After many years of playing the trumpet, I’m giving the French horn a go. Ended up going to the Paxman music store and selecting this horn. While many of the techniques are similar, the difference in fingering positions and intonation makes me feel like a beginner all over again.
What We Do in the Shadows (2014) 🍿
4/5 - Enjoyed it, the dedication to the movie style is excellent
In & Out (1997) 🍿
3/5 - Chill watch
Painting competition 2022 - Week 2:
Made some good progress this weekend; 21 models are done. That still leaves a squad and the truck. Aiming to have all the models built and primed by next weekend, leaving me about 4 weeks to paint them.
F Is for Family (Seasons 1 & 2) 📺
3/5 - Pretty good so far, could be tempted to raise it to a 4, but some of the jokes feel a little cliché.
The Birdcage (1996) 🍿
2/5 - I have mixed feelings about this one. (Spoilers ahead). There are some lovely moments, but some of the main characters are awful people, and it’s never resolved. They get away with treating people poorly when they should know better (Val), and it’s frustrating they’re never really confronted for it. I guess you could argue that part of the social commentary, but it left me with a bad taste in my mouth.
Phantom of the Opera (2004) 🍿
4/5 - Overall, very good, having only ever listened to the soundtrack, it was good to get some context for the music. Makes me want to see it live even more.
Painting competition 2022 - Week 1:
I didn’t make much progress this week, these models are very intricate and are taking me much longer than I expected to build. Hopefully, I’ll get more done next week, as I’m a little worried about missing that deadline at this pace.
Chicken Little (2005) 🍿
3/5 - Nice easy watch, some good moments and laughs
This year I decided to take part in a “pick a random start collecting box and paint it” competition. I happen to pick the Genestealer-Cults box, which was the 4th largest. Which, as a slow painter, is scary. I now have 8 weeks to build, paint and present these models.
Had a great time at Fareham Model Railway Exhibition. It was my first time going to a show since moving to the UK, and it did not disappoint. Thanks to the Bridgeburry Gate team, who thoroughly explained their ingenious n-gauge uncoupling system.
Finished reading: Deathwatch: Shadowbreaker (Warhammer 40,000) by Steve Parker 📚
4/5 - Good read, the plot is engaging, and the imagery is well thought out. I was previously interested in Deathwatch, and this book has only interested me further. What surprised me a little was the interactions between marines of different chapters, which only adds to the depth of their character. Some basic familiarity with 40k, the primary loyalist chapters, the Inquisition and many Xenos factions is essential to get the most out of this book.
A couple of years late, but nice to finally be able to play The Mandalorian
Finished reading: The Devastation of Baal by Guy Haley 📚
Finally got round to finishing some test models for my new Tyranids army. Not all of them are finished, but I think I’ve narrowed down what scheme I want to do.
My first Wordle in 2 🥳
Wordle 386 2/6
Decided to try Asda’s Plant Based Choc Chip Cookies, they’re very nice. I think they might become my go-to cookie. Modern vegan food continues to impress me, they’re far better than any of the vegan cookies my friend got me to try years ago.
Nice view from the musician’s pit at St Agatha’s RC Church
My first Civ6 domination victory. I got lucky with a pair of early wars, leaving me an entire continent. The Mapuche’s loyalty tricks are fun, it allowed me to take a few cities and let the rest fall to me through loyalty issues. They’re a fun civ to play, I would recommend them.
New blog post: Creating a Micro.blog Theme + Tailwind
Creating my own theme proved more challenging than I’d have liked, so hopefully this helps others.
Thanks to @rknightuk for keeping me sane while working this out!
I’ve finally won my first Civ6 game. I was going for a religious victory but somehow ended up with a diplomatic victory. And it was on prince difficulty! (I was worried I’d have to lower it). Shout out to PotatoMcWhiskey’s videos, they taught me a lot and re-ignited my interest.
I finished reading Caves of Ice by Sandy Mitchell 📚
4/5 - It’s hard to talk about this book without spoiling it. I enjoyed it a lot and ended up reading it surprisingly quickly. I’m very tempted to start a “small” Imperial Guard collection for Ciaphas Cain and friends.
I finished reading For the Emperor by Sandy Mitchell 📚
4/5 - A great entry into the world of Warhammer books, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It conveys the grim darkness of the universe while being comical and approachable. I highly recommend it. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series
Spent some time down at Farlington Marshes and got some great photos
The Little Egret is easily some of my favourite photos I’ve taken.