Tag: Blackstone Fortress

Bumpy Couple of Weeks

This is a bumper two week update due to being generally unwell this past week.

Part of that is probably mental, the car is in the garage, so I am stuck at home, can’t even get to club for a game.

Hopefully the car will be back with us this week, but the repair got delayed by the big storm.

And the bunny is getting better, but it looks like the head tilt will be permanent, which means he will likely need anti-dizziness medication for life plus eye drops.

Tidying the PC

My PC was a mess, after reinstalling Windows I needed to desperately clean the desk and make it tidier and tackle the cable management, cause that was horrendous.

But a couple of days of pottering around, and it feels and looks a lot better, I still need to replace the desk in the long term and the secondary monitor is starting to show signs of dying.

What I Am Modelling

Not a lot at all this week!

I painted Obi-Wan Kenobi of the Grand Army of the Republic for Star Wars Legion, so yeah Hello There!

I then worked on two units of Skorpekh Destroyers and a trio of Necron Warriors.

After this I finished off my Blackstone Fortress models by painting the Archivist and the Ambull with its Borewyrm Infestations.

I then painted something that I can’t quite talk about yet, but it was a lot of fun to do and I am really looking forward to showing it off eventually.

I did print this Christmas decoration for our geeky tree, it was supposed to have an Enterprise D in the middle, but I ended up taking it out due to having to make it smaller to fit on my printer.


So what’s up next then?

  1. Adeptus Custodes Wardens x 5
  2. Death Korps of Krieg Heavy Bolter Team x 3
  3. Ork Flash Gitz x 5
  4. Grand Army of the Republic BARC Speeder
  5. Necron Warriors x 10 & Lord Hasmoteph the Resplendent
  6. Imperial Knight Warden
  7. Ork Bikes x 3
  8. Dacian Anvil
  9. Constantine Valdor
  10. Confederacy of Independent Systems B1 Battle

What Video Games Am I Playing

I have mostly been playing Halo 5: Guardians, so I can get caught up on the story before Halo Infinite hits.

I also played a bit of eFootball PES 2021 to get a GamePass quest completed, and boy do I still dislike football games, other than Football Manager.

I went back to Battle Sister, and damn that’s a hard game, the motion sickness for VR is a lot easier to handle now.

I enabled AirLink for the Quest, and untethering myself has absolutely helped a lot.

I tried Battlefield 2042, but I had to return it cause frankly it was a really poor game and just not worth the money.

Frankly Halo Infinite is a lot better and thus I played some more of that, even installing it on my PC.

To add variety to life, I played some Bioshock Infinite, and a bit of the original Far Cry!

Despite owning 5 of the 6 main series games, I have never actually completed a Far Cry before.

The first game stopped working on my PC at the time once I got the level 3, it just refused to load.

And I never picked it up again, but I have now and even made it possible to use an Xbox Controller which is making it a lot more fun.

It’s weird how different it is from the rest of the series.

What Tabletop Games Am I Playing

On Saturday, Paul and Mary came over so we played some games. We started with The Sock Game, me and Mary were on a team together and won that.

Then they played Pandemic whilst I napped, I then rejoined them and we played Ticket to Ride: Amsterdam, followed by Unspeakable Words: Deluxe Edition.

On Sunday we played a couple of games of the amazing Just One, followed by a game of Ticket to Ride 10th Anniversary which Paul won!

What I Am Creating

Not much but I did attempt to test the streaming setup and of course despite the microphone allegedly working in OBS, it in reality wasn’t 🙁

What I Am Spending

More than I intend this week to be honest.

I bought Kainan’s Reapers for Warhammer Underworlds, which is kind of dangerous because I really like the look of the Bonereapers as an army.

Followed by having to grab a couple of TP-Link Kasa plugs to replace the Nooie plugs that won’t work with Home Assistant or IFTTT.

And I bought these back in the summer, but they only just turned up now.

I did buy a couple of bits of DLC this week for video games. The Aquatics Species Pack for Stellaris, the T’au, Assault Pack and Lord of Skulls for Warhammer 40,000 Gladius.

