Thursday 21 April 2011

A Very Great Pleasure

One of the greatest pleasures to be had within our hobby is the ability to be able to discuss ideas and projects with kindred spirits - be it at the club, at a show or more commonly, via the net. It is a further pleasure when a net based series of communications, blog posts or emails, morph into an actual face to face meeting. This happened to me this evening as I met up with none other than SteelonSandBlog for a chat and a beer. SoS's work is a positive delight to peruse as he specialises in the smaller scales - 2 or 3mm and such like and his blog is a treasure trove of ideas for use with these most diminuitive of scales . I have taken much inspiration from his posts and so it was real pleasure for me to meet him in the flesh and to 'chew the gaming fat' so to speak.

The conversation was stimulating and we covered a wide variety of gaming topics and projects and shall certainly repeat the exercise when possible in the future. There was an exchange of goodies and I was delighted to receive a selection of 3mm ACW kit (very useful for my ACW project), some 1/3000th scale WW2 merchantmen and escorts (very handy as I will be hitting Navwar on Saturday!), some buildings (from the Town in a Bag range) and a Hexon 3 hex hill - which will be very useful for my various hex based projects (probably with an ACW fort on it!).

It was a great evening, albeit too short but with the very tangible benefit of putting a face to the author of one of my favourite blogs. Many thanks to SteelonSand for taking the time out to meet up and quoff a beer and I hope the occasion was as inspiring for you as it was for me!

The only downside to the evening was the fact that my train was delayed for 35 minutes due to some signalling difficulties but set against the enjoyment of the previous hour or so it was but a minor irritation!


Paul O'G said...

I'm jealous of botht he chat and the beer! At least I know now I can add another character to my list of people to see when I come back to visit the UK!

I have chosen you to receive the Stylish Blogger Award. The details can be found here:

The Angry Lurker said...

I have met a few fellow wargaming bloggers myself lately and actually gaming with one tomorrow, like minded people who actually like what you do.

David Crook said...

Hi Man Cave,

As a local we did not need to take the DC tour of London but it was an inspiring evening all the same. SteelonSand has done some truly wonderful work in the smaller scales and it was a real pleasure to enjoy some time with him and just jaw!

Make sure that Rayleigh is in tour list of destinations when you do get back to the UK again!

I am honoured by the award and thankyou most sincerely - it is always a great pleasure to have the respect and recognition of your peers for your efforts and it means a great deal.

All the best,


David Crook said...

Hi Angry,

I think the great thing is that because you are meeting someone that has an interest in what you are doing you tend to get off to a good start which is tremendous. I will try to meet as many bloggers as I can - and if a game comes out of it then so much the better!

All the best,