Oh dear...there is a variance in the plan already.
Part two of the plan is in progress. The War of 1812 figures have been ordered and are on their way. This part of the project plan is on target and should have a completion date of late-November, slightly ahead of schedule.
But the plan for the Heavy Brigade for the Crimean War British Army has slipped to the right. Why?
There are two reasons. First, experience tells me that the delivery time for the Crimean War figures is between four and six weeks (I am guessing that is because this is a fringe period and to control inventory costs they are cast to order - although the annoying thing for me is that I have to pay upfront but then wait for what seems an eternity for them to arrive - patience us not one of my virtues) and if I wait that long the pile will be exhausted for too long. Second, because I looked at the French in Egypt on the Perry site again an simply couldn't resist. So 54 foot figures, 24 mounted plus two guns, eight gunners a 4 horse limber and a camel limber are on their way. Another order to finish this collection is planned for November.
Also on their way (I hope) are 40 palm trees for use in Egypt that I bought off eBay for a whole $NZ 10.41. If this supplier works out well, this could be a source of my trees in the future. There will, of course, be a need for some middle eastern buildings and some ancient ruins for this campaign as well.
In the next few weeks I have a trip to Europe that will enable me to visit a shop that sells plastic figures. This will enable me to boost the lead/plastic pile a little and then I can look at the Heavy Brigade, when timing is not so critical.
The Revised Plan.