I have survived the knife and yes the picture is to elicit sympathy for my predicament. Contrary to expectations the whole experience was first class, the nursing and theatre staff were brilliant and attentive, the food and tea was nice and the anaesthetist and his assistant should be on the stage as a double act, very funny. I can't write much as the arm will take a few days to heal properly, I did try typing there and it was a mistake, I was hoping to paint but that might be out as well for now.
The Romans have landed and they are gorgeous, I only hope I can do them justice with the paint brush. I have also found a much cheaper grass tuft company Gamers Grass, Great Escape Games also stock them.
One of the guys I met through W&C has started producing MDF buildings, especially WWII stuff for the Continent, any new venture deserves at least a look so you can find Colin's buildings at Charlie Foxtrot Models.