The Black Friday Steam sale happened, so I picked up Portal and Portal 2 very cheap, never played them before and figured why not try them, cost less than £3 for both of them.

And as I no longer have a DVD drive in my PC I picked up Far Cry and Far Cry 2, as I quite fancy playing them, alongside a dirt cheap copy of Splinter Cell, cause my original Xbox disk is scratched to hell

Oh and I saw a 4k Blu Ray of Star Trek Beyond for £5 on Amazon, so I bought that!


Resolutions Update – October 2021

This month was a bust due to illness sadly, but I did finally start my Grand Army of the Republic clones.

I have also brought my painted tally up to 1077 models painted for the year.

Paint 2000 Points of Flesh-Eater Courts for Warhammer Age of Sigmar – 77.25% Complete

I made no progress last month, but the Abhorrent Ghoul King on a Royal Terrorgheist in on my table right now!

Bring My Mechanicum to 3000 Points for Horus Heresy, Including The Warhound Titan – 63.2% Complete

Sadly no progress.

Paint Blackstone Fortress And It’s Expansions – 96% Complete

This month I painted the Negavolt Cultists, Rogue Psykers, Spindle Drones and Guardian Drones for Blackstone Fortress.


Completed Resolutions

  • Paint the Scourge for Dropfleet Commander
  • Paint 1000 Points of Early War Germans for Bolt Action
  • Paint 2000 Points of Necrons for Warhammer 40,000

So headed into next month, what’s on my painting queue?

  1. Mechanicum Macrotek Enginseer & Servo-Automata x 4
  2. Ork Shockjump Dragsta
  3. Yndrasta, the Celestial Spear & Celestant Prime
  4. Obi-Wan Kenobi
  5. Necron Skorpekh Destroyers x 6, Canoptek Plasmacyte x 2 & Warriors x 3
  6. Flesh-Eaters Court Abhorrent Ghoul King on a Royal Terrorgheist
  7. Blackstone Fortress the Archivist
  8. Adeptus Custodes Wardens x 5
  9. Death Korps of Krieg Heavy Bolter Team x 3
  10. Blackstone Fortress Ambull & Borewyrm Infestations x 2

Bad Sleep

Recently, I am so buggered up with Insomnia.

I am following the advice the doctor gave me, so no being in bed unless it’s for sleep, staying up until I am actually tired, no caffeine after 4pm (I am actually quite bad at that one) e and getting up at a set time etc.

The biggest issue I am having is that I love reading in bed, it’s my safe space to read and it’s where I feel most comfortable reading, so my reading has plunged to a record low.

But I am struggling to be asleep before 4am and it’s making my days awful, even when I am so tired I just can’t get to sleep.

I don’t want to end up on sleeping tablets, so I am doing my best to avoid that, but something has to give.

What I Am Modelling

I started the week by painting two units of Stromcast Eternals Judicators armed with Skybolt Bows.

This actually completes all the Stormcast Eternals I have right now, other than Yndrasta, the Celestial Spear, and the Celestant Prime should also be delivered and day now.

I then painted some Orks, specifically five Nobz, a Painboy, Warboss, Gorzag Gitatompa and Nikkit.

After that I painted an infantry squad for the Death Korps of Krieg.

And whilst painting those, I also knocked out the Spindle Drones and Guardian Drones for Blackstone Fortress, which actually completes the original games and the Ascension expansion.


So what’s coming up next week then?

  1. Mechanicum Mavis Macrotek Enginseer & Servo-Automata x 4 (Once I find it)
  2. Legio Custodes Caladius Grav-Tank x 2
  3. Grand Army of the Republic Phase 1 Clone Troopers x 22
  4. Ork Shockjump Dragsta
  5. Yndrasta, the Celestial Spear & The Celestant Prime
  6. Obi-Wan Kenobi
  7. Necron Skorpekh Destroyers x 6 & Canoptek Plasmacytes x 2
  8. Flesh-Eater Courts Abhorrent Ghoul King on Royal Terrorgheist
  9. Blackstone Fortress The Archivist
  10. Adeptus Custodes Wardens x 5

What I Am Reading

I finished The Dark Avengers: Patriot List by David Guymer, the review for which you can read here.

