I think most of my friends know that I haven’t been doing well. The after effects of Covid-19, the new limitations it has placed on me and the various issues that have cropped up the past few months have really taken a toll on me.

So my friend David offered to give me a break away at his in London, and I readily took him up on the offer, despite my natural reluctance to be away from my own home.

So Lindsay and Megan dropped me off on Friday at Ferrybridge services, where David picked me up and drove me down to North London, via Warhammer World, where we popped into to grab a couple of things.

Then we made out way to Reds True Barbeque in Nottingham city centre where we enjoyed some awesome BBQ food.

We then travelled down to London where we spent a few hours chatting and stuff in David’s man cave.

As David was throwing a socially distanced BBQ shindig on Sunday, Saturday was spent gathering the required meats and stuff, and also included a trip to Leisure Games.

The evening was spent with David playing Blood Bowl 2 and me building a Nemesis Warbringer Titan as we chatted and put the worlds to right.

Sunday the BBQ happened and David’s plans popped round, a mixture of friends from politics, gaming and work. And it was a really good little party, I even got a game of Heresy in.

Lots of fun was had and perhaps the odd airsoft gun was fired!

The next day David did sleep in a bit because we were up until very late, so I was mostly on my own, but I managed to build and magnetise two Reaver Titans for Adeptus Titanicus.

After a tea of pit beans and sour bread toast, we then played a game of Adeptus Titanicus, before doing some tidying up of his hobby room, and heading to bed.

Tuesday saw Lindsay come collect me as she had to run a personal errand in the south, and we headed back up north!

I really appreciate David putting me up for the weekend, I feel super relaxed and had so much fun playing games and just sitting and chatting about stuff.

What I Am Painting

This week I really think I am getting out of my hobby slump, and feel like I can finally get a move on with my painting.

Perhaps it’s the hot weather starting to ease or just the fact that a few things in life have started to go right again, I am not sure.

Anyway I started by finishing off the Blood Ravens Intercessors, which means I am one unit off having painted all of Dark Imperium.

This brings me up to three 10 man units of Intercessors for the Blood Ravens, I still have two units left to paint, but these are armed with Stalker Bolt Rifles and Auto Bolt Rifles.

I then picked up and started work on a squad if Space Wolves Infiltrators and Ragnar Blackmane from Prophecy of the Wolf., along with a Primaris Rune Priest I am painting for Kill Team.

I managed to get the Infiltrators finished, but time crept up on me and I had to leave Ragnar and the Rune Priest for my return from London.

Whilst at David’s I built and magnetised a pair of Reaver Titans, a Vulcan Mega Bolter for Reavers and a Nemesis Warbringer Titan, all for Adeptus Titanicus.

Coming up in the painting queue we have:-

  1. Zone Mortalis Terrain
  2. Ragnar Blackmane and Primaris Rune Priest
  3. Death Korps of Krieg Infantru Squad x 10
  4. Secret Heresy Project Unit
  5. T’au Empire Strike Team x 10 & Devilfish
  6. Mortarion x 2
  7. Nighthaunt Knight of Shrouds on Ethereal Steed, Spirit Torment, Guardian of Souls & Lord Executioner
  8. Adeptus Titanicus Titans (Warhounds x 2, Reavers x 2 & Nemesis Warbringer)
  9. UCM Ships (3 Cruisers, 2 Frigates, 6 Corvettes, 2 Destroyers)
  10. Death Korps of Krieg Command Squad x 5
  11. Millitarium Tempestus Drop Force Imperator x 5

What I Am Reading

I finished listening to Avenging Son, and I did find it extremely enjoyable, quite a few story strands, all of which seemed to pay off and was a really interesting look at the beginning of the Era Indomitus.

The narrater however wasn’t the best, his voice for Roboute Guilliman was particular bad, a lot of his stuff was alright, but he just wasn’t as good as most other Black Library audio book narrators.

I then started on Sons of the Selenar, and I must admit I really missed the voice of Jonathan Keeble. It’s a great story and it’s wonderful how it links.

Still reading and enjoying Domino Strays but I got very little of that read this week.

What I Am Playing

On Sunday I played a game of Heresy against a chap whose name escapes me, but he played with Salamanders and I had my Death Guard.

Of course I lost, but it was a casual game and lots of fun was had. At the end of the game I had a single Heavy Support Squad member left on the board!

On Monday night me and David played a basic game of Adeptus Titanicus, which I also lost!

We just had very basic set ups, using my Titans because at David’s rate of painting, he may have his ready for some time in 2045!!!

My mistake was splitting my forces and sending the Warlord to try and flank the enemy, but of course it’s so slow that David was able to concentrate his entire battle group on my Reaver and Warhound.

In a particularly epic moment, my Reaver was destroyed when David’s Warhound missed my Warhound with a Plasma Blastgun and hit my Reaver instead which was already basically dead.

It then fired wildly at my Warhound doing enough damage that made it super easy for David to finish it off with his next activation.

What I Am Backing

Not backing anything right now, although I have chased up the transfer sheets from Forgotten Chapters as that should have arrived by now.

What I Am Cooking

I haven’t cooked anything all week!

What I Am Spending

I spent quite a bit this week!!!

We bought a couple bits for the car, first was a long lightning cable. There is a power socket right in the back, so we plugged in a USB adaptor there and grabbed a 3m cable so we can reach everyone in the back if they need it.

We also bought a Bluetooth FM transmitter for the car, because annoyingly it doesn’t have an aux port. This one is good because it has two USB ports and a USB-C port, so we don’t lose the ability to charge phones and power the Sat Nav.

We also bought a phone holder that attaches to the window, this is so that Lindsay can have access to Google Maps if she wishes to use that instead of the TomTom we own.

I also took advantage of TT Combats online exclusives period and ordered a Saratoga Light Cruiser to add to the one I bought when it first came out, a Pungari Thresher to add to my Shaltari and a pack of Scourge Command Cards. But I don’t expect to get them until next week.

I am getting sick and tired of anaemic oven chips and as a group we decided to get ourselves an air fryer, we had over £50 of Nectar points so, we just used them to grab it from Argos.

My order of Lexicanium Varus and Sister Tariana Palos was also dispatched, a Made to Order limited stuff order that I made at the back end of April.

I ordered one Varus for my Blood Ravens and one for mine and Megan’s Blood Angels.

On the trip to Warhammer World, I bought, a few bits, I grabbed the dice for the latest Warhammer Underworlds Expansions, Morgok’s Crushers and Morgwaeth’s Blade-Coven, a Vulcan Mega Bolter for an Adeptus Titanicus Reaver Titan and a set of transfers for my secret Heresy project.

I made an order with Element Games for the last expansion for Blackstone Fortress, Ascension, Morgok’s Krushas, Cultists of the Abyss and an Army Painter Drybrush.

I popped into Leisure Games, David’s FLGS and I bought mine and Megan’s present to Paul for his birthday, and a couple of brushes from Army Painter for myself.

So hopefully I will have that order next week.