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Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2022 6:01 a.m. PST

Who received figures for Christmas?

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2022 6:27 a.m. PST

That is rare and not this year.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2022 6:36 a.m. PST

Honestly, the last thing I want right now is any more figures. The 40 Red Lancers for the Duty Squadron have developed at a glacial pace (well, before climate change spoilt that metaphor) Three days' work just to do the yellow lace edging on the shabraque and still the eagles to do.

My third Napoleon carriage from Art Min would have been nice under the tree, but one month on, not a sign (our postal system is in chaos here).

What Santa did bring me was a second spice rack. I have been trying to find a suitable one for ages, but Mrs Santa got me one. It is to hold all my Vallejo paint overflow of course, nothing to do with cooking!.

dantheman Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2022 6:44 a.m. PST

Nope, still painting what I have; my wife would have no clue what an 1808 Spanish Grenadier is, and she instead bought me a ton of cooking stuff as that is what I do for the family every night.

Steamingdave227 Dec 2022 7:05 a.m. PST

No figures; got drawers full of unpainted lead. Did get several books, including a couple on Minden, which will give me some inspiration for getting on with my SYW armies.

Prince Rupert of the Rhine27 Dec 2022 7:06 a.m. PST

Victrix Bavarians, French dragoons 1807 -1812, French line artillery 1807 -1812 and Austrian Landwehr.

I also got several Osprey books (I'm looking forward to reading the one on the Khazars), Xenos Rampant rulebook, a new airbrush and compressor and set of green stuff sculpting tools.

A very decent Christmas, presents wise, for me 🙂

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2022 7:17 a.m. PST

Victrix Normans, and a box of Perry WW2 US infantry for me!
I am very happy with these, though I wish I could be gifted the time to paint them too!!!

Legionarius27 Dec 2022 7:37 a.m. PST

Old Glory War of the Spanish Succession Cuirassiers and Dragoons to go with my infantry and artillery. Somehow, I went full tilt into a period that I never thought I would do, Sounds familiar?

ecaminis Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2022 7:51 a.m. PST

Got a box full of Old Glory figures and several boxes of plastics. Also got several Osprey books. I just love Amazon's wish list, and my can order from Old Glory from the list I give herr.

Mister Tibbles27 Dec 2022 8:01 a.m. PST

The kids got me several hundred 1/72 figures, primarily ancients and fantasy. I'm going to be busy!

4th Cuirassier27 Dec 2022 8:06 a.m. PST

Christmas is not really Christmas without some sort of Airfix kit.

Fred Mills27 Dec 2022 8:13 a.m. PST

A bountiful harvest: Cold War and WWII micro-armor; 15mm Old Glory Napoleonic Russians and French; brushes; two board games; some tufts; and a static grass applicator. Not to mention good cheer, spiced rum, and some fine books. Ho ho ho.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2022 8:20 a.m. PST

My family is clueless in this regard, they have not once bought me figures in my 63 rotations around our sun. I can't get them to even buy me a good book. Evidently they will only buy me what THEY think I need, even if I don't. You have to admire their dedication though, I guess you can never have enough underwear, socks, toothbrushes or scented candles.

Augustus27 Dec 2022 9:47 a.m. PST

Nothing here.

Bill N27 Dec 2022 9:53 a.m. PST

The only way I am going to get figures for Christmas or my birthday is if I buy them myself and set them aside for someone to give to me. (I have done this in the past.) My family knows I am particular about what I want, and they don't know where to buy it. They are more likely to take it on themselves to buy me paint and paint brushes since that is in their comfort zone.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2022 10:00 a.m. PST

Standard Christmas gifts for me – slippers (which don't
fit, carrying on the tradition of years past), a new
carving knife (stainless rather than carbon steel, hence
of limited usefulness), a box of hand-made oatmeal
cookies (YUM !), a bottle of superb brandy and a
week-end trip as soon as we can schedule a grandsom
free weekend.

DaleWill Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2022 10:17 a.m. PST

No figures but 150 N-HO scale pine trees plus Volume 3 of the 'Danish Army in the Napoleonic wars'. A good haul from Santa.

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2022 10:19 a.m. PST

Good heavens, no.

I have enough figures to last another lifetime, and certainly don't need more.

VonBlucher27 Dec 2022 10:25 a.m. PST

Usually, gift certificates for the local hobby store or gift cards, but none this year, clothes only this year. But realize I have allot of unpainted WW2 tanks and figures on my worktable and 18-1806 French Battalions, and 18-1806 Prussian Battalions of AB figures to paint for GdB. So I usually only purchase paint and other supplies from the local hobby shop.

Michael May27 Dec 2022 11:18 a.m. PST

Pirates. Old Glory 28mm pirates. Pirates with firearms, pirates gunners and cannons, pirates with swivel guns. Lotsa pirates!
I also got the Blood and Plunder rules, as well as Pirates in Their Own Words by E.T. Fox and Shipbuilding in Miniature (2nd Ed. 1982) by Donald McNarry.
I gotta go paint.
Happy New Year, y'all!

Wildman27 Dec 2022 11:23 a.m. PST

Two books, Pulp! by Osprey games and Xenos Rampant.
Two flush cut wire cutters that would cost twice as much
if they were sold as sprue cutters. And a knife sharpener.
Oh, and a 3D resin printed US M2 Medium Tank. That hasn't
arrived yet. A nice bunch of presents from my sister and
a good friend. It's not about the presents though, it is nice
to have family and a friend that think of you at the Holidays.

