Thursday, April 9, 2020

Distractions and Diversions

This lock-down malarkey isn't quite what it was cracked up to be. I find myself busier than ever, due to working on a manuscript, and the beginning of gardening season, plus my wife insists we take a walk every day. I see the point of walking and regard it as 'essential maintenance,' but it's a bit of a chore...

With my wargamer's butterfly attention span I'm also easily distracted. A case in point, I began work on a late Roman villa for Dux Britanniarum.

This won't be anything on the scale of the villa complexes at Cirencester or Turkdean. It's more along the lines of the small villa at Abermagwr in Wales, which was occupied until at least the late Roman period. It's the home of a Romanised British family of some means who've had to repair and rebuild their abode to a lesser standard than their forebears. Perhaps they've also taken some defensive measures against the Saxon raiders roaming the land. The Abermagwr villa is thought to have had an interesting half-timbered construction so I'll go with that.

Much like my previous model of an early church, the building's carcass is made of trusty pizza box card, hot-glued into place with interior cross-bracing of more card to stiffen it. 

Aside from this, I will try out the Quickfire rules using battleship vs. battleship to see how they work. 

Majestics vs Kaiser Freidrichs. It'll all end in tears for somebody.


Michael Awdry said...

I can put share your pain A.J. there seems to be no end of demands on our time! Pleased to hear that you are getting some modelling done though.

Millsy said...

Great start on the villa. Looking forward to seeing more!

A J said...

Thanks, gentlemen! Work continues on the villa as and when. I'll get there.


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