Welcome to the Great Hall, for another week in brief summary.
It has been a funny old week, as you have already read I have not really painted very much at all until yesterday. That turned out to be a quite productive day, finishing two units that I had started, to add to my tally when I submit them.
Yes I am still hanging on by a thread at the top of the challenge leader board with 2640 points, but I expect this lead to disappear very quickly in the coming month as the race to the finish line hots up in the coming weeks. Although I will still be beavering away in the background working with my brush to complete as many points as I can. New targets have been mentioned but in all honesty, I did not think I could push hard enough to score the points I already have done, so I wont be setting another one as I am going to sit back and watch the next few weeks unfold.
Last week saw me enter some more French Indian war figures and a few Nubians.
Which leads me onto another point this week, which was possibly the worst game night in a very long time, Trafalgar was the game and usually although a slower game plays well, for an evenings entertainment but this week it was just bad. I cant see me playing this again for a while without some changes being made especially when one of our number spent 4 turns blatantly using his own version of movement rules and then suddenly remembering he had not been playing right then claims all the extra distance to give himself the advantage. In 3 and a half hours only 4 turns were played and the bulk of the evening was taken up with the rather tedious job of working out which boat had the wind advantage to move before another. If ever a game needs more streamlined rules of play this is high up there.
For me it has also left me wondering why I bother, after all the over zealous nature and must win attitude of one person has always been there. But as I am getting older I find I can no longer accept this attitude any more, its supposed to be a game and a good nights fun. I and most of the group have invested in the rules and figures to play these games with, selfishly I have invested to have fun and have reached the point I cant keep building armies and investing my time, money and energy for a free loader to join in. Why a free loader well despite being told to buy and read the rules for the systems we play, he does not, instead his answer is always I don't need too as you have them. Why then week after week does he challenge rules and just drag a game down and do we all continue to put up with it! I really do wonder sometimes. I know Kev feels exactly the same about this situation as we have put a lot of time and effort into building up armies for different periods. We have even discussed playing on a different evening or during the day and that may well happen yet as things can not continue as they are now.
Well that rant is offloaded, and my apologies to you all for that, but occasionally these things need venting.
The week ahead should be a good one, provided the quack can sort me out with some suitable pain relief and get to the bottom of why my fingers are still numb. I am going to plug away with a few units of Napoleonics next week in an effort to get the first Brigade of French completed.