Whats been going on?
My last post was June last year. At that time my wife was a couple of months pregnant with our second baby. We always have complicated pregnancies and have lost a few in the past so from about July onward things started getting stressful. I still had some hobby time and even a few games in with my favourite gaming partner (Muppet); Sharpe fought of loads of Orks earning himself glory and a few fresh scars.
|"Stand fast men, I can take him alone!"|
At the end of October our little girl, Violet, was born 7 weeks early. Being prem and having some issues she had a long hospital stay before coming home. Now at 4 months, she is a fit and happy (all be it demanding) little princess.
|Violet's 'Blue Steel'|
|Happy little munchkin|
Being that her name is Violet I had to paint her room violet/purple and big brother helped too.
With so much purple going on I also got into* Genestealer Cults in a big way.
[*I say 'got into' but I have had an old Genestealer Cult force since the 90's - not that I've done much with it since then].
|I even began converting up my Warhound titan in cult colours. a story for another time...|
The Big News
Just as the family scene improved my work situation took a drastic change of course. I have recently accepted a position in Sweden – Europe here we come!!
|All of my Praetorian infantry lined up.|
|I call it my parade of shame because I have so many and so many are unpainted.|
"Don't give me that 'loose lips' sermon, what's the latest on War Plan Red?"
"I hear the word out of Bakka is that the Lord Commander Tempestus has just assigned some Lord General the rank of 'Lord General Militant' and something about the 'Blood Lion Crusade'. Best keep your head down, sounds like the brass are planing something big."
"Well I don't like nothing with the word 'blood' in it, especially when its our poor blood they be talking about."
With my mates the joke that I am 'invading Europe' has a history. An infamous Risk game 12 years ago saw me becoming ‘loud and animated’ after conquering Europe but being unable to hold it. My mate's wife could apparently hear me from her car when she pulled into the drive way. This became known as ‘the Europe incident’ and my mates jibe me with “it’s not Europe” if I am ever unhappy or angry about something.
As I said, I am hoping to hop from Sweden over to England at some stage and I am so excited and the prospect of being able to bring an army with me. Raiding English gaming stores will be tempting too after having to pay the ‘Australian premium’ on models.
Over the coming weeks I’ll start posting my progress preparing my invasion force. To my Europe friends keep in touch and I might be able to meet up with you in person!
Tally ho chaps,
Col Ackland (Ray)