So, this post is a pot pourri of some stuff that is hanging around my painting and modelling life at the moment:
Bergepanzer 38 - looks like a very nice injection moulded kit, and I've got quite a few Hetzers to go with it when it is finished. Sadly, the marvellous spade which can be seen on the box art, and is included in the kit, only appeared on the prototype.
Canadians, 1812, work in progress in 20mm. Once these are finished, I've got some Glengarry Rifles to do, and some cavalry plus artillery. But, still no Yankees. I must address that!
Just look at this ! (And as friend Kinch says, 'click to embiggen'). It's actually a fridge magnet that came with a very nice book of old sci-fi and future fantasy covers that I bought my son - he's a sci-fi dweeb, just as I am a toy soldier nerd, or perhaps that's the other way around, nerd rather than dweeb ? The marvellous illustration of 'The King of the Clouds' is a temptation to go steam punk in 28mm. But I will resist. However, and coincidentally, I am re-reading the first volume of collected future wars stories that was edited by I.F. Clarke for Liverpool University Press - The Tale of the Next Great War, 1871-1914, which, in turn, sent me back to Erskine Childers' famous Riddle of the Sands - all stuff for 28mm!
And that friend of humankind, the postie, brought me this recently, all the way from the USA. It needs no commentary from me, and should be in every self respecting old school wargamer's library.
Meanwhile on the grandfather-grandson enthusiasms front, we have moved on to transformers. Somehow, my son and I missed out on these 25 or so years ago, but my grandson is really into them, and it is easy to see why. They are quite marvellous props for do it yourself stories of titanic struggles, battle and excitement, and, as toys, they are very neatly thought out.
My favourite is the sand coloured transformer - 'Fallback' - who transforms into a neat little Brinksmat style armoured truck. Coooool!