A New Normal

The virus, well it’s become a huge problem these past two weeks.

I mean I knew it was a thing, I kept an eye on it, but I never thought it would be like this.

The whole thing we are living through right now feels like a nightmare, getting food is so difficult, in Asda the other night, 80% of the selves were bare. Funnily enough they had loads of Pot Noodles, so I guess they don’t sell well in the apocalypse.

I am diabetic with a bad immune system, so when the government tells vulnerable people to stay at home for 12 weeks on lockdown, I am expecting to be one of those people, I am not looking forward to it.

I worry about my vulnerable relatives, Megan’s dad had a heart transplant so is very vulnerable, and her mums nursery are refusing to close despite being asked to by the government, so I am scared he will be exposed.

My nana is not in the best of health and refuses to stop smoking, I don’t think she would survive it.

All in all, it’s very worrying and scary, and I just wish right now they would announce a start of the lockdown because the not knowing is making me way more anxious.

Of course it does mean that EGX Rezzed and the U.K. Games Expo are no longer happening and all my upcoming work is cancelled, so money will be tight.

Life is changing, and I have seen the very best and very worst of humanity these past couple of weeks.

I just hope all my friends and family come out this safe and well.

What I Am Modellimg

With Company of Legends having been imminent, I focused my painting efforts into scenery, not that it matters now.

The first thing painted was a Basicila Administratium from the old Cities of a Death range, this was given to me by Chris.

This was followed by a Manufactorum, again from the same range, also from Chris.

And then a pair of Sanctum Imperialis buildings, one from Chris, and the other from Phil.

At the same time I finished up the ruins from the Sector Imperialis Killzone from the Kill Team Starter Set.

Then I moved on to some of Andres terrain, starting with a bunch of scatter terrain from his Killzone Sector Munitorium.

At the same time I finished up some random pieces that I had been given by Chris, a lone piece of Promethium Relay Pipe, and a lone Aegis Defence Line part.

Then I painted Andrews Thermic Plasma Regulators, and judging from the colour of the plastic, I think these came from Conquest.

And finally a Haemotrope Reactor for Andrew.

I also built all of my Age of Sigmar terrain, this was basically three of the Warcry Ravaged Lands, a Defiled Ruins, Shattered Stormvault and the terrain in the original starter set.

Plan is to get the painted up during my forthcoming isolation period.

So my current painting plan has been abandoned and will be reworked.

Right now my priority is to complete Andrews terrain so he has some to play on, the finish a few things I had on my desk followed by Nikis remaining Death Korps of Krieg.

Then I plan to hit the Warcry terrain hard, along with the Untamed Beasts.

What I Am Reading

I have read the first two stories from Tales from the Crucible but I have been so preoccupied with news about the virus, it’s been hard to concentrate.

I have however been listening to The First Wall on Audible.

What I Am Playing

Life is just way too crazy right now to even get a moment to play, but I am going to fix that.

What I Am Backing

Still just Broken!

What I Am Cooking

We have been struggling to get food, so I haven’t really been able to plan anything to cook.

What I Am Spending

My last Black Library Celebration/Store Birthday order arrived.

This consisted of the Beastgrave Gift Pack, the Warcy Shattered Stormvault, The Wurmspat a box of Battle Sisters, and Corpse Grinder Cult Card’s and dice.

I have also stocked up on paints to a degree, most of these I already had spare from Conquest, but I have added a few to the overflow tin this week in preparation for the lockdown.

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Does this count as panic buying/hoarding?

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I also bought myself a few things from Battle Bunker because I want Jus to still be there after the crisis is over, so I bought a squad of Retributors, a Stormhawk Interceptor and Hrothgorn’s Mantrappers.

From Forbidden Planet I bought myself the last two copies of Conquest, I know they will come through the post, but at the time we were still running Company of Legends and I figured the terrain would be handy now.


  • Mood:- Worried
  • Caffeinated Beverages Consumed:- 8
  • In My Ears:- Best of You by The Foo Fighters
  • Book Last Read:- Tales From The Crucible by Various
  • Movie/TV Show Last Watched:- BBC News
  • Current State of Projects:- Galvanic Magnavent supports completed, Easy to Build Sequitors 35% done.