The national flags and banners (blue and orange, emblazoned with a red lobster) are flying in Krankenstadt this morning! Finally, a few spare hours this morning to sit down and write a proper update for the Grand Duchy of Stollen blog. The Grand Duke Irwin-Amadeus II is enjoying an extra large cigar, brought to him a few moments ago by his valet ‘Hives’.
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We now have most of the first and second floors unpacked and put together save for a few things, which we can take care of in the next several weeks. My parents will also pass on a few nice things to us later in the summer, including several very formal pieces that belonged to my grandparents. I’ll bore everyone with some photos this weekend just as soon as I finish hanging curtains later today.
In the meantime, you can make do with a couple of photos of Zum Stollenkeller until then. I still have some sorting, organizing, and putting away to do, but by and large, this is the new set up: Photo #1 -- computer desk on the right side; Photo#2 -- painting/radio desk on the left; built-in shelves on the west wall; and two small book shelves (not pictured) on the north wall just to the right of the door into this hallowed room. If you look carefully at the photo of the painting desk, you’ll see the RSM95 French musketeers in firing position (courtesy of my in-laws, Mom and Pop Fritzsche) all lined up and awaiting their basecoat of artist’s acrylic gesso, which I hope to apply Friday afternoon.
Behind the RSM figures stand a battalion of Prussian musketeers in marching position, part of a bunch of Revell 1/72 SYW figures generously presented to me by Bill McHenry last fall. Thank you again, Bill! These particular figures will become "Freiherr Wilhelm's Engineer Battalion" later in the summer.
Finally, the third photo above shows the adjacent room of Zum Stollenkeller where the actual gaming table will be set up. Right now, it’s a dumping ground for my bike, cycling clothing, and bass amplifier/cabinet gear. I’m thinking either a 5’x7’ or a 6’x8’ table with one end pushed up against the wall, so that there is slightly more room to move around the other three sides of said table. I’ll enlist the help of the lovely Grand Duchess to work out what the best table dimensions might be with the aid of a tape measure and, perhaps, some newspaper table-top sized templates. Might any of you regular Grand Duchy of Stollen visitors have any table suggestions to make?