1b) Two three-figure staff sets, Austrian and Prussian, again from Minden Miniatures (six figures and horses). One can never have too many mounted officers, generals, and marshals in my view, so I will place an order for these before too many months have elapsed this year.
Finally, ideas for three or four different hobby-related articles have occurred to me in the last few weeks , and I've been jotting down notes on scraps of paper and in an old yellow composition book that I keep around for such things as these ideas have expanded and grown. With any luck at all, one or maybe two might appear eventually (it takes a loooooong time from initial submission to acceptance to final publication). We'll have to see how it goes, but it's a great deal of fun thinking about and actually sitting down to write on things one is interested in and excited about. And yes, I know, I ended that sentence on a preposition! Shhhh. . . Don't tell my students!