Tag: Streaming

Back to Streaming

I started streaming again on a regular basis from Monday, it was rather fun.

I painted a unit of Necron Warriors and did some work on the Caestus Assaukt Ram.

The plan is that Mondays will be my painting night and Thursdays will be video games.

But this week I will be streaming on Wednesday as the mother-in-law is taking me out for dinner!

What I Am Modelling

Decided to try and knock out the Endless Spells and get them done.

First up was the Purple Sun of Shyish and the Malevolent Maelstrom.

The Chronomantic Cogs followed next.

And then the suffocating Gravetide.

Finally the last three spells all got finished together, those being the Geminids of Uhl-Gysh, Ravenak’s Gbashing Jaws and the Aethervoid Pendulum.

I got the Flesh Hounds and thier big bow Karanak out of the way next. Had Karanak and half the Flesh Hounds since they were released, and got the second half of the Flesh Hounds with Mortal Realms.

After that I then got the Droidekas done for the Confederacy of Independent Systems Droid army.

And General Grievous followed shortly afterwards.

I also painted the barriers for Star Wars Legion as well.

I then started work on a Caestus Assaukt Ram for my Death Guard Heresy Army, which I finished tonight.

I also painted up a unit of Necron Warriors on Stream on Monday, got them all painted fine and they will be joining my ever growing legion of the ancient scythe of the Sautekh Dynasty.

So what’s coming up next week then?

  1. Legio Custodes Vertus Praetors x 3 & Shield-Captain on Dawneagle Jetbike
  2. Adeptus Mechanicus Skitarii Rangers x 10
  3. Ork Flash Gitz x 5
  4. Adeptus Mechanicus Sicarian Ruststalkers x 5
  5. T’au Empire Pathfinders x 10
  6. Death Korps of Krieg Kill Team x 10
  7. Blades of Khorne Blood Warriors x 10
  8. Orruk Megaboss
  9. Space Wolves Primaris Battle Leader x 2, Primaris Librarian & Primaris Aggressors x 3
  10. Necron Flayed Ones x 5

What I Am Reading

Now quite finished Warhawk, but I am getting there with it.

I did listen to the last two audiobooks in the Warhammer Adventures Realm Quest series, Fortress of Ghosts and Battle for the Soulspring.

I think I will put together a few thoughts about these in a separate article later in the week.

But there were a lot of fun.

What Video Games Am I Playing

I got BioShock Infinite Burial at Sea Episode 2 finished, it was an interesting ending, but I am not sure it’s one I was 100% enamoured with.

I have also completed Donut County, which is a very very relaxing game.

I have played a bit more Far Cry 2, which is fun but at the same time highly frustrating.

I will be starting Assassins Creed at long last this Wednesday on Twitch!

I have a planned list of games I will be playing on Twitch and here is the current list of 5 games in the queue.

  1. Assassins Creed
  2. Horizon Zero Dawn
  3. Assassins Creed – The Ezio Collection
  4. Control Ultimate
  5. Assassins Creed III

What Tabletop Games Am I Playing

Not much but I did play a game of Carcassonne: Winter Edition with the girls and Mary & Paul.

What I Am Creating

I uploaded my playthrough of BioShock Infinite Burial at Sea Episode 2, which is further up in this article.

I also made a concept video for a new show I am planing on running.

The feedback on it is encouraging so a pilot is going out this coming Sunday.

What Am I Spending

I did grab a couple of cables to allow me to plug my headset into my PC.

It’s quite far away from my seat, so I needed a long extension.

Lindsay has been quietly seething when I am in the room and watching YouTube when she is working, so I am under orders to now use headphones during the day.

I grabbed a few bits from Element Games including a Noctilith Crown.

I also bought myself the Specialists DLC for Warhammer 40,000: Gladius.

  • Mood:- Rough
  • Caffeinated Beverages Consumed:- 5
  • In My Ears:- Knights of Cydonia Muse
  • Tabletop Game Last Played:- Carcassonne: Winter Edition
  • Video Game Last Played:- Forza Horizon 5
  • Book Last Read:- Warhawk
  • Movie/TV Show Last Viewed:- Another Life
  • Current State of Projects:- Vertus Praetors and Riders have got their first base coat on and that’s been washed.

A Few Gloomy Weeks

The past few weeks have been very poor for me mood wise, the temperature, and generally other life anxieties have got me very glum.

Not the mention the two times the Covid App has pinged me and made me self-isolate.

