Just a very quick update before I return to the translation, which is now slightly past the halfway point (muted cheers). And my due date is at the end of November.
On a wargaming related note, I received payment today for my article in Battlegames #13 last summer, and it is a rather handsome sum if I do say so myself. Henry Hyde pays his contributors well -- very well indeed. And that cheeky devil even suggested that I spend it wisely in his accompanying e-mail!
Hmmm. . . Now, what could I do with this wonderful infusion into the Stollenian and Zichenauer war budgets? What might you Stollenian faithful suggest? Oh, decisions, decisions!
Addendum. . .
Hello there Jeff and Greg,
Well, all of these ranges have their charms and advantages. But I haven't really decided what to purchase yet. So, it's probably better to sit on my "war chest" for the moment.
I like the Spencer Smith cuirassiers, but I am worried about them reaching me undamaged, something that was a problem a year ago when I had some sent from the U.K. to the Grand Duchess in Berlin, Germany. Mindens are lovely, but expensive, and given the US Dollar's recent poor performance, I'm afraid a purchase of Frank's figures will have to wait for another time. He hasn't done cuirassiers yet either.
MiniFigs are charming in their way, but the 25mm miniatures tend toward large-headedness. Huzzah figures are limited to Prussian infantry at this point, and it's cavalry that has me excited at the moment. Of course, I do like the RSM95's, and the range of figures available is pretty extensive, but the necessity of gluing the swords into the hands of the Prussian cuirassiers makes for tedious work. And this is a weak point that might be subject to breakage too.
Finally, figures by older manufacturers like Suren are a bit on the large side for my 1/72 Revell plastics, and Holger Eriksson have no cuirassiers. What a heavy cavalry connundrum!!!