I have now started on the Zombiecide novel, Last Resort by Josh Reynolds and should have a review if this amazing book out by Thursday.

What Video Games Am I Playing

I did my play through of the 8-Bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog, and posted that up on YouTube.

Decided to continue with doing a retro play through and I am currently playing Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Master System using Retroarch.

Started that late Monday night, with very frequent saves. I had intended to play a level a night but due to a shitty sleep cycle, I only got a chance ti play again on Friday night.

I also started streaming again, and had a very early morning Bioshock Infinite stream on Thursday, which was uploaded to YouTube on Friday.

I have got the old PC that used to belong to Geoff set up to run some old games via emulation, it is however a lot lot older than we thought it was and the GPU is not the GTX 750 that Geoff was told it was, but rather a GT210, which is significantly worse.

I have also played a little bit of Back 4 Blood, which has been rather enjoyable, and I am continuing to play Halo Reach.

What Tabletop Games Am I Playing

Sadly none, but I am playing Adeptus Titanicus tonight with Graham for an Intro game!

What Am I Creating

As in a previous section I posted the video of my 8-Bit Sonic the Hedgehog play through and the sequels play through.

In regards to the YouTube stuff, I made it to 75 subscribers on Monday, which is amazing cause I was on like 30 something a few months ago, and at time of writing, I am now at 88 subscribers which is mind blowing!

I am not trying to become some kind of popular content creator, I just feel like there is stuff I want to do for my own enjoyment. I have zero interest in appeasing the algorithm, I just want to make content that I personally want to see myself.

So my current focus is on the battle reports in the casual narrative style, and retro video game playthroughs. And any Twitch video game playthroughs will get added to that as well.

What I Am Backing

Sadly Munchkin Mayhem was cancelled, so right now I am not backing anything.

What I Am Cooking

Not a good week, other than beans on toast, nowt.

What I Am Spending

I feel like I am finally in a place where I can restore this section of the blog, but I may not share any hauls quite as frequently.

This week was subdued in terms of spending initially, I bought myself the Play Pink Bundle on Humble Bundle, I had most of what’s in the bundle, but what I didn’t have saved me plenty of money still.

And Steam Codes for most other stuff is being given to friends, who don’t have them.

I also bought a couple of video games in addition to the bundle.

I bought Far Cry 6, well I got it dirt cheap from a friend who works at Ubisoft. I also grabbed Alan Wake Remastered with a voucher for the Epic Games Store and the Premium Add-Ons Bundle for Forza Horizon 5.

I also kinda spent some money on a Raspberry Pi kit, I am enjoying old games and I want to add a emulation machine in the den, that’s easily transported around. Along with a USB Bluetooth dongle so I can link the DualShock 3 Controllers to it.


Birthday Week

This week I had my birthday, and it wasn’t what I hoped for.

My sister in laws cat went missing, and I have some medical stuff to deal with.

So Fosfos, Emma’s cat went missing on Sunday night and it’s not like her to wander, so Monday Emma was busy leafleting in Blyth where she lives.

Tuesday, Lindsay and Megan went up to help her, but she was still no where to be found, thankfully she returned home at 2am Tuesday and woke up Emma for cuddles.

So that was a huge relief.

Tuesday night we went out for Nando’s for my birthday, which I really enjoyed, haven’t had a Nando’s since the day before the first lockdown and I really enjoyed it.

Present wise, Lindsay and Megan bought me the Evil Comes Prepared expansion for Disney Villainous and the Orruk Warclans Battletome, and I bought myself the Stormcast Eternals Battletome and the Charadon terrain box.

At the weekend we were meant to have some of our nephews staying but Gandalf our arsehole of a rabbit developed an ear infection, so he had to be rushed to the vets and needs hand feeding for a bit, so that was not a good environment for the boys to stay over as they are very active.

