24 July 2021


 I'm sure like most of you, the last 18 months plus have been both trying pretty weird.  I've been very fortunate in that I have a reasonable job in the Health Department and can quite happily work from home - which I have been doing since March 2020.  I've made it into the office probably 5 times since February 2020 - and I am fine with that.

I'm fortunate that both my wife and I a fully vaccinated, and neither of us mind spending a lot of time at home.  The dog thinks this is exactly how life should be and gets very confused if I disappear for longer than about 10 minutes.

So whilst I've been locked down for long periods of time - or at least living as if I was 90% locked down anyway - I not had loads of free time to twiddle my thumbs or complete all my many unfinished projects - I've had to work.  

I have managed to paint a few things - mainly for others and I think I've played 1 game since 2019.  It was the world's fastest game of Cruel Seas where my freighter was sunk at the beginning of turn 2 -and since that was the primary objective of my opponent, that was that.

Added to that mix we've been planning on moving home to New Zealand for a number of years now - so much of my free time has been preparing for that.  That has meant slowly packing up all my toys and day after day of rolling tanks up in bubble-wrap.

Then our house went on the market, was sold and then we entered lockdown again.

So needless to say I haven't had much time or energy for this blog - so I just wanted to say that it will be back - and hopefully once we finally move and settle down again - I'll have more time to focus on the things I enjoy and that includes doing some gaming, model making and figure painting.

I wish you all the best and hope to be back sooner rather than later.  That's all for now.



  1. thanks for updating us, I was beginning to fear the worst with nothing for so long. on the upside, you have a very happy dog !

    all the best with the packing and move. all the best

  2. Good to hear from you, take care

  3. Many thanks for your amazing work on the Battlegroup Cold War rules. You have presented us with hours of fun.

    Have you ever thought about doing something similar for the conflicts in the Middle East (six day war,...)?

    I´m playing USMC Corp and I have some questions about missing weapons stats or those that I haven`t found yet, like for example the stats of the 25mm Gatling gun of the LAV25. Is there any possibility for a Q&A?

    Please keep up your great work.

    Greetings from Germany.

  4. Thanks Krister - I always appreciate feedback, especially when someone finds something I've missed. It means I can fix it!

    I have considered doing something with these rules for the Middle East - possibly more along the lines of the forces of the nations there in the mid 1980s - which could then be relatively easily ported backwards in time to the Invasion of Lebanon, Yom Kippur, etc. Something more existing in my mind than on paper as yet.

    I'd also be happy to do a Q&A - just need to work out the best method to do it first.

    I'll see what I can do about the Marines!