Boats! (Proof of Life)

So… errrmm…  Hi.  I feel like i have some explaining to do… so here goes:

I was cruising along in my own little world (literally), sending my problems to visit Mr. Davey Jones at the bottom of the ocean (metaphorically).

Then I get something like this in my inbox:

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Thx for the likes ❤

…A ‘wall of a reminder’ outside of the usual blogshaming and rib-jabbing from the usual sources.

So what have I been up to lately?

May: Percocets May Cause Floatation?

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Post-Op Selfie! (aka Jebas Whatamess)

I had my right testicle removed on May the 5th, and was basically down and out for 2 weeks.  I guess I didn’t realize how many nerve endings there are down there, until the damn thing’s gone.  I was in pain for about 4 weeks, wherein I just said “To hell with this sedentary crap” and started playing baseball again.  I don’t think I’ll take being able to stand up unassisted and without pain for granted again.  For those with those issues all the time, my heart really goes out to you.  Those were a tough two weeks and I can’t imagine what that’d be like all the time.

I largely passed the time by playing World of Warships, wherein I got really good at the game (that is to say, NOT a potato).  It’s been a tough habit to break.  I also had a lot of company while playing Boats though; we have our own Boats Posse:

First there’s Lord Admiral Shrikington III, pictured here in his Konigsberg.
Then there’s 4321_1234 (aka Luc) – Pictured here rocking the Kirov.

I have to admit, I bought heavy into the premium ships, but when something like this comes along you can’t exactly say no…

Oh god yes.  The Tirpitz is now part of the Oakenfleet.

Basically I got a raise in late May early June that prompted me to treat myself.  I thought it would also serve as inspiration to help me finish her sister ship, the Bismarck.  That has yet to be the case.

June: Alaska!  Also – MOAR BOATS!

My wife and I took a few weeks to visit some family up in Alaska.  It was gorgeous up there, another beautiful mountain hiding behind the next.

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I have hundreds of pictures like this.  (Yes really.)

Coming home, I got back to work.  Late board meetings, training new hires, and built up work over the past month or two due to surgery recovery and vacation.  It’s been a big stretch, but I’m finally at a point where I can sit down and write a bit.

Except I’ve had a lot of time.  I’ve spent that time playing Boats.

Lord Admiral Shrikington III escorts my Tirpitz into the fray.

So that more or less brings us up to speed on where I’m at.

Where I hope to be in the near future is back to my painting desk (it’s a quick swivel away from my boats machine) and proceed with my regular painting schedule and blog posts.  That was fun before, and I’m not exactly gimped anymore.



15 Replies to “Boats! (Proof of Life)”

  1. Hey oaks

    Been a really long time sorry to hear about your medical issues

    So im a bit disaapointed by the lack of Ogryn content of late 😂

    are you on Facebook at all its how I’m keeping up with the HoP crowd recently

  2. Surgery, of any type, will always put you down longer than expected. I’ve been lucky enough to not have any, but my wife has had four during our marriage, so I’m well aware of the struggle – from the other side anyway.

    Video gaming is so addictive. It was my hobby before I discovered 40K, like competitive gaming. I get caught up in it still, and the only way I remove myself from it is to remind myself of all the 40K shit not getting done. I also remind myself that the hours I just dumped into some game got me nothing to show for it that was real. Whereas that time into 40K would have had units painted, assembled, whatever; something to actually show for time spent.

    1. I didn’t have this problem previously because my computer was a potato. Now, I have two computers that are definitely not potatoes. The struggle is real.

      The other side of the coin (and this is me justifying my lack of productivity) is I’ve been gone for a month, effectively. It’s been difficult to find time to get out to the shop or my Chaos Bro’s basement, and thus my motivation has never been lower. Here’s hoping I can kick-start something.

      Got a game of SW Armada coming up on Thursday so that aughta be good 😀

      1. I know what you mean. My current rig sucks. I can play a couple of games that are recent, and I enjoy, but it’s painful; so, most of the time I just don’t. When I rebuild this thing (someday), I will no doubt go on a bender.

  3. I think that was me flooding your inbox with the “likes.” You’re welcome! 😉
    I’m working on a list for my first tournament in about 7 weeks so I’m eagerly reading your battle reports for guidance.

    Sorry to hear you’re recovering from surgery, but it looks like you’ve made the most out of it.

    Chimera have the Amphibious special rule, so they are kind of boats! 😉

    Also, Oakenhawk, I see you rock a Blue Jays cap. GTA? I’m in ‘Sauga.

    1. HEYA!

      I must admit it’s been encouraging to watch someone vigorously tear through my archives. If you want to send your list to me for critiques and (constructive!) criticism I can put together a post for you 🙂

      Which tournament are you prepping for?

      And yes, I am local to the GTA. Until about February I was playing about every other week at a shop in Markham. I’ve kind of fallen off the wagon a bit in that respect partially because of business around here and all the shenanigans I’ve listed above. I’m hoping to get rolling the dice soon though 🙂

  4. I’m prepping for the Lords Of War Warhammer 40k classic tournament in Mississauga on August 20. It’s 1500pts, one codex, no allies, no special characters, no formations, no supplements, no fortifications, and only troops scoring.

    Here’s my tentative list:

    Company Command Squad: Boltgun, 2x Plasma Guns, Medic, Astropath (131 pts)
    Chimera: Dozer Blade, Heavy Stubber (75 pts)

    Lord Commissar: The Emperor’s Benediction, Carapace, Melta Bombs (80 pts)

    Primaris Psyker (50 pts)

    Ministorum Priest (25 pts)

    Techpriest Engiseer with 2 servitors (60 pts)

    Veterans: Boltgun, 3x Meltaguns (91 pts)
    Chimera: Hull Heavy Flamer (65 pts)

    Platoon Command Squad, Boltgun, 2x Flamer, Heavy Flamer (51 pts)

    Infantry Squad: Boltgun, Flamer, Autocannon (66 pts)
    Chimera: Hull Heavy Bolter (65 pts)

    Infantry Squad: Boltgun, Flamer, Autocannon (66 pts)
    Taurox: Twin-linked Autocannons (55 pts)

    Conscripts Squad: 50 conscripts (150 pts)

    Vendetta Gunship: (170 pts)

    Wyvern (65 pts)

    Hydra (70 pts)

    Leman Russ Exterminator: Hull Lascannon, Heavy Bolter Sponsors (160 pts)

    I don’t have all the conscripts painted yet, and may not get around to it in time.
    I’m leaving A LOT on my shelf, including 2 hellhounds, 2 Sentinels, Leman Russ Punisher with Multi-Melta Sponsors, Leman Russ MBT, Bullgryns, Wyrdvane Psykers, Scions, and a Basilisk.

    Any advice is very appreciated. I’d love to bring a much more mechanized force, but this troops scoring business has me concerned.

        1. Ah. that is a quandry!!!! I bet you’re not going to be the only person in a pickle with those kinds of restrictions… I’ll work on getting a post up. 🙂

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