Of course, very like those first romances of our youth, a dream like that has to end, doesn't it? And so it was with this one that I was rattled into consciousness by those incessant and SHRILL cries just beneath our bedroom window, which lasted for a full twenty minutes until Mom and Dad managed to herd their offending spawn into to the waiting minivan for some god-forsaken trip somewhere. Sigh. It's times like these when habitual beatings and ritual stonings begin to look very good indeed. It calls to mind a 40-year-old Monty Python sketch, where John Cleese and Terry Jones are dressed as middle-aged women (naturally) in an art museum with out of sight children in tow. Periodically and without warning, they each take turns to turn around to slap the offending children before continuing an inane conversation about the art hanging on the walls. But I digress!
What causes me to have the model soldier dream, I wonder? Does it stem from learning recently that the famed Wargames Holiday Centre, the one established by Peter Gilder in Scarborough, U.K. all those years ago, is slated to close? Does is, instead, have its origins in the sad news this past summer of Paddy Griffith's demise? Funny, how one can feel like they know someone else personally after reading his or her books for so many years. Or do I tend to have this dream when I haven't had enough time to indulge in my soldiering hobby? That's certainly been the case in recent weeks, but I don't keep track of what has or has not transpired in the days and weeks leading up to the various renditions of the model soldier dream, to know with any degree of certainty. On the other hand, might the dream mean that I have not entirely made my peace with leaving plastics behind recently?
It's a vexing question to say the least. But I think the cure might be to spend a little time painting today and tomorrow down here in Zum Stollenkeller. The final sixteen Huzzah Prussian infantry that I've been working on for months now are coming along, and should be finished before too much more time has elapsed. Than it's onto some Garrison artillery, Holger Eriksson dragoons, and Minden hussars, which I'm going to paint in the lovely uniforms of Lauzun's Legion from the American War of Independence. It's plans like these that help to keep a project going even during periods of relative inactivity.
Finally, please note, before anyone takes me to task for my comments above, concerning the consistently irritating behavior of the neighbor children, in no way do I condone child abuse. My acerbic remarks are meant in a purely tongue-in-cheek manner. Take them as they were meant, please. But there are certainly enough clueless and inconsiderate parents out there, who do nothing to control their children. The former could certainly use a few swift blows to the head with an object like a shovel or a crowbar to wake 'em up to the fact that their little darlings are a pain in the you-know-what!
HUZZAH PAINTING UPDATE. . .
Managed a couple of hours working on said sixteen figures yesterday and finished the two-step breeches (very light grey undercoat, followed by white highlights) as well as the white crossbelts. Looking at the figures now, all that remains are the red turnbacks and facings (collars, cuff, lapels, and coat tails. . . a lot of red. . . sigh) plus the muskets (stocks, barrels, bayonets, and a bit of brass). Then, it's a couple of coats of Future/Klear acrylic floor finish before moving onto those Garrison artillery figures and two MiniFig cannon. Since I have another round of student papers coming due on Friday, October 1st, I'll do my darnedest this week to make some headway toward finishing the Huzzah boys since reading and grading student papers is a notorious and evil sucker of time. Wish me luck.