19 June 2008

Here's yet another helping of Stollen!

Meet General Hermann von Kallweitschen and Major Anders von Gedacht.

Just a quick post today because the Grand Duchess and I are preparing for a Swedish “midsommar” (or ABBA Fest as we call it) party, which we are throwing here tomorrow evening. We got the idea from our Minneapolis-based grad school friend “Swedish Allison”, the originator of the yearly ABBA Fest tradition. But that’s a whole different story. Anyway, we do this to put the Grand Duchess in better touch with her "Sweduality". Sonja is almost enitirely Swedish-American, although she is named for the Norwegian figure skater Sonja Henie.

Anyway, at the top of this post is an in-progress photo of the latest general in the service of the Electorate of Zichenau and his ADC. Meet General Hermann von Kallweitschen and Major Anders von Gedacht. Still lots to do, but you get the idea. RSM figures almost seem like they paint themselves. Wish it was always that easy!

Next, and especially for Jeff von Saxe-Bearstein, we have a couple of photos below, showing the new Huzzah miniatures next to RSM’s. As you can see, the two lines are exactly the same height and work quite well next to each other. The former is marketed as a 30mm line, while the latter, when it was Pax Britannica in the early 1980s, was also promoted as a true 30mm line.

According to Jim “Ale Fritz” Purky, the Huzzah figures are a bit too small next to his Stadden and Willie figures, which is the reason why he sold them to me, but Huzzah miniatures are fine next to RSMs. The size differential between RSM/Huzzah figures and my plastic Revell figures (in the left background below) is also acceptable – at least to me. And the price of Huzzah figures is good too even with the crummy US Dollar right now. About on par with Spencer Smith figures. So, I encourage you Stollen regulars to try out a unit or two with your own collections.

Finally, keep you elbows off the table! ;-) Kidding aside, there have been a number of encouraging remarks and questions about my painting progress tables, posted here the other day. Thank you everyone. The idea came to me like a bolt out of the blue a few nights ago. Early the next morning, I whipped up two quick tables in MS Word, filled in the requisite information, and then copied and pasted them into the blog posting. Easy! As additional units are completed and the next mini-project started, I’ll copy and paste updated tables into future blog entries.

Ok, that’s about it for today. I’ve got some errands to run and pictures to hang in the upstairs hall before our bike ride late this afternoon. Bis balt M


tradgardmastare said...

Generals look good - just awaiting a battle to command in I'll bet.Hope the AbbA fest goes well - knowing you ,knowing me I am sure it will...

Fitz-Badger said...

One thing that occurs to me - you have a wonderful distinctive painting style that helps tie together miniatures from different lines.

Grimsby Mariner said...

ABBA - a band where the lyrics are universally known and secretly liked. Even their sad songs sound happy!

Enjoy the event.

And the figures look good too.

guy said...

I have a dentist friend whose wife is Swedish. She's v proud of her heritage. Everyone round here knows when it is the Swedish national day because he flies a huge Swedish flag outside the surgery. I will recommend he plays ABBA non stop to the punters all day. I suppose if you are in the dentists chair you're not exactly in a position to complain.


Stryker said...

Nice paint job Stokes - painting Generals is always a bit of light relief from large units. Don't strain your voice singing Waterloo!

Martin said...

Hey Stokes,

Great looking Staff! Thanks for the side (Huzzah) by side (RSM) by side (Revell) figure comparison too. It's always nice to see how potential new recruits might fit in, before opening up the ol' warchest to purchase their services. The fellows from Huzzah just look too good to pass up, and I may just have to break down and order some.



A J Matthews said...

A real treat to see more figures springing to life on the painting table. You have a deft touch! I'm itching to get another set of RSM95 figures myself.


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