Mostly, as far at toy soldiers go, I'm just sort of killing time till the Chicago show. I sent an email to Mr. Conte a few days ago about what he might have there. From his reply I could tell that he is VERY excited about the Spartan and Persian sets, as probably most of us are, and that he is trying his best to have them available by Chicago. He did say that the Viking set would probably be available first. Cool, I can dig it, though if they do arrive at around the same time (both this year), I would have to go with the Spartans, simply because that is where my personal interests would be.
I'm just not a Viking fan.
Maybe it's because I'm not up on Viking history. That's usually what it takes with me. Give me a good book on Viking history, or some really Rockin' movie, and I'd probably start feeling that pull, the undeniable need to start setting up scenes in small scale plastic, and that somehow by doing that, I might glean an even better understanding of it all. Meh. I don't know. Where was I? Oh yea, killing time till Chicago. Or, simply killing time till this Sunday, as that is when Mr. Weston has said he would put up some information about some new sets coming from himself and Replicants. Specifically, test shots of the Mexican peasants (not to be confused with Mexican Pheasants). Rock on. I think it's high time someone did a complete set for civilians. I hope they turn out to be successful, as I would like to see civilians from other time periods done as well. Civil War era civilians, WWII European & Russian villagers, Western townfolk, ect. It's probably hard to sell non-military poses, but I sure wish more companies would give it a try.