|Minifigs French 8pr guns. Minifigs gunners. I think the ramrod|
man in the distance was adapted from a grenadier figure.
Saturday was an unusual day: a war games club bring-and-buy in the morning (and meeting up with friends and acquaintances I haven't seen for quite a while), and an afternoon march against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (so-called). A lot of walking! I don't drive, and as Karen was on the phone to a friend in need, I walked down the the Woolston Club. Nice day; pleasant walk; 25, maybe 30 minutes. Fitness level not great, but adequate; ticker still in good nick. No worries. Karen was to pick me up at 12:15, then off to the demo 'to get my fair share of abuse.' Actually, not a lot of abuse to go round, as it turned out.
Bring and Buy at the Club.
Not a bad score at the bring-and-buy:
1. A box of 20 (actually 21) assorted Napoleonic Spanish. It turned out 3 were Minifigs Austrian Grenadiers, but that,s OK: they can beef up one of my under-strength Austrian grenadier units. I think a couple of French grenadier officers snuck in there as well, but they can be adapted, I think.
|Assorted Spanish figures, give or take the officers. Less the 3 Austrian|
grenadiers who will be recruited into my Austrian Army.
2. A box of 3 Minifigs Napoleonic artillery with 4-man crews. One Russian (?) howitzer...
|Russian gun crew. Not sure about the piece, though.|
|These 8pr guns were 'mint in pack' when bought. |
I knocked them together last night whilst watching an old
'Touch of Frost' episode on TV.
3. A box of 33 Minifigs Napoleonic British Guards infantry (with bearskins - historical licence there)
It turned out that according to the Minifigs Catalogue (I obtained a copy 30-odd years ago, and it's still 'current'), about 2/3 of these were Fusiliers. But as the figure design differs only in the angle of the musket held (so far as I can tell), Guards they will (probably) be.
|Thirty-three Minifigs 'Guards' figures. With one or two spare|
figures already in my possession, we might have 2 small
They have all been painted, though left unfinished, I suspect according to some Imagi-Nations scheme. Actually I quite like them as they are, but... well...
|Which is the Guardsman?|
I was hoping for some 'Army Men' type vehicles, but nothing doing. Never mind.
|The middle guy is the Guardsman, the other two Fusiliers.|
Who knew? As there is nothing really to distinguish
between them, they will be two Guards battalions, or, maybe
one Guards and one Fusiliers.
"I went down to the demonstration..."
So it was Ho! for the Demo, on the other side of Christchurch. This was to do with a major plank of the Barack Obama's second term of office - a push for a Pacific-wide trading bloc subject in effect to Corporate hegemony. Quite why New Zealand's two major political parties (National and Labour) are pushing this I can surmise only in terms of their collective Cargo Cult mentality - some exogenous factor will save us from our Neo-Con economic stupidity of the last 30 years. But rather than canvass the issue here I'll simply post this LINK to give you some idea - if you choose to look - of what the thing is all about, and why I object to it. The interesting bit starts about 12 minutes in.
Let me just predict that the reasons why ratifying the TPPA would be simply stupid will be demonstrated soon enough after the Government ratifies the TPPA.
Having marched in leisurely and moderately noisy fashion from Shand Crescent Reserve, down Riccarton Road and a little past Victoria Lake in Hagley Park - maybe a mile and a half - we then half-listened to the band, chatted to Karen's friend and her dogs and knocked back a hot dog and chips. Even as a half-grown female pup, a pit-bull terrier carries an air of menace about it, but it was a very polite dog, graciously accepting its share - and only its share - of the chips. The other dog got a fair bite of the spud.
Then we walked back to the car - a mile and a half the other way. I suggested that another time we park the car half-way between where the demo starts and where it fetches up. Silly notion, of course: makes no difference. On the way, Karen suggested we might look into Scorpio Books ('Yeah, all right,' says I). And look what I found! Decorating a bookshelf as they were, I wasn't even sure they were for sale. Two years ago I bought a couple of these things during a visit to the West Coast (Hokitika), and rather regretted not getting the other two. Now, four of them gives me a medium tank company in the service of the Imperial Raesharn Army.
|Serendipity! A casual post-demonstration drop into a|
bookshop unearthed these beauties. $10.99 apiece.
|New additions for my|
Army Men project.
It's an ill wind ... but I still reckon the TPPA - like its previous incarnation, the MAI (Multi-lateral Agreement on Investments) is a dumb-arse scheme. The Neo-Rentier class will love it, of course.
|A company of Raesharn medium tanks advancing|
across the plains of Kiivar.
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