Well I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas (or at least the day off work!) I was certainly glad of the day off, my first in a wee while, and managed to lounge around in the sack until eleven or so. Stirred into motion by the smell of bacon, it was soon time to exchange gifts.
The old man really pulled a surprise by picking me up a Kindle. I've been wanting to replace the tablet pc (which the ex has, I got the laptop) since the summer and this is a fits the bill perfectly. Aside from ebooks, which I'm not particularly sold on anyway, it's great for surfing the net whilst chilling in bed or on the couch. It plays my music and audiobooks too, which I'm getting used to, and is fantastic for reading wargame rules and pdfs.
Other than that, I was given a new Osprey book, Jackson's Valley Campaign and the latest Scott Lynch book, Republic of Thieves.
On a whim, I ordered a Christmas Crazy Box 2013 from Mantic Games. It's essentially a lucky dip box with a random assortment of miniatures from their various ranges. My box included two Dreadball MVP players, including the only giant figure I don't own, some elves, three ogres, ten human spearmen, five space Dwarves with heavy weapons, two space Orx with heavy weapons, two wonderfully weird Deadzone figures and a random playing piece figures (no idea what it actually is.)
I'm happy enough with the purchase, in terms of RRP, it's great value. Of most immediate use, are the Dreadball giant and the Ogres. The elves and spearmen should also see some use, probably in a skirmish game or an RPG. The rest are all nice enough, the Dwarves (Forgefathers?) in particular are much nicer than the website photos suggest, and should see some paint on them at some point. The Crazy Box is still on sale, so it's a nice purchase if you fancy some random fantasy/sci-fi miniatures.
Earlier in the year, I joined the Blogger Secret Santa that was going around. Sadly, my present hasn't turned up yet (boo-hoo I know,) but that wasn't solely why I joined. I'll keep faith in the blogging community, and the Royal Mail, that something will turn up in the next few days!
In terms of the Painting Challenge, the last week or so was a bit of a bust! Just far too busy with work and the occasional social functions i.e. nights in the pub, to get time to pick up the brush. Today though, I managed to prep the next few entries and, after days of terrible weather, get some spray priming done. Sunday night feels like a good time to get some painting in, doesn't it?