Happy Father’s Day everyone! Hope you are enjoying a Sunday with your loved ones. . . or maybe seated within the recesses of your various “painting retreats”, hard at work on that next unit of figures.
The Grand Duchess and I had a stellar day yesterday. We finally opted for the 65-mile route on the Red Cross sponsored Ride and Stride, figuring that it was better to finish the ride feeling good instead of going for the 100 mile mark and feeling totally spent – wiped out even – by day’s end. With the five plus miles to and from our house to the start/finish point of the ride, we came in at 76.42 miles by the time we returned home. Not bad when you consider that yours truly is now on the wrong side of 40! ;-)
It was a great day, with pleasant temperatures and bright sunshine and a light wind, which sometimes made for tough going when the route took us in a westerly direction. . . straight into the wind! We also ran into and visited with several old cycling friends, which made the various food stops more interesting than simply a place to refill our water bottles and grab a banana or cookie. Best of all, the long-term forecast for this week is for mostly sunny skies and pleasant temperatures, so we can very likely get in two hundred miles before week’s end. Wow, if this keeps up, shedding 10 pounds or so by August might actually become a reality!
Following dinner, we walked downtown in the early evening to enjoy a free concert, which is put on every year by WGLT, our local National Public Radio outlet, which features a jazz and blues format. It was one of the best such concerts we've been to, with a headlining act from
On the wargaming front, yesterday was a windfall here at Stollen Central. The package of unneeded figures arrived from Jim “Alte Fritz” Purky and was waiting on the porch when we returned. For an hour or so yesterday evening, it was like Christmas morning here in Zum Stollenkeller. The nicely packed box held more than 60 of the new Huzzah Miniatures, enough officers, NCO’s, musicians, and men for a Charge-sized battalion. These are marketed as old school 30mm figures, and fit in very nicely with my RSM’s and the Revell 1/72 plastics
In addition, there were also a couple of extra goodies inside the package. These included more than two dozen RSM95 French musketeers, which will become a large independent company of infantry fighting for the Electorate of Zichenau, a gun crew, and a very cool Seven Years War Association mug with a neat picture of
So, let me take this opportunity to send a hearty and sincere thank-you out to Jim. The figures and mug will indeed have a good home and, after the requisite painting, assume a place of honor in the tiny armies of Stollen and Zichenau.
On the figure painting and preparation front, two of my six RSM generals are all base coated and undercoated. I’ll start painting those this afternoon by applying GW Goblin Green to the bases, grey and brown to the two horses, white to the wigs, and flesh to the faces and hands. I’m also working my way slowly through the battalion of Revell plastics, which are slated to become a battalion of pioneers commanded by engineer officers, so busy, busy, busy here in Stollen Central. Fortunately, the grass is not looking too sloppy outside, which means that I can leave mowing it until tomorrow or Tuesday.
Finally, there have been a couple of questions about the recent map of Krankenstadt and the photo of the rural Stollenian idyll. The former is an old plan of Königsberg, now
Ok, it’s off to the painting table!