So this week I finally sat down with Lindsay and Megan and worked out my schedule.
I need a schedule to try and get myself back on track personally and give me some structure.
I am using streaming as something to do, to keep me motivated and on track.
So here is my schedule for Monday to Friday
- 2000 – 0000 – Minis Painting
- 1100 – 1300 – The Witcher III on Xbox
- 1400 – 1600 – The Witcher III on Xbox
- 1400 – 1600 – Minis Painting
- 2000 – 0000 – Minis Painting
- 1100 – 1300 – BioShock: The Collection on Switch
- 1400 – 1600 – BioShock: The Collection on Switch
Weekends are being left free to do stuff, I may do ad hoc stuff but nowt scheduled in.
I started tonight with my first stream, which you can see below.
New CPAP Machine
This week the NHS sleep clinic gave me an upgraded CPAP machine, following Covid they figured they need to keep a closer eye on my sleep apnoea.
The new machine is a ResMed Airsense 10 Elite, which is a lot smaller than my old machine and a lot fancier.
For one, it’s got a built in 4G modem so it uploads my sleep data each night direct to the sleep clinic, so if I don’t use it, I get a telling off.
It’s also got a built in humidifier which really contributes to the smaller footprint and allows you to actually control it. So I have been able to set the level to humidity to one I am very comfortable with.
Overall it’s a very compact machine and is far less complicated to set up and use than my old one.
And obviously very glad that we have the NHS because if I had to buy this privately, well, it costs more than my PC!!!
PC Cleanup & Graphics Card Dilema
I took a bit of time to tidy up the PC interior and fit the Wi-Fi antennas.
I rerouted the cables for the CPU cooler to go behind the motherboard and just about was able to get them into the headers, but the fan cable required an extension cable.
I also removed a 2TB HDD which wasn’t working, and did a general tidy up of the wires.
The target for saving for a graphics card is currently £200, but I may end up bumping that up to £250.
I am currently thinking a GTX 1660 Super is about what I want, but with the unveiling of Big Navi later this month, it may result in price drops to the RTX 2060 and the 5600 XT to be in my budget.
The headline is, I do not really need to go to anything beyond 1080p. It would be nice to eventually get a 1440p monitor, but that’s a long way off.
So the question is, do I stick to my guns and hope the GTX 1660 Super also benefits from some price drops, or do I perhaps go bigger and try and grab a better card to future proof and make 1440p gaming a possibility.
Either way I am not going to be making a decision until I have hit the £200 in savings and the Big Navi reveal.
All things being equal, I hope to have about £175 by early November so it’s likely I could be able to make a purchase in the Black Friday sales.
New Addition to the Studio
Megan has cross stitched for me this wonderful piece featuring all the lead characters from the main Star Trek series and their ships.
Looks fantastic on the wall of the studio and really helps complete the place.
What I Am Modelling
I started the week by building the Ambots for Necromunda, and then I built the Palanite Enforcers and Subjugators from Dark Uprising.
Whilst playing Star Trek Adventures on Wednesday night, I finished off painting the Palanite Enforcers Patrol, and then got transfers on them Thursday morning.
I then placed a T’au Stealth Team and Commander in XV86 Coldstar armour on my painting table, along with the Marketlight Drone and Homing Beacon from the Stealth Team.
These were finished surprisingly quickly, I think the wet palette had really helped when painting T’au.
Next up were the Hellblasters for the Blood Ravens, two squads of them. One squad of ten, containing the five from Dark Imperium and five multipart ones, and then a squad of five with Heavy Plasma Incinerators.
Going forward when it comes to Hellbalsters, I want two more boxes of them, one to make into a squad armed with Assault Plasma Incinerators. And the other to split between the Blood Ravens, with five bulking out the squad with Heavy Plasma Incinerators.
I tonight started on Grashrak’s Despoilers from Beastgrave which is on the Twitch stream above.
So what’s coming up in my painting plan then?
- Zone Mortalis Terrain
- Grashrak’s Despoilers x 6 & Skaeth’s Wild Hunt x 5
- T’au Strike Team x 10 & Sniper Drone Team
- Death Korps of Krieg Engineers x 10 & Hades Breaching Drill
- Secret Heresy Project Unit
- Nighthaunt Dradscythe Harridans x 20
- Space Wolves Swiftclaws x 3
- Palanite Subjugators x 6 & Enforcers x 5
- Stormcast Eternals Lord-Aquior, Lord-Exorcist & Gryph-Hounds x 6
- Blood Ravens Intercessors with Stalker Bolt Rifles x 10
What I Am Reading
I finished Doom of Fallowhearth, and you can read my review here.
I started on The Last Ritual by S A Sidor, which is an Arkham Horror book.
What I Am Playing
A bit of Star Wars: Squadrons which I am really enjoying, even been streaming a bit of it too.
I joined the Mills brothers for the conclusion to our Star Trek Adventures game on Roll20. We saved the planet and didn’t destroy the Cardassian Space Station in the process.
It got really tense and came down to the last rolls of the game, we needed four successes with four dice, and we just pulled it off!
What I Am Backing
No projects in the pipeline at the minute, but I completed the survey for
I also finally got my transfers for Forgotten Chapters, these are really lovely and I can’t wait to get them onto my Sisters of Battle models.
What Am I Cooking
On Thursday I made burgers, but in a nod to depression era recipes, 25% of the meat was replaced by onion.
This makes them very flavourful, although Megan hates the idea of them and had a vegan burger instead.
What I Am Spending
I didn’t go mad on Prime Day, mostly because I am saving towards a new graphics card.
I did pick up an Echo Dot 3rd Generation for Lindsay’s Office, but she took over that and paid for it, so I didn’t spend the money.
And for myself I got a third party dock for the Switch, so when streaming from that I don’t need to take down the main dock from upstairs.
At some point I plan to play though the 3 Mega Drive Sonic games and Sonic CD, my only disappointment is that Knuckles Chaotix has yet to be ported to anything at all.
I also managed to grab a Servants of the Abyss sprue to complete my Blackstone Fortress collection.
- Mood:- Satisfied
- Caffeinated Beverages Consumed:- 5
- In My Ears:-
- Tabletop Game Last Played:- Star Trek Adventures
- Video Game Lat Played:- Star Wars Squadron
- Book Last Read:- The Last Ritual- S A Sidor
- Movie/TV Show Last Viewed:- Glee
- Current State of Projects:- Grashrak’s Despoilers 50 % done, Mekboy Workshop 10% done, Ork Nobz and Warboss primed
- Graphics Card Fund:- £40– 20%