He is slowly getting better, but he really does fight us when it comes time to give him his medication.

What I Am Modelling

I started off by painting the Negavolt Cultists and Rogue Psykers for Blackstone Fortress.

The Rogue Psykers were finished first.

Followed by the Negavolt Cultists.

I then painted up three Assault Intercessors and a Primaris Captain from Imperium.

After which I turned my attention to two squads of Stormcast Eternals Judicators for the Celestial Vindicators.


So what’s planned for next week then?

  1. Mechanicum Magos Macrotek Enginseer & Servo-Automata x 4
  2. Stormcast Eternals Judicators x 10
  3. Ork Nobz x 6, Painboy, Warboss & Grots x 3
  4. Death Korps of Krieg Infantry Squad x 10
  5. Legio Custodes Caladius Grav-Tank x 2
  6. Blackstone Fortress Spindle Drones x 6 & Guardian Drones x 2
  7. Grand Army of the Republic Phase 1 Troopers x 22
  8. Ork Shockjump Dragsta
  9. Yndrasta, the Celestial Spear
  10. Obi-Wan Kenobi

What I Am Reading

Actually haven’t read a thing all week 🙁

What Video Games Am I Playing

Played a lot more Halo 3: ODST and got that finished and have now started on Halo Reach!

I also played through Sonic the Hedgehog on the Game Gear, emulated via Retroarch and have a play through video of that uploading tomorrow.

What Tabletop Games Am I Playing

On my birthday we played a game of Ticket to Ride: London, and I was three points off wining, but I am happy I didn’t come last again!

On Sunday me and Lindsay had a game off Ticket to Ride: Germany using her new Play Pink train set. And surprisingly I won!

After that Megan joined us to play a game of Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu, and we managed to close all four gates and save the world from the terror of the Old Ones!

What Am I Creating

I published a Warhammer 40K Battle Report of my Death Guard taking on Megans Orks, which you can see below.

What I Am Backing

Munchkin Mayhem looks amazing, and I have decided to back it, cause well I love Munchkin.

So I went in on the YOU GOT GAME! level, it’s only £12 or so, but I really think it could be a cool game.

What Am I Cooking

Once again, bugger all 🙁


Resolutions Update – September 2021

Well this month was a little bit of a slow start, but I am now up to 1121 models painted.

This includes finishing off the terrain to make a 2×2 Zone Mortalis board for Horus Heresy and Necromunda.

Paint 2000 Points of Necrons for Warhammer 40,000 – Complete

This month I painted the Canoptek Wraiths to complete this resolution.

I also added 6 Warriors and a Hexmark Destroyer to the army.

Paint 2000 Points of Flesh-Eater Courts for Warhammer Age of Sigmar – 77.25% Complete

This month I got painted some Crypt Flayers, a Crypt Haunter Courtier and a Crypt Infernal Courtier.

This leaves me with just an Abhorrent Ghoul King on a Royal Terrorgheist to paint for this resolution.

Bring My Mechanicum to 3000 Points for Horus Heresy, Including The Warhound Titan – 63.2% Complete

No progress cause I can’t find the Macrotek Enginseer at all!

Next month I think I may break out and start on the Titan as time is running out!

I did paint a Skitarii Marshal, who will be used a Secutarii Axiarch, just not in this list I think.

Paint Blackstone Fortress And It’s Expansions – 78.78% Complete

This month I painted the Cultists from Escalation alongside their Firebrands.

I also completed the Plague Marines and Poxwalkers from the No Respite expansion.


Completed Resolutions

  • Paint the Scourge for Dropfleet Commander
  • Paint 1000 Points of Early War Germans for Bolt Action
  • Paint 2000 Points of Necrons for Warhammer 40,000

So headed into next month, what’s on my painting queue?

