Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Still Recovering...whew

Found out how weak I am at the moment....just assembling a 4 Ground laser etch terrain piece for my Viking Saga.  But boy that brought joy....and sweat....things will get better....got a Viking longship to work with also, may add a second one.  Long ways to go, but this is the 2 week mark after 11 hours of surgery.

Thanks again to all of the well wishers, prayers and thoughts, and to the followers of my blog and other things. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Health Update....at home lengthy recovery

THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE KIND WORDS, WELL WISHES, THOUGHTS, AND PRAYERS.  I'm still very tired and weak at the moment, but at home.

Had surgery Feb. 10, was in the ICU most of the following day and left the hospital 3 days after the surgery, 11 hour surgery, the surgical team had estimated that would take about 6 hours. Pretty grueling on the body, the surgical team of 5 doctors, and especially the family.  

The surgery used sacrificed all of the hearing in my left ear in order to get at an Acoustic Neuroma, tumor, and essentially peel it away, through microsurgery. Only got about 95% of the tumor, so as not risk further damage to my facial nerves.  It is a Schwannoma tumor, which could come back, MRI in 3 months to check on it.  But now that its a smaller it gives more options to deal with it, and gives me a chance to recover movement in the left side of my face, which of course the left eye is the largest concern.  Walking slowly and doing some knee lifts and minor one leg balance exercise occassionally, a bit unsteady, and slow. Mind is sharp, just speech is slow from the numbness.

But I have noticed progress in just a few days.  ENT specialist thought 90% chance of recovery in 3 months. Lead neuro-surgeon thought more like 6 months with possibly full recovery in year.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Health Problems

I apologize to my blog readers for the inactivity lately. I had planned to be much more active after the kart racing season had ended and after I had completed those Romans. Since the season ended and while I was working on those Romans, I started having some health issues that took time to be diagnosed. Last month about this time the issues were finally diagnosed, a rare condition, that has jacked my stress level up to an all time high and certainly has taken the fun out of things. I'm scheduled for a very serious surgery next month to address the issue, which has me worried, carries some serious risks but at a low percentage, and will definitely effect me the rest of my life. Its taken me a bit to come to grips with things and as with thing you worry about the unknown. What recovery there is for the less permanent damage typically seems to range from 6 weeks to 6 months. I do hope to use the hobby we all love, in an attempt to bring me back to some form of normalcy and as part of the healing process.  I'm setting goals....

To take my mind of real life, I also hope to finally bring out pictures of all of my current Vikings, that were completed about two years ago over the next few weeks prior to the surgery. I have shown some models from the units, but really have not shown the army and units as a whole.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Centurions! .....Painted

 The Centurions for the unit that I painted up.  The models are good, but a little stale in the pose.

 Definitely fun and easy to paint.

And these two will be going up for sale also.  Shields included, loose, and no flock on the bases.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Additional Roman Commanders Painted

 These next two are pretty cool models also.  Enjoyed painting them.  Also have several single painted shields for them.

 I'm happy with the paint on them.  Left the bases open for the future owner to flock.
 I really like this guy.  There is something mean about the pose.

Again these will be going up for sale.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Roman Commander Painted

 You did not think I would paint an entire unit without some command and centurions did you?
 I didn't think so.  This is probably my favorite model out of the group of Caesarian Romans that I painted up.  Very cool pose.

Like the unit, I left the basing open.  This model is going up for sale also.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Painted up some Foundry Romans

 Been working on these guys for awhile.  A large unit of 24 Romans. 
These are really nice miniatures to paint even if there are very few poses.
I gave them a very generic base, something that someone else can add their own flock to, as I will be putting these up for sale.  
 They are mounted on GF9 laser cut wooden bases.
As you can see below some of the  minis are multi-based, and some are single 20 mm based.
 A few closeups:

 And no I did not forget the shields.  I'm going to leave them loose in case the buyer wants to add transfers, much easier to apply them to a loose shield.