A couple of week I was offered the chance to go to Insomnia and show off some board and card games, so I leapt at the chance.
I have registered with the DWP to do this as permitted work, and work within the rules allowed by my ESA.
The reason I do this, is because one day, I want to return to work, be it part time or full time, and whilst I cannot manage it today, I like to keep myself busy and doing very casual occasional work helps me with that.
I got handed an 8BitDo SN30 Pro on the way out of the hall, apparently a magazine was handing them out for free.
Which is cool cause I was thinking of getting one.
That night back at the hotel, the dreadful Birmingham Jury’s Inn, I got stuck in the lift for 5 minutes had a Five Guys burger and then hit the hay after building a couple of models.
On Saturday I mostly demoed Just One, which is cool cause I love that game. I was a bit late to the NEC cause I got stuck in the lift for 25 minutes 🙁
Afterward on the train we discussed the name of the bread product and our favourite takeaway, and then headed out to Wagamamas for dinner.
After that I headed back to my room cause I had a meeting about the formation of the Baha’i LSA for Chester-le-Street, and I built a few more models.
Sunday I spent the day demoing Dobble and Cobra Paw on the Special Effects stand, which is awesome cause I love that charity and the awesome cause they support.
It left me exhausted but I am so glad I did it, although I wish I had taken some photos at the event
The Warhound Scout Titan
All my efforts right now are on building and painting the Warhound.
I built it on the Monday night, it took a lot of effort and 6 1/2 hours but it was done!
I wanted to prime it Tuesday but the weather was against me, until about 6pm and I managed to get it primed with a black primer.
After that I took out the airbrush and painted on some Leadbelacher, and then washed it with Nuln Oil.
Then I washed the metals with Agrax Earthshade and gave the whole thing a drybrush with Runefang Steel Air (I have found that thinned down paints are great for drybrushing with)
The areas to be good were then airbrushed with Vallejo Polished Gold, followed by a Angron Red Clear, which ended up with three layers of it.
Areas to be yellow got a coat of Iron Hands Steel, followed by Runfang Steel and then three coats of Sigismund Yellow Clear.
At this point the red is done after a coat last night and the yellow needs one more coat, but I have started to put some trim into the armour panels.
I got most of the armour panels done next, masking the yellow with masking tape and then airbrushing Abandon Black Air over it.
The next step was finishing the skeleton, where I basically got the decorative parts done in gold and then painted Runefang Steel on the pistons and added some Seraphim Sepia to give it an oily effect.
The trim was Retributor Armour then washed with Agrax Earthshade and then highlighted with Liberator Gold. I then added the basing material which is a mixture of Bird Sand and Bird Grit from Wilkos, which I then airbrushed with Mournfang Brown Air, using a brush to get the parts near the actual Titan.
So Friday night I just went right though the night and got the bad boy finished and and put together, so I am very super happy about the whole thing.
The name I am giving it for now is Ignis Volare, which is “High Gothic” for Firefly.
Gonna try and give it a spin with my Mechanicum next week when the current issue is overcome.
Covid has reared its ugly head again, on Friday afternoon my eyes started getting sore and my nose was runny as hell, I believed it was hayfever, so thought nowt of it.
I did have an LSA meeting that night and so took an LFT to be safe as some of my fellow members are getting on and may not be able to handle it as well as some others, plus mixing with people, its just plain sensible. Anyway the test was negative.
I stayed up Friday night working on my Warhound and slowly started developing a nasty cough and by morning I was the walking dead, so I decided after a short nap to take an LFT and this time it was positive and it developed positively very quickly.
Anyway so very quickly Lindsay and Megan both came down with it, and Megans mum tested positive too. We think that we picked it up at the pub on Tuesday when we went for dinner, the barman was coughing, not a lot, so he probably wasn’t that unwell.
Ah it sucks and the doctors can’t give me anything but I have just made it clear I have to depend on my CPAP and Lemsip, which sucks. They did say if I had gotten in touch on Friday I could have had some antivirals, but they don’t prescribe them after three days.
So I am, stuck at home for now and really struggling to breath.
What I am Modelling
Well most of it was taken up by the Warhound but I have modelled a few other bits.
First up I got a bunch of stuff built and now primed so I have a ton of stuff to paint now thats ready to go.
I got some Necron warriors and Canoptek Scarabs done.
And then I concentrated on getting some scenery for my Imperium board done, starting with some Thermic Plasma Regulators.
So I am gonna write about something, controversial, well I don’t think it’s controversial personally.
I want to write about the US swimmer Lia Thomas, whom you may have seen featured in hate filed articles arguing that as a biological male, she has no right to compete against cis women.
I saw a meme that made a big deal about the fact that in the 2020-21 season, she ranked 462nd amongst males.
But you see that got me wondering, she had to be on oestrogen for a full 12 months before she could compete as a woman. So that means in the 2020-21 season she was competing against cis men whilst on oestrogen.
Oestrogens biggest impact on a person assigned male at birth, is the extremely quick reduction in muscle mass, it drops off you very quickly.
What this means is that you have a denser bone structure that you need to work harder to make work, so against cis men, and even against cis women, you would find yourself at a disadvantage.
So how did Lia perform in the last season she competed in, prior to oestrogen treatment.
Well the answer is available for all to see, she was in the 500, 1000 and 1650 freestyle events, number 1, not simply good, she was the best amongst men in the entire US.
Her times when she swam before her transition were exceptional, I mean they were incredible.
She was an exceptional swimmer when competing as a man, and is an exceptional swimmer when competing as a woman.
What this says to me is that it’s not about her being a mediocre man who changed sex to win medal, but that she is simply a good swimmer no matter how she competes.
It reminded me of a US army study that looked at trans women in training. After being on oestrogen, they did have an advantage over the average cis woman, 12% to be precise.
However, the average elite level female runner is 29% better than the average cis woman, and none of the studies participants even reached that level.
Now I conceded, the research done into trans woman’s participation in sport is limited, and the conclusions are not quite conclusive either way.
But so far the evidence suggests that trans women are less likely to be as good as other cis athletes in their ability level.
But contrary to what people say, trans women aren’t dominating woman’s sport, far from it.
Lia Thomas is simply an exceptionally good swimmer, she has demonstrated it in both gender categories by dominating them.
So frankly I think it’s more likely that like Michael Phelps, she may have genetic differences that simply make her better at swimming.
What I Am Modelling
I painted the Pathfinder Team for my T’au Empire.
After that I finished Darkstrider.
A Thermo-Exchanger Shrine got bought earlier in the week and painted up on Sunday night to add to the Company of Legends terrain.
After this I competed a unit of Deathmarks for my Necrons.
I then turned my attention to the Skitarii Rangers that I needed for a battle report.
Currently on my painting desk are some Primaris Suppressors for the Ultramarines.
So what’s coming up next week?
Ork Kommandos Kill Team x 12
Corpse Grinder Cult x 15
Blood Bowl Referees x 2
Blood Angels Primaris Lieutenant, Librarian in Phobos Armour & Assault Intercessors x 8