Tag: Cats

Meet Bonnie

Since we lost Sweep and Cookie last year, the house has felt a little empty and when we found out we weren’t going to have to move, we decided that it was time to get another cat.

So we started looking around and after a few leads that didn’t pan out, Paul and Mary introduced us to Yarm Cat Rescue, and we saw a few cats in the group, two of which really caught our attention.

We asked which had been searching for a home the longest and we were told that this was Bonnie.

So we adopted her, she is a sweet girl, just 19 months old and is very loving and gentle.

She is taking a little time to settle in with Misty and Jenny, but that’s to be expected, but she loves to curl up next to you on the sofa and just get strokes.

I do love cats and they always make me feel happy, and I am very glad that we have been able to give a home to Bonnie.

What I Am Modelling

Company of Legends is fast approaching and I need to get this new table finished for it as well as a couple of additions to another table.

So I started the week with two thirds of the Honoured Imperium set. The broken Aquila was missing the centre piece so I filled it in with some texture paint, assuming the gold that made it up had been whisked away somewhere to form a part of some nefarious ritual!

I then painted up the second Galvanic Servohauler frame from Conquest, although this one I had gotten from Forbidden Planet as I was sick of waiting for Hachette to send it.

And then I worked with Megan to paint some Sector Imperialis Ruins, some from a box of them, some from Kill Team.

And finally I painted a set of Sector Sanctoris Ruins to use as scatter terrain.

I am now working on the bigger building in this box and they hopefully will get done this week.

As I said before my current painting plan is suspended until after Company of Legends and even then it will be suspended until I get back from EGX Rezzed, but here it is anyway.

  1. Death Korps of Krieg Quartermaster and Retinue with Death Riders Ridemaster
  2. Easy To Build Stormcast Eternals Sequitors
  3. Blood Ravens Captains x 5
  4. Death Korps of Krieg Command Squad Special Wrapons Men x 12
  5. Warcry Terrain
  6. Myrmourn Banshees
  7. Blood Ravens Bikes x 3 and Attack Bike armed with Multi-Melta
  8. Chainrasp Horde x 40
  9. Canoness Veridyan
  10. Death Korps of Krieg Command Squad Special Wrapons Men x 12

What I Am Reading

I finished The First Wall and I enjoyed it, it was really good, I know others have given it mixed reviews but I really got into the story of the Imperial Guard and their conclusion really felt like a stab to the guts.

I absolutely would recommend it, and I am going to listen to it on audiobook as soon as I can.

I have now moved on to Tales From The Crucible which I will be reviewing on the blog

What I Am Playing

I went to Meeple Perk, my local board game cafe on Friday night with Megan, Lindsay and our friend Jo, and we played a few games.

We started off with a game of Just One, in which we scored 11 points which we were really happy with.

And then we played three games of Codenames Disney, we all lost the first one when Lindsays first clue lead Jo right to the assassin and me and Megan won the last game together.

Then on Sunday we went to Paul and Mary’s house where we played three rounds of Telestrations, which was very very funny, and then two rounds of Just One, before we headed out to tea and returned home for a game of

What Am I Backing

Still just Broken!

What Am I Cooking

I helped to makes some breakfast sandwiches on Sunday.

They had in them, BBQ shredded chicken, in my Kansas City BBQ sauce, topped with some streaky bacon and a cheese slice and a fried egg.

What Am I Spending

The next two lots of my Black Library Celebration/Store blowout arrived! The first was a Nemisis Warbring Titan for Adeptus Titanicus and Traitor Command and The Deaded Ambull for Blackstone Fortress.

And the next batch was the Adeptus Titanicus Command Terminals, two sets of Custodes Dice, Valerian and Aleya, Larissa Shadowstalker, Sgt Jovan, a backpack, art prints, plasma gun ammo tin and a couple of paints.

I still have one more delivery to come which was dispatched today so I expect it either tomorrow or Wednesday.

Goodbye Sweep

16 years ago when me and Lindsay were moving in together we decided to get a cat, and that cat was Misty, she was a pedigree, but we were offered her without papers as her mother had proven to be not so great.

After her litter, she has become aggressive and hard to handle, and her owners were going to have her put down, so of course we said we would take her, she was called Sweep and for five weeks she was a miserable cow, hiding, and if we went near her growling and hissing.

But one morning on my way to work, I got a call from Lindsay, she had crawled into bed with her, was hugging her and purring her head off.

