This week, I finished off a second 30-figure bag of Old Glory infantry for the Spanish-American War project. Rather than Spanish in the blue tunics of their Foreign Service uniform (see Spanish in Foreign Service Dress), I have US volunteer infantry in its familiar blue shirt. As always with this project, the Old Glory figures are a real joy to paint. Simple uniforms, bold details, and few accoutrements, what is not to like?The Spanish-American War project is another collection whereby I am drawing down the inventory of unpainted lead. While I have not taken an assessment of the size of the collection to date, I must surely have enough painted figures to hold a large action. Two more 30-figure bags remain in The Lead Pile but there is no hurry to bring them to the workbench since I am in the midst of switching gears.
By switching gears, I mean focusing attention to 25mm Hittites and 15mm 18th Century projects. Expect SYW and 1799 units to march off the painting desk as they alternate with additional Hittites which are slated for completion by year-end.
Unfortunately, as I draw down The Lead Pile for a few projects, more orders arrive to replenish other projects. With a number of recent summer-ending sales, more 25mm Biblicals from Newline Designs, 15mm SYW and 1859 figures from 19th Century Miniatures, and 15mm SYW and Napoleonics from Eureka arrive. This is a never ending battle.
Also off the painting desk are a handful of Jump Off markers for Chain of Command. With Jake busy fielding British paras (see More Paratroopers), it would be fun to see this long dormant project back on the gaming table. Once the situation allows, of course. The crate selection is from a recent order from Brigade Games.
On the gaming front, not much action over the last two weeks since my last F2F outing at the boardgame table. Several games are under consideration including a second round of 15mm AWI battles using Fields of Honor. Of course, these will be solo contests. I delayed returning to the gridded AWI battles while I awaited a resupply of Woodland Scenics flock to dress up my bare, green hexes before tackling more hex-based games. That order arrived in yesterday's post. I may have a small project for the weekend.
On the New Blogger front, I notice that the interface still is undergoing revision. Today, the options available for photos have changed from my last post four days ago. It would be useful to see a Change Log as developers are mucking around with this new interface. With a Change Log, at least we would know what pitfalls have been covered and which may still lay ahead.
Finally, the Northwest continues to be blanketed in smoke from numerous fires burning across the region. While cycling has been confined to the indoor trainer for the last five days, air quality is slowly showing signs of improvement today. Rather than the Hazardous reading of the past several days, air quality is merely Very Unhealthy. I may have a chance to return outdoors by Friday or Saturday.