One of the things I love most about the wargaming/blogging community is the feeling of kinship and affiliation that it engenders. One of the ways this often shows itself is in the generosity of its members. This might take the form of a simple gift, the sale of items at very low prices, or prizes in Blog competitions. I count myself very lucky because in recent months I have been the recipient of all three types of generosity and its about time the donors were Mentioned in Dispatches.
I've won a couple of competitions lately including the recent give-away on the Blog Exiles Wargames Painter belonging to James Brewerton. I picked the 15mm WWII German Platoon as my choice from the prizes listed but when they arrived I was blown away by the quality of the models I received. These are going straight on display where I can pretend - when onlookers gasp in amazement - that I painted them.
Some months ago I mentioned a batch of books I bought from David Crook (A Wargaming Odyssey). Although money changed hands for these books I consider myself to have bought myself an absolute bargain for the very modest price being asked. David was able to clear a little shelf space and raise some funds for his hobby and I received a considerable body of literature for my (at that point) fledgeling North Africa Project. This purchase has gone on to prove its great value to my project and I am still reading, learning from and enjoying these books several months on from their acquisition.
And finally I like to thank my long suffering wife, Mrs BigLee. She bought my Tankfest ticket for me (probably the best birthday present of all time) and let me off the leash for the weekend to 'geek-out' to my hearts content. The poor lass is something of a wargamers widow and I couldn't participate in my many and numerous hobby interests if it wasn't for her tolerant nature.
On a different note I have just received a 'large' order from Heroics and Ros and am about to embark upon a 'big' project for my North Africa Project. I say 'large' with my tongue firmly in my cheek because the entire Afrikakorp Infantry Company, including support vehicles and guns, came in a small A5 padded envelope and cost less that the price of a single box of 15mm Tanks. I've said it before, but I'll say it again....I'm loving 6mm!