When thinking about it, I haven’t been right since the chair broke, I think that really knocked my confidence, the way Lindsay and another friend said it was my own fault it happened. Made me feel like an idiot and a fat mess, and I haven’t been really able to feel very happy since then.

I am gonna try and sort myself out though, and I am actually gonna buy a decent chair at some point in the future.


Finally got Dominion, I know it’s had a mixed response, but I have been looking forward to this box so much!

I picked it up at a Midnight launch along with a copy of the Generals Handbook, and the three new paints!

I have gotten the Stormcast side all built and plan to get them painted as soon as possible.

I am not sure what I will do with the Greenskin side, I already have some Ironjawz from Mortal Realms, so I am thinking a Big Waaagh!!! army with elements from all three major tribes of Orruks.

The Kruleboyz don’t really do it for me that much, but aspects of them are quite cool.

3D Printer

This month I acquired a 3D Printer, a Monoprice MP Mini SLA, a resin printer, when I was actually banned from buying one!

Anyway it’s a lovely little machine and only cost me £50, but it a great little starter machine.

I got it set up where the Inkjet printer used to go in the studio, alongside a curing chamber.

I did print some skeletons but they didn’t come out all that well, but I haven’t had the confidence to try again, I might do this week.

Streaming Setup

Thanks to sponsors, I have made some major upgrades to my streamings setup, so much of setup has been replaced, upgraded or added to its unreal.

Got a video about that coming hopefully Friday!

What I Am Modelling

Painted a Vulturax for my 30k Mechanicum army.

Came together really quickly and a part of me is kinda wondering if it needs something more.

After that I painted myself a Squad of Krieg Infantry for myself.

And then I painted the big Ork himself, Makari and his pal Gazkhull Thraka.

I then worked on some Evocators and a Lord-Arcanum on Celestial Dracolines.

I then began to work on some Dreadnoughts for my Custodes. Starting with a Venerable Contemptor.

Followed by a Telemon, which is fully magnetised, along with one of each gun and two Caestus close combat weapons.

And I finished up with the Contemptor-Aquilius.

I am gonna paint the Grimghast Reapers x 10 & Garkorr next for an easy win.

  1. Zone Mortalis Terrain
  2. Niki’s Death Korps of Krieg
  3. Flesh-Eater Court Crypt-Flayers x 3
  4. Stormcast Eternals Judicators with Boltstorm Crossbows x 10
  5. Necron Canoptek Wraiths x 6
  6. Nighthaunt Grimghast Reapers x 10 & Garkorr
  7. Blackstone Fortress Beastmen x 6
  8. Sylas Beastbane, Leena Stormspire & Berek the Indomitable
  9. Necron Lychguard with Warscythes x 5
  10. Death Korps of Krieg Infantry Squad x 10

What I Am Reading

Very slow, the whole depression feeling down thing has gotten me struggling to read, so I have only read a little bit of Target Kree by Stuart Moore.

And I have gotten most of the way through the audiobook of Mortis and should finish that in the next few days.

What I Am Playing

No tabletop games, just some video games, which has mostly been Forza Horizon 4.

I have managed to buy Bamburgh Castle and have now reached level 200.

What I Am Creating

I have published a new episode of Edge of Empire, and have plans for some new episodes of The Hobby Studio.

And I published a video of an unboxing and review of an adaptor to allow you to use GameCube and Wii/Wii U Classic controllers with PC and Switch.

What I Am Backing

I backed the GURPS 2021 PDF Challenge, which successfully funded.

And I am now in the pledge manager for The Isle of Cats: Don’t Forget the Kittens, and have selected what I want.

I am giving serious thoughts to backing Orlog, the Assassins Creed dice game.

What I Am Cooking

I tried to cook something tonight, but the anxiety over getting it wrong ended with me throwing up, and we ordered in a pizza instead.

First Week of Streaming

It’s gone ok, few teething issues, like I got to make sure the video capture card is working before I start.

And I have sat down and started on refining the sound quality as it’s not been the best, think I need to put headphones on for the in game sounds so it’s not picked up on by the microphone.

So that’s been put into motion and I have ordered a headset for gaming and a new Xbox Controller to allow me to use it.

The Switch is simple as all I have to do it plug in my headset.

Gonna get Megan’s help to take some publicity photos and I am really gonna start on the promo work this next week.

Right now I just wanna get it working first.

What I Am Modelling

I started the week off by painting Grashrak’s Despoilers for Beastgrave which were a lot of fun to paint.

Beasts of Chaos are amazing, and I would love to paint a full army of them, but I really don’t have the space for another army.

