The Operations Room is now up and running and all the major work has been completed after months of preparation. It's taken a lot longer than I had hoped because I have been waiting for some furniture to arrive, but now all is in place and I can start using the room for painting, gaming and of course updating my blog. Nothing is ever fully 'finished' though, and I suspect we wargames know this more than anyone else. Let's just call it a work in progress! I now have lots of storage for modelling materials and finished projects. My games table is only modest in size but is more than adequate for 6mm wargaming and small skirmish games. The Padawan and I are already looking forward to more games here, away from the distractions of the family room downstairs (TV mostly). This picture has already been seen when I posted my first Batrep from the room earlier this week. Overlooking the table is my picture wall with various items of artwork to inspire me. I have Alexander and Hanibal looking down on me.
The Operations Room
One small corner of the Operations RoomIts been a while since my last solo game at home but at long last, my Operations Rooms is up and running! The room isn't completely finished but enough has been done that I could start using the space for some actual gaming rather than just DIY! I'm still waiting for my new storage units to be delivered (hopefully in the next week) and I need to put up some bookshelves today and start to bring my reference book collection out of storage. The room is coming together slowly, but this weekend I just needed to roll some dice and so I quickly threw together a small solo game using the To the Strongest! rules. The SetupHanibal has been defeating the Romans on Italian soil and with each victory, more Gaulish tribes have turned on their former masters. One tribe has decided the time is ripe to raid some of the lowland villas for plunder (and a little payback) but has quickly drawn the attention of a small Roman garrison in the area. This is a fictional encounter b
Exploring a Chieftain Tank in the Norfolk Tank MuseumLet's start by stating that I'm an idiot. Unequivocal and no argument from me I assure you. Why? Because I booked a weekend away that clashed with one of my favourite game shows in my calendar, SELWG at Crystal Palace. Ray, Postie and Dave went to this year's event and the closest I got was a voyeuristic 'lurk' on Rays Blog. It looks like I missed a great show and I'm more than a little gutted. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed my weekend away with the family, but we could have had just as much fun the following weekend, but somehow I didn't register the date when we booked the hotel and the rest, as they say, is history. Numpty!So while the lads were enjoying themselves at SELWG I had to content myself with the excellent Norfolk Tank Museum amongst others (six museums in three days!). Spending a couple of hours climbing on and in their tank collection was good fun, but not quite the same as attending the show and meeting friends. So 'Plan B' is to attend Warfa
A few weeks ago I reported that I was starting work on setting up a small games room at home. With the eldest daughter leaving home and the youngest 'upgrading' to a larger room, space has finally opened up for me to claim as my Operations Room. Progress has been steady but slow, with several weeks just to clear the room of furniture and unwanted stuff. This first stage is now complete and I have started decorating proper. Yippee! This stage is going to take a while as I have to do some work on the old plasterwork before I even think about painting. However, in the meantime, I have been busy making a shopping list of furniture items I want for the room. My existing painting desk and chair will be relocated to the new room, but I have my eye on new storage and shelving units.I did try to set up a workspace years ago before the Young Padawan was born. But back then I found this a very lonely experience, buggering off upstairs on my own while the wife on her own downstairs. Not really fair on her and a bit anti-
One of the most common laments of wargamers is 'lack of space'. I've struggled with this for years, even going to the length of selling a large part of my 15mm WWII collection in order to make space for new projects. I'm sure I'm not alone in our community, struggling to fit 'a pint into a quart pot' with painting supplies, models and terrain squeezed into every available cupboard in the house. The green-eyed monster has risen more than once when I have looked at pictures of other wargamers dedicated hobby rooms, basements and attics. My house is a humble three-bedroom and with two kids and one future son-in-law living with us, space has been at a premium, especially in the last couple of years.The Operations Room at RAF DuxfordAs previously reported, my eldest daughter (the Original Padawan) has recently left home taking her partner and a vast quantity of boxes and furniture with her. I've spent the last couple of weeks decorating and moving my youngest daughter into the newly vacated room. That process is n