On Monday I cooked us all an omelette for our “together breakfast”. Normally this is Sunday morning but this week it was Monday as Lindsay and Megan were helping Jane sort some stuff out for the Newcastle Mutual Aid group to pull together some food to help sort out food parcels for kids over half term.
It was just a big cheese one, not fancy but it was nice.
What I Am Spending
I caved, and I decided to swap out my iPhone 11 for an iPhone 12!
We had a 20% off voucher and ordered a bundle of two 60 serving tubs, with apple and cherry flavours and a shaker, a 30 serving tub of raspberry and a sample of tropical.
This should get delivered on Tuesday as it took us over the limit for free delivery with DPD.
I also made a leap and ordered a new headset for gaming, my budget was very limited so I got a Razer Kraken X, this got delivered on Monday and hopefully this will help me deal with the sound issues that are irritating me on the streams.
And so that I can actually use the headset with the Xbox I ordered a refurbished Xbox One Controller from eBay which hopefully should arrive in the next week.
My mouse is also dying so a cheap replacement to get me by until I can afford a decent one was ordered. I got it for £13, should have been £18 but Amazon had a £5 off voucher deal for it.
It’s nice cause of the RGB effects, but it’s very much a get me by until I get a proper decent one.
I also ordered a HDMI Extractor, because it turns out the Switch doesn’t allow me to output sound to both the HDMI and the headset at the same time, so that was ordered and should replace my current HDMI splitter as well.
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.
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
I got a cheap £13.99 Video Capture with Loop from Amazon, it cost me £13.99, but will it work and is it any good??? I unboxing and give it a try playing Street Fighter II Turbo on the SNES Mini. Available here from Amazon.
Weirdly I have been asked a few times, when I will be streaming some painting again, and I guess the answer is soon.
I have no idea why, but people seemed to like the 24 hour painting stream, so I am setting up to do a bit of streaming in a personal capacity.
Takes a little setting up, but I have Streamlabs OBS running about how I want it to, picked a theme and if it works I guess I will be getting a custom one made using Fiverr.
I am not aiming to be a full time professional to make money out of streaming, but it is nice to do it and I guess it will help motivate me.
And I suppose I will even stream games sometimes too!
So I spent a bit of time on Saturday sorting out the basics, set up the new webcam mount and got it more or less in the right position.
My PC seems capable of streaming painting which is good, I am only streaming in 720p at 30 fps as I don’t think it could do 1080p however.
The biggest thing I need to work out is a schedule, because there are things I do that happen on certain days, although not every week.
Currently, Tuesdays is Durham Raiders, Wednesday we have a mini quiz with Megan’s parents, Thursday is a reciting night for Edge or Empire and RPG night.
So this leaves, Sunday, Monday, Friday and Saturday. I had considered streaming for two hours on Sundays, Mondays and Fridays, but Megan is concerned that this leaves little time for me to spend with her and Lindsay in the evenings.
Although I would point out that not every one of those nights I will actually do the things set aside for.
So right now I am thinking Monday and Friday to start off with, and see how that works, probably from 8pm to 10pm.
I have decided that I am going to go in with the aim of eventually becoming a Twitch Affiliate, might as well aim high, so I am going to live stream only on Twitch and upload the videos to YouTube 24 hours later.
My PC long term is in need to an upgrade, when I bought it, I got the cheapest components possible and sadly it can barely run Football Manager, so if I want to stream PC game’s, that’s gonna need an upgrade.
But a new PC has been in the horizon for a while now and I think I am gonna start assembling the parts for that in the next few months.
I will have to do it on a budget, but I will be aiming to make it ok on a mid level budget. Get it up and running first before later adding better components.
In the meantime I think I will do some console streaming and I have purchased a cheap HDMI capture card to help with this.
As part of getting things set up I did some reorganisation in the office to match what the girls did whilst I was in London, they basically relocated the stuff on top of my unit to place Lindsay’s printer there.
So I moved the new office Echo next to there, simply because it’s a much more central location and it’s going to have a much better reach around the room.
I also installed the BT Premium Whole Home Disc as well, the plan is to get that fully set up in the next couple of days, but for now I have it installed and ready to be hooked up and set up.
We have had these discs quite a while now as I was testing some firmware updating ability for BT and how it worked with Sky Broadand.
The bloody bunny however decided to munch through the cable for the second disc, luckily I had a universal power adaptor sitting in my wires drawer (every man has one) and I was able to use this to power the second disc.
I was gonna wait until Monday to get it all set up, but in the end decided to just crack on, took a couple of hours but pretty much every device in the house is now online with it.
The exceptions being the Ring doorbell, the AppKettle and the Switch Lite, as none of these devices actually wanted to connect to the Whole Home system.
What I Am Modelling
I started the week by building my remaining Titans, two Warhounds, and got them fully magnetised.
I also built my UCM starter fleet, which was built as two Madrid’s, a New Cairo, two Toulon’s and two Taipei’s, plus I built the Saratoga, the six Santiago’s, and two Kiev’s.
Because I have been busy sorting out the office and tinkering round the house, I haven’t got much painted this week, but today I did manage to finish the Primaris Rune Priest I have for Kill Team.
Origianly when I was builfing the Fangs of Ulfrich as my main Kill Team, I decided I would keep them seperate from my full size 40k and base them differently, and this carried through to the Rune Priest that came in the Astartes Commander Pack.
I do kinda regret this now, because I have since started adding a few Primaris units to the Space Wolves.
I am going to focus and tomorrow I am going to put some real effort into painting Ragnar Blackmane and getting him finished.
So heading into next week what’s my painting queue look like?
