above: John Ray's collection - see below.
And in reviewing the year 2012, it's been a watershed on many fronts.
So the first R is for "Review"...
Review of 2012.
Here are the highlights of the year. And I'm going to start by getting my excuses in early for not getting much done on the wargaming front.
So, as the year has been focused very much on other things, forgive me for introducing non-wargaming stuff to the blog first...
1. Getting my second business book published by Pearsons (owners of The Financial Times and Penguin books, so I'm pretty thrilled by this). See more below.
2. Establishing a second front - as well as the Scottish business and home base, now having a Midlands presence: this included a personal move of 350 miles- now settled.
3. Numbers 1 and 2 above simply act as excuses, of course, for a low painting output of approx only 200 points this year; but then I had always planned for this relative "down time", with other things taking priority.
4. Accumulating all the infantry flags from Mark Allen for my mid 18th century project.
5. Wargaming with John Ray's collection (see the third R below).
6. Having my own figure range take shape: French infantryman created by Steve Shaw, and finished off by John Ray who also then created the Prussian infantryman - marvellous. We're not fully there yet, but it's looking promising. This will be the bedrock of my new wargaming collection.
7. A final personal highlight: had an angiogram (following a sort of "Muamba moment" while out running back in March) which showed, despite initial suspicions of a big problem, I have a strong heart and clear arteries- false alarm, and great to get that little MOT at 49!
The second R is for "Result!"
As I mentioned above, the high point of the year was getting my book published bang on time at the end of October. Called "Result!" it's available in all good bookshops, and primarily in Waterstones and at WHSmith travel outlets (airports and railway stations), also on Amazon.
Latest news is that translation and publication rights have also been agreed for a Japanese edition too.
Here's the Amazon link.
OK, shameless plug over... normal service resumed...
And the third R is for "Raseinia".
-the action fought at John Ray's house a few weeks back. I have devoted a full page to the battle with photos and sketch maps... see the navigation bar above.
...thank you for continuing to visit the blog, and I hope you have had a restful, peaceful Christmas, and that you have are looking forward to a prosperous 2013.