Tuesday, October 23, 2018

LEAD INTO GOLD: THE ALCHEMY OF A GOOD CLEAR OUT

The Happy Discovery. I think I'll call him Klaus (as in early Xmas present)

When putting together my original 19thC Prussian forces, I went with the Northstar 1866 Prussians as my base figures. Unfortunately, when Northstar picked up the line from Helion, they seem to have reduced the range, leaving a few gaps. Specifically, there are no mounted officers. At  that time, however, I was lucky enough to scoop up a few Prussian mounted commanders via Caliver Books, who were then clearing out their Helion odds and ends.  Readers of this blog may recall an earlier post wherein I described pressing a specialty figure, a Prussian 1866 uhlan trumpeter, into the role of command figure due to this shortage.  Well, there has been a surprise development since then.

Because we were going to have some work done on the house, I was obliged to do something that I had long been putting off--clearing out and organizing my lead mountain and associated jumble of hobby stuff in my basement painting area.  This was a laborious, two- day activity, but I diligently went through every box, bag, and bin. In so doing, I found things I had forgotten, brought forward lapsed projects into the light of day, and struck gold: a forgotten Northstar Prussian Command figure! How I came to lose track of such a key fellow is beyond me. Well, not really. I know exactly how it happened: too much stuff and too little focus (oh, shiny...oh, shiny...)--a cousin to the syndrome of ordering a book and then discovering you already had it--I'm sure nobody but me has experienced that one.... 


Taking this  as an object lesson, I promptly painted him and plopped him on a command stand before I had the chance to put him "someplace safe" and forgot him again...
...and with the addition of Klaus, Prinz Frederick's staff has been expanded by 33% (not counting Trumpeter).    

Sometimes, even a mundane chore can render a reward!
Excelsior!

16 comments:

  1. Not so much alchemy as lead mining turned to gold!

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  2. Wonderful when you find exactly what you need in the lead mountain. It’s just like finding a vien of gold!
    Nice job getting him all based and painted before he was lost again. 😀

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    1. Might be cleared out now, but it will revert to chaos again (as we all know)--and then I'll have another surprise waiting for me!

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  3. A nice little find Ed...
    It was a wise move not to put him into a ‘safe’ place .... that’s the surest way of losing him for ever.

    All the best. Aly

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  4. Nice command figure, even better that he was lost but is now found! I will admit to having a small, alright not too small, pile of books that I already owned when I bought them, found one yesterday while trying to have a clear out in the shed oh well!
    Best Iain

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  5. A touch of “Amazing Grace,” indeed!

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  6. Nice find and a sharp paint job for him as well. Sometimes re-washing your tailings pile finds that gold you missed!

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    1. Thanks, AJ. The simple lines of the uniform and the figure make for a smart look.

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