A facefuzz of infinite jest....
Yes, I know that the line is "Alas poor Yorick, I knew him, Horatio,,," before anyone starts quibbling.
My beard is gone. It is an ex-beard. It is...no more....it is pushing up the daisies.
I shaved it. I fancied a change, and Id been going on about thinking about maybe, perhaps contemplating shaving it off, so on Saturday I just went ahead and did it.
So its gone. My face is oddly smooth, apart from the shaving cuts. Well, its been a while since I shaved that part of my face, frankly its been a while since I last SAW that part of my face, so its taking a while to get used to shaving it properly.
So far most peoples reactions have been positive. I havent seen anyone collapsing in hysterics. The worst thing ive heard people say (at least to my newly smoothed face) is "It makes you look younger."
I can live with that.
Isn't glue fun? It smells weird, it gets everywhere...and it resolutely fails to glue what its supposed to. Okay, thats a lie...Plastic Glue is great..i have very little trouble with that stuff, but superglue is a pain in the unpronouncables. Its much better at glueing my fingers than it is anything else. (fans of Dog Soldiers may now feel free to replay that scene with the intestines and superglue if the really want to...)
So why am I jabbering on about glue. Well, its because for the last two weeks ive been glueing models together in a frenzy of modelling joy. On a whim, just after New Year, I sauntered into Games Workshop to see what its like these days, since the last time I was there was about 2nd year at Uni...after that I couldnt afford it and I didnt like what they were doing with the game systems at the time.
Anyhew, I wondered in, looked around, marvelled at the quality of the models on show, goggled when I found out that most of them where plastics instead of metal (these are seriously high quality models, chatted to the staff about the good old days (one of them literally got all misty eyed when I explained that I last played 40K when it was 2nd edition), and then promptly bought the 40K starter box. I took it home, assembled the models, marveled again at how good they look, and set about testing out the new (well, new to me) rules.
I liked it. A lot. It had a lot of stuff that I remembered, and a bunch of new, better ways of doing things and explaining things that made so much sense. Of course, theres some bits that had me going "wtf?", but once I got my head round it (thanks to a phone call to Dave), I got it sorted.
The upshot of all this is that I went and bought more minatures, enough Space Marines to make the army that comes in the starter box into a game legal force, and a game legal Chaos Space Marine Army, (im quite proud that I managed not to go buying a ton of Eldar...I have lots of that from the first time round back at Mums) and ive been assembling all those models every evening since I bought them. it takes longer than you'd think. So many of them are plastics, with lots and lots of variations in pose and equipment that assembling 5 Assault Marines can take over an hour...with lots of referance back to the Codex to see what they can be equiped with in game.
In the Grim Darkness of the Far Future, There Is Only War......
And glued fingers.