Here's the Grand Duchess taking a breather during our ski-trip to Wisconsin last month just after January 1st, 2008.
Heavy snow here in Central Illinois, so the university is closed today – Yahoo!!!And you know what that means don’t you?Yes, the Grand Duchess and I will don our ski gear and head out on our cross country (Nordic) skis today, followed by some hot chocolate or coffee at one of our local cafés.Cold temperatures throughout the weekend mean the skiing will remain good at least until Sunday afternoon, making it hard to balance the outdoor fun along side painting the final squadron of Spencer Smith cavalry.Oh, how difficult and unfair life is!
Can't wait to retire to bed this evening with this new arrival! Earlier this afternoon, Digby Smith's Armies of the Seven Years War arrived with the mail. A quick glance through the book -- after wrestling it from its Amazon packaging -- shows it to be chock-a-block with information on the various combatants who partook in the conflict, their uniforms, standards, etc. While I've been aware of Mr. Smith's book for a couple of years, I only got around to purchasing it with some of Mom and Step-Dad's Christmas gift on December 26th. I cannot wait to examine it more closely later this evening, and might hit the sack right after supper with some fresh coffee and the book, leaving the Grand Duchess and the Young Master to their own devices for the remainder of evening. Weeeeeell, maybe not quite that early. . . but all bets are off by 9 or 10pm!
Thursday, January 4th
I just wrote my first review for Amazon.com on this book. It reads:
It's hard to beat the richness of oil-based metallics. The Minden mounted colonel that I worked on yesterday evening. He ought to look pretty good when finished.
I spent a pleasant hour or so last night, following The Young Master's bedtime, carefully teasing tiny bits of Winsor & Newton, or perhaps Grumbacher, gold and silver oils onto the mounted Austrian officer, who will oversee the composite battalion of Minden Austrian grenadiers. They, of course, are the fellows in the foreground.
Those of you with longer memories might recall that these miniatures have been on the painting table since January. Real life, however, has meant that progress has been at a standstill since late February. I even put them away in a box for a couple of months to reduce dust and cat fur build-up!
However, I managed to get my seat back into the painting chair last night, and here we are. A steady hand, despite the usual after dinner infusion of strong dark roast coffee, meant only one m…
The now departed author and hobby personality playing a colonial game in 1978. No hiding the width of neckties from that era!
Another one of the hobby greats, Stuart Asquith, passed away during the weekend. While we never met (I am on the wrong side of the Atlantic), I was fortunate enough to exchange a couple of short emails with him 10 or 12 years ago when he was involved with a blog about all things Charge!
Said blog was managed by four or five UK hobbyists during the wave of enthusiasm that followed the 2006 Sittangbad and 2007 Mollwitz refights at Partizan in the U.K. just as hobby and imagination blogging took off in a big way. Sadly, the blog disappeared pretty quickly, but it was a real blast interacting with Stu even if only briefly and in passing. He was very personable and humble in his emails to me, expressing surprise that a stranger in the U.S. had an inkling of who he was.
Stu Asquith's writing years ago in Military Modeling, various books, and magazines like Prac…