A Curate's Egg
I recently picked up 10 boxes of HaT figures at £2.50 each. Not from Ebay or similar but the result of the closure of the Wakefield Model Shop. They had been on Dewsbury Road since 1968 - friendly and knowledgeable staff - a wide range of modelling materials & kits.
Over the past decade similar shops in Doncaster, Barnsley, Pontefract & Castleford have all closed down. Last year the Halifax shop moved to Union Street - it only holds about one-third of its previous stocks. Looks like I will have to check out all the possibles in Leeds and Sheffield!
Although tempted to grab all the remaining plastic soldiers I restrained myself. There were no 'colonial' figures but some 'biblicals':
HaT 8092 Assyrian Infantry (x2)
HaT 8121 Assyrian Allied Infantry
HaT 8125 Assyrian Cavalry (x2)
HaT 8128 Assyrian Army (x3)
HaT 8132 Sumerian Infantry (x2)
8 boxes of Assyrians is a pretty good basis for an army - but it's a bit short on the chariot arm.
2 boxes of Sumerians is a bit of nothing really (so these are still in the box and on the sprues).
Everybody likes a bargain but I would rather pay full price on all these sets if it brought back a shop that I have spent many a happy half-hour in.