The spring cleaning efforts continue apace. I moved the last cabinet and found more of the giant rat’s nest. I cleaned it all up but the wall lining was disgusting. Decided to replace it. Being a cheapskate I used scrap timber from a pile that we have been burning for the last five winters.
Getting there. Discovered an old rat’s nest behind cabinets in my study!!! There were at least three dismembered possum carcasses in it. I have been waging chemical warfare against the rats for some time so the nest was old – thankfully. I shudder to think how big a rat that can drag a dead possum back to it’s place would have been. Am away from home for a week with work so will get back into it when I return.
Spring has sprung here in the Southern Hemisphere and it is time to get the Woolshed ready for gaming and socialising. By socialising I mean by actual human beings and not teenagers. One of the reasons that I have not been using the Woolshed much recently has been the teenage parties. I keep having to move all my stuff into the two lockable rooms. Not that I don’t trust teenagers but well, they are not to be trusted.
I started by clearing out the study and bedroom and starting again from scratch. It is amazing how much junk and crap you can accumulate when you have the space available. It may look like an episode of Hoarders, but in a few days I hope to have it looking spick and span. Has to be cleared because we are hosting a wedding in the Woolshed in late November.
We are in the last month of Autumn here in the Southern Hemisphere and we are enjoying some lovely warm weather…but that is just for a bit because around the corner is ………. winter. Here at Castle Woolshed, in preparation for the oncoming cold we have been getting some late firewood sorted. This is the reason that I have not been painting anything this week. I find after chainsawing and chopping firewood my hands are in no state to hold a brush. Cut into rounds with the trusty Stihl chainsaw and I split it all by hand. I am kind of old fashioned that way. As long as my back holds out of course. Lady SWMBO was delighted at all the firewood. At the rate she burns through it you would think it grew on trees.
According to Open Parachute’s New Zealand Blog Rankings my humble hobby blog reached the dizzy heights of 39th most viewed blog (by visitors and page views) in New Zealand in April. My previous best was about 50th. OK, the fact that 95% of my views come from overseas probably means that it is a bit of a stretch to call The Woolshed Wargamer the 39th ranked blog in New Zealand – maybe 39th ranked blog from New Zealand would be more appropriate. Of course next month my stats will probably be somewhere down under here.
Thank you one and all for visiting over the last month.
Today is our National Day, a day that has little meaning for most people here because for so long it has been a focus for protest and division. Still, as Fred Dagg (one of New Zealand’s most famous statesmen and philosophers) said “We don’t know how lucky we are”.
And some of my favourite NZ Music.
Patea Maori Club – Poi E (1984)
Made in New Zealand – catchy tune by some kids.
And what many consider to be our unofficial National Anthem. Written by a homesick soldier serving the in the Maori Contingent in World War One.
This has been a pretty good year in the Woolshed despite a few hiccups along the way. I had a painting schedule for 2014 that I tried to stick to for about a month and then things sort of went down hill from there. I ran into a bit of a painters block at one stage a few months back and had 2-3 months where I didn’t touch a paint brush. My life was going all over the place – my latest mid-life crisis apparently. Things have settled down now and there is a balance.
I had a few good games this year but the best one was the multi-player Black Powder Big Lepizig Game at Call to Arms, Wellington, in August.
On the Napoleonic painting front I managed about 9 complete units and another couple of units worth of odds and sods figures – command and casualties.
ANGLO ZULU WARS
The Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. It has grabbed me and I am really enjoying it. It sort of started when I painted two Eureka Rorke’s Picnic Teddy Bears as gifts for my girlfriend’s daughter at her wedding (yes I am cheap – I know).
Managed to get the last lance of Bretonnian Questing Knights finished that I have had sitting about for ages. I might clean up and repaint my son’s old Orc and Goblin horde this year.
Knocked up some more Conflix-like buildings. I have a whole bunch of material sitting around to make more of these – they will form part of my pirate town when that project gets a rocket underneath it and kicked off.
ROLE-PLAYING and STARSHIP DECKPLANS
I got on a starship deckplan kick about mid-way through the year and spent an awful lot of time on Microsoft Paint making plans for merchants and other small star-ships. I still have another dozen or so unfinished plans that I will get done and posted this year. They were very popular and generated a lot of hits and downloads.
So this year across all the periods I game I managed approximately 25 units completed. Not too bad. One every two weeks on average. Here’s hoping for a productive year this year. Finish those Anglo-Zulus, finish those Anglo-Spaniards and make a start on the Pirates.
It is Christmas time so a traditional seasonal song is in order.
Happy Christmas to everyone who has taken the time to read The Woolshed Wargamer Blog and who have encouraged me to get painting and wargaming. Thanks for your support and I hope to have lots of interesting stuff for you next year.
In New Zealand we always know when the Christmas season is upon us when we hear Snoopy’s Christmas on the radio for the first time.
This year, for me, it was quite late – just last week. I think that it drives a lot of people nuts, but I find it quite reassuring. A bit of local tradition. The song is by the group ‘The Royal Guardsmen’ who are in fact a US group.from Florida.
Another Snoopy v The Red Baron Song
And apparently Snoopy didn’t get The Red Baron the first time.
After a year and a half of reasonable painting output I have hit the wall. I just cannot look at a paint brush or a miniature. I have tried, but every time I pick up a brush I fee like throwing the whole lot in the bin.
I am going to have a break from painting and blogging.
Thanks for visiting over the last year and hopefully I will see you again.
This blog has made a big difference in my enjoyment of the hobby and I am really glad that I started recording my progress as I attempt to scale the heights of my own particular lead mountain.
I have met some really nice wargamers from around the world who have given me some great feedback, fair criticism and lots of inspiration. All in all I have been motivated to get out there and put paint on models (or pixels on screens for that matter).
While fifty thousand hits is not much, to put it in perspective I have been the 63rd and 64th most viewed blog in New Zealand as reported by Open Parachute Blog Rankings over the last two months.