End of Hiatus

Well I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus on the blog due to council related stuff.

The referendum has been won – 85% in favour of our neighbourhood plan.

The village hall committee have been removed and are being replaced.

I now have ~9 games to post. And another couple tomorrow planned.

Gavel

Ok, just finishing off some more Mantic Terran stuff, so here’s another item I got this week.

Yes – a gavel.

As regulars will have noticed, I allude to the fact I am chairman of the local council, and had a particularly contentious planning application with an expectation a lot of the public would turn up and want to have their say.

On top of which, when attending training courses – yes councillors do get training – I had been hassled to get a gavel.

So now seemed to be the time. So I had one produced for me by a local carpenter.

The carpenter turned this order round in one day despite being away over the w/e. he did his homework and found out that traditional gavels are made out of yew tree wood.

So that’s what he did – I think he enjoyed it as an alternative to his main business of kitchen units and work tops.

Fortunately, I did not have to use the item during the meeting as the council was prepared beforehand via a BBQ we held, and as I read out the list of complaints we had already received and simply asked “Does anyone have anything new and novel to add to this discussion ?”.

Its my own personal property, and I think it will be useful for adjudicating in RPG and war-games sessions if the players get unruly. 🙂

Facing reality can be difficult

Music: James Ray & The Black Hearted Riders

Well this w/e was wiped out as I was off to Bristol for a gig, so I’m paying for it today. No matter, as the light levels stubbornly remain poor here so i can’t photograph the Little Challenge figures still after 5 days ! yes they are complete, and on time.

Tom and I arrived early as it was a small venue (no tickets, so first come first served), and scored a place right in front of the mixing desk (i.e. best seats in house).

Seven performers on a really small stage belting it out in a raucous manner.

Gothic psychedelic folk rock complete with mandolins.

Louis the camera took this one for me, apparently.

We were also early enough for the soundcheck so got an extra bit of music.

A rare outing for James Ray et al, maybe coming to a festival near you soon.

In the meantime, visit their shop and buy some merchandise !

Music: DiDi & Rookes

Off to West Malvern for a gig, first time in ages. Byakhee Richard had organised a gig with two musicians neither I’d heard before – I checked them out on the net before hand to check they weren’t country and western or some such nonsense.

DiDi first up, range of musical styles, a solo artist everything from acapello to punk/grunge type, and one hilarious song which involved audience participation much to the embarrassment of one punter who turned up late. I have a video of this, but…

Note it was difficult to take photos because she was very animated.

Similarly animated was Rookes, again a solo artist. This time with some more electronic gadgets but this wasn’t electronic stuff.

All the live “percussion” and backing vocals were recorded live in front of the audience using a Loop system, so this wasn’t someone using backing tapes.

At the same time as using this Loop device, and a couple of other devices for the synthesisers, she was playing either electric guitar or ukulele.

Quite an achievement, and made a really good sound.

So I had to buy the EP that is not available in physical form until next year, and I got it signed. 🙂

If you get a chance, go see these two musicians, they’re worth a punt. They’re not my normal choice of music but they are dedicated, professional and very very good. I had an excellent time !

GO SUPPORT THEM

Living Statues

Just a quick one – the Living Museum scenario in Frostgrave has six statues. It’s taken me ages to sort these out but here they are finally.

I totally stole the idea from Jon, and indeed made his kids drink loads of orange juice to get the right bottle tops.

I settled on hero quest men at arms figures, cheap, static and no loss to the gaming community being painted as statues !

I started off with these two – I based them in plain round bases to make sure they couldn’t be mistaken for actual models.

They then went on top of the bottle tops, which were in turn mounted on 40mm round flagstone bases.

So now I have enough for another scenario for when I host.

Statues slowly click their fingers
Catch the beat and born again
Come into the drawing room
She draws them in
That smoke filled room
Broken glasses token smiles
Dust is fine so she breathes it in she
Circulates with ermine hands Picking the wallflowers one by one

Now walk Into the sun

Statues moving in the ballroom
On the dancefloor all is bright Vicious sins of gentlefolk
I love my horse that’s the joke
Find your picture in the mirror
Find your portrait on the wall
Turn the sundial back again
This is a dance for everyone

Walk with me now

The sun machine is coming down
And we’re gonna have a party

Statues slowly click their fingers
Catch the beat and born again
East is west and west is east
Follow me into the garden
Find your future in the crystal Leave your friendship in the hall
Follow me now this is the way This is a dance for everyone

Register to Vote NOW

For those of in the UK, you now have until midnight tonight to register to vote.

Having just sold my house and gone into temporary accommodation with my parents I’ve had to do this, BUT it takes all of 5 minutes.

Click here to register to VOTE

Don’t leave it to the last minute as the website will probably be overwhelmed.

Five minutes of your time, is small change compared to the efforts of millions over the years to gain and extend the voting franchise in this country. Don’t let them down.