Today, despite being well into the second half of July, is dull and drizzly, following spectacular thunderstorms last night.
So I am confined indoors and catching up with several domestic and wargaming tasks.
I was inspired after listening to the latest Meeples and Miniatures podcast and after our recent fire to start documenting my wargame collection for insurance purposes. It will be a long task. It took me a week to collate from memory and photographs what we lost when the two sheds burned down.
Then I found a compiled list of unit values for Panzer Leader 1940 at www.imaginative-strategist.layfigures.com for use in my Operation Sealion games, which I began to incorporate into my game records.
Next task was the pile of ironing, helped along by watching a couple of episodes of “By The Sword Divided”.
This is a BBC drama series screened between 1983 and 1985, like a sort of 1640s “Downton Abbey” which coincided with my early years of English Civil War reenactment, and later episodes included some of my oldest – and in some cases sadly departed – friends as “supporting talent”. The DVD series was released by the BBC in 2004.
Then I turned to some figure painting, namely the 1790s 6mm MDF soldiers from Commission Figurines. These little “toy soldier” style figures are a little fragile, and because I expect them to be handled by small people I glue them in ranks of 3 to form blocks.
During the course of this I managed to drop a paint pot lid onto the beige carpet. I hope that after some immediate panic action and a steam cleaner I have (almost) got away with it. Time for a second application of carpet cleaner now before the Memsahib sees it.
And it’s still only 1:30pm! Plenty of time for more catastrophes before bedtime.