  1. Magos Macrotek Enginseer & Servo-Automata x 4
  2. Blackstone Fortress Negavolt Cultists x 6 & Rogue Psykers x 3
  3. Stormcast Eternals Judicators x 10
  4. Ork Nobz x 6, Painboy & Warboss
  5. Death Korps of Krieg Infantry Squad x 10
  6. Legio Custodes Caladius Grav-Tank x 2
  7. Blackstone Fortress Spindle Drones x 6 & Guardian Drones x 2
  8. Phase 1 Clone Troopers x 22
  9. Ork Shockjump Dragster
  10. Yndrasta, the Celestial Spear

Schedule Sucks Still

Well my schedule is complete balls right now, it’s all over the shop and it’s really doing my head in.

I know I need it to function well, but I am having issues asking for what I need to actually keep to a scheuldule.

Lindsay’s meeting schedule is now going on the family calendar but sharing an office means I can’t do certain stuff when she is in those meetings.

The doctor has offered some great advice for helping with my sleep, which is helping to a degree, but I also need to get the days sorted out.

I dunno, guess I don’t have much else to say really.

What I Am Modelling

I started the week with a the HQ models and the MG34 MMG Team for my Bolt Action early war Germans.

I then painted up the Cultists from the Blackstone Fortress Escalation expansion.

I then began work on a Fire Raptor for the Heresy Death Guard, I have had this model for so long, originally it was intended for the Space Wolves, but plans changed.

I also managed to paint a Hexmark Desyroyer, which I must say, is the nicest model in the new Necron range.

And finally I painted three Necron Warriors that came with Imperium, this is a second set, and I have another still to do.


So what’s up next?

  1. Necron Canoptek Wraiths x 6
  2. Mechanicum Magos Macrotek Enginseer & Servo-Automata x 4
  3. Flesh-Eater Courts Crypt Flayers x 3 & Crypt Infernal Courtier
  4. Death Guard Lord of Virulence, Blackstone Fortress Plague Marines x 3 & Poxwalkers x 6
  5. Skitarii Marshall
  6. Thousand Sons Terminators x 5 & Ahirman
  7. Blackstone Fortress Negavolt Cultists x 6 & Rogue Psykers x 3
  8. Stormcast Eternals Judicators x 10
  9. Ork Nobz x 6, Warboss & Painboy
  10. Death Korps of Krieg Infantry Squad x 10

What Am I Reading

I published the review of In the Shadow of Deimos by Jane Killick and you can read it here.

Haven’t read much else this week, but I have started listening to Godblight by Guy Haley.

What Video Games Am I Playing

Playing a little bit every day, played a little bit of PUBG, some Flight Simulator and finished Halo 2 Anniversary.

I have now stated on Halo 3 and have made a decent way though it so far.

What Tabletop Games Am I Playing

I played through two solo games of Warhammer 40,000 to create the battle reports for the Imperium playlist.

The first video was published on Friday and you can see that in the Creating section.

What I Am Creating

The Vlog for Company of Legends went up on Thursday.

And on Friday the first battle reports for Imperium was released.

And look out for a new episode of Edge of Empire dropping shortly.

What I Am Backing

Still just backing Rawr! Velociraptor! at the $11 level to get the Greatest Hots album.

What I am Cooking

I managed to make a filling for a cottage pie on Saturday, but that wiped me out for the weekend 🙁


  • Mood:- Funny Tummy
  • Caffeinated Beverages Consumed:- 8
  • In My Ears:- Crocodile Rock – Elton John
  • Tabletop Game Last Played:- Warhammer 40,000
  • Video Game Last Played:- Halo 3
  • Book Last Read:The Patriot List – David Guymer
  • Movie/TV Show Last Viewed:- Archer
  • Current State of Projects:- Canoptek Wraiths, metallics finished, just starting on the carapaces.

Resolutions Update – August 2021

This month got off to a better start and with the weather becoming cooler I managed to pick up the pace somewhat.

Right now I am at 944 models painted for the year.

Paint 2000 Points of Necrons for Warhammer 40,000 – 93.75% Complete

This month I got the Night Scythe painted, as well as a unit of Triarch Praetorians.

This leaves me with just the Canoptek Wraiths to paint for the list.

