Toy soldier blogs come, and toy soldiers blogs go, but the GD of S blog celebrates its eleventh year in 2017! The Grand Duke Irwin-Amadeus II invites you to drop by his realm. . . somewhere just to the northeast of Frederick's Prussia. . . sometime during the mid-18th Century.
He's not done yet. . . Here's another Victorian, or Edwardian image of Father Christmas in keeping with the season. The overflowing sack of fruit and other treats in his left hand is a nice touch.
About an inch of wet snow arrived during the night here at Stollen Central (our first snow was a dusting on December 9th). Not really enough to do anything with, and given the warm temperatures so far this season, it will probably melt away as the morning progresses, but it is beautiful outside our windows at the moment. Here's to the small pleasures in life.
The current batch of ten RSM figures is just about finished. Touch-ups will be applied this afternoon, following Young Master Paul's lunch and going down for his afternoon quiet time. Actual naps no longer seem to be on his daily agenda. Anyway, the next ten figures were glued onto their temporary bases during yesterday evening's painting session, and tonight after supper, they will receive the usual treatment of a white basecoat.
Finally, I'm going to order volume four of Wargaming in History: The Seven Years War by Charles Grant plus some of those RSM pandours/croats/grenzers this afternoon. I might even make it to the local artists' supply and craft store to purchase some new paintbrushes with some of that Christmas windfall, but there is no hurry. If one is able to, it's nice to slow down and avoid going anywhere, or doing anything during Christmas Week if at all possible.
Later. . . Just finished those ten RSM musketeers! 36/61 figures finished. . . 25 to go. White basecoats for the next ten of those this evening after supper. Just under three weeks to go until the January 16th deadline!