Saturday, September 24, 2016

Impending retirement

In less than a month I will be done with work.  That means my extra curricular projects, which had depended on my having something resembling energy at the end of a long day, will get a boost.

In that spirit, I am setting some objectives for now to 2019.  This is the hobby list only!  I have lots of other real life things like getting my Italian up to scratch.  Here we go!

By June 2019:

  • Start running regular sessions of a Renaissance Florence GURPS campaign.  This can start purely pen and paper without computer support, but will be platform one for my GURPS software projects.
  • Release version 1 of my GURPS Character Management Tool on a platform that is web-accessible to my players.  Must be able to create and update characters for the Renaissance game.
  • Rebase my 10mm WWII to smaller infantry bases and start gaming with a set of company-level rules.
  • Start regular games used Might and Reason with my 10mm Imagination figures.  No rebasing allowed.
  • Play at least one WWII East Front game all the way through.  It probably won't be FiTE, but the Columbia East Front is a good candidate.
  • Paint my 1:3000 late C19 naval and play at least one game.
By December 2019
  • At least two significant enhancements to the GURPS tools including session-time ref and player features.
  • Prepare a system neutral sourcebook for central Italy in the renaissance.
  • Paint a significant proportion of my 25mm Perry Wars of the Roses and RPG figures for the Renaissance game,
  • Paint my 6mm Wars of the Roses and base for Impetus as Italian armies.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A resource for refugee sponsorship in Canada

Sorry if this is kind of spam, I don't want to loose track of it

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Well, the sorting and stacking worked out.  No miniatures parted with, but over 60kg of junk to the landfill and the room in a state where the cleaners are able to keep it reasonably dust-free.

I have not since returned to gaming, although I am looking at painting a couple of 28mm figures over the next few weeks as a form of relaxation.  If I do, I will post the results here.

Most of my free time has shifted to work at the church - Saint Vincent de Paul, choir, Alpha - and spending time with friends.  My reading is almost all a slightly more literary fiction (lots of Tracy Chevalier; but all detailed on my goodreads page).  I also spent much of last fall baking bread, and will probably return to baking when the weather cools down here again.  I've also found a great hummus recipe!

I have continued to pursue my studies of Renaissance history and over the next week or so will try using yet another blog page to organize my notes and references.  Not a perfect tool for the purpose, but readily available wherever I am.  The 6sided blog pages seem to has disappeared, but I had little enough there.  The other hobby pages I will leave linked for reference, and because who knows when I might  return to them?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Boy, its been a long time

As you have probably guessed, my interests have been very differently focused since June of 2013.  I will probably not blog much about that, since really it is from a very different place than the audience of the few folks who do visit these pages.

I am making these notes as an aid-memoir for myself.  It is time to clear out the dead projects.  Not that some might not com eback to life, but so I will have a bit more space for - well, not so much active projects as a saner life. 

The objective:
  • All retained materials in conventional out-of-the-way storage.
  • No new storage furniture or space - I will fit it in the space I have, except for a few things that make sense elsewhere.
  • No under-table storage in the new world order.
The method:
  • Make material to be re-stored evident.  Out from under the tables it comes!
  • Clear easy wins - I am keeping some candidate storage containers surplus to needs, that sort of thing.  Ditch all that.
  • Tools in the garage.  Since I am not actively crafting, they can go in a storage bin elsewhere.
  • Clear expired stock.  Eliminate all but basic supplied of paint, brushes, etc.  When I can take the time to go back to miniatures, I will be able to buy new supplies.
  • Compress.  Get stackable bins and fill them TIGHT with the stuff that should be kept but will not be re-accessed until I go back to miniatures. 
  • To a good home, the projects which will be retired for good.  This includes all 28mm except the one totally painted figure, all the non-Renaissance 15mm, and 10mm besides not-SYW and WWII.  I will keep the 6mm FPW just in case,but clear out the unpainted 10mm FPW.
  • I will ALSO downsize the library; military SF and fantasy are especially vulnerable.  I will need to reorg the large bookcase (it is big enough for boxes) to be storage instead.  There will be double-shelving!
 Lets see how it works.  I'll check back in in a couple of weeks.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Back from Vacation

My dear wife and I have just returned from a week cruising the Danube.  Great fun, we were well looked after and got to see a great cross section of Hungary, Austria and Bavaria.

Vienna is now going to be the main target of our next vacation.  I have never been more comfortable in a city of more than a million, and I have been to a couple. 

This was not a military-oriented vacation, but I do include for your amusement a sample of 40mm or so toy soldiers seen on castle hill in Budapest.

I'm writing more about the tour, as a guide for disabled travelers as much as anything, on a separate page.  I'll make an announcement here when that is ready.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

SF wins for a week (or two)

OK, the rotation in 3-day units thing is not flying.  But I am making progress on the SF front, re-opening processing of the star database to refine out mass data for my future history project.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

My first weeks rotation was...

almost a complete week of being sick.  Really annoying and still not back to 100%.  After a couple of days out of line. my blood sugar is back where it needs to be so that much is good.