Paint 2000 Points of Flesh-Eater Courts for Warhammer Age of Sigmar – 56% Complete

This month I painted the last block of Crypt Ghouls as well as a Crypt Ghast Courtier.

Bring My Mechanicum to 3000 Points for Horus Heresy, Including The Warhound Titan – 63.2% Complete

This month I added the Secutarii Hoplites and their Terrax Patten Termite to the list.

Paint Blackstone Fortress And It’s Expansions – 33.13% Complete

This month I completed the Beastmen, Traitor Guard and the Traitor Commissar and Ogryn from Traitor Command.

Completed Resolutions 

  • Paint the Scourge for Dropfleet Commander
  • Paint 1000 Points of Early War Germans for Bolt Action

So whats coming up next month then?

  1. Zone Mortalis Terrain
  2. Legio Custodes Pallas Grav-Attack x 2
  3. Stormcast Eternals Praetors x 3, Vindictor & Knight-Vexellor
  4. Legio Custodes Agamatus Jetbikes x 3
  5. Stormcast Eternals Anhiliators x 3, Lord Imperatant & Gryph Hound
  6. Blitzkrieg German HQ & MG34 MMG Team
  7. Death Guard Fire Raptor
  8. Necron Canoptek Wraiths x 6
  9. Mechanicum Magos Macrotek Enginseer & Servo-Automata x 4
  10. Flesh-Eater Courts Crypt Flayers x 3

Warhammer + Is Here

I know some people are determined to not get Warhammer +, but I have, and I will walk you through the reasons.

And I have honestly seen a lot of rants about it, mostly seeming to focus ok the animation side, but I do have to say that Warhammer + is a service that is more than just Warhammer TV, it’s also the included mini, the Warhammer Vault access, the apps, etc. to base your impression on just one aspect is just a bit daft.

First off, I would never usually suggest getting a service/product based on its possible future potential as I find this is usually a waste of money as nothing is ever guaranteed. Products should have a decent feature set before launching rather than promises of future features.

However Warhammer + makes sense financially for me, let me walk you through it. I play both Age of Sigmar and 40K, and I use the apps, which currently cost me £2.98, which is going to rise to £3.98 with the new AoS app.

So annually I will be paying £47.76 to Games Workshop for these two services, so Warhammer + would only cost me £2.23 if I get the annual plan.

Now the £10 voucher for signing up before 1st September means actually it’s going to be -£7.77, and when add in the model you get with the subscription, models that I want both of, you save even more.

These models I have set at a price of £20, although the Megaboss from the normal range is £25. So that means it’s actually now at -£27.77.

So it works for me, of course for other people the maths will vary and for them it may not be worth it, but it is for me.

What’s It Actually Like???

Well in all honesty, it’s a little thin on the ground right now, but what’s on there is good.

Angels of Death is very cool, although the mouths are a bit odd, but I can live with that.

I am yet to watch any of Hammer and Bolter apart from Old Bale Eye, which I really enjoyed.

The Battle Reports are well, extremely high end and professional and really raise the bar for those. Makes my stuff look pants by comparison.

The painting Masterclass is superb and I am digging out some Thousand Sons Terminators to try out some wet blending.

The Vault, that’s the one aspect I am less keen on, simply because you can’t download stuff, and the site is clunky when using a phone, if they bring us an app for that it will be better.

In general I am happy with the service, if they keep up with the new content every Wednesday I will be very happy.

I would like to see the YouTube painting videos included in the service at some point, just so everything is together in one place that’s a bit easier to navigate.

The service is as I said, thin on the ground, but I think within a few months it will be a lot better.

I have subscribed for a year because I want it to be a success, I want it to work, and I am breaking my own rule because if this does work, it will be an amazing resource for the community.

The reveal of the first weeks new releases, is a bit underwhelming, I would have hoped for a couple of the Citadel Masterclasses and at least two animations.

The Vault additions are actually pretty nice, with some White Dwarfs for this year being added.

But it’s still early days.

What I Am Modelling

I started off the week with some Triarch Praetorians.