And since that moment, Sweep and Lindsay were inseparable, I honestly sometime thought that Sweep was Lindsay true soulmate they were that close.

My relationship with Sweep was never the best, she once leapt at my face clawing me badly and leaving me bleeding on the ground, and she would randomly walk up to me purring her head off and just biting me.

But she was a great cat for Lindsay, she would follow her around, cuddle up to her and they were a cute couple.

The other cats hated her as she would randomly chase them around, Cookie was twice her size and she had him terrified of her.

But the past few months she really slowed down and she started to lose some weight, we were having to feed her smaller portions of food less often, because if she ate too much it made her sick.

We came to the realisation that at 18 1/2 she was coming to the end of her life and we took her to the PDSA to make a plan for her and figure out the best way to make her comfortable in her last days.

When she was examined, they found a tumour, she had a form of lymphoma which was terminal, and the reason she had lost most of the weight, we were all upset, but the vet reassured us that this would have been easy to miss and that we had done our best for her.

So we took her away with some steroids to help her gain weight, and a plan to make her last couple of months good.

Sadly whilst I was at Blood and Glory, she stopped eating altogether, and had gotten very weak as a result. Lindsay and Megan made the call to take her back to the PDSA where together with the vet, it was decided that it was her time to go.

She went peacefully, being kissed and cuddled by Lindsay, and we are all upset by her passing, but it was the right call and the best thing for her.

I am upset because I assumed I would come back to her, in her old age she had come to tolerate me, and she even let me stroke her without biting me.

She may have been a grouchy girl, but she loved Lindsay and made her so happy, I will miss her, she had this cute little chirp when she was in Lindsay Company.

Goodby Sweep and sleep well.

What I am Modelling

I managed to finish off the Plague Marine squad, quite happy with these.

I have been working on a couple of things for Niki’s Death Korps of Krieg, but they aren’t quite finished. A trio of Lascannon Teams are just waiting for their bases to dry and a Command HQ Squad is coming along nicely.

I lost a couple days painting due to exhaustion, but am getting back there.

Will probably be concentrating a bit of Death Guard for my trip to Warhammer World next week now and have put some models on the painting handles that I need done, specifically a Deamon Prince, Typhus, a Biologus Putrifier and a Foul Blightspawn.

What I am Reading

Still working on Legends of the Dark Millennium: Ultramarines, which I am 67% of the way though.

What I am Playing

Last week I went to the awesome Meeple Perk with Megan and we played a few games, we played Dice Forge, two games of Luchador and Castellan.

Then I was at Blood and Glory, but I will talk about that in a post I will put up later on.

And finally tonight we played a four player game of Moon-Bots as we introduced Lindsay to it.

What I am Backing

I am heavily reconsidering Council of Verona, the shipping to Europe is $25 which is more than the game costs, so I have reduced my pledge to $1 and will wait and see what the crack is and if they can bring that down at all.

I have dropped my pledge for Zombicide, I just couldn’t justify the cost for the Nostalgia Pack for what you got.

I got back home and checked over the arrived Kickstarter’s.

Ember was all there and it’s really nice, and I put everything for it into the wooden storage box. The box is a little less solid than I hoped, but that’s fine, it was reasonably priced and it does the job I want it to do.

Alhambra is sadly missing a few bits, so I have emailed Queen Games to let them know, thankfully they are all for one module, but I have absolutely everything else.

The plastic inner tray is rather thin and I am not sure it would hold up against rough treatment, and I am a little frustrated that the wooden fountain starter tiles don’t have a dedicated home in the box, but other than that it seems good.

When I got home from Blood and Glory, I returned home to Brexit:- The Real Deal, which looks really good.

What I am Cooking

Not a sausage, I just can’t manage anything right now.

What I am Spending

I did buy Severina Raine with my birthday vouchers from Megan’s parents, wanted her for some time but kept getting distracted by other stuff, but since reading Honourbound I needed to buy her pronto!

She will be part of my Millitarum Tempestus force, they are Kapic Eagles, not Duskhounds, but she will look good with them none the less.

I also picked up a set of 32mm Necromunda Bases, a Red Painting Handle, Horus Heresy Bamboo Cup and a Spray Stick, and at Blood and Glory I got a Warhammer Community Dice Tray.

Cooking Fat

Moving on from yesterday post about my being down and depressed, how about something a bit more positive for today!

