulebooks though.  The Mrs bought me Warhammer Historicals "Gladiator" rules to cheer me up.  Expect a review soon, once I'm able to type with more than one finger again!  I also managed to read through the Hail Caesar and Clash of Empires rules again, which has given me a some ideas for a new project.

I've also ploughed through a heap of books lately; Richard Mile's Carthage Must Be Destroyed, Tom Holland's Rubicon, Tim Severin's Odinn's Child and reread Alison Weir's Lancaster & York.  I'm currently halfway through David Durham's Acacia.  It's a bit GRR Martin-Lite at the moment, but still finding it quite enjoyable.  If the mood takes me I'll post up a few reviews, 

Lastly, the lead/resin/plastic mountain continues to grow apace. I received some long overdue bases from Micro Art Studios, probably for my Malifaux crews.  I also ordered two of the Hell Dorado starter boxes, Westerners and Saracens (apparently the new rulebook is en route to the UK as we speak.)  And, thanks to an absolute BARGAIN on eBay, some EDEN miniatures are on the way too.

So there's the last three or so weeks.  Not much fun, but, of course, it could be a lot worse.  I'm going to try some more painting later this week and see if I can post some of the results.

P.S.  I've just realised that this post took about six days to write - in little sentence sized sessions! Ridiculous.

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