It has been a busy but very pleasant couple of days and the DIY has been mercifully at a lower level! Our grandson is with us and so we went out for a brief wander about in a local wood yesterday to stretch out legs and get some air. He really enjoyed it and wants to revisit it with a picnic at some point. He also helped me sort out a whole pile of Command and Colours blocks and came with me to the car wash (which he enjoyed immensely). A family roast beef dinner in the garden completed the day followed by a barbecue today.
My thoughts continue to meander around but in a very pleasant way. I rediscovered a cache of Town in a Bag scenery that is ideal for use with the various Portable Wargame ideas I have. I also dragged out my rather nice handmade wooden chessboard that has 6cm squares in two shades of light brown, ideal for the desert or anywhere that has that sandblasted, arid look. This is the board I am using for my next game which I hope to fight in the next few days.
Another discovery - not entirely unknown but sufficiently distant in the memory to qualify as such - was the great stash of Axis and Allies WW2 ships, vehicles, aircraft, infantry and assorted artillery. Back in the day I had such high hopes for this lot and seeing it all again certainly brought back a few ideas. It is certainly something that I should revisit especially as it would be a very low cost set up.
If I am honest much of my thinking over recent days has been along the lines of budget wargames and making use of what material I have rather than laying out vast swathes of cash. For me this means making use of bits and pieces from board games such as Axis and Allies or any of the various editions of Risk. I have a vast selection of odd bits and pieces, all of which would have a gaming use of one sort or another. For sure I have selection of ‘actual’ wargame bits and pieces but there is a certain degree of satisfaction in making use of something for a purpose other than what it was originally intended for!
I am still thinking about what do with the 1:600th collection and of course, the Del Prado Napoleonics will be resuming centre stage as soon as the house is back to normal.
The soup in the title refers to many things....some considered to be unnatural....