Wednesday, January 20, 2016

BA- Free French vs Germans

Kent popped over for another game tonight. He's been busy over the holidays, making some great buildings.

And adding some extra armour to his German list. He tweaked his list to fit them all in, at the expense of a squad if infantry. My force remained the same.

Late in the game a sole German infantry man tried to assault my armourd car but missed.  

Kent's nice new hanomag finally got into action too but didn't make much difference. Like me Kent found half tracks way overcosted for what they do. Lovely brush work on this though.

The game ended up the second major Free French victory in a row. We intend to reverse roles and replay the game in the next week or so.


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Plans for 2016

Hi everyone

It’s been summer holidays down here in NZ so have been off to the bach and surfing, camping in the Southern Alps with the family etc and generally making the most of the summer so not much happening on the gaming front. However, I did manage to get in a game of Bolt Action just before New Year vs Kent and my Free French came away with their first comprehensive win.

I think one of the things that worked in my favour, was deciding to experiment with smoke to shut down his artillery and stug. It was more effective than I'd hoped and was a major factor in the win...

...along with my uber 105mm howitzer than was once again MVP.

Plans for 2016?

Haven’t too many plans regarding wargaming at this stage this year; I hope to get a game in vs Kent in the next week or so but have no projects on the go- or planned. However, I am about to start my largest building project to date. I've decided to renovate my old bach, actually it's something I started planning this time last year. We enjoy our new bach and it is working really well as a holiday home rental/let so my plan is to do up the old bach and move into it- keeping the new place as a rental. 

The old bach is really small (the two bedrooms are less than 9m2 each) so I'm adding a new lounge and upstairs main bedroom and aim to make it my permanent home- hopefully from the end of this year.

It’s been  a year in the making so far but had to wait till my wife finished her studies before we started. Should have building consent in the next few days and will be underway early next month. At this stage I am aiming to spend 3 days a week down there working on the alterations but will depend a bit on work. I had arranged ot cut down to 4 days a week for 2016 but we have just merged with another polytech )so am still trying to renegotiate my hours/contract for this year with the aim of cutting down to 4 days per week while my wife works fulltime as a midwife. 

So I've decided this year is going to be about looking into options to try to set up living in Kakanui fultime, such as exploring  options for work or starting a small business to support myself.  It’s fast approaching time for a major career change I think so have this year to sort out what my next move is going to be. I aim to cut down to part time and get a better work life balance but will need some sort of work as well. I've a few months to try to sort out what I'm going to do for work but I’m really looking forward to the alterations and finally putting a plan into action.

So here is the plans- removing a small section of wall and...

adding a lounge area with a bedroom above. The design is something I came up with the night before finalising the plans with the architect. as it is being built into a hillside decided to step the upstairs back into the hill a bit to make use of th hill slope and give space for a balcony. 

 So with these plans starting may not be so focused on gaming and hobbies for the next few months either but will get the odd game in all going well.