Life goes on.
The Del Prado collection is now in its new quarters which means that I can work on it as and when I want to rather than feeling obliged to do so. It will be at a much more sedate pace which will be far more readily enjoyable. I have pottered about with some scratch building which is something I have missed doing and is wonderfully therapeutic. It is scratching a particular itch and is something I want to do more of. No details as yet but suffice it to say ships will be featuring.
I also took advantage of not feeling particularly energetic to tackle something rather mundane but curiously satisfying in the man cave. I suspect that I am not alone in having a vast library of photocopied rules and magazine articles, either obtained by our own devices or from friends, that has been acquired over time. I decided that sorting this lot would be a good idea and so I spent a very pleasant and inspiring afternoon doing just that. There was a veritable rain forest of stuff, most of which had never been used since printed and in some cases going back some 20 odd years. It was hugely enjoyable consigning most of it to the recycling although whether or not I will regret it going forward is another matter!
I will not bore you with a detailed list of what I found and kept but there are a couple of highlights - the Howard Carteresque ‘Wonderful things’ of the title of this post. A couple of years ago I managed to get a PDF version of the BattleLine age of sail wargame rules Ship ‘O the Line. I was really pleased to get these but the PDF did not have a copy of the Armada period supplement. Well, I found an earlier photocopied set that were given to me by Mr Fox that had the said supplement! I was really pleased with this as I had the in mind for something.
Another thing I found was a set of rules for relighting the battle of Waterloo on an 8 x 6 hexed grid. The system is called Waterloo A La Carte and for the life of me I cannot remember where I got these from. If anybody recognises the map please let me know.
Finally there was a pile of stuff based on a WW2 campaign set around some imaginary Greek Islands which, given my interest in the region, was a welcome find.
It was a simple thing to get done but I am very glad I was able to do so. In many ways it has enabled me to reset my hobby mojo so that it is once again enjoyable rather than being a chore.
I also have a lot of people to thank for lending me a degree of perspective.
Onwards and upwards, or something like that.