Progress Report: 1st Quarter 2022, and an update.

In the past threee months I have painted 36 28mm miniatures and 71 20mm miniatures. I have painted 1 1/72nd scale kit and read 19 books.

My ill health sadly continues… will be looking at some different treatment options this month hopefully.

The 3d printer seems to have given up the ghost too… it had sat broken for a while until I had the time to try and repair it. I swapped out what I thought was the broken part but it still doesn’t work- although the part I did replace works OK. I’m not keen to chuick more money at it though. I’m pretty sure if I knew what I was doing with a multimeter and a soldering iron I could fix it, as I’m mostly sure it is a broken wire. The downside is that I’ve not used a multimeter since the mid 1990s and I don’t have the time with uni work to be messing with it too much. This does leave me wondering what to do with it now….?

Kill Team 2 – my Death Guard aganistEvan’s Tau. The rather nice terrain is all his work.

Been getting the odd game in- Kill Team 2 and 40k against Nicola plus some interesting online stuff too. Hope to do a bit more.



34 comments on “Progress Report: 1st Quarter 2022, and an update.

  1. Guru PIG says:

    Hope the new treatment options work Good luck with uni and your painting. Thanks heaps for putting me on to Zona Alpha as I really like the system and narrative style games.

  2. Hopefully you find a treatment that helps. nice looking photo, I like the orange/rust flooring.

    Is there a makerspace in your area? They are always super knowledgeable and helpful. Or a high school electronics/robotics program?
    Maybe even a cellphone or computer repair place….

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thank you. I think Evan used different wallpapers for all the texturing on his terrain.

      I’ll look about and see what I can find. Not sure about a maker space although it would be ideal. Plenty of repair shops I can try.



  3. borderguy190 says:

    Sorry to hear about your health. Such a downer when it cant be resolved.

    What seems to be the problem with your printer? I am no expert, but I have started the upgrade/repair route on my Ender 3. My hot end had… Issues. I mostly saved it, but alas, I needed a new one. I have zero idea on using a multimeter, even though I have one somehow. I just purchased my first soldering iron, and I am keen to figure out wire soldering.

    Good luck with all Pete!

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      THanks. Basdically it refuses to print. I’ve swapped over the heated bed – the new one heasts up fine. The Hot end also heats up fine. I can maunal move the motors in all three acxis so that is fine bbut when I press print it preheats as it should be then refuses to do anything else. No error message appear and I’ve tried different SD cards too. ?I suspect that it is a loose wire but finding and fixing it is beyond me. Don’t think I’ve soldered anythijng since 1994…. :/



  4. Jeff Groves says:

    Be well, Pete! Your productivity is as impressive as always!

  5. brtrain says:

    I’m sorry to hear that your health situation is dragging on.
    The problem with complex items like a 3D printer is that everything needs to work, or nothing will happen… so annoying.
    Enough to make you want to go back to casting your own stuff in moulds!

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thank you Brian. Will shake off the black dog one day.

      Yeah I think there is one little thing that is not allowing the logic circuit in the machine to start printing- no idea what though….

      Never tried home casting but I’ve got the offer for some old warship moulds from a friend at the club.



  6. Sapper Joe says:

    Hope you get better soon! Keep up the painting and gaming.

  7. templeofthutmos says:

    A very productive quarter! Do you have a favorite book of the ones you’ve read?

    Very sorry to hear the health issues have continued. Here’s hoping you get some relief soon.

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thank you. Best history book was Hersey’s Hiroshima. Best novels was Harry Sidebottom’s Last Hour… but there were some other good ones. I do keep a list of all the books I read….



  8. Sorry to hear you are still unwell Pete. Hope you get to the bottom of it sooner rather than later. Some excellent stats there mate. Sounds like you are in the wars with the printer too. Fingers crossed you get to resolve that before to long as well.

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thank you. Am sure I’ll get there with both.



      • Sapper Joe says:

        That’s the spirit! I will say that I am close to your book count at 16 right now. Unfortunately, that includes three Ospreys, six Osprey rule books, plus three audio-books, and one other book that was only 122 pages. So, it probably is not as impressive for a page count. I am almost 2/3rd of the way through my current book on the Villisca axe murders. Wish I can say that I painted at least one miniature, but I can’t. I did, however, finally get in a miniature game, the first since 2019. It was a test run of Silver Bayonet. No pictures since we were using unpainted stuff and random minis to represent the figures since we didn’t have what we needed. Otherwise, it was a fun game. I am going to try to resurrect my blog maybe this spring or summer, hopefully after I get my pinched nerve in my left arm fixed as it has been hurting me since October.

      • Pete S/ SP says:

        Sorry to hear about you arm- I hope it gets sorted out.

        The way I see it is reading is reading so any of it is good. Glad to hear that you’ve been gaming too- what did you make of the system?



  9. I’ve read maybe 5 books in the past 3 months! You’re putting me to shame. Maybe you should change your blog to Pete’s Books. ;^) Hope your run of bad luck ends soon.

  10. Mark Flanagan says:

    3d Printer = Black Magic

  11. I think you’ve painted about ten times as many figures as me this year already! Here’s hoping your health starts improving! πŸ™‚

  12. Marvin says:

    Take care, mate. Hope things improve soon for you with health and printing issues. Impressive that you’re still managing to achieve so much.

  13. tehlulzpare says:

    I can understand how balancing health and hobby is difficult, as much of last year as frantic hobbying between hospital visits for me. I wish you all the best, and reiterate that I love reading your content so please keep up the good work.

    You put many to shame with your painting progress, and I must admit it is motivational, if for nothing else then reminding me of my backlog!

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thank you for that- glad you enjoy it so much.

      I find painting to be very relaxing and destressing so do as much of it as possible… also no camo historicals are always quick to paint even if they are usually just in shades of green and brown.



  14. ignitedmoth says:

    Very productive quarter as always! These posts of yours always leave me feeling more inspired to get things done too! πŸ™‚
    Sorry to hear about the ongoing health struggles. I hope the treatment options you’re exploring help improve things for you. ❀

  15. Azazel says:

    A pretty impressive set of numbers there – over a hundred models are in itself an impressively good outcome and then adding in 19 books on top of it all!

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