This is a post I never expected to be writing so soon, but our darling Cooking Fat, generally just called Cookie, passed away very suddenly on Saturday night.

We think he had a stroke, but it was very rapid and he was gone within a few minutes of it happening, it was quick and hopefully painless.

He once lived with me and Lindsay when he was just 1, and in that time, he got both Misty and Sweep pregnant, we had been told he had his operation, he soon actually had it done.

He then lived with my nana for 10 years, she looked after him on a Christmas when me and Lindsay went away and she decided to keep him as she had fallen in love with him, we let her because she really was enamoured with him.

Then he returned to us after my nana had to go into sheltered accommodation, and he and Megan quickly bonded. He would sleep with her, either cuddled up in her arms, wrapped round her head or on her waist.

They were so very close and he made her feel so much less anxious as he was a very calming presence to her.

He was a bit of an idiot though, even with fresh water for him, he always preferred drinking out of the toilet or from my dirty paint water, he used to constantly get in the way and I fought with him every night about who got to use my pillow.

He also had a unique talent of managing to set his tail on fire, either by deciding to sit on the toaster, climbing over the hobs when we were cooking or sitting in front of gas fireplaces.

But he was so lovely, he had an amazing personality and was friendly to everyone, he would make you fall in love with him within a few minutes, even Paul tolerated him sleeping with him.

It feels like he was snatched away from us, just shortly before he passed, he and I had cuddles and he was his usual bright eyed healthy pain in the arse.

I will miss my pal, and I know it will take a long time for Megan to come to terms with it.

It’s been a rough year for us with pets, first Lorgar, then Argel Tal, Sweepvand Fibally Cookie.

We took him along to a place in Newton Aycliffe this morning to have he cremated, and we should get his ashes back tomorrow, we plan to scatter them in Waldridge Fell.

What I Am Modelling

It’s been a slow week I only did three units, the first two being done at the same time, and those were the Poxwalkers I got from Warhammer 40,000 Conquest.

Next I did a unit of Death Korps of Krieg Infantry for Niki, along with a lost artilleryman.

I am currently working in a squad of Custodian Guard and the Godsworn Hunt.

I have washed the armour of the Custodes and gotten the skin and faces of the Godsworn Hunt painted and have just started work on the first fabrics.

My current painting list looks like this.

  1. Plague Marines & Icon Bearers
  2. Imperial Objectives
  3. Death Korps of Krieg Commissars, Quatermaster, Officio Prefectus Commissar and Severina Raine
  4. Blood Ravens Primaris Lieutenants
  5. Foetid Bloat-Drones
  6. Death Korps of Krieg Infantry Squad
  7. Mollog’s Mob
  8. Legio Custodes Contemptor-Galatus Dreadnought
  9. Ylthari’s Guardians
  10. Death Korps of Krieg Infantry Squad

What I Am Reading

I got through the Sisters of Battle Omnibus and I loved it, Faith and Fire was as good as I remember and Hammer and Anvil was just brilliant, the new story Heart and Soul was also pretty good.

Dammit Jim, get more written for Miriya and Verity!

I have just started Requiem Infernal by Peter Fehervari and so far that’s pretty interesting.

What I Am Playing

I played two games of Warhammer 40k this week, both were on Tuesday, both were 500pts games and I used T’au Empire in both of them.

The first game was against Aaron and his Chaos Space Marines, he had four Greater Possessed, a Chaos Lord and a Venomcrawler.

I lasted to turn 5, but had lost it in turn 2, all I managed to kill was two of the Greater Possessed.

In my second game I played Tristen and his Black Templar’s, and he played the silly list after offering me a sensible list or the silly one.

His army was a Crusader Squad, a Techmarine and a Land Raider Crusader. I quickly killed off his Crusader Squad, but couldn’t finish off the Land Raider as the Techpriest kept healing it.

I lost that one on kill points, he killed three units and I only killed one.

What I Am Backing

Still just Car Wars Sixth Edition, it’s in that plateau now where it’s going up much slower, but we do have a couple more road tiles and another mini added.

What I Am Cooking

I cooked a pizza in the oven I got from the CoOp for lunch on day, so that’s progress right!

What I Am Spending

Along with Lindsay and Megan I bought Ticket to Ride London, because it was only £16 at Game, but other than that not a penny.