I then wanted to paint Skaeth’s Wild Hunt but annoyingly the second layer I wanted to do, well the paint had completely dried up!

So a new pot of Flayed One Flesh had to be bought, which was acquired by Megan on Thursday.

I painted up the MV71 Sniper Drones and Firesight Marksman for my T’au Empire, these got done fairly quickly and were in fact a joy to paint.

Whilst waiting for the Flayed One Flesh, I painted some Ork Nobz, I promised this to another streamer, Cerantis, who is sorting out some Ork models to be donated to a young lad battling Leukaemia.

I also worked on a Warboss and Mekboy Workshop for him, and the Warboss was finished on Saturday.

With the Flayed One Flesh in hand I was able to make more progress on Skaeth’s Wild Hunt, they took a little while to do and were quite a different type of unit than I have done before.

And my first time using clear paints too, which are very interesting to work with.

I then picked up a T’au Empire Strike team and started painting them, getting the drones finished on Sunday night.

So what’s coming up next then?

  1. Zone Mortalis Terrain
  2. T’au Strike Team x 10
  3. Death Korps of Krieg Engineers x 10 & Hades Breaching Drill
  4. Secret Heresy Project Unit
  5. Nighthaunt Dreadscythe Harridans x 20
  6. Space Wolves Swiftclaws x 3
  7. Palanite Subjugators x 6, Enforcers x 5 & Ambots x 2
  8. Stormcast Eternals Lord-Aquilor, Lord-Exorcist & Gryph-Hounds x 6
  9. Blood Ravens Intercessors with Stalker Bolt Rifles x 10
  10. Death Korps Krieg Grenediers x 12

What I Am Reading

Not as much as I would have liked to, and I got none of my book read at all 🙁

I did finally get around to listening to the audio book of Lion El’Jonson: Lord of the First, which was fairly interesting.

What I Am Playing

We had a game of Star Trek Adventures again on Wednesday and this time Lindsay and Megan were able to join in.

Our ship was escorting a Vorta prisoner to an exchange with the Dominon when it was seemingly sabotaged.

Unfortunately power and connection issues for our GM Chris meant that we had a bit more downtime than I think we all would have liked.

Video game wise, I started the week by starting The Witcher III: Wild Hunt on the Xbox One, which I am streaming and you can see that below.

And on Friday I started a play through of BioShock: The Collection, again I will pop the videos below.

What I Am Backing

Not backing anything now, but I did complete the survey for The Rival Networks.

What I Am Cooking

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!

I know people will accuse me of being a sheep and all that, but I just like the way iPhones and iOS works.

Plus at this point I am pretty solidly bought into the whole iOS ecosystem, having an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and AirPods!

Anyway I got the 128gb model in green.

I did place a small order with Element Games, I bought some Open Engine War Cards for Adeptus Titanicus, a pot of Grey Seer, an Army Painter Character Brush and a pot of Turbo Dorks Shell-Shocked.

And myself and Megan made an order for some Razorwire Energy drink powder.

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.

Streaming Schedule Finalised

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.

What I Am Modelling

I started the week by building the Ambots for Necromunda, and then I built the Palanite Enforcers and Subjugators from Dark Uprising.

Whilst playing Star Trek Adventures on Wednesday night, I finished off painting the Palanite Enforcers Patrol, and then got transfers on them Thursday morning.

I then placed a T’au Stealth Team and Commander in XV86 Coldstar armour on my painting table, along with the Marketlight Drone and Homing Beacon from the Stealth Team.

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?

  1. Zone Mortalis Terrain
  2. Grashrak’s Despoilers x 6 & Skaeth’s Wild Hunt x 5
  3. T’au Strike Team x 10 & Sniper Drone Team
  4. Death Korps of Krieg Engineers x 10 & Hades Breaching Drill
  5. Secret Heresy Project Unit
  6. Nighthaunt Dradscythe Harridans x 20
  7. Space Wolves Swiftclaws x 3
  8. Palanite Subjugators x 6 & Enforcers x 5
  9. Stormcast Eternals Lord-Aquior, Lord-Exorcist & Gryph-Hounds x 6
  10. Blood Ravens Intercessors with Stalker Bolt Rifles x 10

What I Am Reading

I finished Doom of Fallowhearth, and you can read my review here.

I started on The Last Ritual by S A Sidor, which is an Arkham Horror book.

What I Am Playing

A bit of Star Wars: Squadrons which I am really enjoying, even been streaming a bit of it too.

