I've worked late (very late even) the past week and so I have had little time to do much of anything, let alone hobby related activities - we did get out for a bike ride Wednesday evening, the Young Lord Shadowmoss's first time in his bike-seat, which more than made up for the end of fiscal year insanity of work.
Last night, I managed a bit of time to finish up my write up on Faces Without Screams.
What spare moments I have been able to grab, have been spent:
1) Reading The Art of Warfare in the Age of Marlborough. I am enjoying this book immensely - I only wish I had much longer stretches of uninterrupted time to read it. I'm learning quite a bit and the author's style is very readable for what could have been a very dry subject.
2) Rethinking mechanisms for The Ever Expanding Dungeon (you didn't think I forgot about this did you?).
Fitz-Badger's post about his approach got the wheels spinning - I have been a fan of card based encounter mechanisms ever since I first encountered them in Adventures with Jimland. One benefit of the cards is the ability to create a themed adventure but with a good bit of surprise. You can do something similar with dice, but it's not as slick (although I do like it and find it fun to use). More importantly, and a good bit more subjectively, is the "feel" of the cards and the act of shuffling. Something I find I like far more than rolling dice.
I already use cards for the dungeon layout, so first it's a matter of how I want to account for encounters - whether as a function of the dungeon layout card or a separate deck. I'm still undecided but I'm itching for another delve, so that may have to remain in limbo while I use the existing systems.
3) Finished proofreading and editing 6 Iron Spikes & A Small Hammer. I'm dragging my feet on layout, but it will be done before June 1 and absolutely ready to go for the Atlanta Zine Fest.
4) Also, in small bits of time here and there, I managed to finish up my first unit of 1/32 WWII Germans:
I love the flock. It's mint tea and to my eye, looks a thousand times better than any of my previous attempts with other products - including black tea.
5)Last Friday night, before the craziness really began, I did sneak in a wargame too (almost forgot) - which perhaps I'll write up tonight:
A platoon of USMC was assigned to take out a Japanese bunker: