Well, after a very circuitous and maddeningly slow trip across the Atlantic from Great Britain and through U.S. Customs, they finally arrived. Not just one but TWO units of painted Holger Eriksson 30mm figures that were part of the now famous Sittangbad refight at the May 2006 Partizan. These once belonged to John Preece, one of The Wargamers (along with Henry Hyde, Steve Gill, and Phil Olley) who staged the game back then.
Best of all, only one of the 30 cavalry figures is mangled beyond repair, and he will be easy enough to replace in an afternoon of painting I think. As it happens, I discovered that I have a couple of extra HE cavalry figures in the spares box, so this will be easy since I don't even need to order a replacement figure. Here are a couple of John's old photos of the two units from ten years ago or so that I captured from the web to serve as inspiration to myself when I began the Grand Duchy of Stollen project way back in August of '06.
In other news, I've taken a few evenings off from painting my 20 or so RSM and Minden musketeers. We have had several very rough days and evenings with the Young Master. It turns out, he is a Special Needs child, suffering from Autism, high functioning but with ADHD thrown into the mix. Extremely bright and capable, apparently, but challeneged by a number of behaviors that cloud the issue. However, after the latest round of doctors appointments, an appointment with one of several mental health specialists, and another with all of the teachers/specialist involved at his school, things may be taking a turn for the better. Possibly. You have never witnessed tantrums like the kind associated with Autism. Hellish doesn't begin to describe it.
Frankly, once we get YMP calmed down, through the bedtime routine, and quiet for the night, there is not much will left to do anything except finish preparations for the next day's classes, and then dull out in bed on old episodes of Inspector Morse, Downton Abbey, or something similar before drowsiness and sleep take over. Since today (Thursday) is the final day of the week for me, I plan to enjoy a glass of single malt something-or-other with the Grand Duchess this evening about 10:30 after some much needed painting.