These have been painted as being from the Szarekhan Dynasty because they serve the Triarch and thus why would their armour be in the colours of another dynasty?

I also painted all the Traitor Guardsmen for Blackstone Fortress alongside the Commissar and Ogryn from Traitor Command.

The Traitor Command models were finished first.

Followed by the Traitor Guardmens.

I then painted a unit of 20 Crypt Ghoul’s for my Flesh-Eater Courts alongside a Crypt-Ghast Courtier.

After that I painted a squad of Secutarii Hoplites and their Termite transport


So what’s coming up next week?

  1. Zone Mortalis Terrain
  2. Legio Custodes Pallas Grav-Attack
  3. Stormcast Eternals Praetors x 3, Knight-Vexellor & Vindictor
  4. Legio Custodes Agamatus Jetbikes x 3
  5. Stormcast Eternals Anhiliators x 3, Lord Imperatant & Gryph Hound
  6. Blitzkrieg HQ & MG34 MMG Team
  7. Death Guard Fire Raptor
  8. Necron Canoptek Wraiths x 6
  9. Mechanicum Magos Macrotek Engineseer & Servoautomata x 4
  10. Flesh-Eater Courts Crypt Flayers x 3

What I Am Reading

Ummm I actually haven’t read all week 🙁

What Video Games Am I Playing

Not played a lot, but just a few bits and pieces here and there.

I did manage to get the Saturn emulator running properly. Retroarch ended up being a bust, there wasn’t a single core that could run the games correctly and the way it handles six button controllers is kinda annoying.

So I ended up going with Mednafen which works like a dream, just need to add a graphical front end.

Speaking of six button controllers, I finally managed to get my hands on a reasonably priced 6 button USB Mega Drive controller, and playing Street Fighter 2 on the Mega Drive Mini is no longer an awful nightmare!

I did pull all of my controllers out on Saturday and I think I might have a problem!

But I am having real struggle controlling N64 emulated games, so I have ordered a USB Retro-Bit controller which should arrive Tuesday I think.

What Tabletop Games I Am Playing

On Tuesday I had an open war game of 40K at Durham Raiders.

I lost but it was very close, and a battle report is currently in production.

On Saturday we played a game of Pandemic: Hot Zone North America and were beaten by the game.

What I Am Creating

I have a new battle report in the production phase, there were camera issues so it’s taken a bit longer than I would have liked.

I am going to be making a report for the first Imperium game plan.

Me and Megan are going to play though all the collections game plans for some battle reports, as an ongoing narrative.

And tonight I am recording a Dreadclaw for the Company of Legends lists.

What I Am Backing

I am still backing Avatar Legends: The Roleplaying Game which has 3 days left to run at time of writing.

What I Am Cooking

I was supposed to be making shepherds pie on Saturday but we were really really busy tidying up all weekend 🙁


Next Projects

Now that both mine and Megan’s PCs are complete, it’s time to turn my attention to my next projects.

Setting up a Home Assistant server, and adding Network Attached Storage.

For the Home Assistant server, I am going with the Raspberry Pi 4 solution, but just to ensure it’s going to be as future proof as possible, I am going to build it around the 8GB version.

That’s probably gonna get out together in the next six weeks or so, and I will hopefully be able to join up a lot of the house smart systems together properly.

That said, I am actively looking to see if IFTTT can do many of those functions and if it’s possible we could put off the Home Assistant server by using that. Then again, I do like to tinker and Home Assistant would be a challenge and something to occupy me.

The Network Attached Storage is already in progress. When I built Megan’s PC I also built a PC for her dad, he had an old Dell Optiplex eBay special which managed to screw itself up all the bloody time.

Anyway I got sick of fixing it, so I built him a new PC that should last him a fair few years as his biggest usage is amateur photo editing.

Anyway this Optiolex has a couple of hardware issues, the motherboard has a couple of dead SATA ports and is very much at the end of its usable life as a general PC.

So I intend to use it to fiction as a the houses NAS for the short term, I have grabbed a SATA SSD to serve as it’s system drive and I am gonna pick up a couple of Ironwolf Drives next payday to run in RAID.

