Tally Ho! – Why it’s all gone quiet on the blog front

Two weeks ago I went to the Hammerhead show at Newark, the first time I’ve been to that particular venue and as usual at any show, I bumped into lots of old acquaintances. One of these (no names – no pack drill) suggested that I had been less than diligent on updates here and that even popping round every other month was not showing anything new. This guilt trip made me realise that I did need to post a few things here and there that I’ve done over the past few months (Last update in June 1014?!)

The main reason that I’ve not been posting much is that I’ve not really been doing much painting recently. I think I’ve managed about 15-20 hrs of painting in the 9 months since the last update and the reason for this is not lack of enthusiasm but lack of time. I’ve been spending inordinate amounts of time on and in a flight simulator game on the PC – IL2 Cliffs of Dover. I’ve played this online/multiplayer for over a year now, and am part of an online “virtual” squadron – more geekery I’m afraid. However, the dearth of updates here has coincided with my involvement with a server which in October last year I bought along with another chap. We are now running the Storm of War server, with associated website www.stormofwar.org which provides one of, if not the, best multiplayer environment available for this game (if I do say so myself). We have a vision of a cross between a strategic meta game and the flight sim portion, covering the Battle of Britain. Much of this has meant learning two new programming languages and the ongoing development of the server code means I’m spending about 20-30hrs a week working on the website, server code or general forum admin.

To give you an idea of what Cliffs of Dover is capable of, this video filmed by another group, shows just how immersive and graphically beautiful the game can be. It truly is worth watching the full thing and although it’s scripted it’s all the better for it.

I will be posting some pictures of more recent wargaming endeavours soon, as I am still gaming pretty much weekly. I just need to get my arse into gear and put some more effort into updating the blog.