So here is Cookie and Megan, Cookie was my Nana’s cat, but since she had to move into sheltered accommodation, Cookie now lives with us, he used to live with us about 10 years ago, but my Nana kind of stole him off us. 

So we already have 3 cats, Sweep Misty and Jenny, when Cookie came to live we use, we were told he had been done, this was it turned out, a lie. Cookie went on to have kittens with both Sweep and Misty, who are mother and daughter, one of those kittens was Maggie who is also currently living with us. Jenny is Mistys kitten from a few years later, so we have 5 related cats living with is right now.

Cookie and Megan have grown so close that we can’t separate them, at night Cookie sleeps wrapped around Megan’s head and he spends as much time as he can with her. Maggie however doesn’t like other cats too much so we are currently searching, without much luck thus-far for a new home for her, but Cookie won’t be going anywhere due to his bond with Megan.

One little tidbit about Cookie, his real name is Cooking Fat, my idiot uncle was his first owner and called him that, you just swap the first letters around, needless to say he just gets Cookie, or sometine Mr. Fat!

Anyway if anyone fancies a black 10 year old female cat who likes the outside a lot and is a bit of hard work, let me know!

What I am Modelling

At the moment I am modelling mostly Age of Sigmar models from the Storm of Sigmar set, I finished the Blood Warriors up and have moved onto the Liberators whom I am doing as Celestial Vindicators cause I love the colour scheme, not sure if I will stick with it for my final Stormcast colour scheme but this far I like it.

I am also working on some initial Word Bearers and you can see here on my painting table a Legion Champion/ Veteran, kitbashed from the Legion Champion kit, Wors Bearers heads and plastic MKIV Marines. Not pictured is a jump pack Chaplin I am working on.

What I am Reading

Books are still proving a chore for me at the moment and I am still working my way through Angels of Caliban from my Librarium membership in June. So far the book is quite good, I am halfway through it now, but I am finding the change in Zahariels motivation from the previous two Dark Angels books in the serious to be a bit hard to swallow.

I know it’s not serious Sci-Fi and just glorified bolter porn, but I do quite enjoy the Horus Heresy novels, probably because I enjoy the game so much, but it feels like the last vestige of action Sci-Fi novels that hasn’t been polluted by Vox Day and his awful followers.

Audiobook wise I just finished the Outcast Dead and Wolf Hunt. The first one is just a mess of continuity errors and a plot that makes little sense at times, in fact at one point when asked their motivation, one of the main characters replies “Just Because”. 

It’s a shame as it could have offered some interesting insights into the life for ordinary citizens of the Imperium and the political ongoings in the Imperial House and with the Astra Telepathica, but instead we got this mess, but it does have a Samurai Witch Hunter which is kinda cool. Too many characters without any real development time for them, a final fight that just leaves you feeling empty because characters are there and then suddenly not there, and a real anti-climax.

Wolf Hunt is a lot better and sets up a later novel a little bit as well, which is cool and I will eventually pick up that plot strand in time. It really should have been part of the Outcast Dead as it resolves the huge continuity error and ties up all the loose ends, but I suppose a short story to tie it all up is better than noting.

What I am Playing

I meant to have a game of Forbidden Island with Megan today, but my head has been hurting something rotten and it’s really hot, so I ended up having a three hour nap instead. Was a bit disappointed in that to be honest as its been a while since I have played a game.

I am also playing some Pokemon Go, I just reached Level 20 yesterday. It’s a hard game to play when you are stuck in the sticks, my village has just one Pokestop and it’s a bit of a walk away for me, so I frequently run out of Pokeballs to catch all those Weedles and Rattatas

What I am Backing

At the moment on Kickstarter I am backing Cognition #1 Mirror, Mirror. It’s a comic written by the amazingly talented Ken Reynolds, an old school friend of mine and illustrated by Sam Bentley. I backed the Issue #0 and quite enjoyed these steampunk stories of a steam powered robot with a human soul and a demoniacally possessed mouse from Victorian England.

Go ahead and give it a look, plenty of the pledge levels allow you to get issue #0 as well and the artwork is sublime.

What I am Spending

Not much this month, I have been a bit short on money having overspent in Cardiff when the good folks at Firestorm Games had a price too good to ignore for a deal with both Deathwatch Overkill, Death Masque and the Deathwatch Data Cards!

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