At the Halifax model shop I purchased two boxes of soldiers:
1 x HaT 8128 Assyrian Army - a 'portmanteau' box containing a mixture of horse and foot.
It will add to my collection of unpainted Assyrians.
1 x Red Box RB72024 German East Asia Brigade (Boxer Rebellion 1900) - the uniform pre-dates my WW1 in East Africa figures but is useable in SW Africa at a slightly earlier time. All I need to do now is generate some 'natives'.
At the Sue Ryder charity shop in Todmorden I picked up a boardgame:
After doing some research I found a components list on Boardgamegeek. Trouble is that it bore no relationship to the contents of my box. Further work showed that I had v2 (why can't Games Workshop mark the box or rules?). This time there was an almost complete match. The only things missing were 1d6 and 4 character miniatures. Well nothing vital then.
In time I will no doubt try the game out. The cost - £1.25
Monday 9th January 2017 - WDW
Austrians v French 7YW ('Honours of War')
Later Achaemenid Persian v Scythian (DBMM)
Sioux v US Army ('The Men Who Would Be Kings')
Tuesday 10th January 2017
Finally got around to sorting out the displaced old suitcases within my loft. A light bulb went off saying "Use them as subject dividers". So starting at one end I have used them to separate my plastic collection. I didn't take too long so I pulled out the 'AncMed' cardboard box to sort it out.
Those of you that collect plastic figures will know that the biggest problem is, probably, supply. As a consequence you tend to buy when you see it and horde until you have sufficient numbers for a given project.
I sat in my warm living room sorting out the figures, identifying those where the labels had fallen out and amalgamating into 'period' or 'theatre' larger bags. So now I have: "Crusaders & Arabs" including an unopened box of "The Knights" Italeri 6009.
"Rome & Enemies" - mainly Romans & Ancient Brits
"Biblicals" - but 2 boxes of Sumerians are missing
"Easterners" (mainly Chinese).
There was a last surprise - hidden under one of the flaps was a small bag containing 3 figures and a load of weapons. I had found the 'safe place' where I had put my Incas!
Sorting out my 'Renaissance' box will be next. Re-uniting weapons with soldiers will revive my 'DBA in the New World' project. Perhaps sleeping dogs...............