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Monday 30 May 2022

Another week, another box

 So this week's blog was delayed today by yet hospital visit (as an out-patient) with more in the immediate future (tomorrow) and at least two over the next month! Luckily I had taken a few photographs of another box from Bryan's (Vampifan's) rescued items from his collection when I photographed his wonderful card cars.
The rather plain brown box shown on the right was fairly small, but weighty and turned out to be resin, rather than metal items therein.
Here's the photographs:
A rubbish dump and two wrecked vehicles
Four vehicles in various states of distress.
An American School bus and a Mystery Machine
Two  tyre (tire ?) barricades
And that's all I've got for this week. I'm not allowed to lift or carry, nor should I exert myself by any other means too., so goodness knows what I can come up with for next week's post!
The above items I will proably hang on to as their weight is a bit prohibitive for posting as is the nature of resin. You can probably pick these up overall a lot cheaper (and probably intact) direct from the manufacturers.
I'm also unable to continue with packing and sending off any current requests, but I will be getting around to it once I'm given the all clear.  

In other news, in the very few blogs I've managed to comment on lately (including my own), I've been commenting Anonymously - not on purpose I might add and I have no idea why! Help appreciated!
So sorry for that , I'll be adding my moniker of Zabadak in future.

That;s it then for nother week, thanks, as always, for taking the time to visit and your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

Monday 23 May 2022

R & R

 Hi everyone, I'm pleased to say that after nearly three weeks in hospital and two minor surgeries later, I'm once more back at home, being cared for by my wife and family. I took the opportunity to ask the nurse that was changing my bandage to take a photograph of the underlying wound, hence the photograph !
No stitches these days, just staples - all 26 on the main wound!
Thanks for all the support, both on my blog and those by email, they were all very much appreciated when I was at my lowest, experiencing the most excruciating pain I've ever known. I'm still in some pain, but at least it's not debilitating and is well under control. I tire easily and quickly, so my catch up of all your blogs will take some time, but I'll get around to them all in time, as I get back in the saddle, so to speak, day by day.
My mission to playtest Frank Sultana's gladiatorial rules hit a major set-back too, but I'll be getting around to looking at those again as my hobby-related priority - but all in time.

In the meantime, as the title to this post suggests, it a major period of Rest and Recuperation for me for the foreseeable future and I still have energy-draining, out-patient appointments to attend.
Once more, thanks to all of you all that view this blog, for your support and well wishes, hopefully I'll have something more hobby-related next time, but that's it for this week.

Monday 16 May 2022


Two weeks ago I abruptly left the hobby/blogging scene without giving notice - sorry for that guys. but here's the full story, as best I can remember it.

Monday afternoon, 2nd May immdediately after finishing that week's blog post, I doubled over in agony  and unable to find any comfort from the pain, whether sat, stood or lying down.
This situation continued trhoughout the rest of the day and well into earl Tuesday Morning when just as I thought the pain couldn't get any worse, it did.
An emergency first responder was called out, gaing first aid and most importantly pain relief. An ambulance was also called to transport me to hospital, for diagnosis and emergency care. After an hour or two of observation, it was suspected that I had some form of trauma going on with my  Gall Bladder (rather than a suspected heart problem that was earlier suspected).
I was transported from the observationinvestigation ward to anothe rin my local hospital, where I lasted a couple of days whilst they confirmed the diagnosis.
Given the new diagnosis I was then transferred to not just a diffeent ward, but a different hospital ! Another ccuple of days in the wrong ward before I was oncemore transferred down three floors to a ward that did operate on my problem. Some scans, etc later and they were ready to do some 'keyhole
surgery to remove my errant Gallbladder.
Distance between arrowheads is approximately 2" (5cm)
You may just be able to see the slight signs of the surgery in the photograph to the right:'  

All of which bring me up to date with where I am (still in hospital) and awaiting more investigation  into draining unwanted fluids and other medical things.
I'm finding it very difficult to concentrate on anything for any length of time and typing on my phone ia a complete nightmare - hence this oneoff attempt using my lap-top to bring everyone up to speed. -  more than this I'm unable to do atm. 

Thanks for being patient with me, it could be quite a while before I'm capable of doing much, if anything - it's all so tiring.

Monday 2 May 2022

Starz and Carz

 In a week where I played three gladiator combats and  was inflicted shortly thereafter  a with bug that has laid me out, drained of energy with several sleepless nights, I managed to find yet another box from Bryan's (Vampifan's) rescured ites from his collection that I haven't shown - until now!
The photograph on thie right shows the box in question, but don;t think there's anything Warhammer related in it as the photograph below shows:
 Cars, trucks and a bus, all cardboard
Sports cars and a saloon car with wrecks behind.
The bus, two vans and a pick-up truck.
Some of the larger vehicles
Taxis, a police van and an ambulance
A couple of large vans found in yet another box!
All these vehicles are extremly well made, and very, very, solid. The craftsmanship that went into these is second to none, I've  tried my hand at making card vehicles and came nowhere near the quality of these.
My three gladiator combats, using version 1.2 of Frank's rules , that I've been playtesting (with version 1.3 on its way so I'm told) were all thoughorly enjoyable affairs. The first, my Thraex versus a Hoplomatic was over in two turns with me being unable roll low dice (I think I had three double '6s' in the first bout) , whilst my opponent couldn't roll higher than '5' total, on two dice.
the photographs below show the way the contest went.
My first attacks left the opponent shield-less, with a deep wound
He recovered his shield, but lost his weapon in my second turn
A further attack left him on the arena floor asking for mercy (he failed the roll)
My opponent's sheet at the end of the bout.
The second fight with identical gladiator types went the same way as the first, lasting one and a half turns (as I went first) and in my second turn I manged an ouright kill - the firt time this has happened in the many games I've now played.
I kept my Thraex for the third game and he chose to fight as the more heavily armed Murmillo and although the game lasted  a good many more turns than the first two, the outcome was the same. My gladiator suffered a couple of light wounds whilst my opponent was a bloodied mess. In the last roll of the game he had to appeal to the crowd for his life and rolled a magnificent double '6', ensuring his survival !
A slow kill wound to his chest and with four other wounds, his was doomed.

 In case you were wondering why Starz was in the title of this post, it's merely because I've been re-watching the Starz' TV series of Spartacus !

That's it then for another week and despite the enjoyment of the games it has been a struggle getting this post done.

Thanks for taking the time to visit, hopefully there was something of interest. 
Of course, as always,  your comments are  bothe welcomed and appreciated.