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Procopius last won the day on September 11 2021

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  • Birthday 03/15/1983

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  1. Amazingly, my insurance covered a tetanus shot in toto -- I didn't go to the ER in part because of concerns over the expense, given our recent need to get chimney repairs and need of a new dryer. Free at the point of use is a precious gift, folks.
  2. Be careful with x-acto knives, folks! I accidentally drove a scalpel clean through my right index finger and passed out trying to bandage it. Thankfully Mrs P was here to make sure it got taken care of and I am not dead.
  3. "This man is a strange mixture of heroism and cunning. If he had come to power in 1933, we would not be where we are today."

    ― Joseph Goebbels, diary entry on Winston Churchill, 7 May 1941


    Happy birthday Winston.

  4. I've been knocking it together like nobody's business. PXL_20211128_054128650 by Edward IX, on Flickr This was all in two days. Probably not my best work. but...
  5. It would hardly be the same without you two! Shall we mark our calendars for 2022?
  6. Longer update later chaps, but the big news is the ticket couldn't be transferred and so I will not be UK-bound this March. Disappointing, but that just means I can start to plan for Telford for next year, doesn't it?
  7. If I go, I'm hoping very much to make it up there to bedevil @Stew Dapple and @Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies until they sic Police Scotland on me, so that might indeed be in the cards!
  8. Hullo all, sorry again for the slow updates! A lot has happened. The big news: if my mom's ticket can be transferred, it looks like I will indeed be heading to the UK for three weeks in March*. Uh, if anyone wants a houseguest they can visit museums with, now is a good time to start thinking about whether or not you could really endure my presence, since Mrs P would gut me like a fish if I had to pay for lodgings while I was there... In other news: I finally knuckled under and decided to reorganize my workspace: PXL_20211116_195727927 by Edward IX, on Flickr This involved a lot of clearing stuff out, throwing out several hundred old cotton buds used to clean airbrushes, and approximately twenty million spare cocktail sticks. After taking this photo I got some little storage bins to go under the shelving unit as well. All in all, in gives me a sense of order and control. I also bought a resin 3D printer the other night, which should arrive in a week or two. I'm hopeful it will be helpful in modelling, amusing my children with small gewgaws, But it will also be useful for printing 28mm miniatures, which is good, because @06/24 has hooked me on Five Parsecs From Home, a miniatures wargame that addresses the fundamental problem of miniatures wargames: the fact that most people who play them have no friends. Yes, it's a single-player game where your crew of doughty 28mm spacemen go to war against aliens, petty space criminals, monster lizards, any god knows what else, all providing an excuse for the sort of mindless consumption and painting that gets me off. It's been, quite literally, almost twenty years since I painted a figure for a miniatures game, so I only had one on hand, but I ordered some Warhammer 40K guys to practice on as well, and here are the first three figures I've painted in ages: PXL_20211118_184008869 by Edward IX, on Flickr And here are some of my space crew, using some fairly awful Maelstrom's Edge miniatures, the sculptor/designer of which has clearly never held a firearm, or seen anyone else do so, in their entire life: PXL_20211120_053948558 by Edward IX, on Flickr Much bodging was needed to get to these even marginal poses. Anyway, that's much harder than building model airplanes, and though faster, isn't really what we're here for, is it? So tonight as I watched It Happened One Night, I glosscoated and decalled the Mossie. PXL_20211122_042346125 by Edward IX, on Flickr PXL_20211122_042340277 by Edward IX, on Flickr But wait, you cry, weren't you going to paint the stripes? I was, but I'm a coward, and lazy to boot. Why try to get the aircraft as it looked at a time when we have no certain documentation of how she looked, rather than as she did when we have definite photographic evidence of how it ought to be? It's a cop-out, I know, but hey, it's my model.
  9. Yep! It will go with my collection of other UK and Commonwealth service weapons (Martini-Henry MkIV, Lee-Enfield No4 MkI, Webley IV -- albeit a Canadian police issue pistol -- Enfield No 2 MkI*, Enfield M1917 for the Dad's Army fans, and Hi-Power). On the off-chance you're ever in Chicago, let me know, and I'll happily help you fill that gap in your CV. This SMLE is from 1928, so it missed WWI, but presumably it may have seen some service in the Arab Revolt or WWII; I'm trying to decipher the markings on the brass disc on the stock to figure out what unit used it. And of course now that I've bought it, a 1916-dated No1 MkIII* in decent nick has turned up for even less online -- the bottom seems to have fallen out of the market for the simplified No1 MkIII* rifles, people just want long Lees or ones with the volley sights now.
  10. Wishing you a thoughtful and pleasant Remembrance Day from across the pond. As regular readers may know, there is a part of my corner of Illinois that is forever England: PXL_20211111_144528299 by Edward IX, on Flickr Pte Evans was liberated from a Japanese prisoner of war camp, if the cruel arrangements by that nation can be dignified by the name, and was medically evacuated to this country, where he died of ill-health brought on by maltreatment. I like to ensure he gets to sleep under his own flag when the Fort Sheridan cemetery permits flags, on our Memorial Day and today, when we celebrate Veterans' Day. Win was off school, and he gamely accompanied me on his scooter on the 2.5 mile (one-way) walk to the cemetery through absolutely pouring rain. By the time we got there with our flag, we were both soaked. PXL_20211111_144542808 by Edward IX, on Flickr On the way back, poor Win was so cold his teeth were chattering uncontrollably and we ducked into a doughnut shop to fortify him with a brace of chocolate long johns and a hot cocoa. PXL_20211111_152510121 by Edward IX, on Flickr He was in fine spirits once we got home and changed into dry clothes, and was further rewarded for his manful stoicism with some banana cream pudding, which is inexplicably one of his favourite things on earth.
  11. A No1 MkIII* SMLE on a cheeky low bid which I was really not expecting to win. I'm going to have to sell anything not securely bolted down here at Hedgehog Manor.
  12. If memory serves, he's a very good one, too.
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