Fred Mills27 Dec 2022 11:24 a.m. PST

Surely there is a small opportunity here for enterprising sellers? For example, a local store allows loyal customers to create Amazon-like wish lists, which loved ones can then access by phone or email. "Please give me $100 USD worth of Dad's wish list for Christmas" or whatever. The store uses in-stock items to fill the order. Stop by and pick it up. It takes the guesswork out of spouse or family buying, which can certainly be intimidating (what's a centre company? or march/attack pose? T-64 or T-64BM? So many choices!).

It does, however, create an administrative burden for small sellers. Bigger stores (e.g., Noble Knight) also have wish lists that can be shared with gift-challenged loved ones. Making shopping a bit easier for non-gamers is tough but doable.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2022 11:57 a.m. PST

I received four Britains figures-two of the Legion of the United States and two Old Guard grenadiers.

3rd5ODeuce Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2022 1:28 p.m. PST

My loving and patient spouse gifted me with Scale 75's complete 63 color paint set. I was gobsmacked to say the least.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2022 3:19 p.m. PST

What would I do with more figures? At this point, the "complete all armies" list consists of about 50 6mm WWII Italian command and six 28mm Irish kerns. But I'm pretty sure the 10" statue of Cthulhu from my son will be a terrain item in a fantasy or SF skirmish, and I'm enjoying the copy of Henry Hyde's Wargame Campaigns I bought myself, wrapped and put under the tree.

Wargamers are hard people to buy for. And if you want something done right…

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2022 4:03 p.m. PST

No figures but a heap of first class books and a submariner's role neck jersey. My wife is the best!

Cavcmdr27 Dec 2022 4:25 p.m. PST

No figures this Christmas. Good thing too. I have 200+ 15mm Napoleonic French and Austrian AB figures still to finish from my birthday in 2020.

So I asked for buildings instead.
Huzzzah! I got three villages from the Total Battle Miniatures 100 Days range. Their 6mm footprints work well with my units.

I hope I do them justice.

Have fun.

torokchar Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2022 5:24 p.m. PST

Rob Gravener – army buddy from the late 80's – and I have been exchanging gifts for 20+ years – we both now live in San Antonio TX. He did not disappoint again this year – some beautifully painted Acheson ECW 28mm terrain and hand crafted woods! Good thing I did not get him socks. No figures, but some nice wargaming stuff again this year!

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian27 Dec 2022 6:29 p.m. PST

I got some Mantic Armada stuff and some nice preprinted cardboard buildings. And a Star Trek coffee cup.

smithsco27 Dec 2022 8:32 p.m. PST

Warlord M18, Marder III, and an American flamethrower team. Plus Star Wars Legion storm troopers.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP28 Dec 2022 3:36 a.m. PST

Nope. I have too many to get painted as is.

Mr Elmo28 Dec 2022 5:50 a.m. PST

Who received figures for Christmas?

Oh yes!
Battle for Osgiliath
Space Marine Rhino
Space Marine Drop Pod
Hexbane's Hunters

Very nice!

Andy ONeill28 Dec 2022 7:08 a.m. PST

I wanted some elves to assemble and paint my lead and plastic mountain. The little blighters just left me a jumper and chocolates.

Thresher0128 Dec 2022 2:46 p.m. PST

Sadly, no.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP28 Dec 2022 6:30 p.m. PST

Not usually (lots of unpainted stuff upstairs) but won't know for sure until tomorrow – half the family are in health care and the other half are in law enforcement, so we have to celebrate together on the 29th because that is the only day a bunch of us are not on call/on duty

Micman Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2023 7:45 p.m. PST

The minis I bought myself. The wife did get us a laser cutter that I know get to figure out how to use.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2023 5:39 a.m. PST

I received six new Britains' figures-all newly produced models. Two French Imperial Guard grenadiers and four Legion of the United States-two of those were for my birthday on 31 December. Altogether a great group.

Rosenberg04 Jan 2023 11:14 p.m. PST

No I have some on the table that need basing.

4th Cuirassier05 Jan 2023 3:18 a.m. PST

@ Brechtel

Well that was thoughtful seeing as you collect those, no?

Gazzola05 Jan 2023 4:59 a.m. PST

No figures but I did receive some book vouchers and now have more titles to add to my unread mountain. LOL

Arcane Steve06 Jan 2023 5:23 a.m. PST

Here's a Christmas story for you. Sometime before Christmas, My 6 year old Granddaughter was set a small home work assignment by her school teacher. She had to find out what her Grandparents had for Christmas when they were children. I talked to her about how I looked forward to getting Toy soldiers (Britains), Dinky, Corgi and Matchbox cars, and of course an Airfix kit.
When she was taken to visit Santa at the local Department store, as well as telling Santa what she would like for Christmas, she also asked if he could bring Granddad an Airfix kit. Santa, of course, obliged and I received an Airfix kit of a 1/48th scale snatch Landrover! I am sure that I used to have one of these in my stash…I am now in the process of building it. How's that for Christmas magic!

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2023 5:37 a.m. PST

Excellent story and right out of the spirit of Christmas. I still remember the first Britains I received for Christmas when I was five. They were two double row sets of the American Civil War and I played with them until they literally fell apart. One figure survived which I still have and repainted at least three times.

Thanks for sharing that story…

Bradley101709 Jan 2023 5:22 p.m. PST

Wonderful stories! I was given several books from a second hand bookstore that included 3 from Christopher Duffy! I was thrilled!

Heedless Horseman Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2023 6:17 p.m. PST

Sadly, absolutely nothing to go into the old Hessian Potato sack under the Tree now…that era has now gone.
Have TONS of stuff which I may never actually get round to doing anything with!
There was an Xmas, in teens, when, having started to buy… (And Paint!)… Hinchcliffe 25mm Naps, was excited to hear that a relative had bought me several boxes of 'soldiers'!
Turned out to be Airfix 1/32 soft plastics! Oh, well… meant well! x

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