I joined the Mills brothers for the conclusion to our Star Trek Adventures game on Roll20. We saved the planet and didn’t destroy the Cardassian Space Station in the process.

It got really tense and came down to the last rolls of the game, we needed four successes with four dice, and we just pulled it off!

What I Am Backing

No projects in the pipeline at the minute, but I completed the survey for

I also finally got my transfers for Forgotten Chapters, these are really lovely and I can’t wait to get them onto my Sisters of Battle models.

What Am I Cooking

On Thursday I made burgers, but in a nod to depression era recipes, 25% of the meat was replaced by onion.

This makes them very flavourful, although Megan hates the idea of them and had a vegan burger instead.

What I Am Spending

I didn’t go mad on Prime Day, mostly because I am saving towards a new graphics card.

I did pick up an Echo Dot 3rd Generation for Lindsay’s Office, but she took over that and paid for it, so I didn’t spend the money.

And for myself I got a third party dock for the Switch, so when streaming from that I don’t need to take down the main dock from upstairs.

In the Sega 60th Anniversary sale on Steam, in indulged and bought the Sega Mega Drive Classics collection of 57 games and Sonic CD, which cost me a bit over £6.

At some point I plan to play though the 3 Mega Drive Sonic games and Sonic CD, my only disappointment is that Knuckles Chaotix has yet to be ported to anything at all.

I also managed to grab a Servants of the Abyss sprue to complete my Blackstone Fortress collection.

  • Mood:- Satisfied
  • Caffeinated Beverages Consumed:- 5
  • In My Ears:-
  • Tabletop Game Last Played:- Star Trek Adventures
  • Video Game Lat Played:- Star Wars Squadron
  • Book Last Read:- The Last Ritual- S A Sidor
  • Movie/TV Show Last Viewed:- Glee
  • Current State of Projects:- Grashrak’s Despoilers 50 % done, Mekboy Workshop 10% done, Ork Nobz and Warboss primed
  • Graphics Card Fund:- £40– 20%

Super Mario World Stream

I had a Mega Drive as a child and didn’t have access to a SNES, so this is my first time playing Super Mario World, I do very very badly, but I think its a game I have to play and complete.

Played a few days ago, but forgot to upload it until now.

I used a SNES Classic Mini t to play this on.

Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting Stream

Further testing of the streaming set up by playing Street Fighter II Tubro: Hyper Fighting on the SNES Mini

Super Mario Kart Stream

Testing out the streaming capability I have from my PC for the first time by playing Super Mario Kart on the SNES Mini.

50cc Mushroom Cup with Luigi!

Cheap HDMI Video Capture with Loop

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.

Streaming Again

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.

You can find my Twitch channel right here, and I have installed a plugin to this website so it will show when I am active.

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?

  1. Zone Mortalis Terrain
  2. Ragnar Blackmane
  3. Death Korps of Krieg Infantry Squad x 10
  4. Secret Heresy Project Unit
  5. T’au Strike Team x 10, Cadre Fireblade & 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 (4 Cruisers, 4 Frigates, 6 Corvettes, 2 Destroyers)
  10. Death Korps of Krieg Command Squad x 5

What I Am Reading

I finished Domino Strays by Tristan Palgren, and I really enjoyed it. A fantastic look at the leader of the Hotshots, and you can read my full review here.

What I Am Playing

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.

Still have the Chai: High Tea survey to complete soon.

What I Am Cooking

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!

What I Am Spending

Because I have two beds, but only one Apple Watch charger I bought a new Apple Watch Charger, but it’s also got an integrated Lightning Cable so I can charge both my iPhone and Apple Watch from one charger.

I also got a new webcam mount, I have been asked to do do some more live streaming so figured that I needed a better and less obtrusive way of mounting the camera above my desk, so trying this out.

For my other bedside I have bought a proper combined dock to charge my iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods together, along with a QC 3.0 adaptor to power it and provide a charging output for my iPad.

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.

And having decided to make my gang focus for Necromunda the Escher, I ordered a set of Escher Dice from Games Workshop.

Was tempted to grab Goliath Dice at the same time, but I really don’t think I fancy painting Goliath again, I just didn’t enjoy them.

My order from Element Games arrived and as I said last week, it was Ascension, the last Blackstone Fortress expansion, Cultists of the Abyss and Morgok’s Krushas.

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.

We also noticed at the same time you could get a 3rd Gen Echo Dot for 99p if you took out a month of Amazon Music Unlimited for £7.99.

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.

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