Zone Mortalis Terrain
Death Korps of Krieg Infantry Squad x 10
Secret Heresy Project Unit
T’au Strike Team x 10, Cadre Fireblade & Devilfish
Mortarion x 2
Nighthaunt Knight of Shrouds on Ethereal Steed, Spirit Torment, Guardian of Souls, & Lord Executioner
Adeptus Titanicus Titans (Warhounds x 2, Reavers x 2 & Nemesis Warbringer)
Myself, and the three Mills brothers played a session of Star Trek Adventures by Modipus over Roll20.
Because Megan’s signal was awful she wasn’t able to join us as planned, so I took on her role, and Lindsay sadly was not feeling up to joining us either.
Was a great session in which we took part in the last battle of the Dominion War, abs now we are on our way to assist a distant Cardassian colony which is being massacred by the Jen’Hadar.
I played the intro mission for Warhammer 40,000 Mechanicus earlier in the week, but since then Lindsay has been monopolising the Switch Lite, and Megan is away down south with the full Switch, so I haven’t had a chance to pay any of it since.
As an aside, I have set changed my bullet points at the bottom of my articles, and now have split Last Game Played into Last Tabletop Game Played and Last Video Game Played, just because I am trying to play more video games and I think this will help motivate me.
What I Am Backing
Not backing anything at the moment, but my BackerKit for Car Wars Sixth Edition was completed and I ended up adding Miniatures Set 2 and 4 to compete the collection plus the wreaks.
I have serious thought to getting the 2nd neoprene mat, but I am already getting the 1st and 2nd mat in my pledge and those link together quite well already.
I did make some slow cooked beans on Thursday, they weren’t much, just a couple of tins of baked beans, some sliced mushrooms, smoked sausage, half an onion, a bit of pancetta and a splash of Kansas City BBQ sauce.
They were nice, and would have been great with toast, but my bread was mouldy 🙁
Didn’t get a photo as I was in a hurry to get to our game of Star Trek Adventures!
On Saturday I made some Indian Spiced Chicken Wings, served with pilau rice, naan bread, and garlic and salt purple sprouting broccoli and fine beans made by Lindsay.
These were really simple to make, they were just tossed in oil, then tossed in a spice mix and then baked in the oven for 40 minutes.
Utterly delicious and will be getting made again, but I may make a tamarind dipping sauce to go with them next time.
I ended up cooking again tonight, but that was less involved and was just some quarter-pounders from Sainburys baked in the oven, with some Emmental melted on top and a side of french fries made in the air firer.
I think I have operation of the air-firer down, and soon will start branching out beyond chips, I have a desire to make southern fried chicken in it!
I was so impressed with it, I ordered a second one with a slightly different QC 3.0 plug for my other bedside. This plug is white and has a PD port on it, its the same listing as the first one, just different configuration. So I got a USB-C to USB-C cable to power it from the PD port, and now I can use the other two QC 3.0 ports to charge my power bank, and my iPad Mini
The order I made with TT Combat last week arrived, so now I have some Command Cards for the Scourge fleet, a Saratoga Light Cruiser and a Pungari Thresher.
I won a £250 voucher for Canary Wharf earlier in the year and finally was able to use it, but calling up Canary Wharf and asking them to extend it, they suggested contacting Curry’s PC World to see if they would let me order over the phone.
And well they did, they swapped out the generic Canary Wharf voucher for a Curry’s PC World one, which allowed me to make a big purchase online.
I bought myself some Apple EarPods, some games for the Nintendo Switch, Warhammer 40,000 Mechanicus, Borderlands Legendary Collection, The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening and Bioshock The Collection.
I also got a new Dolce Guato coffee maker for Lindsay and Professor Layton’s Mystery Journal on Switch for Megan.
I also got round to picking up my Snotling Dice from Battle Bunker, and ended up ordering a few more bits, specifically the Escher Gang Tactics Cards, Zone Mortalis Gang Tactics Cards, some Leadbelcher and Morgwaeth’s Blade-Coven, so I expect I will get those next week at some point.
The 1st Gen Echo Dot in the office is kinda rubbish and listening to music and podcasts on it isn’t a fun experience as the speaker is so small and tinny. So we ordered an Echo speaker, seeing as it was on offer, and this arrived on Sunday and now lives next to Lindsay’s printer.
This 99p Echo Dot is going to go to Megan’s parents house, as Geoff really wants one, and will be joined by the 1st Gen Echo Dot which will be set up next to Geoff’s PC.
This way Jane can easily get in touch with Geoff and he has no longer got an excuse to say he didn’t hear her calling him down for tea!
And being a sucker for a bargain, I noticed that Half Moon Bay were offering a Warhammer Mystery Box with £50 worth of stuff for £25, plus I had a 20% off voucher and thus got it for £20.
In this I got a Space Wolves Tankard Mug, a glass tankard, a tin plate, a Stormcast Eternals fridge magnet bottle opener, a metallic bowl, a Stormcast Eternals coaster, and a Stormcast Eternals pin badge.
Value worked out to be roughly £65!
I also did an unboxing video for it, which you can see here below.
I have also purchased a super cheap HDMI video capture card, I went for the slight more expensive one that has a loop, this way I can hook up whatever console I am using and output it to a screen and thus avoid any latency issues.
I also figure if I try to go back to a three monitor setup on the desk I share with Megan, she may have serious objections, and so I have gone and bought a dirt cheap HDMI switch so I can hook up my monitor to console and still capture the footage without any latency.
I just hope my PC can support it all, otherwise I will have to borrow one of the girls laptops if I want to do that.