19 November 2008
We're saved -- The cavalry has arrived!
Just a fast update this evening -- work on the second squadron of hussars and hills/rideges for the November 29th play-by-e-mail game between Jonathan Broadus and myself continues apiece -- Today, my celebratory gift to myself arrived from the Dayton Painting Consortium. 29 Austrian cuirassier troopers and officers along with an English bugler and two extra officers (Austrian and a Prussian, one of which will be converted to provide a standard bearer) plus 31 standing horses. Hurrah!
I must give a plug to the DPC and Richard Masse here. Richard was extremely helpful and answered all of my inquiries via e-mail promptly, even making a few suggestions since I wanted a bugler for the regiment, but there is no Austrian figure fitting this description. He also corresponded with me about the planned order while he was away from home base on business. On his return, the order was finalized and dispatched to me this past Monday, arriving in the mail this afternoon. The figures were well packaged, surrounded by lots of pink styrofoam "peanuts", and to a man, every one arrived in good condition. I think that a few other dealers out there could learn a thing or two about customer service from the DPC. Thanks and hats off to Richard!
At any rate, the figures were purchased with some of the money paid me by Henry Hyde of Battlegames fame (Thank you again Henry!). Now, some of you might remember my nattering on here a month or so ago about how to spend part of my windfall. More Spencer Smith cavalry? Some of the new Zvezda plastic Swedish dragoons? And so forth. In the end, I can place the blame squarely at the feet of a one Mr. Jeff Hudelson of Vancouver Island, BC, who pointed out to me that, since I already like the RSM figures, and, given their very reasonable price and good proportions, that it might make the most sense to go that route. Which, in the end, is what I did. So, a special thank-you to Jeff as well!
Now, just when these figures will be assembled, base coated, and painted is another matter. Sometime this coming winter I hope as I have a large 80-figure regiment of RSM Prussian fusiliers waiting in the painting queue immediately behind the current Revell hussar project. Since Chirstmas break is coming up, and the fair Grand Duchess and I have about six weeks free, I am planning to tackle that little project once classes end for the term next month. Keep in mind, that these fusiliers were last year's Christmas gift to me from Sonja, but with packing and the move last winter, spring, and summer, well, you know how these things go. The best laid plans and all. . . ;-) Sleep well ladies and gentlemen!