Monday, February 24, 2014

Flock it

Because once my new cycle of chemotherapy kicks in I will probably not be up to any face-to-face gaming  . . . (the fatigue is really devastating) . . . I have been working on getting my 18th century troops refurbished so that I can have two opponents (Saxe-Bearstein and the vile Stagonians) available for solo play.

This has involved some reorganization, some re-painting, much new painting and a lot of re-basing.  In fact I now have over 300 troop bases to flock . . . and a tedious job it will be . . . but when I'm done I will have a nice pair of armies to use for solo gaming . . . well I will once I've re-written my "Tricorne Wars" rules for solo gaming.

And for those who are interested, no I have not given up on my ECW project.  But there are many hundreds of figures that need to be readied, painted, based and flocked yet . . . and even then I will only have one side (Royalist, of course) so it wouldn't be available for solo play . . . but it will give me something else to do during chemo recovery time.

On another note, my solo "dungeon delves" continue.  I'm finding them interesting since I never know what will happen next . . . and they don't take much time or energy to play out.

Speaking of "out" . . . we need to stay "in" for a while.  Our part of Vancouver Island (off the west coast of Canada for those who don't know) generally only sees one or two snow days a year . . . but we are currently in our third day of continuous snow.  We have about 8" (20 cm) currently on the ground and are supposed to get another 6" (15 cm) today.  Yes, I know that these are not devastating depths for many areas but we are not used to them.

I hope that things are better in your part of the world.

-- Jeff

14 comments:

Adam Carriere said...

Good luck with your gaming and continuing treatment

Prince Lupus said...

All periods have some interest but you can't beat a game with tricorns

Ross Mac rmacfa@gmail.com said...

Sounds like a managable plan. I hope you have someone lined up to clear the snow for you.

Bluebear Jeff said...

One of our neighbors kindly cleared it before I got up (around 11am) . . . but it is piling up again and we have to go out for a medical appointment soon.

And it is snowing much more heavily now . . . *sigh*.


-- Jeff

El Grego said...

Stay safe, Jeff! It is raining this far south in the Puget Sound; just missed the snow.

Paul Robinson said...

Flock gets everywhere. You flock then shower and yet still find flock where you shouldn't. Or is that just me?

Good to see that things are progressing for you Jeff.

Fitz-Badger said...

Best wishes on the chemotherapy!
Any gaming or hobby stuff you are able to do is good. I even enjoy thinking about and planning projects. Your dungeon delves are fun to follow. As for flocking and basing and such, for me at least, sometimes those kinds of tasks that take little thought are a nice distraction. Pop in some music or a podcast and I can be lost in it for a couple of hours (I can't do things like that while watching a movie though, needs different glasses. ha ha)

Scott Bowman said...

Best of luck with your flocking! Its actually part of the mini I enjoy doing, as it means I'v finished! ;-)

Wishing you well for your ongoing treatment, stay strong!

I think you hit the nail on the head with 'not used to it'... I recall back in the UK, the few days it actually snowed usually caused absolute chaos, simply because the area is not really geared up to deal with it... Take care!

tradgardmastare said...

All the very best from all of us in the Duchy of Tradgardland for the forthcoming chemo.
Keep by the fire and enjoy looking out at the winter wonderland around you.
Your basing will be so worth it in the end.Many good games ahead I'll venture for those chaps...

Bluebear Jeff said...

Well I got 7 units (42 bases) flocked on Monday night . . . and the snow finally seems to have stopped too.


-- Jeff

Springinsfeld said...

Yes, best of luck with the flocking and chemo. I have visited your island many moons ago to visit my late uncle (in Qualicum Beach)and seem to remember it being particularly hot in the summer.
All the best
Mike

MurdocK said...

Flock it up Jeff!

I'll have the first 4 units of pike and shotte ready by the end of the week ... more to come on ECW.

I'd come down to dig, yet need to dig out myself first - no plowing here so far ...

Bluebear Jeff said...

Update -- I have now flocked 18 of the 40 units that I have to flock . . . so I am almost half way there.


-- Jeff

D.P.D said...

Best wishes with your treatments.