The idea being that all of our files can be stored centrally and backed up at the same time.

Next year I plan to transfer the NAS to dedicated hardware, potentially by pinching Megan’s motherboard after replacing hers for something a bit more high end. Plus either grabbing a new GPU for Megan so the 1660 Ti in her system can go into the NAS or getting something like a 1650 Super for the NAS.

The GPU would be needed because by the time I get ti the situation where I can put the NAS into dedicated hardware, I want it to be running a PLEX server too, so we can have our own home Netflix with all of the DVDs and Blu-Rays we have ripped onto the server.

I have a rough plan in my head now, and think that it’s possible in a couple of months I will have the basics of both of these systems up and running.

They are going to be housed in the cat cave (spare/junk room) and we have a monitor already set up in there for them, we will need a network switch still as both devices will need to be plugged in via Ethernet.

What I Am Modelling

I started the week by painting the Judicators with Boltstorm Crossbows for my Stormcast Eternals, two squads of five.

Then I painted the Night Scythe for my Necrons, a model I have wanted to paint for absolutely forever!

And then I painted the Beastmen for Blackstone Fortress. I have tried to give them a load of variety, with at least one dedicated to each of the four Chaos Gods and one that’s Chaos undivided.

I just wanted to see some variety on the table.

I am also working on printing a fleet for Battlefleet Heresy, so far I have gotten printed out a Battlebarge, with some damage from a print failure and four Strike Cruisers.

Tomorrow I intend to try another Battlebarge and a couple more Strike Cruisers, the plan is to get a fleet ready for Company of Legends.

Right now on my painting table are Sylas Beastbane, Leena Stormspire, Astriea Solbright & Berek the Indomitable, who are about 50% done.


So what’s coming up next week?

  1. Zone Mortalis Terrain
  2. Sylas Beastbane, Leena Stormspire, Astriea Solbright & Berek the Indomitable
  3. Death Korps of Krieg Infantry Squad x 10
  4. Stormcast Eternals Vindictors x 11
  5. Blood Ravens Primaris Chaplain on a Bike
  6. Kurdoss Valentian
  7. Custodes Pallas Grav-Attack x 2
  8. House Taranis Knight Castilian
  9. Blackstone Fortress Traitor Guardsmen x 21, Commissar & Ogryn
  10. Stormcast Eternals Praetors x 3

What I Am Reading

My review of Target Keee by Stuart Moore was published and you can read it here.

And I started on Pandemic: Patient Zero by Amanda Bridgeman and I got it finished, it made for uncomfortable reading if I am honest.

You can read my review for that here.

I am now reading The Serpent and the Dead by Anna Stephens

What Video Games I Am Playing

Played a variety this week, there was a session of Bioshock Infinite, a bit of Clustertruck, Halo 2 Anniversary, Star Wars: Battlefront 2.

You can see my Bioshock Infinite play videos here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bb2riFrAxQ

I also got my Saturn emulator up and running and can now play some games I always wanted to play as a kid, but couldn’t because my parents couldn’t afford a Saturn.


My current queue of games to stream is right here below

  1. Bioshock Infinite (Nintendo Switch) – In Progress
  2. Assassins Creed (Xbox Series S)
  3. Borderlands(Nintendo Switch)
  4. Assassins Creed The Ezio Collection (Xbox Series S)
  5. Horizon Zero Dawn (PC)

What Tabletop Games I Am Playing

We played Carcassonne as a family on Thurday night, albeit on the Switch, quite predictably I came last!

What Am I Creating

I got the unboxing video for Carnivale done!

What Am I Backing

Still backing AB Con, it’s only for a small amount, but I think it’s good to encourage events like this.

I am also backing Avatar Legends: The Roleplaying Game at the Otter-Penguin level right now, but might up it to the Polar Bear Dog.

What I Am Cooking

All I cooked this week was a mad concoction of chips, beans and cheese for lunch on Sunday for me and Lindsay.


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