Then guess what happened.
Mr Gow mentioned, almost as a throwaway comment, that he had a whole pile of 1/1200th scale ancient galleys (mostly Navwar) sitting around doing t'nowt (I think that is how they say it in Mr G's hometown!) and would I be interested in taking them off his hands?
Errr, is the Pope Catholic?
In a trice the deal was done and so a whole pile of 1/1200th scale ancients galleys will be winging its way to Maison Crook for my usually less than tender mercies.
I really don't know why I ever bother making plans for projects etc simply because they never seem to pan out the way you intend - this is now the Q4 project and as luck would have it, I am heading to the Navwar shop on Saturday so expect some further news in due course.
Just as well the blocks will all be ready first as the galleys will have to follow on behind.
I reckon watching 300 again will give me some period specific feel and inspiration, albeit more HOTTs than DBA!