Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Brings a Tear to The Eye
Heather and her dad mugged me for my Christmas pressie list. To be honest I didn't really want anything but they insisted. Essentially, the argument runs "You've had a crap year. We want to get you something nice that you want."
Oh god, decisions, decisions. There's enough of those at work without turning Christmas into a chore as well. So OK, I'm putting a hold on any more purchases for Winter of '79 until I've got Rolf's Meltdown British with SLRs in my hands and can plan my future needs around them. So, not Cold War Brits....Mmmm. Our preferred Christmas day film is ZULU. I've wanted to do the Zulu War since 1974, but only now with the Empress Miniatures' recent releases is there a range that has the depth and most importantly, provides a match for my inner vision of what Zulu War models should look like. I had the Cliff Sanderson 54's way back when, and not one single wargame range has come close to replicating the energy and imagery embodied in those figures over the past 35 years. So decision made! And and hey presto, Maelstrom Games have sent me a 17% off for Christmas voucher. Wish it were that simple at work.
So, Zulu War, Black Powder it is. And an extra impetus required now to get Winter of '79 stuff built and painted before "Zulus! Thaaaaasands of 'em!" hit the Hannam lead pile.
Meanwhile, very much back in the realms of 1979, I've picked up some ex-Citadel Dark Future 'punks' on eBay. A glut appeared there recently, but I still had to put up a fight against some serious bidding. As you know, I'm an exponent of playing the 'long game' and gratefully ended up not paying over the odds on my third or fourth attempt. Added to the ones MajorMike donated, these'll do the biz until I get some dedicated Winter of '79 armed punks sculpted.
I have a Sex Pistols cover of the Zulu version of Men of Harlech playing in my head right now....